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Obama, tame the Arctic gold rush 30.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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My Arctic journey shows how a warming climate exposes our most fragile ecosystem – and threatens its very survival 30.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

A voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that, with oil drilling in the far north on the way, rapid action is needed to protect nature’s last refuge

The Northwest Passage is not an obvious choice for a holiday cruise. It is, after all, one of the most notorious ocean routes. Many hundreds of sailors died in opening up the seaway, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Canadian Arctic, before it was conquered just over a century ago.

Related: Journey through the Northwest Passage – in pictures

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Colorado attorney general to join in suit on Obama's Clean Power Plan 29.8.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado has joined a growing list of states that will sue the Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to stop the implementation of President Obama's controversial Clean Power ...
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Obama defends Arctic drilling decision on eve of Alaska climate change trip 29.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

President accused of undermining own agenda with decision to allow hunt for oil in Arctic, as he prepares for three-day tour to showcase effects of climate change

Barack Obama has been forced to defend his decision to allow the hunt for oil in the last great wilderness of the Arctic, on the eve of an historic visit to Alaska intended to spur the fight against climate change.

Related: Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska

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Self-Governing Association in El Salvador Offers Local Solutions to Global Problems 28.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
While Washington pays lip service to Central America's dire social situation, local communities in the region are doing something to address the root causes of poverty and violence, from the lack of educational and economic opportunities to environmental degradation. The banner on this “Romero Vive” painting reads, “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the struggle of my people." (Photo: EcoViva Photo Archive) Much of the news coming out of El Salvador these days highlights the violence and suffering plaguing the small Central American nation of 6.34 million people. The country has seen a worrying amount of violence of late, with 3,830 murders since the new year, earning it the dubious distinction of having one of the world's highest homicide rates. Along with many other countries in the region, El Salvador also faces widespread poverty, wealth disparities, narco-traffic and ecological degradation. Insecurity and violence have reached levels not seen since the end of the civil war in 1992. ...
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Climate change legislation approaches pivotal showdown with oil industry 28.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

California Democrats’ push to curb emissions and promote clean energy would alter how the state does business and change the way residents live

With only a few days left in the current session of the California legislature, an aggressive political and public relations fight between the oil industry and top lawmakers over climate change legislation is moving into a final no-holds-barred round.

At stake is the passage of far-reaching environmental bills that would fundamentally alter the way the state does business and deals with planet-warming pollution – but would likely also change the way everyday Californians travel, live and consume.

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Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glacier 28.8.2015 AP Washington
MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) -- Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascades off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream....
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Climate Cast at the fair: Year in review 27.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
MPR News' Kerri Miller is joined by MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner and Dr. John Abraham to look back at a year of climate news
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Public Utilities Commission testimony looks at pollution, carbon costs 26.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Environmental groups and doctors back the federal government's 'social costs of carbon' guidelines, while business groups and energy companies urge caution.
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Bushfires, heatwaves and early deaths: the climate is changing before our eyes | Tim Flannery 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections

When I wrote The Weather Makers, I laid out the state of climate science as it was understood in 2005. The book received much acclaim, but it was also criticised by climate-change sceptics as extremist and alarmist.

Since the book was published, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has completed two major summaries, in the form of its fourth and fifth assessment reports, and thousands of scientific publications have added to our understanding of how Earth’s climate system responds to carbon pollution.

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Lying by emission: Peabody Coal can’t handle the truth about the cost of carbon pollution 25.8.2015 MinnPost
Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest private-sector coal company, is having a tough time of things. As coal prices have declined over the last year, the inaugural title holder of Newsweek’s least environmentally-friendly company ranking has seen its stock price plummet to under $1 and its credit ratings downgraded to sub-investment grade. Last month, in the week leading up to the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce the United States’ dependence on coal, Peabody posted a quarterly net loss of $1 billion. Leili Fatehi Also having a tough time is the whole of the Earth and everything living on it. Coal power is contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, sea acidification and other devastating impacts with huge economic and human costs. In Minnesota alone, fossil fuel power production is costing more than $2.1 billion each year in health and environmental impacts. Pollution from Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy’s coal plants alone are ...
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Our strategy to rebuild New Orleans for the threats it will face in 50 years' time 25.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Jeff Hebert was moved to return home to New Orleans by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. In the decade since, he has been at the heart of efforts to rebuild a stronger city, culminating in today’s launch of a future masterplan I’m from the New Orleans area, but in 2005 was living in New York doing neighbourhood redevelopment work. I watched Katrina unfold on television, and after seeing those shocking images, I felt passionately that I needed to come home and use my training to help rebuild the city. I didn’t get to New Orleans until about a month later. My brother picked me up and we drove around the city – we saw awful devastation. His house on Jena Street in Uptown, near the Baptist hospital, was flooded. The entire first floor was ruined; mould had begun to eat the walls. The wooden floors were buckled and the smell was putrid. There was debris all over the streets, and there had been many fires in that ...
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Great Barrier Reef: climate change is biggest threat to native species – study 25.8.2015 Guardian: Science

