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India will be renewables superpower, says energy minister 1.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

$100bn investment likely in five years but coal power plants will also expand rapidly to provide electricity to every Indian village

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Cool Melbourne: whichever party wins the election, climate change is urgent 1.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Cities must urgently plan for a zero-carbon economy to protect themselves from the worst effects of global warming, say three experts in this edited book extract

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Climate Change Is Driving Heat Waves Around the World 1.10.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was "largely attributable" to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday . Heat waves in Japan, Korea, China and Europe were also "substantially influenced" by global warming, the report found. For the synthesis report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 22 groups of scientists looked at 16 extreme weather events that took place in 2013. The paper concludes that at this time, it is more difficult to discern the human impact on other extreme events, such as the drought in California, extreme rainfall in Colorado, and an early-season blizzard in South Dakota. This is the third annual report on the connections between individual extreme weather events and climate change, led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The studies reached mixed ...
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Global wildlife population declined by half since 1970: WWF 30.9.2014 New Kerala: World News
Geneva, Sep 30 : The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Tuesday that the global wildlife population has declined by more than half over the last four decades.
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Greenland Ice Sheet more sensitive to climate change than 30.9.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Sept 30 : A new study has revealed that despite its apparent stability, the massive ice sheet covering most of Greenland is more sensitive to climate change than earlier estimates have suggested.
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Earth lost 50 pc of wildlife populations in 4 decades: Report 30.9.2014 New Kerala: World News
London, Sept 30 : A new report has revealed that global wildlife population has been halved in 40 years.
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The Obvious Relationship Between Climate and Family Planning - and Why We Don't Talk About It 30.9.2014 Truthout.com
Several years ago, Bill Gates keynoted a breakfast for Seattle-based Climate Solutions , a nonprofit focused on advancing the clean energy economy and driving practical, profitable solutions to climate change. Gates opened his speech with an equation. To paraphrase: Our carbon problem = persons x services x the energy intensity of services x the carbon intensity of energy. The number of people is growing, Gates observed, and we all want more services. While Americans arguably consume too many goods and services, billions of people currently living in dire poverty need more. He then spent the rest of the time discussing the last two factors in the equation. Recently, Robert Engelman and Samuel Codjoe published an article at Grist titled, “ Hey, UN: Climate Change and Population are related. ” They pointed out the fact that the United Nations would soon be hosting back-to-back conferences about population and climate change respectively, and they lamented that neither conference would likely address the ...
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Frac-sand mining boom is accelerating and eluding regulators, analysis finds 30.9.2014 MinnPost
A new report on frac-sand mining suggests that Americans living near desirable silica deposits should brace themselves for a long and lasting boom — not just in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where the bulk of the mining has occurred so far and is likely to keep expanding, but in more than a dozen other states stretching as far to the north and east as Maine. "Communities at Risk: Frac Sand Mining in the Upper Midwest" is not a neutral assessment by any means. It was prepared by the Civil Society Institute in partnership with the Environmental Working Group ; both groups advocate for policies that would shift U.S. energy systems away from oil, natural gas and coal as a necessary response to global warming. But this survey of the current frac-sand landscape is based on respectable research, much of it from sources without advocacy involvement  and some of it, in fact, from industry groups, business publications and government agencies on the order of the Wisconsin and Minnesota departments of natural ...
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Corporations Are Not Going to Save Us From Climate Disruption 30.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
With apparent naïveté, the UN insists on taking its cue from the very corporations who are responsible for degrading the planet, destroying lives and creating the crisis in the first place. This is pervasive throughout institutions and governments across the globe, not only the UN. The reason is money. Participants in the People's Climate March 2014 in New York City, September 21. (Photo: South Bend Voice ) Truthout readers like you made this story possible. Show your support for independent news and make a tax-deductible donation today! This past week in New York saw some remarkable actions around climate change. The massive People's Climate March was perhaps the main media spectacle, but it was not the only, or necessarily the most important event. Another important one: the Climate Justice Summit, which featured the voices and testimonials of people all around the country and the globe who are on the frontlines, bearing the brunt of both ruthless extraction and destruction of their lands and ...
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Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children 29.9.2014 Mother Jones
ClaudioVentrella/Thinkstock It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , Naomi Klein examines the effect that our reliance on fossil fuels has on the most helpless members of the animal kingdom—as well as on our own children. "In species after species, climate change is creating pressures that are depriving life-forms of their most essential survival tool: the ability to create new life and carry on their genetic lines," Klein writes. "Instead, the spark of life is being extinguished, snuffed out in its earliest, most fragile days: in the egg, in the embryo, in the nest, in the den." Take the case of the leatherback sea turtles. These ancient creatures have been around for 150 million years , making them the ...
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Belief, bias and Bayes 28.9.2014 Guardian: Science

