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Costa Rica uses only renewable energy for first 75 days of 2015 - video report 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Costa Rica manages to achieve a clean energy milestone by using only renewable energy for the first 75 days of the year. Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica's hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn't need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on Continue reading...
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In New York state, fracking ban fuels secession talk 26.3.2015 LA Times: Nation
From this village of dairy farms and friendly diners, Carolyn Price can see across the border into Pennsylvania, and it is a bittersweet view. The rolling hills a few miles away are as green as the ones here, and the Susquehanna River is icy and beautiful on both sides of the state line as it...
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Lawmakers intent on overhaul after oil regulators' lapses 26.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The agency that regulates the oil industry in California is — by its own admission — in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources are trying...
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In vast swaths of rural New South Wales, there's only one election issue: coal seam gas 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

CSG is a big vote swinger in the country, with many communities declaring themselves ‘gasfield free’. This is not just about the environment, writes our reporter: it’s also about people wanting to be heard

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The real villains in Australia's renewables debacle? Three big energy companies | John Hewson 26.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Extensive ‘advice’ from AGL, Energy Australia and Origin on the Renewable Energy Target has been a disaster – except for the companies’ profits Industry minister Ian Macfarlane would not have believed his luck when the clean energy council (CEC) buckled to a 20% reduction in the renewable energy target (RET), diminishing the target from 41,000 gigawatt hours of energy to 33,500GWh. Related: Who are really Australia's top climate polluters? | Graham Readfearn We think there are early warning signs of negative connotations around Gloucester (CSG) impacting AGL in some retail customer segments. If these negative associations become more mainstream, walking away from/disposing of Gloucester may become the right option to protect the larger retail brand and ...
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Supreme Court's conservative justices question cost of EPA emissions rule 26.3.2015 LA Times: Business
The Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply questioned the high cost of a new Obama administration environmental regulation Wednesday, raising the prospect they may block the strict emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.
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Schlumberger Ltd. to pay $232M in sanctions violations case 26.3.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The world's largest oil services company, Schlumberger Ltd., has agreed to a penalty of more than $232 million and one of its subsidiaries will plead guilty to trade sanctions violations, the Justice Department announced Wednesday....
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North Dakota curbs wasteful flares of oil drilling gas 26.3.2015 New Scientist: Living World
Oil companies are burning money by flaring off the gas produced in oil extraction. North Dakota, one of the worst offending states, is cleaning up its ...
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Keep it in the Ground campaign: six things we've learned 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

It’s been a few weeks since we launched our major climate change project. Here’s what we have learned so far

This was the consensus reached by the collection of journalists that met in January to plan the project. It’s also the consensus reached by many of the world’s most prolific scientists, economists and statesmen.

Keep it in the ground: Guardian climate change campaign pic.twitter.com/7rK3SuNSQp http://t.co/Cv4A9QL4ct

These are leaders. These are people that others look to. So they have enormous responsibility. That’s why for me it is important that they react to this.

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US supreme court to hear challenge to EPA power-plant pollution regulations 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Court to decide whether cost is initial factor in regulating output of mercury and other hazardous pollutants or whether health risks are only consideration

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Fossil fuel firms are still bankrolling climate denial lobby groups 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
BP has withdrawn support to Alec, a group known for misrepresenting climate science, but appearances can be deceptive. Oil, gas and coal companies remain firmly behind climate disinformation campaigns The oil giant BP has announced that they will no longer fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) , a lobbying group that routinely misrepresents climate science to US state legislators. It is the latest sign that some of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies appear to be warming to the overwhelming evidence that the unabated use of their products poses severe risks of disrupting the climate. Last month, BP and Royal Dutch Shell announced their support for shareholder resolutions calling on them to commit to reduce heat-trapping emissions, invest in renewable energy, and show how their current business model would hold up against the strict limits on future emissions needed to limit the risk of major climate ...
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Undeterred by protests, Japan directs climate financing to coal plants in India, Bangladesh 25.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Name your poison: For the GOP and coal industry, it's mercury 25.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Fossil-fuel divestment is not the way to reduce carbon emissions 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
Despite the Guardian campaign, at Wellcome we’ve found it’s more constructive to actively engage with the companies in which we invest Continue reading...
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Supreme Court hears arguments in dispute over EPA mercury rule 25.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Lawyers for the coal and electric power industries go before the Supreme Court on Wednesday hoping to block a strict new federal rule against mercury and other toxic air pollutants.
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Supreme Court takes up challenge to EPA limits on mercury emissions from power plants 25.3.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test 25.3.2015 NPR News
The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They're being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.
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Liz Truss rejects call for MPs' pension fund to divest from fossil fuels 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Caroline Flint also declines to support divestment during public debate on green policies held by Green Alliance and consortium of environmental NGOs

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Is it 'Red Tape Repeal' day? Or 'favours to business groups' day? | John Quiggin 25.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The idea of cutting red tape is one of enduring appeal. But the reality is we need regulation and bureaucracy. The alternative is chaos The idea that there are massive savings to be made by eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy, symbolised by “red tape”, is one with enduring appeal. If Wikipedia is to be believed, red tape itself was a 16th century response to the problem of bureaucracy, used to make important documents stand out from the mass of administrivia that even then threatened to overwhelm the system. By the 19th century, when Dickens satirised the Circumlocution Office, “red tape” was a sufficiently familiar trope to be used without further explanation. The essayist Thomas Carlyle, whose denunciations of the modern world set the tone for millions of subsequent opinion columns and radio rants, characterised a stereotypical British prime minister as “Little other than a red-tape ...
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Lord Smith 'hugely sceptical' of fracking for shale oil in the UK 25.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Former environment agency chief says environmental case for shale oil in the UK is much tougher to make than for shale gas and calls for a single regulator


The former chief of the Environment Agency is “hugely sceptical” on the prospects of fracking for shale oil in the UK, saying it is far from clear that the process should be used to extract quantities of oil from downlands in the south-east of England.

Lord Smith of Finsbury, better known as Chris Smith when he was a Labour MP and minister, said: “The environmental case for shale oil is much more adverse than for shale gas. It’s much more difficult to make the case for shale oil.”

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