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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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Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry 25.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Opposition party to table amendments to Lords infrastructure bill that would tighten rules for companies drilling for shale gas

The Labour party believes the rules covering fracking or hydraulic fracturing for gas are not tight enough and will attempt to strengthen regulation of the controversial drilling method by tabling a series of amendments to the infrastructure bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) says there are adequate safeguards covering drilling for shale gas under existing rules or voluntary agreements. However, Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister, believes current agreements do not go far enough.

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Leonardo DiCaprio slammed over a documentary 25.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
Los Angeles, Aug 25 : Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been slammed by oil industry bosses in Canada over an upcoming documentary.
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India's top court says all allocations of coal reserves from 1993 through 2009 were illegal 25.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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How Colorado came to a fracking compromise 25.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
DENVER (AP) — On the second day of his vacation, surrounded by science fiction and comic book fans at Comic Con, Alan Salazar looked around the San Diego Convention Center for a quiet place so he could take a phone call from his boss.
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How the web lost its way and its founding principles 24.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web 24 years ago he thought he'd created an egalitarian tool that would share information for the greater good. But it hasn't quite worked out like that. What went wrong? In 2009, an American civil rights lawyer created a mashup mapping a neighbourhood called Coal Run, Ohio . It showed which houses were connected to the town's water supply and which houses were occupied by black or white families. A mashup uses data from more than one source, usually publicly available information, and almost always presents it on a map. The results were extraordinary: the map showed that almost all the white households in Coal Run had water piped to their homes, while all but a few black households did not. Those without piped water had to carry water home from the water plant by whatever transport they could muster, pump it from wells contaminated with sulphur and oil from old mining operations or, in extremis, collect rainwater. For more than 50 years, Coal Run's African ...
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Dont fear growth its no longer the enemy of the planet | Chris Huhne 24.8.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
For centuries, the rise of GDP has gone hand-in-hand with the burning of fossil fuels. But technology has now broken that link Until now the story of human prosperity has been all about cheap, abundant energy. However, something big has been happening. For the first time in history, we are growing richer while using less energy. That is unalloyed good news for budgets, incomes and the planet. We have reached a technological tipping point. From the middle ages, living standards just edged up at a snails pace, and we did little damage to the planet, because growing forests absorbed carbon from wood burning. The population was small. We led lives that were, in Hobbes phrase, nasty, brutish and short. Then we started burning coal on a large scale in the 18th century, and the industrial revolution made the graph look like a hockey stick: suddenly incomes were doubling in decades, following centuries of stability. After allowing for inflation, real GDP in England and Wales doubled from 1830 to 1864, again by ...
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Kyrgyzstan's biggest ever blockbuster hits cinemas amid patriotism push 24.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains, reportedly the most expensive Krygyz film ever produced, has been criticised for relying on taxpayers' money

A historical epic billed as Kyrgyzstan's biggest ever blockbuster is set to hit cinemas in the central Asian country next week as part of the latest government attempts to bolster patriotism.

But Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains has been criticised for relying on public funds in a country steeped in poverty.

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Let's make a deal: How Colorado came to a fracking compromise 24.8.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
On the second day of his vacation, surrounded by science fiction and comic book fans at Comic Con, Alan Salazar looked around the San Diego Convention Center for a quiet place so he could take a phone call from his boss. It was July 25, and Gov. John Hickenlooper wanted to talk to his trusted staffer about yet another compromise attempt on fracking measures headed to the November ...
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