Tropical species with narrower ranges were more likely to die out in a rapidly warming climate, scientists say, as ‘invaders’ encroach on established lifeforms

Species native to the Great Barrier Reef are more likely to face extinction through climate change than marine life elsewhere that can adapt by “invading” new regions, according to new research.

The largest study to date on the impacts of climate change on marine biodiversity found that many species would cope by finding new waters.

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Heatwaves are on the rise in Algeria due to climate change, says specialist 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Mahi Tabet-Aoul says Algeria is not responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gases, but it will still suffer greatly from the impact of climate change, reports El Watan de Algerie

While there has been a gradual drop in temperatures, this summer Algerians experienced a heatwave over 40 days. Is this normal?

It’s unusual if you live in the northern, coastal Algerian cities, where maximum temperatures never drop below 36C; that’s our average body temperature, so it’s all related. However, 40C would be a more ‘normal’ temperature if you live in central Algeria or in the south.

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Adapting to air pollution with clean air stands in China 24.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

As with climate change, both mitigation and adaptation are needed to tackle air pollution in China

To adapt or to mitigate? That is the question that faces governments and industries across the globe as the impacts of climate change and pollution become ever clearer. It turns out, we will need to do both. The longer we allow pollution to be freely emitted, the fewer and more expensive will be the choices remaining to us.

Pollution adaptation can take many forms, but it generally means dealing with a pollutant after it has been emitted, or it can mean changing infrastructure to make it more resilient to heavy rains, floods, or more intense storms.

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The world has noted Australia's lack of ambition on climate change | Connie Hedegaard 24.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Australia’s politicians seem to have accepted that climate change is happening and must be addressed urgently. So why are they delaying?

For an outsider to understand another country’s climate policy is never easy. Australia is certainly no exception. As a European observer, the recent debate about climate action in Australia is particularly puzzling.

Related: Former EU climate chief Hedegaard backs fossil fuel divestment

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Middle East conflict 'drastically altered' air pollution levels in region – study 22.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Rise of Isis led to substantial decrease in NO2 emissions in Baghdad and central Iraq since 2013, say researchers, with similar trends seen in Egypt and Syria

War, humanitarian catastrophe and economic crises in the Middle East have “drastically altered” air pollution levels in the region, according to a new study.

In major cities across Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt, the levels of nitrogen oxides have dropped by 20-50% since 2010, researchers told the Guardian. Satellite observations show that before 2010, levels had been on a steady and marked rise since the mid 1990s, when monitoring of pollution in the region from space began.

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Environmental activism is taking root in Islam | Adam Khyas for the Conversation 21.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
A group of Islamic scholars have called on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to take action on climate change. Religious principles support them Muslims have a religious duty to take action against climate change, according to a declaration released by a major group of Islamic scholars, faith leaders and politicians from 20 countries. The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change , launched in Istanbul, is aimed at the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and suggests mosques and Islamic schools should immediately take action. In using religious authority to call for stronger climate-change policies at the UN summit in Paris this December, the Islamic declaration follows a similar intervention by the pope earlier in the ...
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Abbott government's zeal for political hyperbole makes facts dispensable 21.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

It was easy to miss in the prime minister’s bluster about green ‘sabotage’ of the Carmichael mine, but the project’s delay was down to administrative error

Perhaps due to the repeated deployment of blunt-force political hyperbole, the government appears to have developed an almost complete immunity to facts.

Listening to the prime minister’s angry rhetoric about green “sabotage” of the $16bn Carmichael coalmine, for example, you may have missed the fact that it was not delayed by “vigilante” green groups succeeding in an attempt to use legal process to defend worthless skinks and a snake, but rather by the fact that the environment minister Greg Hunt and/or his department made a mistake.

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GM trees 'strangled' by red tape 21.8.2015 BBC: Business
US researchers say it has become "virtually impossible" to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world.
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