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A Time To Choose 30.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the new documentary Time To Choose , director Charles Ferguson posits that there is a way to change the trajectory of climate change. The tools for arresting a dismal future are already in play, being pushed forward by innovators and thinkers who recognize the pressing need. For me, the biggest takeaway from the information-packed narrative was the unvarnished greed of a select few. Their agenda keeps the majority mired in poverty, lacking energy equity, and sick with chemically induced illnesses. The movie is predicated on a breakdown of the prime engines of climate change: • Burning coal, oil, and natural gas • Urban sprawl • Deforestation and industrial agriculture Even novices to the subject of climate disruption are aware that the earth's temperature has risen, due to the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. The frequency and intensity of hurricanes, droughts, and heat waves are part of the story. Supplies of fresh water are in danger, as are coral reefs and ...
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Phasing Out Coal: The Philippines At A Crossroad 28.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
THE TIDE IS RISING: 20,000 Filipinos gathered for the largest march for climate justice in the country's history before the December 2016 Paris Talks. (c) 350.org "Crash in Ph Mining stocks this morning. There go the coal plants too. Can't look." These were the words tweeted by Manny Pangilinan, the CEO of the Philippines' biggest utility Meralco, which heavily invests in coal plants. Mr. Pangilinan is one of the top business tycoons in the country and his tweet was in reaction to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that environmentalist Gina Lopez had been offered the position of Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). His Tweet is just a glimpse of the degree of reaction from the mining and coal industry to this development and the possibilities that are likely to unfold. Ms. Gina Lopez is a well-known environmentalist and vocal anti-mining advocate. In recent times she has lent her voice and support to affected communities and the broad movement in ...
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Berlin Is The Latest City To Pull Out Of Fossil Fuels 23.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Berlin's parliament voted Thursday to pull its money out of coal, gas and oil companies. The new investment policy, part of the German capital's goal of completely weaning off carbon by 2050, will force the city's pension fund -- worth $852.8 million, or €750 million -- to divest from shares of German oil giants RWE and E.ON, as well as the French behemoth Total. The move comes a week after Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, vowed to end its investments in fossil fuels companies, making Berlin the seventh major Western city to join a divestment movement that already includes Paris, Copenhagen, Oslo, Seattle and Melbourne. In September, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the city's five pension funds -- worth a collective $160 billion -- to sell their $33 million exposure to coal, by the far the dirtiest fossil fuel. A handful of smaller U.S. cities have pledged  to curtail fossil fuel investments, too.  “Berlin’s decision to blacklist fossil fuel companies is the latest victory for the divestment ...
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Selling the Planet Short 22.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Don't believe the banks. Because the banking industry is betting on disaster. For the past six years, Rainforest Action Network has evaluated the top global private banks on their financing for the coal sector. But as we heard last December during the U.N. Paris Climate Summit, more urgent action is needed if we are to have any hope of avoiding a 2°C, or even higher, increase in global temperatures. That's why our report card this year looks to meet the ambition set out in Paris , with a focus on bank investments in sectors that are most incompatible with a climate stable future. This includes coal mining, coal power, extreme oil extraction (tar sands, Arctic and ultra-deepwater drilling), and the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that comes from fracking. We found that in the last three years alone, 25 major banks have sunk billions into fossil fuels that are guaranteed to worsen our situation, including: $42 billion for companies active in coal mining; $154 billion for the 20 largest ...
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Climate Change This Week: Requiem for a Reef, Developing Divestment, and More! 22.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
REQUIEM FOR A REEF: THE DEVASTATION OF THE GREAT BARRIER From This ... To This. The devastation of this reef, one of the most beautiful undersea wonders of the world, will not recover in our children's lifetimes, if ever. Diving photographers were saturated with the stench of rotting corals. OO The Great Barrier Reef: Almost A Quarter of All Corals Just Killed, The Rest In Danger due to hot waters that stressed, bleached then killed the corals; the rest are endangered from continuing climate change and pollution. An area the size of Scotland is largely dead. Giant Clams, Too: Beautiful in Life, Starving, then Bleached and Dead - like corals, these Great Barrier giant clams can get heat stressed, ejecting the algae they rely on, and then undergo a slow, starving, bleaching death. Surveys have revealed that 90+ % of the almost 3,000 individual reefs making up the Great Barrier have been touched by bleaching, and almost a quarter - 22% - of coral over the entire Great Barrier Reef has been killed by this ...
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Peabody Coal Bankruptcy Reveals Climate Denial Network Funding 18.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
You don't need an ad blocker to view Truthout, because we don't run advertisements. In fact, we refuse all corporate-interest funding. Help Truthout stay independent: Make a donation now! Peabody Energy,  the world's largest private-sector coal company, has provided funds to a network of individuals, scientists, non-profits and political organizations espousing climate change denial and opposition to efforts to tackle climate change, according to newly  available documents  reviewed by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD/PRWatch). The recipients of funding from Peabody Energy were made public in the company's recent bankruptcy filings. Although the documents filed so far do not show the scale or precise dates of funding -- they only list current creditors -- they demonstrate for the first time that Peabody Energy has financial ties to a very large proportion of the network of groups promoting disinformation around climate change. Who Received Peabody Cash? * Willie Soon. According to the list, ...
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In Detroit, a Victory for Clean Air and Environmental Justice 17.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We've just taken a big step forward toward correcting a major environmental injustice in this country. After 5 years of advocacy led by local residents in the City of River Rouge, just outside Detroit, the local utility announced it will retire coal plants in the community that operate without modern pollution controls and are a major contributor to the area's sky-high rates of asthma. I traveled to the area three times over the past year, and my heart was broken by stories of mothers who lost their children to asthma attacks, school kids leaving soccer fields in ambulances, and regulators who for decades had failed these families. But community leaders were standing up and fighting back , targeting two coal plants without scrubbers that were the source of the lion's share of smog-forming pollution in the area. It was a fight that garnered national media attention, including a Newsweek cover story with the scathing title, " Choking to Death in Detroit: Flint Isn't Michigan's Only Disaster." Then last ...
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It’s time to put a price on carbon 16.6.2016 Writers on the Range
The United States should set a persuasive example for the rest of the world.
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World's Banks Driving Climate Chaos with Hundreds of Billions in Extreme Energy Financing 15.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Turning their backs on climate science and the consensus of governments and civil society across the globe, the world's biggest banks are dangerously advancing the climate crisis by pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into the world's most polluting fossil fuel industries, according to a new report published Tuesday.

