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A chance to tackle energy issues 22.11.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Energy and water issues do not galvanize the District’s interest the way schools and funding for new stadiums do, but perhaps they should. Without aggressive leadership, the city could become a laggard on climate change, clean rivers and other critical environmental ...
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Texas Hits The Books 22.11.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
For the first time in more than a decade, the Texas State Board of Education adopted new social studies textbooks. But the process came with a few hiccups.
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Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonizing the Economy 21.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The Brazilian Amazon basin in the Rondonia State, April 27, 2012. Environmental groups say the construction of the Jirau and Santo Antônio Dams in Rondônia State displaces indigenous peoples and causes flooding, potentially releasing large quantities of methane gas. (Noah Friedman-Rudovsky/The New York Times). Rio de Janeiro - When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”. Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the region will be able to point to progress in reducing deforestation in the Amazon jungle, especially in the Brazilian portion where forest loss was reduced 80 percent in the last decade, according to official sources. But they say Latin America’s focus ...
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Canada pledges $265m to Green Climate Fund 21.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Harper government fulfils promise to help developing countries address climate impacts, reports RTCC

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We need a new law to protect our wildlife from critical decline 21.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

The Nature and Wellbeing Act could do for the natural world what the Climate Change Act did for curbing emissions – provide a crucial safeguard against attacks by industries and corporate politicians on environmental regulations

One of the fears of those who seek to defend the natural world is that people won’t act until it is too late. Only when disasters strike will we understand how much damage we have done, and what the consequences might be.

I have some bad news: it’s worse than that.

A person exercising a regulatory function to which this section applies must, in the exercise of the function, have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth.

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Tony Abbott keeps digging himself in deeper, and it makes no sense 21.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Abbott government is in untenable positions on climate change and broken election promises and it’s time it took stock

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Pacific Islanders sail 11,000km to deliver message of ocean protection 19.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

A fleet of four Polynesian vaka travelled to Sydney for the World Parks Congress carrying a simple message: the ocean may be vast but it is not limitless, and it needs protecting

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Big Oil Can't Wait For the New Republican Majority in Congress 19.11.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration. None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of Americans. It's already clear that the new Republican leadership in the Senate will make construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, intended to carry heavy oil (or "tar ...
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12* Powerful Climate Allies That GOP Denier Leaders Can't Ignore 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
After my son submitted his college applications a few weeks ago, he confessed not getting into his top choice school would be the "ultimate dreamcrusher." That aptly sums up the dread I started to feel following last week's election. After working on climate change solutions for over 8 years, we are finally beginning to take meaningful steps to curb this epic global challenge. I want my kids and others to have every opportunity to follow their dreams in the world we leave them. Now with the Republican controlled legislature, critical environmental gains are at stake - surely an unintended consequence. Republicans and the mighty fossil fuel industry are eager to gut environmental protections , especially the EPA's Clean Power Plan that will set standards on carbon pollution for the power sector. A host of climate deniers will now head up our nation's environment and science committees. For example, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma will likely chair the Environment and Public Works Committee. In case you ...
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The Other Good News in the U.S.-China Climate Announcement (it's the economy, stupid!) 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
It was one of those sound bites you hear so many times it becomes background noise: China's never going to agree to limit its emissions, so why should we? And at the global level: Sure, some countries are taking action on climate change -- but if the U.S. and China aren't doing their part, what's the point? Last week, the presidents of the U.S. and China changed that conversation , with a joint announcement that both countries are setting concrete targets for reducing emissions. That announcement is a big step forward for climate action. And it also underlines another point that often gets lost in the climate change debate: Reducing emissions can also benefit the economy. Moving to low-carbon energy can benefit the global economy In two papers recently published by Climate Policy Initiative , we look at the low-carbon transition through a financial lens and demonstrate that there are big opportunities to reduce emissions that bring economic benefits at a global scale. For example, if economies that ...
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Analysis: Keystone XL Is Designed for a Burning Planet 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, now under consideration for approval by the U.S. Senate, would have a significant and dangerous impact on the climate, incompatible with the White House goal of a sustainable climate. In line with scientific warnings, President Barack Obama and the U.S. State Department have committed to limiting global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. In the International Energy Agency's 2°C scenario, global oil consumption would fall by 50 percent from current levels by 2050, within the intended operating lifetime of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL environmental impact statement instead assumes that global oil demand will increase over that time period. The baseline used is the Energy Information Administration's 2013 Annual Energy Outlook, which projects that global oil consumption will increase by 30 to 40 percent by 2040. In that scenario, the world would be on a pathway for rapid and catastrophic global warming of 4 to 6°C (or greater) by 2100. To have ...
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Law of Mother Earth: A Vision from Bolivia 19.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just when you think the world is impossible, the world surprises. Looking toward the future, one can easily despair over the scale of change required, the intractability of vested interests and governments, and the human energy and imagination required to make any change for the better. We talk of hope, but when specific actions are considered and expressed, all the reasons against often overwhelm the possibility. Enter Bolivia, where in December 2010, in response to an understanding of the impacts of climate change on the nation's economic and community health, the National Congress voted to support an act to protect the well-being of its citizens by protecting the natural world--its resources, sustainability, and value--as essential to the common good. The act was supported by Bolivian President Evo Morales; revisions of the national legal code were explored; over 2,900 specific conservation programs and anti-pollution projects, conceived as expressions of the practical application of the law, were ...
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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
In seeking to boost fossil fuel production, the GOP leadership is already mapping out plans to fight on several fronts in addition to Keystone XL. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Sparkly Kate, erix! )Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration. None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of ...
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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration. None of their initiatives, however, will have as catastrophic an impact as their coming drive to ensure that fossil fuels will dominate the nation's energy landscape into the distant future, long after climate change has wrecked the planet and ruined the lives of millions of Americans. It's already clear that the new Republican leadership in the Senate will make construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, intended to carry heavy oil (or "tar sands") from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the ...
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Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, We Need Radical Change to Prevent Catastrophic Warming 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a similar pro-Keystone bill backed by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu is facing a tough battle to keep her seat in a runoff next month against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who also happens to be the sponsor of the pro-Keystone bill in the House. Landrieu spoke last week about her support for Keystone. We speak to Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. It has been in the works for more than six years amidst mass protests over its potential to accelerate climate change. The ...
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Study: Polar bears decline 40 percent, raising concerns about warming 18.11.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The bear population in the southern Beaufort Sea shrank to about 900 in 2010, down from about 1,600 in 2004, according to scientists.
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40% decline in polar bears in Alaska, western Canada heightens concern 18.11.2014 LA Times: Environment
The number of polar bears in eastern Alaska and western Canada has declined by 40%, according to a scientific study that raises more questions about the impact of global warming on the creature that has become the symbol of some of its worst effects.
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Report: Feds must help communities adapt to climate change 18.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A panel lists dozens of ways the federal government can better help communities deal with extreme weather and other impacts of climate change.
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Meet the Republicans in Congress who don't believe climate change is real 18.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

On Tuesday, the Senate will vote to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. With Republicans now in control of both chambers in Congress, here’s a round-up of some of the most prominent climate sceptics (and deniers) in the GOP

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Climate change, armed conflict major issues in Asia Pacific region 17.11.2014 Hindu: News
Climate change impact, rights of indigenous peoples and armed conflict which often goes unrecognised by the state emerged as major issues in the Asia Pacific region as the Asian and Pacific confer...
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