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Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia's land 30.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Tree and shrub-planting program has transformed degraded and deforested land across Africa, with Ethiopia planning to restore a further 15m hectares by 2030

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WorldViews: India launches its own Air Quality Index. Can its numbers be trusted? 17.10.2014 Washington Post: World
After years of facing flak from global health experts for not doing enough to tackle worsening air pollution, India now says it will launch its own national air quality index in the next five years. The index will rank 66 Indian cities and provide associated health risks in a color-coded manner that can be understood by everyone. The move, officials say, could raise public awareness of an issue that many Indians often overlook, but also push them to demand higher quality standards and ...
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Why a carbon tax is good for you 3.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Critics of climate action like to say that helping our environment would hurt our economy. Climate-change denier Sen. Jim Inhofe has written that "manmade catastrophic global warming was the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" and that cap-and-trade legislation could cause the loss of over 4 million jobs.
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Forests are emerging out from the shadow of fossil fuels in climate debate 2.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Letting people living in forests become natures guardian is bringing both development and saving ecosystems

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Bring Social Justice in From the Cold as We Get Closer to a Global Climate Change Deal 1.10.2014 Truthout.com
The  UN Climate Summit  in New York brought together politics, business and civil society to build up momentum for major climate change talks in Paris next year. After the disappointments of the acrimonious Copenhagen meeting in 2009, there is now a chance for a global agreement on action against climate change. Low carbon development pledges and substantial financing of the Green Climate Fund are one side of the coin. But climate justice is also about social justice, and leaders must address the demands and respect the needs of people most vulnerable and already suffering from the impacts of climate change. The world’s poorest people are the worst affected by climate change and these groups were certainly represented in New York, but will they be listened to? If it is to have a lasting impact, the Paris meeting must successfully integrate a “top-down” global agreement to restrict global warming to 2°C, together with a “bottom-up” strategy whereby countries set their own contributions to reduced ...
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Bring Social Justice In From the Cold As We Get Closer to a Global Climate Change Deal 1.10.2014 Truthout.com
The  UN Climate Summit  in New York brought together politics, business and civil society to build up momentum for major climate change talks in Paris next year. After the disappointments of the acrimonious Copenhagen meeting in 2009, there is now a chance for a global agreement on action against climate change. Low carbon development pledges and substantial financing of the Green Climate Fund are one side of the coin. But climate justice is also about social justice, and leaders must address the demands and respect the needs of people most vulnerable and already suffering from the impacts of climate change. The world’s poorest people are the worst affected by climate change and these groups were certainly represented in New York, but will they be listened to? If it is to have a lasting impact, the Paris meeting must successfully integrate a “top-down” global agreement to restrict global warming to 2°C, together with a “bottom-up” strategy whereby countries set their own contributions to reduced ...
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Why the Web of Life Is Dying 1.10.2014 Truthout.com
"There's eventually a point at which the biological systems of planet Earth that support human life will just stop functioning if it loses too many species and thus too badly frays the web of life." (Photo: Dom Dada ) Could you survive with just half of your organs? Think about it. What if you had just half your brain, one kidney, half of your heart, one lung, half a liver and only half of your skin? It would be pretty hard to survive right? Sure, you could survive losing just one kidney or half of your liver, but at some point, losing pieces from all of your organs would be too much and you would die. Well, this is exactly what's happening to the web of life on planet Earth right now. Like the human body, our planet is a living organism, and like the organs in the body, all of our planet's species are interconnected. They form the web of life. And, just like the human body can survive with just one kidney or one eye, our planet and the web of life can survive without a few species here and there. But, ...
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Why the Web of Life Is Dying 1.10.2014 Truthout.com
"There's eventually a point at which the biological systems of planet Earth that support human life will just stop functioning if it loses too many species and thus too badly frays the web of life." (Photo: Dom Dada ) Could you survive with just half of your organs? Think about it. What if you had just half your brain, one kidney, half of your heart, one lung, half a liver and only half of your skin? It would be pretty hard to survive right? Sure, you could survive losing just one kidney or half of your liver, but at some point, losing pieces from all of your organs would be too much and you would die. Well, this is exactly what's happening to the web of life on planet Earth right now. Like the human body, our planet is a living organism, and like the organs in the body, all of our planet's species are interconnected. They form the web of life. And, just like the human body can survive with just one kidney or one eye, our planet and the web of life can survive without a few species here and there. But, ...
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Winged Warnings: Built for Survival, Birds in Trouble From Pole to Pole 30.9.2014 Truthout.com
Sole descendents of the dinosaurs, birds have penetrated nearly every ecosystem on Earth and then tailored their own size, habits and colors to each one, pollinating, dispersing seeds, controlling bugs, cleaning up carrion and fertilizing plants, all the while singing notes so beguiling that hearing them makes even the urban dweller pause to listen. Birds are the planet’s superheroes, built for survival. But for all their superhuman powers, they are in trouble. Startled by a glacier calving, the black-legged kittiwakes took to the sky in a flurry of activity, St Jonsfjorden, Prins Karls Forland in Greenland. (Photo: Marie and Alistair Knock ) 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! The ice of Antarctica doesn’t faze birds. Nor does the heat of the tropics. They thrive in the desert, in swamps, on the open ocean, on sheer rock faces, on treeless tundra, atop airless mountaintops and ...
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Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF 30.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats