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Stockholm Divest from Coal, Oil and Gas 15.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

After one-and-a-half years of citizen-led campaigning, Fossil Free Stockholm declare victory today as the Swedish capital joins cities around the world in withdrawing their funds from coal, oil and gas companies. The amendment of the city's investment policy has led to the withdrawal of approximately 30 million SEK from fossil fuel companies. [1]

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Big Coal Funded This Prominent Climate Change Denier, Docs Reveal 15.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the world’s largest coal companies, Peabody Energy, paid a prominent scientist and dozens of others to promote climate change denial, new documents reveal. The company's  list of creditors , filed to comply with financial disclosure requirements as part of its recent bankruptcy, shows just how many different organizations and individuals Peabody Energy paid to deny climate change. The watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy published a breakdown of creditors  that details their affiliations. One such creditor is Roy Spencer, who teaches at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Spencer, a vocal denier of climate change science who writes a popular blog , has a Ph.D. in meteorology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and was once employed by NASA, according to his website. The Senate often asks him to testify about climate science . Spencer's website claims  he "has never been asked by any oil company to perform any kind of service. Not even Exxon-Mobil." Yet, Peabody Energy's bankruptcy ...
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New Report Finds Banks Betting on Climate Change 15.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), BankTrack, Sierra Club and Oil Change International provides the first look at bank financing for fossil fuels since the Paris Climate Agreement, showing that the world’s biggest banks are driving climate change by pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into extreme fossil fuels.

