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SSE buys gas field stake for £565m 29.7.2015 BBC: Business
Energy firm SSE announces it is buying a minority stake in French oil and gas giant Total's West of Shetland operations for £565m.
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Climate Pledges by Walmart, Bank of America and 11 Other Companies Are Mostly Symbolic 29.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Corporate pledges by Walmart, Bank of America, Apple and others to reduce their carbon emissions leave a lot to be desired. In fact, including the energy use of corporations' overseas operations, signatories of the American Business Act on Climate Change pledge are not promising much. Corporate signatories of a White House-sponsored climate pledge are not promising much in the way of carbon emissions reduction. (Photo: Carbon Emissions via Shutterstock) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. This week, the White House announced the "American Business Act on Climate Change" pledge, which contains pledges to reduce carbon emissions from 13 of the country's largest corporations. Together their pledges amount to "$140 billion in new low-carbon investment" and "1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy" projects. The July 27 announcement of these pledges has been widely heralded as a game-changing, important move by major ...
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Peru stalling new national park for unique Amazon mountain range 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Over one million hectares, flora, fauna and people at risk from government failure to act The Sierra del Divisor region in the Peruvian Amazon was identified as a biodiversity conservation priority back in the early 1990s. More than 20 years later and Peruvians are still waiting - some more desperately than others given all the narco-traffickers, illegal loggers and gold-miners in or near the region. What’s so special about the Sierra del Divisor? It’s the “only mountainous region” anywhere in the lowland rainforest, according to Peruvian NGO Instituto del Bien Comun (IBC), while The Field Museum, in the US, describes it as “a mountain range” rising up “dramatically from the lowlands of central Amazonian Peru” and boasting “rare and diverse geological formations that occur nowhere else in Amazonia.” Its most iconic topographical feature is “El Cono”, an extraordinary peak visible from the Andes on a clear ...
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Sources: EPA will ease deadlines on pollution rule to help states comply 29.7.2015 Washington Post
The Obama administration has decided to give states more time to comply with proposed regulations that will require dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution from power plants, people familiar with the plans said Tuesday.Read full article ...
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Tony Abbott wrong on coal being ‘good for humanity’, Oxfam report finds 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Report says Australia must embrace renewables and coal exacts an ‘enormous toll’ on health, drives climate change and is ineffective in delivering electricity to world’s poor

Tony Abbott is mistaken in claiming coal is “good for humanity”, with the fossil fuel causing numerous health problems and ineffective in delivering electricity to the world’s poor compared with renewables, a new Oxfam report has found.

Related: For Tony Abbott, it's full steam ahead on coal, 'the foundation of prosperity'

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Two injection wells shut down after Oklahoma quakes 29.7.2015 Hindu: News
Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centred in the town of Crescent rattled the state.
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Artists call on Darwin festival to reject Santos sponsorship over fracking 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Frack Free NT Alliance says oil and gas company sponsorship undermines the integrity of the festival and investment from the renewables sector should be sought instead

Artists and environmental activists have called on the Darwin festival to reject sponsorship from the energy company Santos because of its work to frack land in the Northern Territory for shale gas.

In an open letter to the organisers of next month’s festival, a coalition of activists, artists, musicians, and film-makers have urged organisers to break their sponsorship agreement with Santos, and look for investment from the renewables sector instead.

