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Would it hurt City Hall to look into rise in worker injury claims? 21.12.2014 LA Times: Commentary
The cost of paying salaries to Los Angeles civilian workers who are temporarily disabled because they have been hurt on the job has gone up 50% over five years, reaching $18 million last year. Employees are claiming more injuries and taking longer injury leaves. City officials don't know why...
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US architect sparks row over Chartres Cathedral restoration 19.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Martin Filler accuses project boss of desecration, but Patrice Calvel says he is just ‘doing a bit of vacuuming’ in French cathedral

Chartres Cathedral in France is an awe-inspiring sight, renowned in particular for its medieval stained glass windows and stone carvings.

When the American architect Martin Filler and his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, visited the country recently they decided to view the progress of an eight-year restoration project at the Unesco world heritage site, 50 miles southwest of Paris. Its soaring interior is being cleansed of centuries of pollution and grime from candles and oil lamps.

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Martin O'Malley Is A Longshot Presidential Candidate, and a Real Climate Hawk 19.12.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is nothing like any pop culture stereotype of a politician. He's not a boyishly charming airhead like George W. Bush or The Simpsons' Mayor Quimby, or a blunt, lovable grandpa like Joe Biden or The West Wing's Jed Bartlet. He's not even that much like the fictional politician based partly on him, The Wire's Tommy Carcetti, who like O'Malley became the unlikely white mayor of majority-black Baltimore. O'Malley has none of Carcetti's sleazy slickness. O'Malley comes across more like the sort of engaged administrator you would hire to turn around a moribund government agency. In January, O'Malley will leave office after eight years because term limits prevented him from running for a third term. He will likely run for president in 2016, despite low name recognition and a lack of classic charisma. But whatever his seeming political deficits, he has won a steady stream ...
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Quiz: Extinct or Endangered? 18.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
Do you know your extinct and endangered animals? Above is an Amur leopard, a species that is still around but critically endangered. Unfortunately, there are many examples of animals lost forever, or close to the brink of extinction. Take the quiz and see if you know whether these animals are extinct or extant (still living).  ...
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Sean O’Hagan’s top 10 photography exhibitions of 2014 16.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Monks surfing on sharks, Hollywood hustlers, portraits of black Victorians and imperilled American landscapes ... Sean O’Hagan selects his favourite photography shows of the year

Not just a retrospective spanning 45 years, but a testament to Adams’s enduring belief in photography as a powerful means of recording an American landscape under constant threat from human expansion. Long before it was fashionable, Adams was an ecologically attuned artist – a witness to the beauty of the natural world and a chronicler of its slow destruction by industrialisation, consumerism and pollution.

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Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution 16.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The 21 million inhabitants of China’s capital appear to be engaged in a city-wide rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet. Only it’s not a rehearsal: the poisonous atmosphere is already here

The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise you’re on another planet, or in a distant future era.

A sports class is in full swing on the outskirts of Beijing. Herds of children charge after a football on an artificial pitch, criss-crossed with colourful markings and illuminated in high definition by the glare of bright white floodlights. It all seems normal enough – except for the fact that this familiar playground scene is taking place beneath a gigantic inflatable dome.

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In Navajo country, coal gives life — and takes it, some say 15.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
From her bedroom window, Cynthia Dixon watches the cloud of soot rise from the coal mine near her sheep spread. Down the road, a hulking coal-fired electrical plant spews a yellow plume that stains the horizon.
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Mayor cuts ribbon at Little Village park 15.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Atop the site of a former coal plant in Little Village, dozens of young children climbed over a green and blue jungle gym and explored the grounds of the neighborhood's first and only park during a ribbon-cutting ...
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The Amazon oil spills overlooked by environmental leaders in Lima 9.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

As global environmental delegates gather in Peru for the UN climate talks, five oil spills in the country’s Amazon jungle are causing a hidden environmental disaster

It is a disaster hidden from the environmental leaders gathered inside the walls of a military compound in Lima on a mission to fight climate change.

Over the last few months – as Peru helped guide the United Nations climate negotiations – five separate oil spills along a main oil pipeline through the Amazon have spewed thick black clots of crude across jungle and swamp and carpeted local fishing lagoons with dead fish.

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As US cleans up, it's exporting more pollution 9.12.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new Associated Press investigation.
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As US cleans up, it's exporting more pollution 9.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new Associated Press investigation.
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Yak Dung Is Making Climate Change Worse 9.12.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It gets pretty cold this time of year in Tibet. For centuries, the solution to this problem was a win-win: just burn that huge pile of yak dung that's been accumulating all summer. For millions of nomadic Tibetans, it's a system that works. But that system comes at a hefty cost. Tibetan homes have some of the worst indoor air pollution in the world, and the soot the dung fires release is a big contributor to climate ...
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As US cleans up, it's exporting more pollution 9.12.2014 AP Business
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) -- Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new Associated Press investigation....
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As US gas consumption plateaus to help climate, fuel exports pollute elsewhere in the world 9.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama 8.12.2014 AP Politics
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) -- Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change....
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Cutting carbon pollution is the key to curbing global warming 5.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

A new study finds that cutting emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases is the key to tackling global warming

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China's carbon goal a tough sell in coal country 2.12.2014 AP Top News
TANG COUNTY, China (AP) -- The black slabs of coal came in by the truckload through this dusty valley in northern China, slated to power cement and steel plants, heat the houses of poor farmers and even grill skewers of lamb and beef....
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China's carbon cutback goal a tough sell in industrial coal country 2.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution 26.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.
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Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution 26.11.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.
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