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Bushfires, heatwaves and early deaths: the climate is changing before our eyes | Tim Flannery 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections

When I wrote The Weather Makers, I laid out the state of climate science as it was understood in 2005. The book received much acclaim, but it was also criticised by climate-change sceptics as extremist and alarmist.

Since the book was published, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has completed two major summaries, in the form of its fourth and fifth assessment reports, and thousands of scientific publications have added to our understanding of how Earth’s climate system responds to carbon pollution.

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Mining stocks drive FTSE 100 rebound 25.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

BHP Billiton leads peers higher after world’s biggest miner promises to slash spending to shore up dividends

Mining stocks that were hammered on Black Monday clawed back some ground on Tuesday after major companies announced cost cuts that are likely to preserve expected dividend payouts.

Shares in BHP Billiton jumped by 5.5% to £10.21 – despite the world’s biggest miner reporting a 52% slump in annual profits to a decade low – after the group said it would slash spending to shore up dividends.

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Interactive energy planning tool developed by NITI Aayog 25.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, Aug 25 : The NITI (NationalInstitution for Transforming India) Aayog, which has replaced the Planning Commission, on Tuesday said it has developed an interactive energy planning tool, which aims to explore a range of potential future energy scenarios for India up to 2047.
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In Appalachia, the Coal Industry Is in Collapse, but the Mountains Aren't Coming Back 25.8.2015 Truthout.com
In Appalachia, explosions have leveled the mountain tops into perfect race tracks for Ryan Hensley's all-terrain vehicle (ATV). At least, that's how the 14-year-old sees the barren expanses of dirt that stretch for miles atop the hills surrounding his home in the former coal town of Whitesville, West Virginia. "They're going to blast that one next," he says, pointing to a peak in the distance. He's referring to a process known as "mountain-top removal," in which coal companies use explosives to blast away hundreds of feet of rock in order to unearth underground seams of coal. "And then it'll be just blank space," he adds. "Like the Taylor Swift song." Skinny and shirtless, Hensley looks no more than 11 or 12. His ribs and collarbones protrude from his taut skin. Dipping tobacco is tucked into his right cheek. He has a head of cropped blond curls that jog some memory of mine, but I can't quite figure out what it is. He's pointing at a peak named Coal River Mountain. These days, though, it's known to ...
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Lying by emission: Peabody Coal can’t handle the truth about the cost of carbon pollution 25.8.2015 MinnPost
Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest private-sector coal company, is having a tough time of things. As coal prices have declined over the last year, the inaugural title holder of Newsweek’s least environmentally-friendly company ranking has seen its stock price plummet to under $1 and its credit ratings downgraded to sub-investment grade. Last month, in the week leading up to the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce the United States’ dependence on coal, Peabody posted a quarterly net loss of $1 billion. Leili Fatehi Also having a tough time is the whole of the Earth and everything living on it. Coal power is contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, sea acidification and other devastating impacts with huge economic and human costs. In Minnesota alone, fossil fuel power production is costing more than $2.1 billion each year in health and environmental impacts. Pollution from Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy’s coal plants alone are ...
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Does Warren regret not running? 25.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
So much for Elizabeth Warren taking a pass on 2016.
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4 factors help explain stock market tumult 25.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Here’s how to make sense of what is a truly global story, stretching from the streets of Shanghai to the hallways of power in the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.
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Nevada governor talks with Obama about greater sage grouse 25.8.2015 AP Washington
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval talked privately Monday with President Barack Obama about keeping the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list in 11 Western states....
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Are drones becoming a nuisance? 25.8.2015 BBC: Technology
Can technology help keep our skies safe from reckless hobbyists?
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Oil Field Workers Keep Dying, and the Feds Want to Know Why 24.8.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Journalism and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The oil boom in North Dakota and elsewhere has helped the US become the world's leading energy provider and has captured the attention of Hollywood producers. It also has claimed the lives of dozens of oil field workers. Now, that fallout from the boom is drawing renewed attention from government scientists. In the largest study of its kind, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which investigates the causes of workplace health problems, said it intends to examine the factors that cause injuries and accidents in the oil fields in an effort to improve safety. Scientists from the institute will distribute questionnaires starting next year to 500 oil field workers in North Dakota, Texas and one other state that will be determined in the coming months. "This is a high-hazard industry, and different states have different levels of ...
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Weatherwatch: The future is kite powered 24.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Wind turbines are controversial. They are accused of being blots on the landscape, expensive to run and need good winds to work. But the critics could be silenced with a totally new way of generating wind power – using kites. This is a serious proposition. Power-generating kites are far more sophisticated than toy kites, and designed like aircraft wings capable of flying in most conditions.

