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Climate Needs 'Radical Shock Treatment'; EU Pledges Only 'Smelling Salts' 24.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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EU Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked the guideline text on global warming to protect varied economic interests, from nuclear plants and cross-border power lines to farmers whose livestock belch out polluting methane. In the end, an overall target was agreed for the 28-nation bloc to cut its emissions of carbon in 2030 by at least 40 percent from levels in the benchmark year of 1990. An existing goal of a 20-percent cut by 2020 has already been nearly met, in part due to the collapse of communist-era industry in the east. EU leaders called the 40-percent target an ambitious signal to the likes of the United States and ...
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Illinois Wasting Millions on Another Coal-to-Gas Pork Project 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The state of Illinois is throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at another coal-to-gas plant just two years after a similar project ended in failure. The Coal Development Fund has so far given Homeland Fuels two grants totaling $4.25 million  in taxpayer dollars. The first grant  was awarded in 2013 to fund a study for the proposed "Coal to Diesel Pilot Project" next to their coal supplier, which will apparently be a nearby Chris Cline -owned mine in central Illinois. The company moved addresses from Hillsboro to Litchfield before receiving a second grant for $3,500,000. There's no indication of how the plant would limit their global warming emissions or other environmental impacts. Coal is king of corporate welfare in Illinois with a portion of the state energy tax dedicated to subsidizing the industry . The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity grant tracker shows the agency gave nearly $23 million to support coal during the 2014 fiscal year. That doesn't include additional state and local tax ...
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Coal-Rich Poland Ready To Block EU Climate Deal 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target. Poland is ready to veto the plan that would oblige 28 EU states to jointly cut their greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below the 1990 levels by the year 2030. The EU plan would also require climate-friendly, renewable energy to provide some 27 percent of the bloc's needs and energy efficiency to increase by a third in the next 16 years. Poland protests the pace of the targets is too fast for Eastern European countries trying to grow their economies and restructure old industries. But failure to seal the new goal at the two-day European summit starting Thursday would delay groundwork for a crucial global climate deal that is expected to be signed in Paris next year. A fiasco would ...
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What’s at Stake as EU Leaders Sit Down to Hammer out the Next Batch of Energy and Climate Targets? 23.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Court Approves Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States 22.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'The Blood That's to Come': Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal 21.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Are efficiency improvements truly beneficial or are the gains being eaten by Jevons? 20.10.2014 TreeHugger
From LED lights to hybrid and electric cars, are new technologies making a positive difference?
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Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas? 20.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Sasan coal-fired power plan and coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program Today, a fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- the Sierra Club, 350.org, Carbon Market Watch, Friends of the Earth U.S. and Pacific Environment -- released a scathing report, The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars , on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India. For years, reports of human rights, indigenous rights, labor, and environmental violations have plagued Sasan and its owner, Indian company Reliance Power, and the U.S. government are partly to blame. The 3,960-megawatt project has received over $900 million in taxpayer finance from Ex-Im, and when allegations against the project are raised, Ex-Im prefers to look the other way. When Indian groups and NGOs alerted Ex-Im to a smokestack collapse that killed 30 workers , ...
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Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest? 17.10.2014 Environmental News Network
Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public health and climate change that coincide with burning coal and gas, the true cost is far higher than initially reported. It's both irresponsible and shortsighted to ignore these environmental and health consequences from the equation.
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Proving Power of Renewables, Wind Making Dirty Fuels Obsolete in Northern Europe 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations? 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program The entire Harrahawa Village was relocated to make way for the Sasan coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believe he was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance. Krishna Das Saha's home was destroyed in the middle of the night -- while his family was still living in it -- to make way for Sasan's coal ash pond. And when Sati Prasad challenged Reliance's refusal to hire local workers, he was dragged out of his home and beaten by the police . These are just a few people who have met violence and intimidation at the hands of Reliance Power. This aggression is subsidized U.S. tax dollars in the form of over $900 million in financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Indian groups have documented these and other abuses ...
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When climate 'wins' only lead to other clean energy battles 17.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Proponents should consider all possible reactions in order to create a smoother path forward for clean energy.

When climate 'wins' only lead to other clean energy battles
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Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon's New Fracking Company 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Energy , Aubrey McClendon , now CEO of American Energy Partners .  Elisabeth Radow , a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease "has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership."  Murray Energy Corporation CEO Robert E. Murray; Photo Credit:  YouTube Screenshot Murray brought the suit against McClendon back in August 2013 , alleging McClendon committed trademark and copyright infringement by using the "American Energy" moniker . Murray's attorneys used the lease as an exhibit in a Motion to Compel Discovery , filed on September 8, over a year after Murray brought his initial lawsuit.  The case has ground to a slow halt as the two sides ...
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Fracking = Wrong Way Forward for Climate 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Will a dirty coal plant in Kosovo spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank? 14.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored with Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club Associate Washington Representative Light projection on the World Bank building in Washington DC Source: 350.org, 2013 For the fourth year in a row , the World Bank's investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo . Currently, Kosovo relies on two old and extremely dirty coal-fired plants for most of its electricity. One of these plants recently exploded , leaving the country to rely on even more imported energy. In light of this disaster, the Kosovar government -- and the World Bank -- are hinging all of their hopes on the proposed Kosovo C coal-fired power plant to quell this seemingly endless energy import and finally meet the Kosovars' growing energy needs. But what the World Bank is failing to realize is that the solution to Kosovo's energy crisis cannot be found in outdated, dangerous energy supplies like coal. By turning ...
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Australia's Abbott: 'Coal is Good for Humanity' and Here to Stay 13.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Carbon Sequestration: Too Little, Too Late? 13.10.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

A few carbon capture and sequestration projects are under way, but economics and politics are holding the technology back.

To impede climate change, scientific studies suggest, billions of tons of carbon dioxide need to be captured from hundreds of fossil-fuel power plants in the next few decades—and as soon as possible. Without large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), other measures—including rollouts of renewable and nuclear power—will not avert catastrophic climate effects in the coming century and beyond (see “The Carbon Capture Conundrum”).

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Coal-Mining Region In China Sets Sights On Wine Production As Part Of New Economy 10.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BEIJING, Oct 10 (Reuters) - To reinvent itself in China's new consumption-driven economy, one region will need to crush a few grapes. After a decade of mining ever more coal to power China's economy, the arid and remote northwestern region of Ningxia is remaking itself as industry slows and demand for fossil fuels is set to wane. Ningxia has set its sights on becoming China's vineyard. By offering tax breaks to winemakers, Ningxia wants to produce wine worth 100 billion yuan ($16.3 billion) by 2020, or roughly 4-1/2 times the contribution of its entire farming sector to gross domestic product last year, said Cao Kailong, deputy director of the region's forestry ministry. Successfully swapping coal for wine as China shifts to a greener and more sustainable model of development would position Ningxia as the example of how to make the leap from an "old" to a "new" economy, said Shen Minggao, a Citibank economist. "How much value-added can the wine industry produce? This again is related to the ...
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