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The Dark Side of Clean Energy in Mexico 29.1.2016 Truthout.com
The production of electricity from wind power in Mexico's Tehuantepec Isthmus region is seen by the government, developers and industry as a win-win development model. But local communities, including Indigenous farmers, are resisting so-called green development that may actually pollute their land. Bartolo is an Indigenous Zapotec who has been surrounded by the wind farm company Gas Natural Fenosa. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.) A palm hat worn down by time covers the face of Celestino Bortolo Teran, a 60-year-old Indigenous Zapotec man. He walks behind his ox team as they open furrows in the earth. A 17-year-old youth trails behind, sowing white, red and black corn, engaging in a ritual of ancient knowledge shared between local people and the earth. Neither of the two notices the sound of our car as we arrive "because of the wind turbines," Teran says. Just 50 meters away, a wind farm has been installed by the Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa. It will generate, at least for the next three decades, what ...
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Activists Deliver Plan for Just Transition to EPA Offices Nationwide 22.1.2016 Truthout.com
On January 19, activists at each of the Environmental Protection Agency's 10 regional offices issued their own corrective on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. Days before the end of the federal comment period, the Climate Justice Alliance's Our Power Campaign - comprised of 41 climate and environmental justice organizations - presented its Our Power Plan , which identifies "clear and specific strategies for implementing the Clean Power Plan, or CPP, in a way that will truly benefit our families' health and our country's economy." Introduced last summer, the CPP looks to bring down power plants' carbon emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels within 15 years. The plan was made possible by Massachusetts vs. EPA, a 2007 Supreme Court ruling which mandates that the agency regulate greenhouse gases as it has other toxins and pollutants under the Clean Air Act of 1963. Under the CPP, states are each required to draft their own implementation plans by September of this year, or by 2018 if granted an ...
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Europe Is Going After Donald Trump in the Most Amazingly European Way 8.1.2016 Mother Jones
The story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A parliamentary petition backed by 500,000 people failed to bar Donald Trump from the United Kingdom, but the controversial US presidential candidate and climate change skeptic now faces a new deterrent: a fine for the carbon pollution from one of his enormous private jets . The Bahrain Royal family, 21st Century Fox America, the company chaired by Rupert Murdoch, and British construction vehicle manufacturers JCB have also been asked to pay up for flights to and from the UK. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for enforcing the European Union's emissions trading scheme (ETS) in the UK, has issued over £750,000 (roughly $1.1 million) in fines to a total of 25 operators for "failure to surrender sufficient allowances to cover annual reportable emissions". The ETS requires polluters to surrender a carbon permit for every metric ton of carbon pollution emitted, or pay a €100 ($109) ...
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Donald Trump fined for pollution from one of his private jets 8.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

US presidential candidate joins the Bahrain royal family and Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox America whose aircraft have all fallen foul of the EU’s emissions trading scheme

A parliamentary petition backed by 500,000 people failed to bar Donald Trump from the UK, but the controversial US presidential candidate and climate change sceptic now faces a new deterrent: a fine for the carbon pollution from one of his enormous private jets.

The Bahrain Royal family, 21st Century Fox America, the company chaired by Rupert Murdoch, and British construction vehicle manufacturers JCB have also been asked to pay up for flights to and from the UK.

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The strong economics of wind energy | John Abraham 28.12.2015 Guardian: Environment
Major international companies are using wind power to go green and save money. As a follow-up to a recent article I posted on renewable energy , this article discusses the economics of wind in both the developed and developing worlds compared to other renewable energy sources. At the recent climate conference in Paris, 70 countries highlighted wind as a major component for their emissions-reduction schemes. I spoke with Giles Dickson who is CEO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). I asked him economic questions related to the wind industry and I also asked him to look into his crystal ball and describe the future of wind. Mr. Dickson is in a great position to answer these questions because his organization includes 600 members who represent wind industry manufacturers, operators, and companies comprising the full wind-energy supply ...
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Greg Hunt says overseas emissions credits will 'probably' be allowed 14.12.2015 Guardian: Environment

The environment minister talks flexibility in emissions targets as Coalition backbenchers mock international deal reached at Paris climate conference

The Turnbull government will “probably” allow emission reduction permits to be bought from overseas, giving Australia flexibility to increase the targets it pledged at the Paris climate conference, Greg Hunt has predicted.

The environment minister signalled there was scope to tighten Australia’s international commitments to curb climate change, as some of his Coalition colleagues rubbished the significance of the deal reached in the French capital at the weekend.

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What does the Paris climate agreement mean for Australia? 13.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Climate policy is no longer something that can be papered over, or worked around, or ignored, or used as a political attack weapon

Surely Australia can use this Paris climate agreement to finally end the barren, wasted years of climate policy war.

There’s already an uneasy ceasefire, a let-up in the mind-numbing slogans. Labor is promising some kind of emissions trading scheme and a relatively ambitious renewable energy target – but no details yet lest it once again feels the barrage of a full bore axe-the-tax scare campaign. Under the sceptical gaze of his party’s hard right, Malcolm Turnbull is also unwilling to even hint at the policy changes he and his minister Greg Hunt appear to be planning when they revise Australia’s policy after the election.