See picture gallery of wild animals facing decline

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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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The Wilderness Act Turns 50: Celebrating the Great Laws of 1964 29.9.2014 Truthout.com
Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964. The first thing to know about 1964 was that, although it occurred in the 1960s, it wasn’t part of “the Sixties.” The bellbottoms, flower power, LSD, and craziness came later, beginning about 1967 and extending into the early 1970s. Trust me: I was there, and I don’t remember much; so by the  dictum  variously attributed to Grace Slick, Dennis Hopper, and others (that if you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t part of them), I must really have been there. 1964 was a revolutionary year. It was a time when Congress actually addressed the people’s business, and it gave us at least three great laws. One was the monumental  Civil Rights Act , which aspired to complete the tragic and sanguinary work of the Civil War and achieve the promise of the Thirteenth Amendment. The least known of the three was the  Land and Water Conservation Fund Act , which, by drawing on revenue from offshore oil and gas leases, provided the means for the federal and ...
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Beyond climate change treaties: 'a deal in Paris is not essential' 29.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Ahead of the climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on international agreements, reports Yale Environment 360

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The Wilderness Act Turns 50, Celebrating the Great Laws of 1964 29.9.2014 Truthout.com
Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964. The first thing to know about 1964 was that, although it occurred in the 1960s, it wasn’t part of “the Sixties.” The bellbottoms, flower power, LSD, and craziness came later, beginning about 1967 and extending into the early 1970s. Trust me: I was there, and I don’t remember much; so by the  dictum  variously attributed to Grace Slick, Dennis Hopper, and others (that if you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t part of them), I must really have been there. 1964 was a revolutionary year. It was a time when Congress actually addressed the people’s business, and it gave us at least three great laws. One was the monumental  Civil Rights Act , which aspired to complete the tragic and sanguinary work of the Civil War and achieve the promise of the Thirteenth Amendment. The least known of the three was the  Land and Water Conservation Fund Act , which, by drawing on revenue from offshore oil and gas leases, provided the means for the federal and ...
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World Bank accuses itself of failing to protect Kenya forest dwellers 29.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Leaked document says World Bank violated its own safeguards in dealings with Sengwer people evicted from their lands

A leaked copy of a World Bank investigation seen by the Guardian has accused the bank of failing to protect the rights of one of Kenyas last groups of forest people, who are being evicted from their ancestral lands in the name of climate change and conservation.

Thousands of homes belonging to hunter-gatherer Sengwer people living in the Embobut forest in the Cherangani hills were burned down earlier this year by Kenya forest service guards who had been ordered to clear the forest as part of a carbon offset project that aimed to reduce emissions from deforestation.

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Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: the future has arrived 28.9.2014 Guardian: Environment
Evidence from around the world supports scientists' assertion that global warming is already happening Continue reading...
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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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Climate Change: The Next Generation 25.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming. As world leaders converge for the UN’s global summit on climate and thousands gather in New York for the People’s Climate March , Bill talks to 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming. Kelsey Juliana comes by her activism naturally – her parents met in the 1990’s while fighting the logging industry’s destruction of old growth forests and she attended her first protest when she was two months old. Now just out of high school, she’s co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit being spearheaded by Our Children’s Trust that could force the state of Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against the carbon emissions warming the earth and destroying the environment. She’s walking across America as part of the Great March for Climate Action, due to arrive in Washington, DC, on November 1. “You don’t have to ...
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Big business steals the show at New York climate talks 24.9.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Corporations and fund managers were lining up in New York to pledge they would decarbonise their investments, dwarfing the promises of national ...
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