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The most polluted US national parks 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Air pollution in many national parks, from Yosemite to Joshua Tree and Kings Canyon, means a hike in the ‘fresh air’ is not as healthy as it seems, reports Mother Jones It’s late summer, and Americans are flocking to the country’s national parks for some recreation and fresh air. But a study released this week by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) found that air in some of the country’s most popular parks is not so fresh – and it’s potentially hazardous. The report rated the country’s 48 parks in three categories: levels of ozone (a pollutant that can irritate or damage lungs), haziness, and the impacts of climate change on the park. Here are the 12 worst contenders (full list available here ...
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Lancashire fracking: appeal against refusal may take 16 months 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Long wait will further delay government energy plans following councillors’ rejection of Cuadrilla scheme to frack at two sites in Fylde

Ministers have been told they may have to wait at least 16 months before learning whether fracking will be allowed in Lancashire, in a severe blow to the government’s energy plans.

Civil servants are concerned that the appeal process against a decision to reject applications at two sites in the county will not conclude until November 2016 at the earliest.

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Orangutans face extinction on Borneo where deforestation is unsustainable: UN 30.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Jul 30 : The massive conversion of Borneo's forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia's largest island, making it "clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our closest relatives," a new United Nations report revealed on Wednesday.
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Obama Wants the US to Build the World’s Fastest Supercomputer 30.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
President Obama wants to pave the for the first exaflop supercomputer---something that's about 30 times faster than today's fastest ...
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Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The Democratic frontrunner’s solar proposal has major holes if she hopes to halt global warming. What would a real climate-change candidate look like?

Hillary Clinton’s pledge on Sunday to support renewable energy and boost subsidies for solar panels was set up as a great unveiling – the Democratic frontrunner’s first public remarks on how her presidency would tackle climate change.

Related: Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen

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World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
  • World Bank’s climate change envoy: ‘ We need to wean ourselves off coal’
  • Bank has stopped funding new coal project except in ‘rare circumstances’

The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries.

In a rebuff to coal, oil and gas companies, Rachel Kyte, the World Bank climate change envoy, said continued use of coal was exacting a heavy cost on some of the world’s poorest countries, in local health impacts as well as climate change, which is imposing even graver consequences on the developing world.

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Climate Pledges by Walmart, Bank of America and 11 Other Companies Are Mostly Symbolic 29.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Corporate pledges by Walmart, Bank of America, Apple and others to reduce their carbon emissions leave a lot to be desired. In fact, including the energy use of corporations' overseas operations, signatories of the American Business Act on Climate Change pledge are not promising much. Corporate signatories of a White House-sponsored climate pledge are not promising much in the way of carbon emissions reduction. (Photo: Carbon Emissions via Shutterstock) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. This week, the White House announced the "American Business Act on Climate Change" pledge, which contains pledges to reduce carbon emissions from 13 of the country's largest corporations. Together their pledges amount to "$140 billion in new low-carbon investment" and "1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy" projects. The July 27 announcement of these pledges has been widely heralded as a game-changing, important move by major ...
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Drought, urbanization and climate: big business opportunities for long-term thinkers 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Resource scarcity is a major business challenge, but evolving market conditions mean companies that can adapt quickly could reap big profits As São Paulo, Brazil, suffers from the worst drought in its history, multinational pulp company Fibria, which is headquartered in the city, is one of many that has felt the pinch. At times, water has been shut off to 40% of the city and even now, after the rainy season, only 6-13% of the city’s reservoir’s capacity has been filled. In response, the company is working to reduce the amount of water it uses for forest irrigation. This isn’t the first time that Fibria has had to adapt to a shifting environment. Over the last several years, the rising scarcity of several essential resources – including water, fertilizer, labor and land – has pushed the company to reconsider its business model. It has diversified into renewable energy, biofuel production and sustainable real estate development. Fibria’s goal is to make these portfolio additions 20% of total free cash flow ...
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Protected birds faring better in Europe 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

EU birds directive is having a positive impact on threatened populations as Dalmatian pelicans, griffon vultures, red kites and cranes see their numbers rise

Birds which have been given the highest level of protection by European rules are faring significantly better than other bird species, research has shown.

