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Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots 23.7.2014 Washington Post

CHICAGO — Sewage gushed up Lori Burns’s toilet. It swept the floor. It wrecked the water heater, the deep freezer, her mother’s wedding veil.

This basement invasion was the third in five years. Burns, 40, could no longer afford to pay a cleanup crew. So she slipped on polka dotted rain boots, waded into the muck, wrenched out the stand-pipe and watched the brown water drain.

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Rapid pace of changing climate gets special emphasis in new status report 22.7.2014 MinnPost
The climate is changing more rapidly in today's world than at any time in modern civilization. ... If we look at it like we're trying to maintain an ideal weight, then we're continuing to see ourselves put more weight on from year to year. — Thomas Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on Monday. The "State of the Climate in 2013" report came out at the end of last week, offering a selection of global-warming superlatives of the most troubling kind for last year: Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, whose records go back to 1958. (Yes, that's the greenhouse-gas measure from which the climate advocacy group 350.org derived its name, in reference to the level that many scientists have set as the maximum that a livable planet Earth can sustain). Sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific were the warmest ...
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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers 22.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published on ProPublica . California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there. The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal "poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources." The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells. The action comes as California's agriculture industry copes with a drought crisis that has emptied reservoirs and cost the state $2.2 billion this year alone. ...
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Nicky Morgan's statement on Birmingham 'Trojan horse' inquiry: Politics live blog 22.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Rolling coverage of all the day's political developments as they happen, including a Commons statement from Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, on the Birmingham "Trojan horse" affair 12.24pm BST And here are more extracts from Peter Clarke's conclusion. I neither specifically looked for nor found evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or violent extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham. However, by reference to the definition of extremism in the Prevent strand of the Governments counter terrorist strategy, CONTEST, and the spectrum of extremism described by the Prime Minister in his Munich speech in February 2011, I found clear evidence that there are a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of influence in schools and governing bodies, who espouse, endorse or fail to challenge extremist views. It has been suggested to me that the ambition of those involved was only to create high achieving schools reflecting the communities they serve, following the wishes of the ...
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Climate change is far from the only cause of a rapid rise in disasters 21.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

The world's population has nearly doubled in four decades, putting more people and more money in harm's way

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Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Hails New BRICS Bank Challenging US-Dominated World Bank and IMF 18.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Australia will pay dearly for repealing its carbon tax 18.7.2014 New Scientist: Living World
Axing Australia's landmark carbon tax will probably lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions, and a loss of confidence in carbon trading schemes ...
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Owen Paterson to give lecture to Nigel Lawson's climate-sceptic thinktank 18.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Just days after leaving office, former UK environment secretary agrees to deliver speech at Global Warming Policy Foundation

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Carbon price repeal a victory for fossil fuels, ideologues and climate science denial 18.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is declaring victory after a long-fought battle to repeal laws to price greenhouse gas emissions. But who actually won?

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A Mysterious Hole at the End of the World 18.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Is global warming causing extreme weather via jet stream waves? 17.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

A new study investigates how changes to atmospheric winds are making weather more extreme

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Australia's carbon tax is gone: a selection of the cheers, jeers and fears 17.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

On Thursday morning the Australian Senate voted to repeal the countrys environmental carbon pricing scheme. Below are some of the initial reactions to the move

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What is a heatwave and why are we having one? 16.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
We explain when a period of hot weather become a heatwave and the steps we can take to reduce negative impact on our health

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History will condemn climate change denialists | Robert Manne 16.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Tony Abbott was elected by the right-wing of his party for a single purpose: to destroy any meaningful action in Australia against the threat of climate change The argument for radical action on climate change which Australia will soon at least temporarily reject with the shameful decision to repeal the carbon tax is embarrassingly simple. For the past 200 years, western culture has granted science pre-eminent cultural authority. A quarter century ago, a consensus formed among contemporary scientists specialising in the study of the climate. The consensus comprised one principal idea: the primary source of energy on which industrial civilisation relied the burning of fossil fuels was dangerously increasing the temperature of the ...
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UK's new energy and environment ministers opposed green energy 15.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Energy minister, Matthew Hancock, signed letter calling for cuts to wind power subsidies and environment secretary, Liz Truss, claimed renewable power was damaging the economy

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How Obama can trump Republicans and deliver good jobs 15.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Republicans are wrong to think they can make President Obama's initiatives an issue in the fall elections. In fact, the president should aim ...
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You'll Be Shocked to Learn That Rupert Murdoch Is Wrong About Climate Change 15.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Rupert Murdoch shrugged off the notion that climate change is a big deal in an interview on Sunday. Speaking to Sky News Australia (which he partially owns), Murdoch dismissed the alarming reports coming from scientists about the devastating impact that climate change is causing to the planet. "We should approach climate change with great skepticism," he said. "Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here. There will always be a little bit of it." Murdoch acknowledged that the changing planet could wipe out small countries like the Maldives, but he had a quick fix for that. "We can't stop it, we've just got to stop building vast houses on seashores," he added. "The world has been changing for thousands and thousands of years, it’s just a lot more complicated today because we are more advanced.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, Murdoch's Fox News has been found to give its viewers ...
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A world without water – FT investigation 14.7.2014 Financial Times: Energy
The first instalment of a series on the threat of water scarcity describes how companies are bearing large costs for a resource long considered to be free
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Oil Industry Is Cashing in on Subsidies, and More 14.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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On The News With Thom Hartmann: The Oil Industry Is Cashing in on Subsidies, and More 14.7.2014 Truthout.com
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