Evidence can modify our beliefs, but the impact it has depends upon those beliefs. An 18 century priest has something to say about that, in what could be seen as a mathematical formulation of the scientific method

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U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’ 27.9.2014 Washington Post

The Obama administration appears to be losing ground in its efforts to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, according to new government figures that show pollution levels rising again after several years of gradual decline.

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Crazy weather traced to Arctic's impact on jet stream 26.9.2014 New Scientist: Focus on America
Evidence is mounting that melting of Arctic ice is weakening the jet stream, causing weeks of cold, hot or stormy weather in the northern ...
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"What's Possible," a New Film for World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming 26.9.2014 Truthout.com
More than 120 world leaders – including President Barack Obama – kicked off a one-day United Nations’ summit on climate change in New York City by viewing What’s Possible, a short film on the urgency of global warming. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film’s images, some disturbing and some magnificent, are meant to remind them of what’s at stake: global warming will place our planet and all its inhabitants at destruction’s door unless our governments take immediate action. The creators of the four-minute film, Lyn Davis Lear and Louie Schwartzberg, spoke with Bill about what they hope their film — translated into six languages and simulcast around the world — will achieve. “They have to focus on the fact that all of us together united add up to something significant,” Lear told Bill. “And the world leaders need to know there is a movement happening right now. People want this to happen.” The film is not only meant to make an impact on world leaders but also on the world’s citizens. As Schwartzberg puts ...
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Climate impact of black carbon severely overestimated, says study 26.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Global warming efforts should focus on CO2, not soot particles known as black carbon, say Norwegian team

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The UN climate summit reveals India's hypocrisy on saving forests 26.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Environment minister argues for historical justice on cutting carbon, but denies it to tribes living in the countrys forests

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US to create world's largest marine reserve 25.9.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Sep 25 : The US will create the world's largest marine reserve, stretching over about 1,270,000 sq km of the Pacific ocean, the White House press service said.
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Obama to create world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean 25.9.2014 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama will use his legal authority Thursday to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional ...
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What the Movement Against Mass Incarceration Can Learn From the Struggle for Climate Justice 24.9.2014 Truthout.com
The movement against mass incarceration can learn much from the struggle for climate justice. Environmental justice activists' engagement with governments, global organizations and corporations holds many lessons in fighting for justice in the criminal legal system. A general view of world leaders meeting during the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development or Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June 3, 1992. (Photo: Michos Tzovaras / UN Photo ) Truthout only exists thanks to the support of our readers. Help us continue to publish truly independent journalism by making a tax-deductible donation today! As the eyes of the social justice world turn to the UN climate summit this week, those of us involved in the struggle against mass incarceration would do well to examine the history of the campaign for climate justice. A starting point to connect the histories of the two movements might be illusions of progress. For the past four years, anti-mass incarceration activists have ...
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Climate change summit: Julie Bishop commends Australias emission targets 24.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Foreign minister takes more conservative stance than other leaders, saying larger industrial nations should do more

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