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Deep Inside the Wild World of China's Fracking Boom 18.9.2014 Mother Jones
IX. Unfit for Drinking The guests at the compound that week were gearing up for another great leap: a push to export the United States' fracking boom to China's vast shale fields—and beyond. Attendees slid into black leather chairs behind glossy rosewood tables, facing a stage flanked by large projector screens. Chinese businessmen wore high-waist slacks with belts clasped over their bellies. I watched as one thumbed through business cards bearing the logos of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton. Behind closed doors, a select group of Chinese and American officials and executives held a "senior VIP meeting." Outside, a troop of People's Liberation Army guards marched in tight formation. The US-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum , sponsored by the US departments of Commerce and Energy, as well as China's National Energy Administration, has convened for the last 13 years. But the focus turned to shale gas in 2009, when President Obama and then-President Hu Jintao announced an agreement to ...
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Climate change may add billions to wildfire costs, study says 17.9.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Go low-carbon for the money, says high-profile report 16.9.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
A low-carbon economy will deliver fast economic growth, better lives and save the environment to boot, claims an audacious report from top ...
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Sydneys waters could be tropical in decades, heres the bad news 16.9.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Our research points to a widespread tropicalisation of temperate coastlines such as Sydney within the next few decades. This may sound pleasant, but it might not be Welcome to tropical Sydney, where colourful surgeonfishes and parrotfishes are plentiful, corals have replaced kelp forests, and underwater life seems brighter, more colourful and all-round better. Or is it? While this vision of a future Sydney is just an embellished cartoon of what climate change would do off the citys coastline, our recent research does point to a widespread tropicalisation of temperate coastlines such as Sydney within the next few decades. This may sound pleasant, but it can lead to unwanted ...
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Drought bites as Amazons flying rivers dry up 15.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Scientists say deforestation and climate change responsible for forests not producing vapour clouds that bring rain to Brazil, reports Climate News Network

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Urban wastelands worth millions for what they give us 12.9.2014 New Scientist: Health
Abandoned lots in cities may seem like a waste of space, but the ecosystem services they provide can be worth hundreds of millions of ...
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Half of bird species face homelessness as changing climate moves habitat 11.9.2014 MinnPost
USFWS photo by Gary J. Wege Among the likely and much-reported examples of how these shifts might play out: a Minnesota without loons, a Baltimore without orioles. This has been a bad-news week for American birders; also for non-birders who grasp that broad threats to our planet's feathered species must also imperil the health of all the others. The first of two discouraging reports came from the National Audubon Society. It has been widely reported as predicting that as a consequence of habitat shifts driven by climate change, half of North American bird species are likely to be homeless within this century. Actually, that would be an optimistic reading of the main findings in " Birds and Climate Change ," a rigorous seven-year effort to overlay climate predictions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the remarkable data sets generated by a decades of citizen bird counts. Because of Audubon's Christmas Bird Count, begun in 1900, and the North American Breeding Bird Survey begun with U.S. ...
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Amazon deforestation jumps 29% 11.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Satellite figures show surge in deforestation, as agriculture expands in states of Para and Mato Grosso

The destruction of the worlds largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29% spike in deforestation, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains seen since 2009.

Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July 2013 showed that 5,891 sq km of forest were cleared in the Brazilian Amazon, an area half the size of Puerto Rico.

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Rocky Mountain forests are dying, report finds, blaming climate change 10.9.2014 Denver Post: Local
Forests throughout the Rocky Mountains are dying, and aspen trees increasingly will be among the victims, according to a new report by science advocacy ...
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NASA to map earth forests in 3D 10.9.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Sep 10 : The US space agency, NASA, is developing the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Lidar device to map forests on Earth in 3D and increase understanding of their role in the carbon cycle.
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Rising carbon dioxide emissions push greenhouse gases to record high 9.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

CO2 concentrations in Earths atmosphere increasing at their fastest rate for 30 years, meteorologists warn

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Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so 8.9.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.
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Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so 8.9.2014 AP National
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject....
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Foreign powers buy influence at think tanks, probe finds 7.9.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

WASHINGTON -- The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway's partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a U.S. foreign-aid program.

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Foreign powers buy influence at think tanks 7.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
An increase in foreign money seems to be transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington, D.C.
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Foreign powers buy influence at think tanks 7.9.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
An increase in foreign money seems to be transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington, D.C.
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Dealer Joins Dots Between Climate and Aboriginal Art 6.9.2014 Truthout.com
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In the Years of Living Dangerously, Part 1 6.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

The Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously investigates the impacts of climate change

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The ten worst environment decisions in Abbott's first year 6.9.2014 Guardian: Environment
A year after his election, what does the Abbott government's environmental record look like? The answer is not pretty. Continue reading...
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New York climate summit is a chance to push for long-term climate neutrality 4.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

A meeting of heads of state with Ban Ki-moon is an opportunity to look at how we get greenhouse gas emissions to zero

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