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Mixed reactions to the Paris Agreement draft 12.12.2015 Hindu: Home
The Centre for Science and Environment Director General Sunita Narain said here that the framing of the Agreement under the principles of common but differentiated responsibility of the UNFCCC was...
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Twelve Days That Cooked the World: Combating the Climate Counterrevolution in Paris 11.12.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Sam Castro with Climate Guardian Angels blocks the entryway to Engie's headquarters in La Défense, Courbevoie, December 10, 2015. Castro is from Australia, where she said Engie is responsible for a mine fire in Victoria that burned for 45 days and killed 11 people. (Photo: Garrett Graham) As negotiators at the UN climate talks in Paris prepare to finalize a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions after 2020, they are promising emissions reductions that will fall far short of preventing catastrophic climate disruption. Their failure provides the moral justification for widespread, radical local action. Sam Castro with Climate Guardian Angels blocks the entryway to Engie's headquarters in La Défense, Courbevoie, December 10, 2015. Castro is from Australia, where she said Engie is responsible for a mine fire in Victoria that burned for 45 days and killed 11 people. (Photo: Garrett Graham) Paris, France - Negotiators at the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris are rapidly moving toward ...
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Can trading pollution like stocks help fight climate change? 11.12.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The gas produced by hog manure at farms across the country punches holes in the ozone layer, overheats the planet, and angers neighbors with its peculiar odor, a mix of rotten egg and ammonia....
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Paris outcome draft 'weak' on warming 10.12.2015 Hindu: International
The draft outcome was barely sufficient to justify the time and effort expended at Paris. 
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Bringing Solutions to COP21: A Conversation With Cooperation Jackson's Brandon King 8.12.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Within the high-stress, low-waste frenzy of the 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21, there are around 100 organizers from the frontlines of the climate crisis and energy extraction in North America. Drawn from the Navajo Nation, the Appalachian Mountains, Harlem and elsewhere, the It Takes Roots delegation is a joint venture of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance , Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance . Its members - some inside and some outside of official UN proceedings - are engaged in a range of efforts back home both against fossil fuel extraction and for the development of community-owned alternatives, as well as a wider-reaching "just transition" away from what they call an extractive economy. The delegates have come to COP21 demanding that the U.S. negotiating team commit to binding emissions cuts; leave fossil fuels in the ground; reject fracking, nuclear power, carbon markets and "other dangerous technologies and false solutions;" strengthen the agreements' ...
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COP21: A Rallying Cry - No Climate Justice Without Full Indigenous Rights 7.12.2015 Truthout.com
Activitsts march in the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. (Photo: Annette Bernhardt ) Also see: "We Do Not Want to Die in Silence": Indigenous People Demand Rights as Draft Climate Deal Reached This month's climate talks take place at a time when the stakes couldn't be higher. The 21st Conference of the Parties, held this month in Paris, are aimed at reducing the emissions responsible for acidifying oceans, melting glaciers, raising sea levels, and collapsing our agriculture. If it sounds apocalyptic, it should; if we fail this test, the results could be dire. The seriousness of the climate challenge seems to be getting through to global leaders. President Obama has arrived in Paris with an EPA-administered clean energy policy already in place, commitments to greenhouse gas reductions, and his recent decisions to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and further drilling in the Arctic. China and India are both ramping up their renewable energy commitments. Canada under Prime ...
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Heathrow expansion: The environmental challenges 7.12.2015 BBC: Business
The environmental questions facing the government
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Reasons to be cheerful or fearful for climate change deal 30.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
On one side the hopes of reaching agreement, on the other the risk of failure to come together for global change

1 The world really wants a strong deal and this time will get it

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Welcome to the wonderful world of climate talks, where less means more 27.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The maths doesn’t add up – Australia’s emissions are trending up and yet we are meeting pledges to cut them. But it all makes sense in the complicated and chaotic world of climate negotiations

The numbers look clear. In 1990, Australia emitted 564m tonnes of carbon dioxide. In 2005 that rose to 611m. By 2014-15 that had fallen a bit to 565m. But in 2029-30, the latest published projections say we will emit 724m tonnes.

Related: Coalition's weird climate rhetoric says one thing, its modelling says another

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Microsoft buys carbon credits in forest near Rainier to offset pollution 26.11.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Microsoft bought carbon credits certified by a California regulatory program that will preserve 520 acres of forest near Mount Rainier. Washington has no such tool to fight carbon pollution.
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Climate crisis should be top of world leaders’ agenda | Letters 26.11.2015 Guardian: Environment
Your article ( Paris attacks cast shadow over climate talks , 23 November) helpfully draws attention to the different responses we have to crises. The shockingly violent events in Paris and their aftermath received almost blanket media coverage for about a week, during which we appear to have become collectively ready to sacrifice billions of pounds and who knows how many lives to a quick response (bombing Isis in Syria) which, by most rational judgments, will do more harm than good for our interests in the long term. Notwithstanding the emotional and psychological imperative to “do something”, would it not be wiser to do nothing until we know what it would be useful to do? Meanwhile, a more dangerous and sinister enemy than terrorism looms on the horizon in the form of climate change. Despite knowing about this menace for over 20 years and having developed the resources and know-how to defeat it, we have simply allowed the situation to worsen. We know the identity of the “evil masterminds” (the leaders ...
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China not to make new concessions at Paris summit 25.11.2015 Hindu: International
President Xi Jinping will attend the Paris climate conference next week, it was announced today as a top diplomat here said the Chinese leader will bring no new concessions to the negotiating table...
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Greg Hunt describes analysts' focus on expected rise in emissions as 'desperate' 25.11.2015 Guardian: Environment

Environment minister says accounting rules allowing Australia to claim a 5% decrease are ‘global gold standard’, designed so nations aim to overachieve

Focusing on the fact that Australia’s actual greenhouse emissions are set to increase by 2020 is “one of the oddest and strangest and I’ve got to say ... desperate arguments”, says the environment minister, Greg Hunt, because under internationally accepted accounting rules Australia is allowed to claim a 5% decrease.

In the lead-up to the United Nations meeting in Paris next week, Hunt announced that Australia had already met its 2020 greenhouse emissions reduction target in large part due to overshooting its first lenient target and “carrying over” the excess to count towards its pledge to reduce emissions by 5%.

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