Related: Our weather pages are now bringing you real sunshine | Chris Elliott: Open door

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The world has noted Australia's lack of ambition on climate change | Connie Hedegaard 24.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Australia’s politicians seem to have accepted that climate change is happening and must be addressed urgently. So why are they delaying?

For an outsider to understand another country’s climate policy is never easy. Australia is certainly no exception. As a European observer, the recent debate about climate action in Australia is particularly puzzling.

Related: Former EU climate chief Hedegaard backs fossil fuel divestment

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Fracking: who’s who in the race to strike it rich in the UK 22.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Situation is similiar to early days of the US shale boom, says industry expert

In The Frackers, a book about the fracking industry in the US, Gregory Zuckerman tells the story of “new billionaire wildcatters” who made fortunes and went on to use their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics and sport. In the UK, a similar book would present a very different narrative, as local anger and government delays slow the expansion of the industry.

But now, with the award of licences for fracking in 27 locations in England, some of those who have doggedly supported the controversial method of extracting gas from deep beneath the ground are hopeful they are about to embark on the first chapter of a new, more profitable, journey.

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Barrel of U.S. crude drops below $40 22.8.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The price of oil has fallen for eight consecutive weeks, the longest streak since 1986.
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Crude oil price falls to lowest level since 2009 22.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
A barrel of U.S. crude oil fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis. An unexpected gain in U.S. crude inventory last week followed signs that OPEC members are planning to boost production. A manufacturing gauge in China, the world’s second-largest oil consumer, sank to the lowest level since the financial crisis. The boom in production has outpaced growth in global oil demand. “It’s clear that the major producers, the Saudis, Russians, the U.S. and others, are battling for market share,” said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital, a New York hedge fund. Adding to the downward pressure on oil prices is a steady drumbeat of economic data out of China suggesting that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing. Output in China’s manufacturing industry contracted in the first three weeks of August at the fastest pace since the depths of the financial crisis, according to a preliminary reading of the Caixin purchasing managers’ index released Friday. ...
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The Power Revolutions 22.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: World
Natural gas, solar power and data-driven efficiency are making big gains, but history shows that the shift away from coal and oil won’t be fast or neat.
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Barrel of US crude drops below $40 22.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
A barrel of U.S. crude fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic ...
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Barrel of US crude drops below $40 21.8.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- A barrel of U.S. crude fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis....
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1st US tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah 21.8.2015 AP Top News
BOOK CLIFFS, Utah (AP) -- On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum....
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Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett: 'Now is the time to listen to ordinary people again' 21.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
They tried to influence government – but it stopped working. So now the new boss of Friends of the Earth is taking a more radical approach. And, as he predicts a storm of protest over a massive expansion of fracking, he’s ready to take on George Osborne in an ‘ideological war’ For someone who spent the night celebrating a Welsh community’s rejection of a giant opencast coal mine , Craig Bennett seems pretty clear-headed. The new head of Friends of the Earth (FoE) may not have known the words of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the Welsh national anthem, but he sang them along with ex-miners in the Blast Furnace Inn pub in Pontlottyn, he says, and the experience of working with them and others to reject the Nant Llesg mine rammed home the point that environmental groups must become relevant again to all kinds of ...
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