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The triumph of Nicola Sturgeon 23.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The ‘most dangerous woman in Britain’ has become its most popular politician. Does her rise mark the emergence of a new Scotland? When Nicola Sturgeon took the stage on 28 March before 3,000 devotees at the Scottish National party’s spring conference in Glasgow, the SNP’s deputy leader, Stewart Hosie, introduced her as “the only party leader in the UK who people actually like ... let me just say that again, the only party leader with positive approval ratings throughout the UK”. The audience whistled, clapped and cheered, and Sturgeon, in her best Kurt Geigers and coral-pink suit, climbed up the few steps to the platform, where her already-gathered cabinet rose from their chairs and, like a well-drilled military unit, turned to greet her with their arms outstretched in applause. A screen behind them showed that the number of SNP members now stood at 102,143, a fourfold increase since September’s referendum. The SNP is now the third largest party in Britain. This kind of choreographed triumphalism can ...
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Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case 23.4.2015 AP Business
DENVER (AP) -- Large oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to a settlement over alleged air-pollution violations north of Denver, a deal federal officials say could cost the company up to $73.5 million....
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Government attempts to muzzle Greenpeace India are 'illegitimate' and 'repressive' - open letter 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Indian government’s decision to freeze the NGO’s bank accounts has prompted an open letter of solidarity from civil society, addressed to the minister of home affairs

Dear minister,

The move by the central government to freeze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and block sources of funds, is a blatant violation of the constitutional rights to freedom of expression and association. It also seems to be an attempt to warn civil society that dissent regarding development policies and priorities will not be tolerated, even when these are proving to be ecologically unsustainable and socially unjust. These are dangerous signs for the future of democracy in India.

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CO2 Emissions Growth Takes a Bite Out of Apple's Sustainability Claims 22.4.2015 Truthout.com
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) Apple recently announced that it had spent $848 million on a 25-year purchase of solar power from First Solar in California. The deal makes Apple's US operations 100 percent powered by renewable energy, and is the largest solar deal on record. The company also announced in February a $1.8 billion plan for the construction and operation of two data centers in Ireland and Denmark that will provide renewably powered Apple data to its European customers, just as it already does for those in the United States. And on April 16, Apple announced a partnership with SunPower to build two solar plants in China, to power its corporate and retail facilities in the region. According to its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple has avoided about 750,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 2011 with its various energy-saving measures. In the midst of a climate crisis fueled by the burning of fossil fuels, these are undeniably good moves. As such, Apple is deservedly ...
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Green Energy Job Growth Outpaces Losses in Coal Industry 22.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Washington - Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth in the United States this year. "I started this company in 2009 and I have seen tremendous growth since then," said John Billingsley, CEO of  Tri-Global Energy  in Dallas. Billingsley built his business on wind energy, which generated more than 10 percent of the electricity in Texas last year. He said he is hiring more workers to expand into solar power as well. Researchers at Duke University, using data from renewable energy trade associations, estimate  in a new study  published in the journal Energy Policy that more than 79,000 direct and spinoff jobs were created from wind and solar electricity generation between 2008 and 2012. That compares with an estimate of about 49,530 coal industry job losses, according to the study. While natural gas was the biggest winner in creating jobs for electricity generation, with almost 95,000 ...
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Japan moves nearer to restarting nuclear reactors after court gives go-ahead 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Court in south-west Japan rejects a residents’ injunction against resuming operations at the Sendai power plant

Japan’s plans to return to nuclear power generation more than four years after the triple meltdown at Fukushima received a boost on Wednesday after a court approved the restart of two nuclear reactors.

The Kagoshima district court in south-west Japan rejected a residents’ injunction against restarting two reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, bringing the country a step closer to operating a nuclear reactor for the first time since September 2013.

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U.S. wells weigh on oil price 22.4.2015 Durango Herald
HOUSTON – With OPEC ceding pricing control for the first time since the 1980s, U.S. shale oil has been anointed the world’s new “swing producer” by everyone from ConocoPhillips and Goldman Sachs to former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.But can America’s oil really swing it?Producers cut billions...
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Exports help Japan to trade surplus 22.4.2015 BBC News: AsiaPacific
Japan records its first trade surplus in three years due to the effects of the weaker yen and lower oil prices.
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Wales may keep fossil fuels in the ground, but will India and China? 22.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
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Earth day 50 mindblowing images of our world from outer space 21.4.2015 Hindustan Times: World
Earth day 50 mindblowing images of our world from outer space
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Oil prices 'will hit optimum level' 21.4.2015 BBC: Business
As oil prices hover around highs for the year, industry leaders at the World Economic Forum on East Asia expect the momentum to continue amid rising demand.
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Beijing's Air: Now Slightly Less Deadly 21.4.2015 Mother Jones
Finally, there might be some good news for people inhaling Beijing's famously filthy air: It's getting a bit cleaner, according to a new analysis released by Greenpeace today. Pollution levels in the Chinese capital have shown significant improvements, due in part to strict new pollution controls, says the environmental group, which based its analysis on new government numbers. Beijing's concentration of the fine airborne particles known as PM2.5—the toxic brew of industrial exhaust and chemicals that contribute to smog—declined by more than 13 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to the study. Cities in the neighboring province of Hebei, home to extensive heavy industries like steel production, saw their PM2.5 concentrations decrease by an average of 31 percent. Xi'an, the capital of a major coal-producing province, slashed its concentrations by 48 percent, according to the figures supplied by Greenpeace. Why such steep declines in pollution over the past ...
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Halliburton says it has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil's drop 21.4.2015 LA Times: Business
Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help.
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UK government threatens to revoke oligarchs' North sea oil licences 21.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Secretary of state, Ed Davey, moves over worries Russian group’s ownership could endanger UK oil and gas supplies if sanctions are extended in future

North sea oil licences acquired by a group of controversial Russian oligarchs are to be revoked by the British government unless the fields are immediately sold.

The LetterOne Group, which was founded by former TNK-BP directors Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, purchased the 12 fields from RWE’s oil and gas unit DEA last month.But the Department of Energy & Climate Change raised concerns that the new ownership could endanger the UK’s own oil and gas supplies, should tougher sanctions be imposed against the Kremlin in future.

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UK orders Russian to sell oil assets 20.4.2015 BBC: Business
Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman must sell his North Sea gas fields within six months, the UK orders.
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Carbon dioxide could be turned into a huge underground battery 20.4.2015 New Scientist: News
Storing excess energy with carbon dioxide compressed underground could help even out our energy flow and clean up the ...
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Hillary Clinton's green path to the White House: will she be 'careful' on climate? 20.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
‘There’s really no reason for people who care about climate to be excited about her,’ environmental activists warn amid questions from pollsters and donors After years of watching climate change fail to emerge as a central issue in US presidential elections, environmental activists are warily eyeing a coded message from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair that this might finally become the cycle when the future of the planet gets top billing. The advocates are not just wondering about voters and their priorities, which a new wave of billionaire backers insist are at a “crossroads”. They are worried about the candidate herself. Related: Hillary Clinton: six big questions liberals want her to answer – now Helping working families succeed, building small businesses, tackling climate change & clean energy. Top of the agenda. #Hillary2016 They all agree that we need to approach the issue from an economic standpoint. Doom and gloom really isn’t going to ...
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5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths 20.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. Opening this new frontier, miles below the bottom of the Gulf, requires engineering feats ...
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High-dollar crime in oil fields on the rise 20.4.2015 Denver Post: Local
Crime in oil fields is on the rise, and it's more than just petty theft.
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5 years after BP's oil spill, an undaunted industry pushes drilling even deeper into the Gulf 20.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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