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With Compact of Mayors, Cities Lead on Tackling Climate Change at UN Summit 30.9.2014 WRI Stories
Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published for TheCityFix . Last week, cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, convenes cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change.  Analysis shows that 228 cities, home to 436 million people, have voluntarily committed to saving 13 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Through the Compact, some of the world’s leading city networks – C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group , ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and United Cities and Local Governments ( UCLG ) – in partnership with 25 organizations including the World Resources Institute ( WRI ), will mobilize their cities to amplify and expand commitments to address climate change. Specifically, cities will: Set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Develop ...
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FERC’s Approval of Dominion Cove Point Sacrifices Communities and Public Health 30.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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U.S. Emissions Increased In 2013, According To EPA 30.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Emissions from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities in the United States increased in 2013, up 20 million metric tons -- or 0.6 percent -- over the previous year, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency released Tuesday. The EPA said the increase in 2013 was "driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation." Thirteen million metric tons of increase was from the power sector alone. The agency said there were 1,550 power plants that each reported 2 billion metric tons or more of greenhouse gas last year, which accounted for 32 percent of total U.S. emissions. Overall, however, emissions from power plants are down 9.8 percent since 2010, the agency said. The agency has collected data on emissions from major industrial facilities for the past four years as part of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. A separate tally, from the Global Carbon Project, reported last week that U.S. emissions were up 2.9 percent in 2013. David Doniger, ...
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With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit 30.9.2014 THE CITY FIX
Last week, cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, convenes cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds ...
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Neil Young and Willie Nelson Protest Keystone Pipeline in American Heartland 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Harvest the Hope , a concert on the farm of Art and Helen Tanderup in Neligh, Nebraska, right on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, was many things: a musical tour de force starring Neil Young and Willie Nelson; an anti-pipeline message to President Obama whose election graphic formed the O of "Hope" on the stage banner, the word itself Obama campaign terminology; an artistic call to activism designed by artist John Quigley whose crop design "No KXL" was plowed by farmer Tanderup into his corn field as he followed Quigley's direction, in an image spanning the size of several football fields; and "The day the idea of the Keystone Pipleline died" as pronounced by thousands of attendees who stood in rows like the corn and chanted in call and response with Quigley. The Native American and Cowboy representatives of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA) held a small, private ceremony before the concert for Nelson and Young, burning sage for purification, chanting blessings, and wrapping the ...
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There's a Strong Link Between Solving the Global Climate Crisis and Improving Our Health 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Consider the following (seemingly unrelated) realities: 1) An estimated 7 million deaths are attributed to air pollution every year; 2) over half of the U.S. population does not attain recommended minimum levels of daily exercise, contributing to rising rates of obesity and related diabetes, cancer and heart disease; and 3) greenhouse gas emissions -- responsible for the global climate crisis -- rose the fastest (roughly 2 percent per year) in the past decade, approximately twice the rate from the period between 1970 and 2000. What do these three threats to our health and our planet have in common? Fossil fuels. Fossil fuel combustion accounted for approximately 78 percent of the total increase in carbon dioxide between 1970 and 2010. Of course burning oil, gas and coal also release pollutants such as fine particulates, e.g. PM2.5, known to be harmful to human health. Therefore, cleaner energy can help both reduce the heating of the planet, while saving lives from air pollution. Greenhouse gas mitigation ...
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Rocket's Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air Steal Global Climate Protests' Thunder [Pt. II] 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Part 1 focused on the People's Climate March, the UN Climate Summit, global climate negotiations, and the effects of the new Middle Eastern air war escalation on the media's desultory coverage of the global climate protest movement. Part 2 provides a brief critique of the Obama Administration's climate policies. Climate activists see the President piously jaw-boning about the need for action to protect the climate for our children while his Administration is busily throwing millions of acres of public lands open to oil, gas and coal producers even as the State Department promotes fracking abroad, as if fracking were a solution to climate change and not a part of the problem. We will one day come to regret brashly disseminating this harmful technology just as we should rue the post-World War II Federal program that spread nuclear power technology around the world in the name of commercializing nuclear reactors, only to multiply the risks of nuclear weapons proliferation -- much to our consternation ...
