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Why the Guardian Media Group is getting out of fossil fuels | Neil Berkett 1.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Editorially the Guardian has long set the agenda on the dangers posed by fossil fuels. Now GMG is remodelling its investment fund for a more sustainable future The corporate world is increasingly waking up to its responsibilities when it comes to investments in fossil fuels or other industries threatening the environment. Guardian Media Group is no exception. The board, which I chair, recently signed up to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment initiative. This week, it has taken a bold decision to go further : to step up engagement with fund managers on critical topics, including climate change; to increase our exposure to environmental, social and governance (ESG) managers; and, in the medium term, to divest from fossil fuels. These initiatives will ensure that the company behind the Guardian, the Observer and theguardian.com will adopt investment policies that formally recognise the importance of ESG factors in improving overall sustainability. We are not doing this because it makes good ...
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New studies link pollution to a variety of health risks 1.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

A raft of recent studies use 3D modeling to detail how air pollution might be linked to ailments from severe flu to ADHD

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Jonathan Franzen: climate campaigns killing the birds? 1.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The author’s suggestion in a New Yorker essay this week that bird populations would thrive if we gave up the fight on climate change is ‘nonsense’ say conservationists In Jonathan Franzen’s 2010 novel Freedom , lauded for its biting critique of the US environmental movement, a conservationist enters a Faustian pact with a coal miner. He cuts a deal in which a community of 200 families are to be relocated and a mountain denuded in return for the creation of a sanctuary for warblers. In this week’s New Yorker, Franzen flirts with his own protagonist’s folly by proposing to protect birds by giving up on the fight to slow down climate change . A suggestion that has angered and confused bird conservationists across the world. “The Earth as we now know it resembles a patient whose terminal cancer we can choose to treat either with disfiguring aggression or with palliation and sympathy. We can dam every river and blight every landscape with biofuel agriculture, solar farms, and wind turbines, to buy some extra ...
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'What are the Wellcome Trust using their access to the boardroom for?' 1.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
The foundation argues that engaging with fossil fuel companies is more effective than divestment. This avoids the core issue, argues campaigner Tim Ratcliffe In a recent article in the Guardian Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, suggests that engaging with fossil fuel companies is a more constructive strategy than divesting from ...
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Albanian authorities evacuate village after oil well blast 1.4.2015 AP Business
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albanian authorities are evacuating residents of a village following an explosion at a Canadian-owned oil well. No injuries were reported....
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American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia 1.4.2015 AP Business
MOSCOW (AP) -- Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia - one year after U.S. and European Union sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine....
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BLM proposes tougher drilling rules to protect Dinosaur monument 1.4.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal land managers have proposed stricter rules for oil and gas industry operations across 1.5 million acres in northwestern Colorado, including Dinosaur National Monument.
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Why gas prices in California are so much higher than elsewhere in U.S. 1.4.2015 LA Times: Business
Californians are used to gyrating gas prices, but the latest swing from the lowest in years to nearly a dollar above the national average is leaving drivers in a tizzy.
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President Obama’s emissions-cutting plan sets an example for the world 1.4.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S climate plan is no longer just at the center of a domestic debate about coal country and the Environmental Protection Agency. On Tuesday, the Obama administration made the president’s greenhouse-gas emissions strategy an official international commitment, staking the good faith and reputation of the United States on its fulfillment. It’s an important step that should prod other nations to follow suit.Read full article ...
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Moffat County Commissioner March 31 recap 1.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Moffat County commissioners did the following Tuesday morning at their weekly meeting: During general discussion: • Pointed out difficulties in finding alternative routes once construction between Kremmling and Silverthorne on Colorado Highway 9 begins. This summer, Colorado Highway 131 will be obstructed at downtown Oak Creek and the west side of Berthoud Pass is being resurfaced, Commissioner Chuck Grobe said. “We’ll have delays any which way we go unless we go down through Rifle,” he said. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, construction on Highway 9 is slated to begin in spring or summer of 2015 and final work may be done as late as spring of 2017. • Recognized a letter from Gulfport Energy proving and supporting completion of their reclamation of the Loudy-Simpson well and motioned to approve the surface use release agreement with Gulfport. The motion passed 3-0. • Requested that a county grant originally intended to fund archeological research of the medicine wheel at ...
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Climate Change: When It's All in the Family 31.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Picture a day when the world's most-watched video features a senior oil executive on a stage with his family at one of the popular TED community-conversation events, saying, "For years, my kids have told me the work I do threatens their futures. I didn't pay much attention. Now I realize they're right. I see the long-term danger of overloading our air with carbon dioxide. Most of our underground reserves can't ever be used. I want to stay at my company and help find a way out." How might that moment arrive? Last year we got a preview, when the Rockefeller family stunned the media and markets by announcing it will sell all its investments in coal and tar sands. Rockefeller Brothers Fund President Steven Heintz invoked the family's moral responsibility, then summoned up founding father John D., saying, "I'm convinced that if he were alive today - he was an innovative, forward-looking businessman - he would recognize that the opportunity in the future is clean energy technology, and he'd be leading the ...
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Alexis Tsipras calls western sanctions against Russia 'road to nowhere' 31.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Comments come a week ahead of Greek prime minister’s controversial visit to Moscow but Tsipras insists country can be ‘a bridge’ between Russia and west

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Warburg Pincus Commits Up to $500 Million to Oil and Gas Startup 31.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: US
Warburg Pincus is committing up to $500 million to back Independence Resources Management, an oil and gas exploration and production startup.
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Mayoral candidates square off for final debate 31.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will meet Tuesday for their final scheduled one-on-one debate before the runoff election, following previous events that have grown contentious as the candidates try to land blows and build momentum before April ...
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Business pioneers in energy 31.3.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Radical innovations have been scarce in the industry
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A Coal CEO’s Game Plan 31.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Robert Murray banks on a big acquisition to thrive in an industry he says is being ...
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Cleaner Living Through Smarter Microbiology 31.3.2015 Wired Top Stories
Petroleum-derived products undergo a complicated, energy intensive journey from the oil deposits deep underground to our homes, cars, and clothing. “Our lifestyle is very difficult on the environment,” explains Emily Leproust, CEO of Twist Bioscience. “It’s expensive and it’s harmful; there needs to be another way.” Fortunately, it seems that there may in fact be ...
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The fossil fuel path is immoral and financially imprudent 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
What was right once, is now wrong. If John D Rockefeller were alive today, he’d be as visionary about green energy as once he was about black crude I am proud of the legacy of John D Rockefeller, who built the greatest fossil fuel enterprise in history. In his day, fossil fuel was a liberating force – it literally changed the face of the earth, freeing many people from toil. The family business is now philanthropy; at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which I chair, we use the money made from Standard Oil to advance social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. But the key phrase in the encomium above is “in his day”. Consider the words of my great-great grandfather’s rough contemporary, the poet James Russell Lowell, which he wrote about slavery and would later become a resounding ...
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Wind power or hot air? Foes question Christie’s shift on clean energy. 30.3.2015 Washington Post
ATLANTIC CITY — Just off this city’s famous coastline is one of the windiest stretches of the Mid-Atlantic, where constant breezes can fill a sail or — in theory — turn the blades of a wind turbine. It’s a place the state’s Republican governor invoked in 2010 in pledging to make New Jersey a wind superpower. Read full article >>
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Doctors and academics call for ban on 'inherently risky' fracking 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Letter to BMJ prompted by new report from health charity Medact recommending UK-wide moratorium on fracking for shale gas

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