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RELEASE: New Research Finds U.S. Can Meet or Exceed Its 2025 Climate Targets Through Multiple Pathways 27.5.2015 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New Research Finds U.S. Can Meet or Exceed Its 2025 Climate Targets Through Multiple PathwaysMay 27, 2015 Federal and state actions can promote economic growth and reduce emissions 26-30 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.Read more [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Fixing China’s Coal Problem 27.5.2015 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

China has rapidly cleaned up its coal plants. Now comes the hard part.

When William Latta first came to China, in 2005, he intended to look for companies to acquire for the French power giant Alstom. He wound up creating his own.

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Nigerian Oil Dispute Exposes Dysfunction Ahead of Power Shift 27.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: World
Nigeria’s worst fuel shortage since a 1993 military coup could echo for weeks in Africa’s top economy, just as President-elect Muhammadu Buhari prepares to take office.
Welcoming Electric Cars to the Central Valley 27.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco: On May 27, 2015 a family of eight from Stockton, CA, will retire their 1984 Ford Ranger. From now on, they'll be driving a 2013 Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid. How can this family afford to make the switch from...
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Why Is The U.S. Desperate To OK Slavery In Malaysia? 27.5.2015 Politics on
WASHINGTON -- On Friday night, in an impressive display of dysfunction, the U.S. Senate approved a controversial trade bill with a provision that the White House, Senate leadership and the author of the language himself wanted taken out. The provision, which bars countries that engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals, was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). At the insistence of the White House, he agreed to modify his language to say that as long as a country is taking "concrete" steps toward reducing human trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade deal. Under the original language, the country that would be excluded from the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership pact is Malaysia. But because the Senate is the Senate, it was unable to swap out the original language for the modification. (The chamber needed unanimous consent to make the legislative move, and an unknown senator or senators objected.) So the trade promotion authority bill that passed Friday includes the strong ...
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Mélanie Gouby: 'Virunga Is the Only Hope Eastern Congo Has Had in Decades' 27.5.2015 Green on
Until last year, the name Virunga remained in the shadow implying 'nothing more' than Africa's oldest national park, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most biodiverse zone, not only in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but in the whole African continent. A few years back, Virunga, home to the world-famous Mountain Gorillas, started witnessing events that would eventually draw international media attention. In 2007, the Congolese government decided to grant concessions (which cover around 85 percent of the parks surface) for oil exploration, despite the park's World Heritage status, to French multinational Total and to the British owned company, Soco International. Not long after, Total declared it wouldn't pursue its initial idea of exploring within the parks boundaries, although Soco's decision remained untouched. Soco stated that 'Block V', the area given for oil exploration, posed no direct threat for the emblematic Mountain Gorillas as these where located in the upper mountains. ...
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Longview port in talks over oil refinery on Columbia River 27.5.2015 AP Washington
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River....
Capitalism Could Kill All Life on Earth 26.5.2015
Are we going to let capitalism destroy life on Earth? According to 99 percent of climate scientists – we'll know by the end of the century. Scientists have agreed for three decades about what is causing atmospheric temperatures to rise – humans are burning Earth's carbon resources to fuel economic activity. But even before we knew what was causing the temperature to rise – scientists warned about the dire global impacts of a two degree increase in atmospheric temperatures. Earth's climate has been basically stable for hundreds of thousands of years. But that changed during the industrial revolution - when Great Britain realized the potential of coal-powered steam engines. Soon continental Europe and the US followed suit. And more than 150 years later – coal, oil and natural gas dominate the global politics and economics: wars are fought over oil; communities are destroyed for coal; and increasingly scarce water supplies are poisoned by natural gas extraction. The Earth has already warmed about one degree ...
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Big Question about Industry’s Newest Climate Effort 26.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ben Ratner Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It’s nice to hear that some of the biggest players in the global oil and gas industry want to engage in solutions, but it remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity. That opportunity is methane. The highly potent greenhouse gas that’s been largely ignored until recently represents a solution for making real and immediate progress to slow warming. So will the group of oil companies sign on to tackle methane as a big part of its strategy, or are they going to ignore it? Methane, the primary ingredient in natural gas, has over 80 times the warming power of CO2 and is responsible for 25 percent of the warming we are feeling today. That means tackling methane is an essential piece of the puzzle in making a real impact on greenhouse ...
French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use 26.5.2015 AP Business
PARIS (AP) -- France's lower house of parliament is to vote on a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures....
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French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use 26.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament is to vote on a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly ...
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U.S., Canada And Mexico Create New Climate Change Partnership 26.5.2015 Green on
By Mike De Souza OTTAWA, May 25 (Reuters) - North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies. The partnership does not include binding targets, but will enhance cooperation and integrate more climate change-related policies into energy discussions between the countries, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said during a conference call. All three governments said they will prioritize working together on issues, including efficiency of electricity grids, pursuing new clean energy technologies and aligning regulations to control emissions from the oil and gas sector. The agreement comes even as Canada's right-leaning Conservative government and the Obama administration clash over the lengthy and ongoing U.S. review of TransCanada Corp proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would connect Alberta's oil sands region with the Gulf Coast of ...
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Nigerian gas shortage resolved but new leader still faces major challenges 26.5.2015 L.A. Times - World News
Nigeria’s gasoline scarcity was resolved Monday, but only after the shortages had damaged the economy, canceled or diverted commercial flights, shut down radio stations and put mobile phone networks at risk.
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Iran to scrap monthly petrol subsidy 25.5.2015 Yahoo: Politics

