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Queensland's proposed Carmichael coal mine faces legal bid over climate change 31.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Environmental groups say the $16.5bn mine will pose ‘unacceptable risks’ to the climate, the Great Barrier Reef and the region’s economy

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Oceans in Crisis: One Woman Will Cross the Pacific to Raise Awareness 30.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Sonya Baumstein) Sonya Baumstein aims to be the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean, and in doing so, hopes to raise awareness of the crisis the oceans are in due to human-caused climate disruption. (Photo: Sonya Baumstein) Sonya Baumstein has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, kayaked from Seattle to Juneau, and paddled across the Bering Strait. But now she is in final preparations to become, at 29 years old, the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean. From Choshi, Japan, to San Francisco, her route will carry her over 5,700 nautical miles of what is arguably the most challenging open ocean crossing in the world, one that will include winds in excess of 50 knots, over 40-foot-high seas, and the threat of freighters and other large vessels. She will take on the 150-plus day voyage solo, in her 23-foot rowboat, supported only by a small land-based group of advisers via satellite phone. "This is all aimed towards shining the light on climate change." Truthout caught up with Baumstein in ...
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Doctors and academics call for ban on 'inherently risky' fracking 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Letter to BMJ prompted by new report from health charity Medact recommending UK-wide moratorium on fracking for shale gas

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Leaving all fossil fuels in the ground is 'for the fairies', says Chris Smith 30.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Leave as much in the ground as possible but gas will continue to have to be burnt during a transition to cleaner fuels, says former UK Environment Agency chief

Significant quantities of known coal and tar sands reserves will need to be kept in the ground to avoid the worst climate change impacts, the former chief of the UK Environment Agency has said.

But he said that lower carbon fuels such as gas would need to be extracted and burned while the world economy moves away from fossil fuels.

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Sustainable Living Means Making Big Changes; Why Can't We Face Up to It? 29.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Get used to bike riding - cleaner cars won't be enough. (Image: Riding bicycle via Shutterstock) Despite the significant risks for human and non-human life, greenhouse gas emissions (GhG) are still rising. Something has to give – and that something would appear more significant than those with the power to stimulate change are willing to admit. The UK government’s Global Calculator is a good example. This recently released tool allows us to model the compatibility of our food, travel, housing and work environment with national targets to limit climate change. The climate secretary, Ed Davey, reckons the calculator shows “everyone in the world can prosper while limiting global temperature rises to two degrees, preventing the most serious impacts of climate change.” Yet even the most ambitious changes the tool advocates deviate little from our current “normal” patterns of behaviour – supposedly “essential” appliances still include tumble driers, while under the “extremely ambitious” scenario, the urban car ...
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Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour 29.3.2015 CNN-IBN Top Stories
"In Australia, agriculture is the most vulnerable industry to the impacts of climate change," said national Earth Hour manager for Australia, Anna Rose.
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What Lies Behind the Recent Surge of Amazon Deforestation 27.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
After declining by more than 70 percent in recent years, deforestation in the Amazon is soaring. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, scientist Philip Fearnside explains what's driving the clearing of the Amazon and what needs to be done to once again bring deforestation under control. Ecologist Philip Fearnside has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon for 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on deforestation in the world's largest tropical forest. A professor at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon, Fearnside has focused his work on how to sustainably develop the Amazon in the face of enormous pressures to cut and clear the forest. Fearnside is now watching with alarm as, after a decade of declining deforestation rates, the pace of cutting and forest clearing in the Amazon is on the rise again. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Fearnside explains the factors behind the resurgence in deforestation, including a slowly improving global economy, rising commodity ...
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Solar Energy Lights Up in Latin America 27.3.2015 Truthout.com
In the face of rising global temperatures, glacial retreat, and ocean acidification, sustainable development of renewable resources has become more important than ever before. The U.S. government's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continues to report that within the past 12 years the globe has endured ten of the warmest years on record, and sea levels have risen an astounding 17 centimeters (or 6 and a half inches) within the past century. [i] However, recent advancements in solar energy could potentially lead to a solution that would feature the role of Latin American countries. According to GTM Research, a division of Greentech Media, the solar photovoltaic (PV) market in Latin America grew 370 percent in 2014, due to 625 megawatts (MW) worth of installations developed throughout the region during the year. [ii] In fact, with its 169 percent increase in solar energy between 2012 and 2014, Latin America is the "fastest-growing solar market in history." [iii] This rate even surpasses ...
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Rockefeller Brothers Fund: it is our moral duty to divest from fossil fuels 27.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
In an exclusive interview, Rockefeller Brothers Fund chair, Valerie Rockefeller Wayne and president, Stephen Heintz, talk about the decision to cut ties to fossil fuels, what it meant for the divestment movement and the challenges involved On a perfect summer day in June 2014, on the grounds of a stately home overlooking the Hudson river, a handful of the descendants of America’s most enduring business dynasty made a fateful decision: they would cut their ties to fossil fuels in order to fight climate change. The ironies were inescapable. About half of those gathered for the board meeting were direct descendants of John D Rockefeller – founder of the oil empire that eventually became ExxonMobil – and here they were, gathered in the estate he built at Pocantico Hills, New York, surrounded by a collection of antique gas guzzlers and limousines, preparing to take a highly symbolic stand against fossil ...
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In the run-up to the U.N.'s climate change conference, a few (small) signs of hope 27.3.2015 MinnPost
It seems fitting. The world’s governments face a deadline at the end this month to reveal their goals for reducing carbon emissions ahead of a major U.N. conference in Paris. But with the deadline looming, the City of Light was itself choking this week in a thick blanket of smog. You think maybe Mother Nature was trying to make a point?  Be it domestic or international, the politics of pollution and climate change are always contentious. In the U.S. this week, the Supreme Court heard the latest challenge to the Obama administration’s efforts to toughen environmental regulation. This time it was about toxic pollutants released by power plants. Then there’s the case of Chinese journalist Chai Jing, which was truly outrageous. In case you missed it, her documentary, “ Under the Dome ,” went viral in China after it was released about a month ago. In style and impact, it was compared to Al Gore’s 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Estimates of the number of people who saw it ran into the hundreds of ...
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Let’s keep talking: why public dialogue on science and technology matters more than ever 27.3.2015 Guardian: Science

