User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
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Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children 29.9.2014 Mother Jones
ClaudioVentrella/Thinkstock It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , Naomi Klein examines the effect that our reliance on fossil fuels has on the most helpless members of the animal kingdom—as well as on our own children. "In species after species, climate change is creating pressures that are depriving life-forms of their most essential survival tool: the ability to create new life and carry on their genetic lines," Klein writes. "Instead, the spark of life is being extinguished, snuffed out in its earliest, most fragile days: in the egg, in the embryo, in the nest, in the den." Take the case of the leatherback sea turtles. These ancient creatures have been around for 150 million years , making them the ...
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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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Rousing UN speeches belie piecemeal results of world climate change summit 24.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Barack Obama leads assembly with call to action but nations pledges fall short by billions of goal to combat global warming US refuses to commit to climate change aid for poor nations A United Nations climate summit promised to step up international efforts to combat climate change on Tuesday but still fell behind demands from street protesters and big business to deliver immediate action. On a day of impassioned speeches including a cameo from the actor and UN ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio the 120 presidents and prime ministers told the summit there was no time to waste to deal with climate ...
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Boris Johnson wins international award for Londons air quality efforts 23.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Accolade for mayor of a city with growing air pollution problem is laughable, say clean air campaigners Boris Johnson, mayor of London, surprised clean air campaigners on Tuesday night by winning a prestigious international award for his efforts to improve the citys air quality. The city faces stiff fines from Brussels over its repeated breaches of European Union air quality standards, with air quality likely to continue to fall below standards for years to come. Johnson was recently sharply criticised by a committee of MPs for failing to tackle air quality . Earlier this year, London suffered serious smog problems that led to warnings for vulnerable people, including children, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses, to stay indoors for ...
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Protesters stage Wall Street climate crisis sit-in 23.9.2014 Hindu: Home
A day after 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, more than a thousand activists gathered on Monday in lower Manhattan’s financial district, chanting, carryin...
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Brown signs bill to urge more drivers into eco-friendly vehicles 22.9.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Seeking to put more California drivers in electric cars, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday providing financial incentives and other perks to entice consumers to buy the environmentally friendly vehicles.
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Will Chinas great fracking leap help it wean off coal? 18.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Fracking technology has crossed over from the fields of Pennsylvania and Texas to the mountains of Sichuan, but so have risks and consequences, reports MotherJones

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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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Chinas ban on dirty coal could cost Australian mining almost $1.5bn 17.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Australia exports about 50m tonnes of thermal coal each year to China and the ban is expected to reduce exports by 40%

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The 97% v the 3% just how much global warming are humans causing? 15.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

The preponderance of evidence shows that humans are responsible for about 100% of the warming since 1950

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Police, officials meet with widows of slain Peruvian foes of illegal logging 10.9.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Newborn killer whale spotted in Washington waters 9.9.2014 AP National
SEATTLE (AP) -- Whale researchers are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound in Washington state....
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Rhyme and reason: The Times readers' best opinionated poems 30.8.2014 LA Times: Commentary
Once again, the poets came through. When we asked readers to submit opinionated poems for this year's Op-Ed poetry pages, we heard from nearly 1,000 of you. Your poems dealt with just about every aspect of modern life — with war and peace, with social media and social justice, with life...
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Science Graphic of the Week: Where We Should and Shouldn’t Build Roads in the Future 29.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
Humans are going to pave over 15 million miles of new roads in the next 35 years. This map shows where those roads should and should not ...
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China's Pollution Crisis Inspires An Unsettling Art Exhibit 23.8.2014 NPR News
With grand, provocative installations, Cai Guo-Qiang addresses the degradation of the country's environment in a popular exhibit at a Shanghai art museum.
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Why Arlington joined the battle against climate change 23.8.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
We have only one planet. While U.S. cities and counties have taken the initiative to respond to climate change, the federal government must lead. Arlington adopted a transformative Community Energy Plan in 2013 after four years of broad community discussion and rigorous research. The plan sets an ambitious goal of reducing Arlington’s greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent by 2050. That will enhance our competitiveness and protect the environment. Yet we look to our state and federal government for support and ...
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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks 22.8.2014 AP Business
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) -- Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away....
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Coal gas boom in China threatens to spew greenhouse gases as world tries to curb emissions 22.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Tree sitter trying to block Bainbridge development 19.8.2014 AP Washington
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A woman is sitting on a platform 70 feet up a tree in an attempt to stop developers from cutting trees for a mall on Bainbridge Island....
UK lobbying to keep open one of Europe's dirtiest coal power stations 19.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Government seeks exemption from European law that would close down Aberthaw for its excessive nitrogen oxide emissions

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