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FedEx’s New Electric Trucks Get a Boost From Diesel Turbines 30.9.2014 Wired Top Stories
FedEx is testing a new powertrain that makes its trucks into electric vehicles with onboard diesel ...
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Russia hopes for Ukraine gas deal this week 30.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
ATYRAU Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he hoped Moscow and Kiev would this week settle their differences over a timetable for Ukraine to pay its natural gas debts to Russia. Russia stopped gas flows to Ukraine in June in a standoff over the gas price with its neighboring former Soviet republic, through which Europe receives about half of its gas imports from Russia. After several rounds of talks brokered by the European Union, Moscow and Kiev reported progress at a meeting last week in Berlin. ...
Dominion natural gas exports plan gets federal OK 30.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved Dominion Energy's proposal to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
Dominion plan to export natural gas exports from Chesapeake Bay gets federal regulatory OK 30.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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US oil price surges as heavy week of data kicks off 30.9.2014 Yahoo: Politics

World oil prices slid on Monday as dealers took their cue from the strengthening US dollar, analysts saidNew York (AFP) - US oil prices rose sharply Monday at the start of a busy week of economic data expected to further strengthen confidence in the comparative strength of the American economic recovery.


Corporations Are Not Going to Save Us From Climate Disruption 30.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
With apparent naïveté, the UN insists on taking its cue from the very corporations who are responsible for degrading the planet, destroying lives and creating the crisis in the first place. This is pervasive throughout institutions and governments across the globe, not only the UN. The reason is money. Participants in the People's Climate March 2014 in New York City, September 21. (Photo: South Bend Voice ) Truthout readers like you made this story possible. Show your support for independent news and make a tax-deductible donation today! This past week in New York saw some remarkable actions around climate change. The massive People's Climate March was perhaps the main media spectacle, but it was not the only, or necessarily the most important event. Another important one: the Climate Justice Summit, which featured the voices and testimonials of people all around the country and the globe who are on the frontlines, bearing the brunt of both ruthless extraction and destruction of their lands and ...
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GE inks more than $500 million power equipment order with Exelon 29.9.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Lewis Krauskopf (Reuters) - General Electric Co said on Monday it has won an order worth more than $500 million to provide power-generating equipment to U.S.-based Exelon Corp , including four of GE's highest efficiency gas turbines. Exelon said it was planning to build two combined-cycle gas turbine units in Texas using the GE technology. The new units are being built at Exelon's Colorado Bend site in Wharton County, Texas, and at its Wolf Hollow natural gas plant in Granbury, Texas. Each will add about 1,000 megawatts of capacity to the respective sites. GE said it was the first U.S. ...
It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax 29.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The president has moved aggressively to use the powers of the Clean Air Act to begin the decade-long process of regulating greenhouse gases as air pollutants. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon. As Coral Davenport reported in the New York Times : ...a major new declaration calling for a global price on carbon -- signed by 74 countries and more than 1,000 businesses and investors -- is missing a key signatory: the United States. The declaration, released by the World Bank the day before Mr. Obama's speech at the United Nations Climate Summit, has been signed by China, Shell, Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola. It calls on all nations to enact laws forcing industries to pay for the carbon emissions that scientists say are the leading cause of ...
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Encana buying Athlon Energy for $5.93 billion 29.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil and natural gas company Encana is buying Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion in an effort to boost is oil production by tapping into Texas's booming Permian Basin.
Encana buying Athlon Energy for $5.93 billion 29.9.2014 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oil and natural gas company Encana is buying Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion in an effort to boost is oil production by tapping into Texas's booming Permian Basin....
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Canada's Encana buying Athlon Energy for $5.93B, gets strong position in Permian Basin 29.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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The logic in exporting U.S. oil 29.9.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
One of the economy’s good-news stories is the oil boom, a derivative of the natural gas boom. When the drilling techniques used to tap vast new reservoirs of natural gas were applied to oil, they yielded similarly astounding results. Since 2008, U.S. oil production has increased from 5 million barrels a day (mbd) to 8.3 mbd in 2014. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says it could go to 9.6 mbd by 2019 ...
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NiSource plans to split management of pipelines from sale of electricity and natural gas 29.9.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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