A man fills a car at a petrol station in Tehran on May 25, 2015Iran will scrap a petrol allowance from midnight on Tuesday as part of a 2010 plan to phase out subsidies on energy products and boost the economy, media reported. Motorists will no longer to be entitled to buy 60 litres of petrol monthly at a reduced price of 7,000 rials (about 24 US cents) a litre, media reported. The reports said a litre of standard petrol will retail at 10,000 rials (around 34 US cents) and super will cost 12,000 rials.

Oil prices edge up on firm Asian, U.S. demand 25.5.2015 Yahoo: Business

An oil well pump jack is seen at an oil field supply yard near DenverCrude oil futures edged up on Monday, buoyed by healthy Asian appetite and demand from the U.S. driving season. U.S. crude prices were up 14 cents at $59.86 a barrel. Japan's customs-cleared crude oil imports rose 9.1 percent to 3.62 million barrels per day (17.28 million kilolitres) in April from the same month a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday.

China Environmental News Alert - May 25, 2015 25.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
NRDC China Team, Beijing, China: May 9 - May 25, 2015Court hearing China's landmark NGO environmental lawsuit | ChinaDaily A Chinese court has begun hearing a lawsuit filed by green organizations against a quarry for environmental damage in a landmark case empowered by China's strengthened...
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Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker docked at Sirte 25.5.2015 World
Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the city of Sirte on Sunday, wounding three people and setting the ship on fire, officials said. It was the third confirmed strike by the internationally recognized government on oil tankers, part of a conflict between competing administrations and parliaments allied to armed factions fighting for control of the country four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. "Our jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning," the eastern air force commander Saqer al-Joroushi told Reuters.
Hidden Costs From Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels 25.5.2015 Politics on
If you have ever visited Santa Barbara, it is absolutely beautiful -- except for the oil rigs visible offshore. In 1969 one of those rigs had a blowout that caused 4.2 million gallons of oil to spill. At the time it was the biggest disaster in U.S. waters. Subsequently, the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska and the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 put it in third place. It killed an estimated 3,500 sea birds and an incalculable number of marine animals and fouled the undersea vegetation, which in turn caused untold damage to the food chain for many years. The Latest Spill Just last week, on May 19, a pipeline rupture caused over 100,000 gallons to spill into Santa Barbara waters. The channel where the spill occurred is where warm water from the south mixes with cold water from the north, creating one of most bio-diverse habitats in the world, with over 800 species of sea creatures, from crabs and snails to sea lions and otters, and a forest of kelp and other undersea plants; it's also a place through which ...
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Funds feel heat of coal and tar divestment drive 24.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Simon Jessop and Ron Bousso LONDON (Reuters) - For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning. Getting that commitment involved a two-year campaign during which they staged a "marriage" between the 900-year-old university and "Big Oil" before breaking it up, to symbolize the need to end investment in fossil fuels, Micklewaite said. "The campaign is definitely going to continue," she told Reuters, adding that full divestment is her aim for the 3.8 billion pounds ($6 billion) in university endowment funds.
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Oil price slide puts producers under pressure 24.5.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Bankruptcies, debt defaults and rescue measures are on the increase
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