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Should the Great Barrier Reef be listed as 'in danger' by Unesco? 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
The draft decision against listing the natural wonder as ‘in danger’ is good news for Australia but is it the best outcome for the reef’s conservation? The draft decision not to place the Great Barrier Reef on Unesco’s ‘in danger’ list is a coup for Australia. The government has lobbied intensely to avoid the ignominy of a ‘world heritage in danger’ listing that would undermine tourism at a site that attracts two million visitors each year. Having its ability to protect the natural wonder questioned by the UN would have been a further stain on the environmental credibility of a country now viewed in some quarters as a global vandal ...
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James Watt and the sabbath stroll that created the industrial revolution 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

On a spring Sunday in May 250 years ago, the Scottish engineer had a stroke of mechanical inspiration – and changed the world

Two hundred and fifty years ago this month, a young Scottish engineer took a Sunday walk across Glasgow Green – and changed the world. Thanks to the idea dreamed up by James Watt that Sunday in May 1765, human beings became masters of power generation and so transformed our planet.

At the time, Watt was merely fixated with the problems posed by the primitive and inefficient steam engines that were then being used to pump water from mines, and had already made several futile attempts to improve them. Then, on his Sunday walk, the idea for a new device – which he later called the separate condenser – popped into his mind.

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Great Barrier Reef shouldn't be on 'in danger' list for now, says Unesco 29.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

World’s largest coral reef to remain on UN’s watchlist as draft ruling calls on Australia to ‘rigorously’ implement its conservation commitments

A draft UN ruling has recommended against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” but indicated the natural icon remains on its watchlist.

The preliminary decision by Unesco’s world heritage committee, which will inform a final ruling in Germany next month, welcomed Australia’s moves to tackle water pollution, limit new port development and ban the dumping of dredge spoil from those ports in reef waters.

Related: Tony Abbott unveils plan to save Great Barrier Reef

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Dozens of Canada's tar sands projects on hold as prices fall, analysis shows 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Campaigners say delays to some 39 projects are also due to growing public protest against the most polluting fossil fuel

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Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania's last, is coming down 28.5.2015 AP National
MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) -- When coal was king, its castle was the breaker - an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of Pennsylvania anthracite for use in factories, foundries and homes up and down the East Coast....
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Norway oil fund to slash coal investments 28.5.2015 AP Business
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Norway's parliamentary parties have agreed that the country's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund should stop investing in coal companies because of their impact on climate change....
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Norway's sovereign wealth fund accused of 'pretend divestment' 28.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
World’s richest sovereign wealth fund increased its investments in coal despite high-profile pledge to dump fossil fuels, financial analysis shows The world’s richest sovereign wealth fund has sunk more money into coal just three months after a high-profile pledge to dump fossil fuels as part of its commitment to responsible investing, according to financial analysis by three environmental groups. Instead of reducing its overall exposure to businesses based on coal, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund (GPF) increased its holdings by 3bn Norwegian kroner to NOK 85.8bn ($1bn/£7.3bn) by the end of last year, the report Still Dirty, Still Dangerous ...
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Norway's $900bn sovereign wealth fund told to reduce coal assets 28.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Finance committee agrees fund which owns 1.3% of all listed companies globally should sell stakes in firms generating more than a third of income from coal

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Why India is captured by carbon - The Guardian 27.5.2015 google news
Why India is captured by carbon The Guardian Even with stringent policy action to increase the deployment of renewables and increase energy efficiency, “coal use is projected by all but one study to be more than two times current levels”. (Although India has a small nuclear industry – which ...
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Adani overestimated Carmichael coalmine benefits, Indigenous group says 27.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Wangan and Jagalingou people launch federal court case and urge banks not to fund Queensland mine

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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa 26.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation fund health centres in the country, but remain invested in fossil fuel companies whose mining operations, it is claimed, have a profound impact on the health of local communities Worried that his eyes and urine were turning a deep yellow, Gednezar Dladla made his way to a local clinic and was referred to a district hospital, where he was x-rayed, diagnosed with gallstones, and admitted for the night. Both institutions receive funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A day later, Dladla set off through the hills and valleys of rural Zululand to a village near his childhood home, where a group of men played cards in the shade of a tree. The environmental activist listened to their grievances about dust pollution, water shortages and lack of assistance from a local mine owned by Rio Tinto – whose investors include the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...
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Officials will evaluate impacts of Colowyo Mine 25.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal mining officials are moving ahead with a new environmental assessment on coal mining operations at the Colowyo Mine near Craig, including the impacts of greenhouse gases on climate change.
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Why the University of Edinburgh must divest from all fossil fuels now 24.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
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A cleaner coal 24.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition. Parts were trucked into the Hayden Station power plant, and it took more than a month to assemble a massive crane, the top of which is higher than the largest smoke stack. A state environmental official says new emissions controls at Colorado’s power plants will both reduce haze and improve public health. Michael Silverstein, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, helped negotiate the plan with the state’s power plants aimed at reducing regional haze. “It was designed to be measurable by the human eye,” Silverstein said. Silverstein said Hayden Station was a “very key facility” during negotiations of the regional haze plan because of its proximity to national parks and wilderness areas. Craig Station, which generates 1,303 megawatts of electricity, was also part of the plan. Silverstein said the emissions controls will reduce both nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide, the two pollutants that contribute the most ...
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Murray Energy Confirms Layoffs 23.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Coal miner Murray Energy Corp. on Friday said it would lay off as many as 1,829 workers at mines in Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia.
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Arch Coal Taps Restructuring Advisers Amid Debt 23.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Arch Coal has tapped restructuring advisers to explore ways to decrease its multibillion-dollar debt load as a deep coal-market slump continues to weigh on the mining company and its rivals.
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Ousted Asia Resource Minerals boss stages sit-in occupation of Jakarta office 22.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

London-listed mining company asks to have its shares suspended while it attempts to retake control of subsidiary PT Berau Coal from Amir Sambodo

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Axa to divest from high-risk coal funds due to threat of climate change 22.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Insurance company to move £350m out of coal companies and triple investments in green technologies

The insurance company Axa has said it will remove around €500m (£355m) of coal investments from its portfolio, in a move that reflects long-term concerns in the insurance industry over climate change.

The company has also pledged to triple its investments in green technologies and services to more than €3bn by 2020 and provide investors with more information on the risk to its investments from climate change.

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Murray Energy to Lay Off Around 1,800 22.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Coal miner Murray Energy is set to announce layoffs of around 1,800 workers, dealing another blow to the coal-mining industry in Appalachia.
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Coal and solar executives clash on climate 21.5.2015 Financial Times India: Economy
‘Solar is not an answer to broad scale industrialisation’, says Hayward
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