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Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependency on Russian gas 28.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from ...
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Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism 28.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly ...
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Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism 28.5.2015 AP Business
MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) -- Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts....
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A Global Look at Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs 27.5.2015 WRI Stories
This is a historic year for climate action as nations around the world prepare commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In order to be successful, governments must have an abundance of a particularly valuable resource—emissions data. Governments can get granular data on emissions through mandatory GHG reporting programs, which can enhance their understanding of specific emissions sources within each sector and create effective policies to reduce them. So far, at least 40... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
Longview port in talks over oil refinery on Columbia River 27.5.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.
EIA Report Confirms Clean Power Plan Is Affordable And Effective, but Overstates the Cost of the Best Compliance Options -- Efficiency and Renewables Can do More at Lower Costs 27.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Starla Yeh, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Clean Air Program, New York: The Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) has assessed the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, and concludes that the Plan can achieve large carbon pollution reductions with very small impacts on electricity and natural gas prices. It is the...
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10 Steps to Achieve the US Emissions-Reduction Target 27.5.2015 WRI Stories
The United States is the largest economy and the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so the world can’t avoid the worst impacts of climate change without U.S. leadership. The Obama administration stepped up to this challenge by setting a goal to reduce U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. So is this target achievable? Our new study finds that it’s possible for the country to meet this target even without Congressional action, but only if it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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RELEASE: New Research Finds U.S. Can Meet or Exceed Its 2025 Climate Targets Through Multiple Pathways 27.5.2015 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New Research Finds U.S. Can Meet or Exceed Its 2025 Climate Targets Through Multiple PathwaysMay 27, 2015 Federal and state actions can promote economic growth and reduce emissions 26-30 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.Read more [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Fixing China’s Coal Problem 27.5.2015 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

China has rapidly cleaned up its coal plants. Now comes the hard part.

When William Latta first came to China, in 2005, he intended to look for companies to acquire for the French power giant Alstom. He wound up creating his own.

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Nigerian Oil Dispute Exposes Dysfunction Ahead of Power Shift 27.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: World
Nigeria’s worst fuel shortage since a 1993 military coup could echo for weeks in Africa’s top economy, just as President-elect Muhammadu Buhari prepares to take office.
Welcoming Electric Cars to the Central Valley 27.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco: On May 27, 2015 a family of eight from Stockton, CA, will retire their 1984 Ford Ranger. From now on, they'll be driving a 2013 Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid. How can this family afford to make the switch from...
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Why Is The U.S. Desperate To OK Slavery In Malaysia? 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- On Friday night, in an impressive display of dysfunction, the U.S. Senate approved a controversial trade bill with a provision that the White House, Senate leadership and the author of the language himself wanted taken out. The provision, which bars countries that engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals, was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). At the insistence of the White House, he agreed to modify his language to say that as long as a country is taking "concrete" steps toward reducing human trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade deal. Under the original language, the country that would be excluded from the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership pact is Malaysia. But because the Senate is the Senate, it was unable to swap out the original language for the modification. (The chamber needed unanimous consent to make the legislative move, and an unknown senator or senators objected.) So the trade promotion authority bill that passed Friday includes the strong ...
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Mélanie Gouby: 'Virunga Is the Only Hope Eastern Congo Has Had in Decades' 27.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Until last year, the name Virunga remained in the shadow implying 'nothing more' than Africa's oldest national park, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most biodiverse zone, not only in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but in the whole African continent. A few years back, Virunga, home to the world-famous Mountain Gorillas, started witnessing events that would eventually draw international media attention. In 2007, the Congolese government decided to grant concessions (which cover around 85 percent of the parks surface) for oil exploration, despite the park's World Heritage status, to French multinational Total and to the British owned company, Soco International. Not long after, Total declared it wouldn't pursue its initial idea of exploring within the parks boundaries, although Soco's decision remained untouched. Soco stated that 'Block V', the area given for oil exploration, posed no direct threat for the emblematic Mountain Gorillas as these where located in the upper mountains. ...
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Longview port in talks over oil refinery on Columbia River 27.5.2015 AP Washington
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River....
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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Big Question about Industry’s Newest Climate Effort 26.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ben Ratner Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It’s nice to hear that some of the biggest players in the global oil and gas industry want to engage in solutions, but it remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity. That opportunity is methane. The highly potent greenhouse gas that’s been largely ignored until recently represents a solution for making real and immediate progress to slow warming. So will the group of oil companies sign on to tackle methane as a big part of its strategy, or are they going to ignore it? Methane, the primary ingredient in natural gas, has over 80 times the warming power of CO2 and is responsible for 25 percent of the warming we are feeling today. That means tackling methane is an essential piece of the puzzle in making a real impact on greenhouse ...
French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use 26.5.2015 AP Business
PARIS (AP) -- France's lower house of parliament is to vote on a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures....
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French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use 26.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament is to vote on a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly ...
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U.S., Canada And Mexico Create New Climate Change Partnership 26.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Mike De Souza OTTAWA, May 25 (Reuters) - North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies. The partnership does not include binding targets, but will enhance cooperation and integrate more climate change-related policies into energy discussions between the countries, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said during a conference call. All three governments said they will prioritize working together on issues, including efficiency of electricity grids, pursuing new clean energy technologies and aligning regulations to control emissions from the oil and gas sector. The agreement comes even as Canada's right-leaning Conservative government and the Obama administration clash over the lengthy and ongoing U.S. review of TransCanada Corp proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would connect Alberta's oil sands region with the Gulf Coast of ...
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Nigerian gas shortage resolved but new leader still faces major challenges 26.5.2015 L.A. Times - World News
Nigeria’s gasoline scarcity was resolved Monday, but only after the shortages had damaged the economy, canceled or diverted commercial flights, shut down radio stations and put mobile phone networks at risk.
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