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Europe and the 'why me?' approach to decarbonisation 24.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

A slowdown in the EUs pace of climate action may inspire unintended reciprocal measures in the runup to the 2015 global climate summit in Paris

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Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World's Largest Coal Port 24.10.2014 Truthout.com
United Nations - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the 12 ships scheduled to pass through the port during the nine-hour blockade, which was organised with support from the U.S.-based environmental group 350.org . The warriors came from 12 Pacific Island countries, including Fiji, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Micronesia, Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Niue. Mikaele Maiava spoke with IPS about why he and his fellow climate change warriors had travelled to Australia: "We want Australia to remember that they are a part of the Pacific. And as a part of the Pacific, we are a family, and having this family means we stay together. We cannot afford, one of the biggest sisters, ...
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EU emissions target isn't as ambitious as it seems 24.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
The European Union's agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 sounds impressive, but we're halfway to that ...
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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 24.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Climate commissioner hails strong signal ahead of global Paris summit but key aspects of deal left vague or voluntary

European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030.

But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.

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EU leaders set to strike climate deal to cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030 23.10.2014 Guardian: Environment
But Poland threatens to use veto against agreement aimed to set the stage for Paris summit if it is not granted exemptions Continue reading...
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Coal-rich Poland ready to block Europe's new, ambitious climate deal if no compromise found 23.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Fact Checker: Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim 23.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
“I am Alison Lundergan Grimes and this is the Big Sandy power plant in Louisa, Kentucky. They are shutting down half the plant and laying off their workers because Mitch McConnell didn’t fight to get the scrubbers it needs to reduce coal emissions. Instead, Mitch and his wife pocketed $600,000 from enemies of coal, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I approve this message because the difference between Mitch and me is I will fight for these jobs and no New York anti-coal billionaire will ever buy me ...
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India picks up pace on economic overhaul 23.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
NEW DELHI (AP) — After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest ...
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Exclusive: U.S. plans to plug coal royalty loophole padding export profits 23.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is drafting rules designed to close an accounting loophole that in recent years has helped coal companies boost export profits and likely cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, people familiar with the plan said. American taxpayers by law are due a 12.5 percent royalty on the sales of millions of tons of coal pulled each year from federal land that mining companies lease. ...
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Fossil fuel divestment campaign targets UCL and BHP Billiton 23.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

University College London under fire for sustainability institute funded by mining giant BHP Billiton, which faces protests at its London AGM

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China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests 22.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers a window of opportunity to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts

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2 Senate Democrats explore how to protect coal jobs and the environment 22.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
In June, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a defender of the coal industry, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a champion of the environment, decided to set aside differences and learn about how climate change affects each other's state.
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Kevin Copeland: Facts 1st on coal 22.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A good historian first will research all available information, then cross reference the data in order to concur that factual events indeed took place. This information should not in any way be infused with personal views or beliefs in order to make a political statement that might be construed as actual recorded history. Mr. Bonnifield’s letter to the editor — “Coal mining dying off” in Saturday’s edition of the Steamboat Today — imbued fact, misinformation and his obvious personal political views, without showing an in-depth knowledge of modern mining or the business strategy behind its practice. True, Twentymile, started as a strip mine, owned by Bob Adams in the 1960s, and later by such corporations as Texaco, Amoco, Getty, Cyprus, R.A.G. and, presently, Peabody Energy. The Wadge Coal Seam, mined at Twentymile, naturally dipped deeper (a syncline) beneath the earth (overburden) than could be surfaced mined practically. They then adapted by following the seam underground as a room and pillar ...
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The dirty effects of mountaintop removal mining 22.10.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
FOR DECADES, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences . They aren’t ...
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Take it from us in India: the world needs renewables, not more Australian exported coal | Debi Goenka 22.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Carmichaels coal will be exported to India from Queensland. But Indias clean energy industry is already booming we dont need your coal Here are little known facts about coal: its use is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths per year globally, and many more illnesses. In India, coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases annually. It is also responsible for around 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are dramatically changing the worlds climate and impoverishing millions of people. This, however, did not stop Tony Abbott from glossing over these costs when he declared recently that coal is good for humanity , nor did it stop environment minister Greg Hunt from saying that coal will lift millions in the developing world out of energy ...
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Bill Clinton returns to Kentucky to campaign for Democratic Senate hopeful 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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US greenhouse gas emissions rise despite Obama's new climate change push 21.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Federal agency finds that emissions increased during 2014 polar vortex, raising questions about USs targeted 2020 cuts

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FactChecking the Michigan Senate Race 21.10.2014 FactCheck
The Michigan Senate race pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters against Republican Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin.
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America's energy future is starting to look like our energy past 21.10.2014 MinnPost
Three interesting takes on America's complicated energy puzzle showed up in national papers in the last couple of days: A report in the Los Angeles Times on Monday suggesting that geothermal power could be on the verge of a renaissance after decades of decline, not only in geyser-rich California but across the country. A pair of reports in The New York Times on Sunday portraying our so-called renaissance in nuclear power as a limp-along effort to extend the lives of old-technology plants, equipment and designs beyond their normal spans, with all of the safety concerns you can imagine. Both are worth careful study, I think, by anyone who wants a little better grasp on these two industrial sectors and also the factors that will shape America's energy future. Taking the nukes first, it certainly is not news that utilities all across the United States — including Xcel Energy in Minnesota — have sought federal approval for programs to refurbish nuclear reactors as they come to the end of their operating ...
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Why America's energy future is starting to look a lot like the past 21.10.2014 MinnPost
Three interesting takes on America's complicated energy puzzle showed up in national papers in the last couple of days: A report in the Los Angeles Times on Monday suggesting that geothermal power could be on the verge of a renaissance after decades of decline, not only in geyser-rich California but across the country. A pair of reports in The New York Times on Sunday portraying our so-called renaissance in nuclear power as a limp-along effort to extend the lives of old-technology plants, equipment and designs beyond their normal spans, with all of the safety concerns you can imagine. Both are worth careful study, I think, by anyone who wants a little better grasp on these two industrial sectors and also the factors that will shape America's energy future. Taking the nukes first, it certainly is not news that utilities all across the United States — including Xcel Energy in Minnesota — have sought federal approval for programs to refurbish nuclear reactors as they come to the end of their operating ...
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