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Scottish independence: my way and the highway 29.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Scotland's longest A-road runs through the towns, villages and glens that have defined the country. On the eve of the independence vote, we take a trip along the A9, to hear who's in and who's out My son wanted to know if the toilet he had just been to behind the Peerie cafe in Scrabster, Caithness, where you catch the boat for Orkney was the northernmost one in Britain. I said that I didn't know for sure. It is pretty far north there, but Dunnet Head and Cape Wrath are more so, and anyway, Orkney and Shetland are part of Britain, too. At least until the fallout from 18 September, and until Orkney and Shetland decide to give up on Scotland and go their separate ways. Questions of what begins and ends where get fractal the more you look at them much the same as happens with the land. I had never been up that far, either, and I was astonished. I hadn't expected the NorthLink ferry to be so huge and looming. I hadn't expected to see the actual sides of Orkney, lovely juicy red flags of sandstone, only a ...
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The RET may be a success, but that's exactly why it's on the Coalition's hitlist 29.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Dick Warburtons review employs a peculiar form of logic to call for the abolition of the renewable energy target

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Why Coal Is (Still) Worse Than Fracking and Cow Burps 29.8.2014 Mother Jones
Is fracking for natural gas good for the planet? To understand the pitched fight over this question, you first need to realize that for many years, we've been burning huge volumes of coal to get electricity—and coal produces a ton of carbon dioxide, the chief gas behind global warming. Natural gas, by contrast, produces half as much carbon dioxide when it burns, and thus, the fracking boom has been credited with a decline in US greenhouse gas emissions. So far so good, right? Umm, maybe. Recently on our Inquiring Minds podcast, we heard from Anthony Ingraffea , a professor of engineering at Cornell University, who contends that it just isn't that simple. Methane (the main component of natural gas) is also a hard-hitting greenhouse gas, if it somehow finds its way into the atmosphere. And Ingraffea argued that because of high leakage rates of methane from shale gas development, that's exactly what's happening. The trouble is that methane has a much greater " global warming potential " than carbon dioxide, ...
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Morwell residents waiting for health concerns to be addressed after mine fire 29.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Community group says there has been no recognition of the adverse health effects of the 45-day blaze

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Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume 29.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous.
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Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California 29.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an oil extraction method known as fracking on public land in Monterey County. The study...
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US weighs more sanctions on Moscow as tanks cross into Ukraine from Russia 29.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan, says no decision has been made for 2015 29.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Energy Industry 'Will Flourish in Independent Scotland' 28.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The Scottish Energy Minister is trying to reassure oil companies that Scotland's large energy industry will flourish if the country becomes independent.
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Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace 28.8.2014 Guardian: Environment
Green technologies now produce 22% of world's electricity Continue reading...
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Renewable energy target review backs closure of scheme to new entrants 28.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Recommendations would curtail investment and subsidies for large-scale and household renewables

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The Dirty Secret Behind Europe's Renewable Energy Industry 28.8.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you're driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy rules. In March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. Unfortunately, they underestimated the carbon intensity of burning wood (a.k.a. "biomass") for electricity, and they categorized wood as a renewable fuel. The result: E.U. countries with smaller renewable sectors turned to wood to replace coal. Governments provided incentives for energy utilities to make that switch. Now, with a bunch of new European wood-burning power plants having come online, Europeans need wood to feed the beast. But most ...
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With This Decade's Climate Policy, Expect More Warming Than if Nothing Was Done at All 27.8.2014 Truthout.com

2014 827 clim fwThe Navajo Generating Station in Arizona. It removes up to 90 percent of global cooling sulfate emissions, but the majority of coal fired generation in the U.S. does not. (Photo: Bruce Melton)

Since 1986, we have emitted as much carbon dioxide as we emitted in the prior 236 years, yet climate policy has only become approximately 13 percent more stringent. New knowledge suggests currently proposed policy will likely cause more warming in critical short-term time frames than if nothing was done at all. 

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The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed 27.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Fantastically Wrong: The Legend of the Homicidal Fire-Proof Salamander 27.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
In the first century AD, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder threw a salamander into a fire. He wanted to see if it could indeed not only survive the flames, but extinguish them, as Aristotle had claimed such creatures could. But the salamander didn’t … uh … make it. [HTML1] Yet that didn’t stop the legend ...
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Shell to sell Nigeria oilfields for $5bn 27.8.2014 Financial Times: Energy
The price tag for four Nigerian oilfields owned by a Shell-led consortium has doubled since the end of last year as majors retreat from the country
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New coal power stations threat to EUs emissions target 27.8.2014 Guardian: Environment
Burning Europes lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace Continue reading...
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A climate for change: The EPA’s limits on emissions are important but not enough 27.8.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
THE COUNTRY is about to see its fiercest climate-change battle. After years of congressional inaction, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is applying new rules to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, trucks and — most controversially — power plants, the biggest national emitters. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will try to restrict the EPA if Republicans take over the Senate. Mr. Obama’s executive actions will be an issue in the 2016 presidential ...
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Palmer party deals blow to Coalition environmental one-stop shop plan 26.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Government could be forced to carry on with federal assessment of impact of mines and gas wells on water resources

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Scottish independence: Salmond scores victory over Darling in fractious debate 26.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
71% in Guardian/ICM poll say first minister won debate in which he accused no campaign leader of siding with Tories Continue reading...
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