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Campbell Newman's 'progressive' streak could never have survived his rise to premier | Mark Bahnisch 30.1.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Newman’s ‘small l’ liberalism is missing in action, replaced by paranoia. His personality is a factor, but the Queensland LNP has always been cruel Like a man on the ropes, Queensland premier Campbell Newman has c oncluded his campaign in a punch-drunk daze, defined by his denunciation of the Labor party for Alan Jones’s accusations of bad faith. He’s reeling; his attempt to stop the sometime friendly fire from conservatives by suing Jones for defamation smacks of desperation. It’s a tactic from a nastier age, one beloved of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, whose litany of taxpayer-funded defamation actions against opposition members was legendary. Having cried foul over a non-existent Labor smear campaign, Newman then bizarrely accused Labor of accepting bikie donations. Challenged to provide evidence, he told the press to “google it”. And his robotic repetition of “strong jobs, strong team, strong plan” in response to questions on Monday didn’t right things. Enthusiasm for the premier at a business fundraiser on ...
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Shell urges shareholders to accept climate resolution 29.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Resolution brought by activist shareholders requires oil firm to test its business model is compatible with global targets to limit global warming

Shell is set to confront the risk that climate change may pose to its future, after backing a resolution from activist shareholders. The move came on the same day it announced $15bn (£10bn)_in cost cutting due to plummeting oil prices.

The resolution, filed by 150 investors who control hundreds of billions of pounds, requires the oil major to test whether its business model is compatible with the pledge by the world’s nations to limit global warming to 2C.

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From the Concorde to Sci-Fi Climate Solutions 29.1.2015 Truthout.com
The interior of the Concorde aircraft at the Scotland Museum of Flight. (Photo: Magnus Hagdorn ) Touting "sci-fi climate solutions" - untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis - dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The interior of the Concorde aircraft at the Scotland Museum of Flight. (Photo: Magnus Hagdorn ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can’t be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. Touting "sci-fi climate solutions" - untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis - dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last week, I took my son to Scotland's Museum of Flight. Its proudest exhibit: a Concorde. To me, it looked stunningly futuristic. "How old," remarked my son, looking at the confusing array of pre-digital controls in the cockpit. Watching the accompanying video - "Past Dreams of the ...
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Region’s air may face new rules 29.1.2015 Durango Herald
Air pollution in the Four Corners could face a tougher standard under the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to strengthen national air quality.The EPA is proposing to reduce allowable ground-level ozone levels from 75 parts per billion per eight-hour period to 65 to 70 ppb.Since the current 75 ppb was set in 2008,...
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Smog in China: share your photos and experiences 28.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
If you’re living in one of China’s major cities, we’d like you to show us what the smog situation is like. Share your photos and experiences via GuardianWitness Beijing’s mayor, Wang Anshun, has called the city “unliveable” because of its noxious smog, according to state media , but Beijing isn’t the only city in China experiencing problems with smog. In September 2013, China’s cabinet introduced an anti-pollution plan, which included prohibiting the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the country’s three most important cities, yet 18 months on, the plan appears to be taking slow effect . We’d like you to show us what smog is like in China’s major cities. Is air pollution getting worse – or improving where you live? You can share your photos and experiences by clicking on the ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the new Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments’. If you’re sharing a photo or ...
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NSW coal seam gas project suspended after dangerous chemicals detected 28.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

AGL Energy has halted coal seam gas drilling at a site on the mid-north coast after benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene were detected in water storage tank