Experiments in public engagement, pioneered by the Sciencewise programme, are one of the quiet success stories of UK science policy over the past decade.

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How Twitter, TV, newspapers reported IPCC's climate evidence 26.3.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'How Twitter, TV, newspapers reported IPCC's climate evidence' at newkerala.com.
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As currents slow, seas may rise 26.3.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – We’re now seeing a slowdown of the great ocean circulation that, among other planetary roles, helps to partly drive the Gulf Stream off the U.S. East Coast. The consequences could be dire – including significant extra sea level rise for coastal cities such as New York and Boston.The study, by Stefan...
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In vast swaths of rural New South Wales, there's only one election issue: coal seam gas 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

CSG is a big vote swinger in the country, with many communities declaring themselves ‘gasfield free’. This is not just about the environment, writes our reporter: it’s also about people wanting to be heard

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One in six UK homes at risk from flooding, says MPs report 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Current levels of flood protection for five million properties face ‘major risks’ due to lack of long-term defence maintenance budgets, MPs have warned

England’s ability to sustain current levels of flood protection for homes and businesses faces “major risks”, MPs have warned.

Some five million properties across the country, or around one in six, are at risk of flooding from coastal, river and surface water, and climate change is increasing the risks of extreme weather and floods, a report by the public accounts committee said.

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Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance "Essential" for Paris Agreement 25.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses. In a recent public statement, the Marshall Islands' president, Christopher Loeak, said, "The world's best scientists, and what we see daily with our own eyes, all tell us that without urgent and transformative action by the big polluters to reduce emissions and help us to build resilience, we are headed for a world of constant climate catastrophe." Progress on the delivery of climate funding pledges by the international community could also decide outcomes at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in December, they say. "It is reassuring to see many countries, including some very generous developing countries, step forward with promises to capitalise the  ...
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UK's coastal railways vulnerable to climate threat, expert warns 24.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Track vulnerable to waves, landslides and storms includes sections that carry nuclear waste to Sellafield in Cumbria and from Wylfa in north Wales, says author of a new book on UK coastal railways

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Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church 24.3.2015 Guardian: Science

Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world’s poorest people and those who deny it are not using God’s gift of knowledge, says presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

The highest ranking woman in the Anglican communion has said climate denial is a “blind” and immoral position which rejects God’s gift of knowledge.

It’s hard work when you have a climate denier who will not see the reality of scientific truth.

Related: World Council of Churches rules out fossil fuel investments

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Back Climate Action image competition – in pictures 24.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

A selection of winning and other best images from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s photography competition that invited people to illustrate how climate change impacts or may impact the things they care about most

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Scotland advised to take strong action after missing emissions target again 24.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Committee on climate change advises Edinburgh to rethink cuts on air duty and introduce measures to reduce road traffic Scottish politicians should consider congestion charges, reducing speed limits and rethink plans to cut air passenger duty after Scotland again missed its climate targets, an influential advisory committee has said. The committee on climate change, the Scottish government’s official advisers, said far-reaching action was needed to reduce CO2 emissions after the reduction targets were missed for the third time by some ...
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