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Why India is captured by carbon - The Guardian 27.5.2015 google news
Why India is captured by carbon The Guardian Even with stringent policy action to increase the deployment of renewables and increase energy efficiency, “coal use is projected by all but one study to be more than two times current levels”. (Although India has a small nuclear industry – which ...
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University of Edinburgh to divest from three major fossil fuel providers 27.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Decision follows 10-day occupation of finance department by student protesters over initial commitment to put engagement before divestment

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Capitalism Could Kill All Life on Earth 26.5.2015 Truthout.com
Are we going to let capitalism destroy life on Earth? According to 99 percent of climate scientists – we'll know by the end of the century. Scientists have agreed for three decades about what is causing atmospheric temperatures to rise – humans are burning Earth's carbon resources to fuel economic activity. But even before we knew what was causing the temperature to rise – scientists warned about the dire global impacts of a two degree increase in atmospheric temperatures. Earth's climate has been basically stable for hundreds of thousands of years. But that changed during the industrial revolution - when Great Britain realized the potential of coal-powered steam engines. Soon continental Europe and the US followed suit. And more than 150 years later – coal, oil and natural gas dominate the global politics and economics: wars are fought over oil; communities are destroyed for coal; and increasingly scarce water supplies are poisoned by natural gas extraction. The Earth has already warmed about one degree ...
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The people taking their money out of coal, oil and gas 26.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
The fossil fuel divestment campaign is gaining traction on campuses, churches and at other organisations, but you can take action on your personal pension and bank account too. Here, three people explain how and why they divested Paul Mathias, 62, is from Northwich in Cheshire. A retired immigration officer, he has been campaigning on climate change for the past decade. As Paul Polman [CEO of Unilever] said last week there will be no economy if we do not tackle climate change. Divestment needs to be promulgated widely as an antidote to the prevarication of our governments who talk, talk and talk some more while allowing emissions to go on rising, and cannot see beyond growth of GDP nor shake off the stranglehold of the corporations. Once you realise that large financial institutions are so committed to investment in the extraction industries, so the need to tell them they cannot expect to use our money anymore to do that becomes clear. Related: Keep it in the Ground Q&A: how to divest your personal ...
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Kevin Rudd: US, China and India key to tackling climate change 26.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

In an op-ed piece for the New York Times, the former Australian prime minister lays out approach required to ensure success at Paris summit

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Residents seek resolution to coal mine woes 26.5.2015 Durango Herald
Neighbors of a coal mine southwest of Hesperus have formed an advisory panel, and have been working for months to tackle concerns raised by the mine’s truck traffic and water consumption.The neighbors have been meeting privately with GCC Energy since December, and they hope to settle on solutions to help address traffic problems...
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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa 26.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation fund health centres in the country, but remain invested in fossil fuel companies whose mining operations, it is claimed, have a profound impact on the health of local communities Worried that his eyes and urine were turning a deep yellow, Gednezar Dladla made his way to a local clinic and was referred to a district hospital, where he was x-rayed, diagnosed with gallstones, and admitted for the night. Both institutions receive funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A day later, Dladla set off through the hills and valleys of rural Zululand to a village near his childhood home, where a group of men played cards in the shade of a tree. The environmental activist listened to their grievances about dust pollution, water shortages and lack of assistance from a local mine owned by Rio Tinto – whose investors include the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...
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China Nuclear Firm Plans Biggest Domestic IPO in 5 Years 25.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
China National Nuclear Power Corp., one of the top two state nuclear-power giants, will raise as much as $2.16 billion in what is set to be the country’s largest domestic initial public offering in five ...
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Peabody Energy’s discussion of Africa’s Ebola crisis was perfectly proper 25.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
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A Fossil-Fueled Fantasy 25.5.2015 Truthout.com
Extracting coal from the ground and disposing of its toxic byproducts makes a dirty mess no matter how it's burned. But this "clean coal" ruse is conjuring up billions of dollars in government subsidies. Burning the dregs from spent oil wells releases yet more carbon into the atmosphere, stoking climate change. Zigging and Zagging Down a Slippery Slope, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib. Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! Newfangled carbon-capture power plants supposedly burn coal without poisoning the planet. They don’t. Extracting coal from the ground and disposing of its toxic byproducts makes a dirty mess no matter how it’s burned. But this “clean coal” ruse is conjuring up billions of dollars in  government subsidies . Take the 110-megawatt Boundary Dam plant in  Canada’s Saskatchewan province , the world’s first carbon-capture operation. It cost $1.2 billion to get it switched on last year. That’s several ...
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Why the University of Edinburgh must divest from all fossil fuels now 24.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
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Climate activists attack Edinburgh University's stance on fossil fuels 24.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Representatives from international groups sign letter condemning university’s refusal to divest, in response to article by Edinburgh’s senior vice principal

A group of academics and climate activists from around the world has condemned the University of Edinburgh’s refusal to divest from fossil fuel companies, saying that its arguments for not doing so are cynical and wrong.

Related: Why the University of Edinburgh must divest from all fossil fuels now | Letter

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A cleaner coal 24.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition. Parts were trucked into the Hayden Station power plant, and it took more than a month to assemble a massive crane, the top of which is higher than the largest smoke stack. A state environmental official says new emissions controls at Colorado’s power plants will both reduce haze and improve public health. Michael Silverstein, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, helped negotiate the plan with the state’s power plants aimed at reducing regional haze. “It was designed to be measurable by the human eye,” Silverstein said. Silverstein said Hayden Station was a “very key facility” during negotiations of the regional haze plan because of its proximity to national parks and wilderness areas. Craig Station, which generates 1,303 megawatts of electricity, was also part of the plan. Silverstein said the emissions controls will reduce both nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide, the two pollutants that contribute the most ...
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Leading health charities should divest from fossil fuels, say climate scientists 23.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust risk losing moral authority, say researchers including ‘hockey stick’ graph originator Michael Mann

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Murray Energy Confirms Layoffs 23.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Coal miner Murray Energy Corp. on Friday said it would lay off as many as 1,829 workers at mines in Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia.
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Clean-Coal Power Plant Loses Steam 23.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The future of the most expensive fossil-fuel power plant ever built in the U.S. is facing new pressures after a Mississippi utility backed out of its commitment to help pay for the clean-coal project.
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Shell boss endorses warnings about fossil fuels and climate change 23.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Ben van Beurden agrees that we need to capture the carbon emissions of fossil fuel reserves, but predicts that the world will be ‘zero carbon’ by the century’s end

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Axa to divest from high-risk coal funds due to threat of climate change 22.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Insurance company to move £350m out of coal companies and triple investments in green technologies

The insurance company Axa has said it will remove around €500m (£355m) of coal investments from its portfolio, in a move that reflects long-term concerns in the insurance industry over climate change.

The company has also pledged to triple its investments in green technologies and services to more than €3bn by 2020 and provide investors with more information on the risk to its investments from climate change.

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WorldViews: Beijing’s air is getting slightly better — here’s how and why 22.5.2015 Washington Post: World
As decision day looms for host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics, officials in the Chinese capital boasted this week that they were finally making progress in cleaning up their city's notoriously polluted air.Read full article ...
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Ever-changing seascapes in pictures 22.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Beautiful seascapes capture the power and perpetual motion of ocean waves, rising up and crashing down as they near the Australian coast. Ray Collins, who was a coal miner until he turned to surf photography after an industrial injury, also focuses on the calmer and more serene moments he experiences in the sea.

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