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Public Turns Out In Force To Demand Coal Leasing Reform 14.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In recent weeks, people have been turning out by the hundreds at public hearings demanding reform of the federal coal leasing program. For decades now, coal mining companies have ripped more than 400 million tons of coal from public lands every year. In fact, nearly 40 percent of all coal mined in the United States comes from land owned by the American people, and it's given to coal companies at far below market value . Fortunately, in January the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, ordered an immediate halt to all new leases for coal mining on federal land (with a few exceptions) pending a review of how, when, and where the government should allow companies to extract coal from land that belongs to all Americans. The next step in that process, now underway, is a series of six public hearings being held across the nation this spring and summer. President Obama's Administration has acknowledged the sorry truth behind the current state of the coal leasing program. Simply put, it's broken and badly in ...
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US-India Pact on Renewables Will Help Keep Coal in the Ground 13.6.2016 Environmental News Network
President Barack Obama and Indian President Narendra Modi signed a pact last week, extending a commitment originally established in 2014, to join forces to combat climate change with a huge commitment to renewable energy.The pledge acknowledges commitments made in Paris last year at the COP21 climate talks and defines a path for both countries to achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). In particular, the U.S. has pledged to support India, the world’s third largest carbon emitting country and second fastest growing economy, in its ambitious goal of deploying 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022. That would bring it up to a level of renewable capacity comparable to the U.S. today.
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Revealed: How This Coal Giant Became Treasury Dept. for Climate Denialists 13.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., funded dozens of groups spreading skepticism about climate change, according to new figures that reportedly surprised even environmental advocates with their scale.

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Do Sweden and Germany hold the key to unlocking climate action worldwide? 8.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Johan Rockström, Professor of Global Sustainability, Stockholm University and Executive Director Stockholm Resilience Centre John Schellnhuber, Professor, Director Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and chair WBGU One of Europe's energy giants is about to make a decision that could set the world on course to rip coal out of the global economy - or lock it into a fossil fuel trap for decades. Sweden's state-owned energy company Vattenfall is pondering whether to offload its loss-making brown coal mines and associated power plants in Germany to a Czech energy company - EPH - which is planning to expand these operations. The Swedish parliament recently debated the issue and a decision could be made by the government in the coming weeks. By halting this unethical sale, the governments of both Sweden and Germany will also establish a bold precedent on climate action that other countries can follow. The only way of stabilising global warming at well below 2˚C is to urgently decrease global emissions ...
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Washington, D.C., Announces Divestment of $6.4 Billion Pension Fund From Oil, Gas, and Coal Companies 6.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
DC Divest

The District of Columbia government announced Monday that its $6.4 billion pension fund has fully divested from its direct investments in 200 of the world’s most polluting fossil fuel companies. In doing so, Washington, D.C. has taken a critical step toward addressing climate change, joining the more than 500 cities, philanthropic organizations, faith groups, universities, and other organizations that have divested funds worth a collective $3.4 trillion.

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This Is What Insurgency Looks Like 4.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jeremy Brecher

In a small church in the Albany, NY’s low-income, predominantly African-American South End, forty people were gathered for a community meeting. They were organizing a protest against trains carrying potentially explosive oil – dubbed by the residents “bomb trains” — that were running through their neighborhood. City Counselor Vivian Kornegay told the group that many municipalities had opposed the bomb trains and other dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure, but had little power to protect their residents; it was up to a “people’s movement” to do so.

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As Coal Decline Continues, Let's Find a New Path Forward 4.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to be a guest on the nationally syndicated Diane Rehm show on NPR . Our topic was "Competing Political Visions for America's Coal Workers," and the lively discussion (which also included the head of the West Virginia Coal Association), focused on the uncertain future for a region long dependent on coal, as the industry declines. It's a subject that hits close to home for me. I live in West Virginia: it's my home, it's in my heart and it's the birthplace of my daughter, an 11th-generation West Virginian through my husband's side of the family. So I'm deeply committed to finding a path forward for the state and for the region. Coal mining is a proud tradition in our state and across Appalachia. Coal has powered this country for more than a century and our coal miners, their families and our region have sacrificed a great deal to ensure that America is an economic powerhouse and global leader. We owe them all a great debt for bringing us to where we are as a nation ...
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Wyoming considers raising an already unique wind tax 3.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Legislators say wind needs to pay its fair share, but critics fear a higher tax could drive energy—and revenue—away.
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