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Duluth-based Allete Inc. acquires majority stake in U.S. Water Services 27.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Duluth-based Allete is investing in U.S. Water Services as a complement to its regulated electric utilities.
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Peabody Energy Cuts Dividend, Forecasts Wide Loss 27.1.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Peabody Energy Corp. slashed its quarterly dividend and the coal producer projected a much wider-than-expected loss for the current quarter.
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Caterpillar Slips Off Its Upward Profit Path Again 27.1.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Caterpillar gave a disappointing outlook for 2015, citing plummeting commodity prices, as the heavy-machinery maker also reported earnings for the fourth quarter that missed expectations.
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Don’t dash for shale gas without thinking about the alternatives 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
• Tories forced into U-turn on fast-track fracking after accepting Labour plans Heated arguments about whether shale gas should be developed in the UK have intensified yet again in recent days . Strong convictions have been expressed on both sides, but has this latest flurry of debate helped to resolve the uncertainties about the future role of shale in the UK? Not surprisingly, the answer is not yet. But perhaps some progress has been made. The House of Commons environmental audit committee’s call for a moratorium on shale gas development did not gather enough parliamentary support to be included in the infrastructure bill. However, other significant amendments to the bill were agreed that could help to address some of these uncertainties – potentially in a more effective ...
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China coal production falls for first time this century 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Coal production fell 2.1% in 2014 against 2013, with further decreases expected this year, BusinessGreen reports

The impact of China’s clean air and renewable energy policies are beginning to have an impact on the country’s coal industry, according to reports suggesting domestic coal production fell last year.

State media reported on Monday that coal production fell in 2014 for the first time this century, with production totalling 3.5bn tonnes between January and November representing a 2.1% fall on the same period in 2013.

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Local Briefs 27.1.2015 Durango Herald
Coal mine focus of Hesperus meetingAn informative meeting about the adverse impacts the King II coal mine in Hesperus will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, 11274 Colorado Highway 140, Hesperus.GCC Energy will make a presentation about the impact 240 coal trucks per day is having on the...
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AGL Halts Gas Project 27.1.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
AGL Energy Ltd. suspended a coal seam-gas project in Australia’s New South Wales state after detecting potentially hazardous levels of chemicals in surrounding groundwater.
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Backed by US loans, a company crafted a plan to convert aged rubber trees into biomass chips 27.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Local Briefs 27.1.2015 Durango Herald
Coal mine focus of Hesperus meetingAn informative meeting about the adverse impacts the King II coal mine in Hesperus will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, 11274 Colorado Highway 140, Hesperus.GCC Energy will make a presentation about the impact 240 coal trucks per day is having on the...
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WorldViews: As Obama visits, what Delhi’s air pollution says about India and climate change 27.1.2015 Washington Post: World
NEW DELHI —The thick winter haze that settles over Delhi — a nasty mix of smog, vehicle exhaust and smoke from cooking fires — abated somewhat when President Obama arrived in India this week for talks. A bit of rain came and cleared the air. Even so, the air quality index hovered around 200 when the president arrived at the viewing stand to watch India’s Republic Day Parade on Monday. That’s approaching what’s deemed a “very unhealthy” level of the microscopic 2.5 particulate matter, which causes respiratory disease and other ailments.Read full article ...
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Greece: Syriza juggles coal, pipelines and climate ambitions 26.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Syriza may be eco-friendly on renewables, energy efficiency and decentralised energy production but it faces internal tensions over plans for new coal plants and, potentially, the world biggest gas pipeline

Syriza’s election victory has kindled hopes of an environmental champion pushing for greater climate ambition on the European stage, but the party will need to balance its green credentials with a commitment to new coal plants, and ambivalence about a major gas pipeline.

Syriza is in an alliance with a faction of the Greek Green party, which will have at least one MP in the new government, and it is seen by many as a tribune of European social movements, particularly environmental ones.

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Ukraine miners rescued after shelling left them trapped 26.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Donetsk power station was hit by artillery fire, leaving nearly 500 workers deep underground

Almost 500 coal miners were trapped for a while in separatist-controlled Donetsk in Ukraine, after shelling knocked out a power station.

But a Donetsk city official told the Donetsk News Agency later in the afternoon that all the miners had been removed without injury and the power station was back online.

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India doubles down on coal 26.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
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The carbon that's killing India, and how California can help 26.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
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