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Doctors and academics call for ban on 'inherently risky' fracking 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Letter to BMJ prompted by new report from health charity Medact recommending UK-wide moratorium on fracking for shale gas

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Open letter to Shell's Ben van Beurden from John Ashton 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

The UK’s former top climate change diplomat urges the head of the oil company to become part of the solution to climate change

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Leaving all fossil fuels in the ground is 'for the fairies', says Chris Smith 30.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Leave as much in the ground as possible but gas will continue to have to be burnt during a transition to cleaner fuels, says former UK Environment Agency chief

Significant quantities of known coal and tar sands reserves will need to be kept in the ground to avoid the worst climate change impacts, the former chief of the UK Environment Agency has said.

But he said that lower carbon fuels such as gas would need to be extracted and burned while the world economy moves away from fossil fuels.

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Power plant project cost spikes 30.3.2015 Denver Post: Local
The price of pollution-control technology for Colorado Springs' coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant has jumped 40 percent in the last four years to $170 ...
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UN green climate fund can be spent on coal-fired power generation - The Guardian 29.3.2015 google news
UN green climate fund can be spent on coal-fired power generation The Guardian The fund was set up as part of the ongoing UN climate negotiations to help developing countries finance clean energy and measures to help adapt to climate change. ... Last week, it counted another $630m in loans for coal plants in India and Bangladesh ...
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Duke Energy CEO's $8M pay package docked $600M over coal ash carrying heavy metals into river 29.3.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Mexico pledges 25 percent cut in greenhouse gas, soot emissions by 2030 for climate talks 28.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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It’s time to plan for retiring the remaining coal-burning units at Sherco 28.3.2015 MinnPost
Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am an asthmatic. Stephanie Spitzer Imagine sitting in your cubicle, diligently working, when your boss comes up to ask you a question. You catch a whiff of perfume, and suddenly your breath catches in your throat. You start breathing shallowly, hoping to stop the onslaught of painful, racking coughs that occur when you’re trying to catch your breath. Your boss leaves, you take your quick-acting inhaler, and you spend the next two hours breathing as slowly and as steadily as you can to recover from a minute or two of exposure. In December, the Twin Cities had a string of bad air quality days. These triggered the worst period of asthma that I’ve ever had. Every day, I struggled to breathe with my daily medications, the same ones that work very well for most people. I took a lot of fast-acting inhalers. I couldn’t walk to my third-floor apartment without breathing hard. My doctor and I couldn’t get my breathing back under control with the most common hard-hitting ...
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Wider influence of the fossil fuel industry on culture and charities 28.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
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San Francisco's $6 hipster buses 'more like a living room' 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

City links: New York City reconnects to nature, Beijing decides to cut pollution and San Francisco starts a living room-style bus service in our roundup of the week’s best city stories

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund: it is our moral duty to divest from fossil fuels 27.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
In an exclusive interview, Rockefeller Brothers Fund chair, Valerie Rockefeller Wayne and president, Stephen Heintz, talk about the decision to cut ties to fossil fuels, what it meant for the divestment movement and the challenges involved On a perfect summer day in June 2014, on the grounds of a stately home overlooking the Hudson river, a handful of the descendants of America’s most enduring business dynasty made a fateful decision: they would cut their ties to fossil fuels in order to fight climate change. The ironies were inescapable. About half of those gathered for the board meeting were direct descendants of John D Rockefeller – founder of the oil empire that eventually became ExxonMobil – and here they were, gathered in the estate he built at Pocantico Hills, New York, surrounded by a collection of antique gas guzzlers and limousines, preparing to take a highly symbolic stand against fossil ...
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In the run-up to the U.N.'s climate change conference, a few (small) signs of hope 27.3.2015 MinnPost
It seems fitting. The world’s governments face a deadline at the end this month to reveal their goals for reducing carbon emissions ahead of a major U.N. conference in Paris. But with the deadline looming, the City of Light was itself choking this week in a thick blanket of smog. You think maybe Mother Nature was trying to make a point?  Be it domestic or international, the politics of pollution and climate change are always contentious. In the U.S. this week, the Supreme Court heard the latest challenge to the Obama administration’s efforts to toughen environmental regulation. This time it was about toxic pollutants released by power plants. Then there’s the case of Chinese journalist Chai Jing, which was truly outrageous. In case you missed it, her documentary, “ Under the Dome ,” went viral in China after it was released about a month ago. In style and impact, it was compared to Al Gore’s 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Estimates of the number of people who saw it ran into the hundreds of ...
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India Rises as Importer of Coal 27.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
India has recently been taking advantage of a global price slump to import more coal, while China is seeking to rely more on domestic sources.
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NSW election 2015: on frantic final day of campaign, Baird ahead of Foley in polls - live! 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In the last full day of campaigning ahead of the NSW election, Mike Baird’s Coalition government leads Labor on a primary vote of 45% to Labor’s 34% with Greens steady on 11%. Follow it live...

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NSW election: Gladys Berejiklian eyes treasurer job, but says vote comes first 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Mike Baird’s main competitor for the New South Wales premiership could win the treasury portfolio after the election, if the Coalition wins as expected

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UK faces European court over coal plant emissions 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
Nitrogen dioxide emissions from Aberthaw coal plant in Wales found to be more than twice the legal limit Brussels will haul the UK into court for breaching emissions limits of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NOx) at its coal-fired Aberthaw power plant in Wales, the bloc announced on Thursday . The Aberthaw plant in the Vale of Glamorgan is currently operating under a permit allowing emissions of 1200mg of NOx per normal cubic metre (Nm3) – more than twice the 500mg limit set out in the EU’s large combustion plant directive ...
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Curb harmful emissions to protect our health, US environmentalists urge 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Supreme court weighing rules to limit polllution from US power stations but some states and industry bodies say regulations would hurt the economy

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Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth and energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures show

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4% last year, as household energy consumption slumped, the use of coal for electricity generation fell, and policies on climate change took effect, according to government statistics released on Thursday.

Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth, as renewable energy generation rose to a new record high, accounting for nearly a fifth of electricity.

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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 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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