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Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create 23.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Climate scientist Chris Rapley and his co-author of the acclaimed play 2071 explain why the 2015 Paris climate summit cannot be allowed to fail – for all our sakes • Six steps world leaders must agree to take to protect Earth Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system”. The discussions in Paris in 2015 will be informed by the latest climate science. In our play 2071 , which recently completed its inaugural run at the Royal Court theatre in London, directed by Katie Mitchell, we explore the science, its implications and the options before us. A key aim is to leave the audience better placed to participate in the public ...
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Documents show Army Corps' coal port consideration 22.11.2014 Seattle Times: Local
In September 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was ready to announce a major decision on a Columbia River coal port that would either fast-track an environmental study of the area or commit to a yearslong review.
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Fossil Free Canada Convergence Deepens an International Movement 21.11.2014 Truthout.com
The first ever Fossil Free Convergence brought together 80 youth organizers from across Canada. (Facebook / Fossil Free Canada) As a junior in college, I helped to organize a conference at my alma mater, Swarthmore. A number of us had traveled to Appalachia two years prior on a school-funded trip to visit with communities resisting mountaintop removal coal mining there. Upon returning, we decided to start what would become the country’s first fossil fuel divestment campaign. Sitting around a friend’s living room one muggy September night before classes started for the semester, our group — Swarthmore Mountain Justice — was vaguely aware that divestment was catching on: with the help of partner organizations like the Responsible Endowments Coalition and the Energy Action Coalition , roughly a dozen campaigns had taken off in the last year. Around 10 p.m., we settled on hosting a gathering for students from seven or eight campuses, ordering some food and talking through how we could support each other in ...
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29 Coal Miners Died in a 2010 Explosion. Congress Still Hasn't Fixed the Problem. 21.11.2014 Mother Jones
Last week, a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for allegedly conspiring to violate mine safety standards in the run-up to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine. The four-count indictment describes a culture of negligence under Blankenship's watch, in which essential safety measures were ignored as the company sought to squeeze every last cent out of the ground. Blankenship, who left Massey in 2010, pleaded not guilty Thursday. But the indictment also came as a sobering reminder: In the four years since the disaster, little has been done to make the mining industry safer. Legislation designed to rein in the worst offenders and give regulators teeth was beaten back by big business. Meanwhile, tens of millions of dollars in safety fines have gone uncollected. "We've taken some actions after the various accidents that have taken place, but unfortunately, Congress can apparently only legislate in this area after someone dies," said Rep. ...
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Will Self: are the hyper-rich ruining the new Tate Modern? 21.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Tate Modern is as popular as ever. But after a preview visit to its 2016 extension, Will Self argues that it is a symbol of London’s savage inequality I blame it all on Marcel Duchamp – for reasons I’ll make clear in the appropriate place; in the meantime, let me say I have irrationally fond memories of Bankside Power Station. I worked in Southwark in the late 1980s, and when the weather was fine my colleagues and I would eat our lunch on the embankment in front of the old hulk. It had ceased generating electricity almost a decade before, and while its soft-modernist brick shell was still perfectly intact, great shocks of buddleia thrust out from the walls, while a fringe of shrubbery flopped over the roofline, mimicking the hairstyles of the period. If my buddleia-tinged memories seem irrational, it’s because the inner London of that era was pretty run-down, with derelict buildings, overgrown plots and a pervasive griminess – the sooty sediment lain down by coal fires, domestic and industrial. Yet ...
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The climate pact swindle 21.11.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Historic. Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon ...
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Minnesota not on track to meet proposed emissions reductions 21.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota has made little progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2030 under proposed EPA rules. State officials say new strategies are needed.
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Republicans Said China Wouldn't Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong. 21.11.2014 Mother Jones
Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week , there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that "the agreement requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years." The argument goes like this: The US committed to deeper, faster cuts than it had before—reducing carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. But under the deal, the Chinese are allowed to spew greenhouse gases unabated, only committing to stop increasing those emissions "around 2030." Indeed, exactly how China will begin to "peak" its emissions around 2030 without a legally binding agreement is still an open question. Historically, there's been widespread suspicion about China's intentions on the issue—the country has, after all, been a thorn in the side of international climate negotiations for years. And even the White House appeared to raise an eyebrow at the ...
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Resilient energy systems: how will the UK adapt? 20.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Hurricanes and floods will become commonplace unless carbon emissions are cut right back, but will a clean energy supply system be reliable and robust enough to weather the storm? This article is sponsored by Atkins Earlier this month, the UN released a report that said climate change was set to cause “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on the natural world unless carbon emissions were cut sharply. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon added his voice to the warnings by urging financial markets to stop investing in fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, and focus on renewables. While the warnings are stark, there are also opportunities for those striving to make energy systems more resilient to the risks posed by climate change and the move to clean ...
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Corruption saps enthusiasm for east Ukraine rebellion, as coal scandal ensnares top officials 20.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Court appearance for ex-coal CEO charged in 2010 West Virginia mine disaster that killed 29 20.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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A coal rush in India threatens to make climate change irreversible 20.11.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
While the United States and China announced a landmark agreement that includes new targets for carbon emissions, and Europe has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent, India, the world’s third-largest emitter, plans to double use of domestic coal by 2019.
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Coal forecast: No need for new NW terminals 20.11.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Coal exports from U.S. ports have plummeted from their 2012 peaks, making it more difficult to make the case for building new export terminals in Washington and Oregon, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.
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UK pledges £720m to climate change fund for poor countries 20.11.2014 Guardian: Environment
Energy secretary Ed Davey warns against ‘little Englander’ approach as donation to UN’s Green Climate Fund announced Continue reading...
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The Senate should revive a bipartisan energy efficiency bill 20.11.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
WHEN A carefully built, bipartisan energy bill failed in the Senate in May, it was one of the worst instances of unwarranted Washington gridlock. By the same token, precisely because it is so sensible and enjoyed such bipartisan support, it offers one of the most obvious ways for Congress’s new leaders to break Washington’s holding pattern on policy and to help the ...
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China's energy plan reduces reliance on coal 19.11.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Chinese officials announced limits Wednesday on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.
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China's energy plan reduces reliance on coal 19.11.2014 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese officials announced limits Wednesday on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal....
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China sets caps on growth of energy consumption for 2020, limiting reliance on coal 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Congress, EPA may have different power plans 19.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
After 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are in control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Many American voters may wonder if this means another legislative session filled with gridlock. Both Republicans and Democrats hope this is not the case, and plan to compromise throughout 2014’s session. This pledge to compromise extends to an issue highly contested in Moffat County, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan . On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to its Clean Power Plan as a part of President Barack Obama’s climate change goals. The EPA’s proposed rule requires existing power plans to cut carbon emissions beginning in 2020 and extending through 2029, through a “phase-in” approach, according to the text of the proposed rule on the Federal Register. Since June and throughout his tenure, the President has continued to make reducing carbon emissions and expanding renewable energy a top priority for his remaining two ...
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Emanuel launches re-election bid with TV ad, website 19.11.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched his re-election bid with a new campaign website Tuesday and will start airing his first TV ad Wednesday, all before either of his two major challengers have even filed paperwork to get on the Feb. 24 ...
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