The study found birds protected as “annex 1” species under the EU’s birds directive, which requires governments to take action to conserve them, are more likely to have increasing populations than those that are not annex 1.

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Climate change: world’s wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In every South American country, along with Mexico, India, Tanzania and Morocco, concern over climate change is above 90%

People living in the world’s wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.

The analysis of perceptions in 119 countries found living standards and relative wealth are “poor predictors” of whether someone considers climate change to be a severe risk.

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Researchers secure $1M grant from epa to study impact of wildfires 27.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
A team of researchers at the University of Colorado has secured a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the impacts of climate change, including increased wildfires, on indoor air quality and health in low-income Denver-area ...
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Tribes preparing for climate change impact on First Foods 27.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
ELGIN, Ore. (AP) — Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change. The tribes have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to study climate change in the Pacific Northwest and come […]
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Tribes preparing for climate change impact on First Foods 27.7.2015 AP Washington
ELGIN, Ore. (AP) -- Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change....
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Snowpack drought has salmon dying in overheated rivers 26.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Migrating salmon on the Columbia River face tough odds for survival as the lack of snowmelt water and searing summer heat have sent water temperatures soaring.
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Marshall Islands urge Australia to follow its ambitious climate goals 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

It might be one of the world’s smallest countries but the Marshall Islands has set an ambitious target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions - and it wants Australia to do the same, reports The Age

It might be one of the world’s smallest countries but the Marshall Islands has set an ambitious target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions – and it wants Australia to do the same.

In a submission to the United Nations climate change negotiations, the tiny Pacific Island nation has vowed to cut its emissions by 32% from 2010 levels by 2025.

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Investors could lose $4.2tn because of climate change, report warns 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Investments in fossil fuel companies face serious risk from global warming, research by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows

Private investors stand to lose $4.2tn (£2.7tn) on the value of their holdings from the impact of climate change by 2100 even if global warming is held at plus 2C, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has warned.

If firm action is not taken at the forthcoming climate change talks in Paris and the Earth’s temperature warms by a further 5C then investors are facing losses of almost $7tn at today’s prices, new research shows.

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Moo or false: do cow farts contribute to climate change? – quiz 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

How savvy are you about the unexpected forces affecting our planet? Take this quiz to find out

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Climate action isn't preserve of the leftwing, says energy minister 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Amber Rudd cites Margaret Thatcher’s action on global warming as she says tackling climate change cannot be left to just leftwing politicians

The challenge of how best to tackle climate change must not solely be the preserve of leftwing politicians, according to the UK’s energy and climate secretary.

Amber Rudd, who was promoted to secretary of state in May, is to use her first major speech on climate change to argue that the Conservative party’s legacy of action on global warming dates back to Margaret Thatcher.

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Impact investing could help plug $2.5tn funding gap for development 23.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Socially responsible investment can help tackle poverty, hunger and climate change. Can the fragmented industry overcome its barriers to becoming a real force for good? Developing nations need trillions of dollars a year to tackle issues like food security, climate change risks and basic infrastructure. But foreign investment into these countries dropped by 16% in 2014, to $1.23tn, further widening the $2.5tn gap needed annually to address the most critical areas. “The global challenges are so complex and the size of the funding that’s needed is so large, traditional funding sources like philanthropy are probably not going to be sufficient to meet it,” said Anna Kearney, associate director for corporate social responsibility at the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon), which this week released a white paper on the importance of social finance ...
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SNP demands wind farm subsidy U-turn 23.7.2015 BBC: Business
The UK government should relax its clampdown on onshore wind subsidies, the Scottish government says.
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