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Stop Buying in Bulk 5.7.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you're like me, you writhe in guilt-ridden anguish each time you forget to bring your canvas tote to the grocery store. But in the rare times we do remember our reusable bags, Americans tend not to think much about what we actually put inside them, according to a new survey. The takeaway: We waste a lot of extra food (and money) simply because we don't shop often enough. As big of a problem as it is, food waste rarely makes the news. There was some buzz a while back about France's ban on grocery stores throwing out edible food, but the numbers show that this is only a small part of the problem . Americans vastly underestimate their own food waste, which turns out to be driven mostly by a desire to avoid getting sick—even though saving money is also a top priority. That means we end up stocking our shelves with more than we need to ensure we'll always have something fresh when we want it. That ...
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Death on the ice: the last expedition of Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo 5.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Arctic activists Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo’s last expedition ended tragically in April when they fell through thinning ice. Fellow environmental campaigner Ruth Dawkins recalls the vital work and warm spirits of her inspirational friends In April of this year, two Dutch polar explorers, Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, set off from Resolute Bay in the Canadian Arctic. They were headed for Bathurst Island, a journey of 400km that was due to take around a month. This was part of the Last Ice Survey expedition to gather data about snow and ice thickness for York University, Ontario. They would walk and ski across a region known as the Last Ice Area, where summer sea ice is expected to be most resilient to climate change. A few days into their trip, when they were still in Resolute Bay preparing for the hard month ahead, Philip found Marc’s sled from a previous unsuccessful expedition being used by a local hunter. In one of the many short voice recordings which they uploaded each day during their ...
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Carbon tax repeal sparks jump in Australia's electricity emissions 5.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

A 4.3% rise in electricity emissions counters Australia’s credibility in the lead-up to the Paris climate talks, the Climate Council says

Electricity emissions have jumped since the repeal of the carbon tax, the Climate Council says.

The council cites new data by consultants Pitt & Sherry, showing carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity grid went up 6.4m tonnes in the last financial year since the tax was axed.

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Balz: Lost ground for GOP signals challenges for 2016 4.7.2015 Washington Post: Politics
The Gallup organization reported its latest findings on party identification late last week, and the report contained good news for the Democrats and a flashing yellow for Republicans.The Democrats “have regained an advantage” over the GOP in party affiliation, Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones wrote in an accompanying analysis. Republicans, he added, “have seemingly lost the momentum they had going into last fall’s elections.”Read full article ...
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Sanders, O’Malley race to be the Clinton alternative 4.7.2015 Washington Post: Politics
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, two candidates vying to become the chief challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, both crisscrossed Iowa over the past few days, stopping in some of the same cities and marching in small-town Fourth of July parades.Read full article ...
A welcome dose of environmental optimism 4.7.2015 New Scientist: Opinion
From rainforest revival and green technology to social changes, the age of humans is not necessarily a one-way ticket to eco-disaster, argue three new ...
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Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny 4.7.2015 AP Top News
AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) -- In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby....
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Can Brazil follow through on its ambitious climate goals? 4.7.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
MANY ENVIRONMENTAL advocates had their eyes focused this week on the Supreme Court, where the justices slammed an Environmental Protection Agency clean air rule. But, in part because the practical effects of the ruling don’t appear dire, the more consequential event may have taken place at the White House, where President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff exchanged commitments on climate change. There the news was good — but not good enough. Read full article ...
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European temps climb, pope gives thanks for some rain 4.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat ...
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Vatican's justice leader highlights importance of 'investing in women' 3.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Ahead of conference on pope’s environment encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson says to achieve development goals women need more access to education

The Vatican’s top official on justice issues has said giving women greater access to education is imperative to achieving global development goals, as debate heats up ahead of a UN meeting on the topic in September.

“Investing in women can take us a long way towards achieving forms of development,” Cardinal Peter Turkson told the Guardian on Friday. The Ghanaian cleric was reflecting on comments made at the Vatican by Mary Robinson, the UN secretary general’s special envoy for climate change, who said there needed to be more focus on the education of girls and women.

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Episcopal church votes to divest from fossil fuels: 'This is a moral issue' 3.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Warning of threat to ‘human life itself’, Christian denomination commits to re-investing in clean energy following pope’s pastoral letter on the environment

The leadership of the Episcopal church has voted to withdraw from fossil fuel holdings as a means of fighting climate change, delivering an important symbolic victory to environmental campaigners.

Two weeks after the pope’s pastoral letter on the environment, the divestment decision by a major US Protestant denomination underscored that climate change is increasingly seen by religious leaders as a deeply moral issue.

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Climate change threatens radioactive storage dome in south Pacific – video 3.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
A huge legacy of the cold war hulks on the shores of Enewetak atoll in the south Pacific: the Runit Dome, housing 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris left behind after 12 years of US nuclear tests. According to a report by the US Department of Energy, soil around the dome is already more contaminated than its contents. Now locals, scientists and environmental activists fear that a storm surge, typhoon or other cataclysmic event brought on by climate change could tear the concrete structure wide open, releasing its contents into the ocean Continue reading...
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India's climate pledge 'critically important', says UN climate chief 3.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Christiana Figueres says Delhi’s promise of ambitious cuts and plans to help 400m energy poor will be vital to getting a binding deal in Paris

A strong pledge to curb carbon emissions by India, the world’s third largest polluter, will be “critically important” to a meaningful deal at the crucial UN climate summit in Paris in December, the UN’s climate chief has said.

India has so far resisted calls for an ambitious target, citing the millions in the country who do not have access to energy and the need to pull those people out of poverty. Instead, it has suggested that it may make two climate pledges: one that can be achieved with domestic resources, and another that would be possible with financial and technological aid from the developed world.

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Financing the sustainable development goals – podcast transcript 3.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Who will pay for the ambitious plans set out in the sustainable development goals? In the run-up to the finance talks in Addis Ababa, we discuss the key issues

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Bernie Sanders seen as a ‘protest candidate,’ says Democratic rival Martin O’Malley 3.7.2015 Washington Post: Politics
WAUKEE, Iowa — Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, whose own poll numbers haven’t really budged since entering the race, says his rival Bernie Sanders is on the rise partly because voters see him as a “protest candidate.”Read full article ...
United Airlines Just Invested Millions In Turning Household Garbage Into Jet Fuel 3.7.2015 Think Progres

It's the largest investment by United in alternative jet fuels, but it is not the first.

The post United Airlines Just Invested Millions In Turning Household Garbage Into Jet Fuel appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it's leaking 3.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is a hulking legacy of years of US nuclear testing. Now locals and scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause 111,000 cubic yards of debris to spill into the ocean

Black seabirds circle high above the giant concrete dome that rises from a tangle of green vines just a few paces from the lapping waves of the Pacific. Half buried in the sand, the vast structure looks like a downed UFO.

At the summit, figures carved into the weathered concrete state only the year of construction: 1979. Officially, this vast structure is known as the Runit Dome. Locals call it The Tomb.

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Catholic leaders to GOP: Heed pope on climate, poor 3.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis' call for "profound political courage" by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income inequality as they have on opposing gay marriage and ...
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Steyer challenges Koch on climate change 2.7.2015 Financial Times US
Billionaire political donors gear up for 2016 White House battle
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India Says It Won’t Set Date For Reducing Total Carbon Emissions 2.7.2015 Think Progres

India is the world's third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, which causes climate change.

The post India Says It Won’t Set Date For Reducing Total Carbon Emissions appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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