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Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm 23.10.2014 Think Progres

A new study using long-term satellite observations confirms (for the umpteenth time) that fracking speeds up global warming and has no net climate benefit whatsoever in any timescale that matters to humanity.

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Insurers ‘unready’ for climate change 23.10.2014 Financial Times US
Environmental lobby says only a handful of companies have robust internal climate policies
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GovBeat: A Florida city voted to split the state in two because of concerns over climate change 23.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
The South Miami City Commission voted 3 to 2 for Florida’s 23 southern counties to secede and form a new state named South Florida because of frustration over environmental issues and a lack of concern by state ...
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Climate Change Is Kicking the Insurance Industry's Butt 23.10.2014 Mother Jones
In the months after Hurricane Sandy, insurance companies spooked by rising seas dropped coastal policies in droves . That could become an increasingly common story, according to the largest-ever survey of how insurance companies are dealing with climate change, released today. Global warming is increasing the risk of damage to lives and property from natural disasters beyond what many insurers are willing to shoulder. And most insurance companies aren't taking adequate steps to change that trend, the survey found. That's a problem even if you don't live by the coast: When private insurers back out, the government is left to pick up much of the damage costs; already, the federal flood insurance program is one of the nation's largest fiscal liabilities . Ceres, an environmental nonprofit, evaluated the climate risk management policies of 330 large insurance companies operating in the United States. The results are worrying. Only nine companies, 3 percent of the total, earned the highest ranking. The ...
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Readers' assignment: your protest photos and videos from around the world 22.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Youve sent in some great assignment ideas for GuardianWitness so weve started a bi-weekly series based on your best suggestions

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South Florida City Votes To Secede Over State’s Refusal To Take Sea Level Rise Seriously 22.10.2014 Think Progres

The resolution -- like all other secession attempts in the U.S. apart from the one in 1775 -- isn't likely to make it very far. But the three South Miami councilmembers who voted for the resolution still think sea level rise is serious enough to make the secession statement.

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2 Senate Democrats explore how to protect coal jobs and the environment 22.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
In June, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a defender of the coal industry, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a champion of the environment, decided to set aside differences and learn about how climate change affects each other's state.
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Why Pitzer College decided to quit carbon 22.10.2014 LA Times: Commentary
Last month, the philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced it would sell off the fossil fuel stocks that helped to enrich it. Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges, had beaten the Rockefellers to the punch. Its decision to divest, in April, made it an early adopter in the...
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'Green News Report' - October 21, 2014 22.10.2014 BradBlog
· IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican candidates continue to dodge the climate change question; Mountaintop removal coal mining promotes lung cancer; 'Significant' oil spill in Louisiana bayou; 2014 on track to be hottest year on record; PLUS: LEGO breaks up with Shell Oil... All that and more in today's Green News ...
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Pacific Islanders Block Coal Ships at Australian Port to Protest Climate Change 22.10.2014 Global Voices
Using hand carved canoes, the Pacific climate warriors, along with dozens of Australians in kayaks, were able to prevent 10 scheduled ships from passing through the Newcastle coal port.
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The Republican Party continues its assault on science in the most insane way possible 21.10.2014 Daily Kos
Meet Lamar Smith (R-TX). He authored the SOPA bill that everyone loved a few years ago. He's a climate denier with all kinds of science sense. While Smith admits to having studied some science in college, most of his science credentials come straight from Congress: he’s already served on the science committee for the past 26 years. His votes reflect a pattern of opposition to climate change and alternative energy efforts, sympathy to large industry in matters of copyright and patent law, deference to law enforcement on privacy issues, and moral policing of the internet. Smith’s record on energy and the environment represents one of his most controversial policy arenas. He voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, voted no several times on tax credits for renewable energy and incentives for energy production and conservation, voted against raising fuel efficiency standards, and rejected implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. Opponents of the appointment have observed in recent days that Smith, ...
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IPCC Vice-Chair Says Europe’s Planned 2030 Emission Cuts Would Be “Too Little Too Late” 21.10.2014 Think Progres

Professor Jim Skea recently told the BBC that cutting the E.U.'s carbon emissions only 40 percent by 2030 would leave its member countries poorly positioned to reach 80 or 95 percent by 2050.

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As Planet Warms, Scientists Predict Changes For Autumn Leaf Season 21.10.2014 Think Progres

"The fall foliage displays that our grandchildren will see at the end of this century will not be the ones we see today."

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Even One Soda A Day Changes How Your Cells Age 21.10.2014 Crooks Liars
Even One Soda A Day Changes How Your Cells Age
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The good news about offshore oil rigs 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Renewables And Efficiency Made Up 70 Percent Of The Drop In U.S. Emissions Since 2007 21.10.2014 Think Progres

An analysis by Greenpeace Energydesk showed that while natural gas covered 44 percent of the energy generation left by the fall of coal, it only contributed to 30 percent of the ensuing drop in carbon emissions.

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Beijing Marathoners Need Facemasks And Sponges Because Of The Air Pollution 21.10.2014 Think Progres

Organizers provided 140,000 sponges that runners could use to “clean their skin that is exposed to the air.”

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A Man For All Seasons: Remembering Rick Piltz, Climate Science Whistleblower 21.10.2014 Think Progres

Rich Piltz, a true climate hero, passed away Saturday. Rick was a man of principle, a genuine whistle blower, who resigned from the U.S. Global Change Research Program in 2005 to protest political interference with climate change communication by the Bush-Cheney Administration.

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'I am not a scientist', say Republicans, so let's just ignore the people who are 21.10.2014 Daily Kos
'It also may be time to sacrifice a goat to the volcano gods.' The Rude Pundit notes that the Republican "I am not a scientist, so let's do nothing" talking point that gets used for climate change does not similarly extend to the panic of the moment . Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on why we shouldn't do anything about climate change: "I'm not a scientist. I'm interested in protecting Kentucky's economy." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on why we should take strict measures to prevent the spread of Ebola: ""I'm not an expert on this, but it strikes me that it would be a good idea to discontinue flights into the United States from that part of the world." I am not an expert, so we should probably just do whatever I say is a good conservative talking point that doesn't get used often enough. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on why he doesn't want to say how much human activity contributes to climate change: "I’d leave it to the scientists to decide how much, what it means, and what the ...
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If climate change doesn’t bother you, why does Ebola? 21.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
If you're keeping score, two people out of 319 million residents of the United States have contracted Ebola. Within a week or so, the Ebola "crisis" may be over.
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