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Trapper Mine continues to update court 29.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Attorneys for Trapper Mining, Inc. provided an update to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado July 24, stating the mine would provide the court with a map of pending mining activities sometimes this week. Trapper’s mining plan for federal coal was successfully contested by environmental advocacy group WildEarth Guardians, but federal District Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s ruling spared the mine from an immediate reassessment, unlike Colowyo mine. In the case of Trapper, Jackson determined the majority of the federal coal in question had been mined. However, attorneys for Trapper recently filed a corrective disclosure document with the court explaining that they were mistaken and the mine is seeking access to coal affected by Jackson’s ruling. Currently, Trapper, WildEarth Guardians and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement are working to reach a solution as an alternative to returning to litigation. Paul Seby, counsel for Trapper, said the next update will be provided to ...
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2 injection wells shut down after Oklahoma quakes 29.7.2015 Seattle Times: Health
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma on Tuesday and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centered in the town of Crescent rattled the state. Stephens Production and Devon Energy each voluntarily closed one well, and Stephens reduced operations at another well by […]
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Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states 29.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the clean-air standards, rejecting an argument […]
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Twenty-Five Years After Exxon Valdez, Kayaks Charge Against Arctic Drilling and Climate Change 28.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A few days ago, concerned citizens and environmental groups gathered in San Francisco in solidarity with "kayaktivists" in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, who have been expressing outrage against Shell and the lack of leadership exhibited by President Obama. This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! It's been more than 25 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters in history that devastated nearly 1,300 miles of pristine coastline in one of the last remaining wild places on earth. On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef in Alaska, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude oil in an ecosystem that was once a rich, vital habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. Twenty-five years later, that ecosystem remains polluted by toxic contaminants. This week, Royal Dutch Shell PLC ...
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Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet 28.7.2015 NPR News
U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.
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Renewables pose challenge for Tokyo 28.7.2015 Financial Times: Science & Tech
In crowded, mountainous Japan finding places to install new technology is tricky
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What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea? | Howard W French 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
China’s startling attempt to assert control over vast waters has alarmed nearby countries and escalated tensions with the US. Howard W French reports from Hainan, the island at the heart of Xi Jinping’s expansionist ambitions On 26 May, CNN broadcast an unusual clip of a US navy intelligence flight over the South China Sea. The P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane – one of the newest weapons in the Pentagon’s arsenal – had taken off, with a CNN reporter on board, from Clark airbase in the Philippines, once part of America’s largest overseas base complex during the cold war. After about 45 minutes, the plane reached its first target – which had, until recently, been an obscure, almost entirely submerged feature in the Spratly Island group. Fifteen thousand feet below, dozens of Chinese ships tossed at anchor. Their crews had been working day and night for weeks, dredging sand and rock from the ocean floor to fill in a stunning blue lagoon – turning a 3.7-mile-long reef that had only partially revealed itself ...
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Underwater welding: the allure of a niche job 28.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Underwater welding is not for everyone. There are only about 3,000 people in the United States with the highest level of international certifications, and only two places to achieve it. The oldest is the Divers Institute of Technology on North Lake Union, founded in 1968. The other is in Florida. Instructor Jim Bernacki says, “It’s […]
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Q&A: Ron Boswell criticises pope on climate but admits he hasn't read encyclical – video 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Former Queensland National party senator Ron Boswell made a gaffe-riddled appearance on the ABC TV's flagship show on Monday night, criticising the pope's encyclical on the environment while admitting that he hadn't read it. Boswell said that 'as a practising Catholic … I was somewhat concerned about the pope's statement' last month calling for more action on climate change because he said it risked condemning 300 million Indians to poverty by denying them access to cheap coal-fired electricity Continue reading...
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Q&A: former National party senator taken to task for criticising pope on climate 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Ron Boswell admits he had not read the pope’s encyclical on climate change, and mistakenly claims Australia takes more refugees than any other country

The former Queensland National party senator Ron Boswell made a gaffe-riddled appearance on Q&A on Monday as the Coalition’s only representative, three weeks into the Abbott government’s boycott of the ABC talk show.

Boswell, the one-time “father of the Senate” who retired from politics last year, spoke out against the pope’s encyclical on the environment, despite admitting he had not read it.

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Hillary Clinton wants to fight climate change with half a billion solar panels 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination promises to save Americans money and to free them from monthly electricity bills

Barack Obama ran for president promising to save the planet. Hillary Clinton is promising to help people save money on their electricity bills.

In the first big reveal of her climate change policy, Clinton said she would install half a billion new solar panels by the end of her first term in the White House, and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in the country 10 years after her inauguration.

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Local environmental activists don't get to make federal policy 27.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
When President Obama recently approved Shell's request to drill in the Arctic, anti-fossil-fuel activists lobbied the Port of Seattle to deny docking rights to the oil giant's Alaska-bound rig. That effort failed. Then activists persuaded Washington State's King County to refuse the company a wastewater-discharge...
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Hillary Clinton unveils climate change policy 27.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to position herself as a crusader against climate change Sunday by unveiling some robust goals, even as she continued to avoid some of the more contentious battles around global ...
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