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Correction: Emissions Reductions-Minnesota story 22.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Right Wing Attacks Media For Saying Interstellar Is About Climate Change. Seriously. 22.11.2014 Think Progres

Interstellar may be the greatest silent movie ever made. It is a stunningly gorgeous but annoyingly noisy, second-rate sci-fi movie with Icarus-like aspirations of greatness and some hints of climate change. So naturally it has become the latest target for the deniers.

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From Hottest October to Coldest November, Is Climate Change Behind the Extreme Weather? 21.11.2014 Truthout.com
Record cold temperatures have been recorded across the country this week. The most extreme weather is hitting western New York, where at least seven people have died. At least six feet of snow has already fallen on parts of Buffalo, and another two to three feet is expected today. Tuesday was the coldest November morning in the country since 1976. Temperatures dropped below freezing in every state including parts of Hawaii on Tuesday and Wednesday. This comes just days after NASA reported last month was the warmest October on record. We look at the link between extreme weather and climate change with Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to extreme weather. Last week, the news was about the record heat. According to NASA, last month was the warmest October ever recorded across the globe. This week, much of the United States is experiencing record cold. Tuesday was ...
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In Groundbreaking Announcement, Power Plant Operator Aims For Drastic Emissions Cuts 21.11.2014 Think Progres

NRG Energy, the second-largest conventional power generation company in the country, just announced a goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

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Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonizing the Economy 21.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The Brazilian Amazon basin in the Rondonia State, April 27, 2012. Environmental groups say the construction of the Jirau and Santo Antônio Dams in Rondônia State displaces indigenous peoples and causes flooding, potentially releasing large quantities of methane gas. (Noah Friedman-Rudovsky/The New York Times). Rio de Janeiro - When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”. Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the region will be able to point to progress in reducing deforestation in the Amazon jungle, especially in the Brazilian portion where forest loss was reduced 80 percent in the last decade, according to official sources. But they say Latin America’s focus ...
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Jonah Goldberg Has A Jungian Moment On Fox 21.11.2014 Crooks Liars
The late Carl Jung famously wrote about shadow projection -- that aspect of unintegrated humans that permits them to project qualities and motivations onto others that are really only a reflection of themselves. In this job, I see the sad results every day. But it's especially entertaining when people like Jonah Goldberg lecture us with a very straight face: Fox News provided American Enterprise Institute (AEI) fellow Jonah Goldberg a platform to attack climate scientists as profiteers who are "financially incentivized" to advocate climate change action, without disclosing AEI's own financial incentive to undercut action on climate change. AEI has taken over $3 million from ExxonMobil, and once offered money to scientists to write articles criticizing a UN climate change report. On the November 18 edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto, Goldberg argued that climate scientists have a conflict of interest reporting on climate change because they are "deeply invested in the whole industry of global warming" ...
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Edelman TransCanada Leak: Aggressive PR for Keystone Alternative 21.11.2014 Truthout.com
Leaked documents expose a plan by Edelman for TransCanada to launch an "aggressive" American-style policy/politics PR campaign to persuade Canadians to support a Canada-based alternative to the stalled Keystone XL pipeline to get controversial tar sands oil to refineries in eastern Canada for export. But, according to the documents, this Canada-centric campaign would actually be run out of an office in Washington, DC. And the digital campaign is being led by a rightwing American political operative employed by the world's largest public relations firm. The documents were obtained by Greenpeace . Ian Austen of The New York Times published some excerpts from the planning documents on November 17 that show how a new PR operation is in the works to persuade skeptical Canadians the "Energy East Pipeline" from Alberta to Quebec and to New Brunswick is a good idea. The proposed pipeline conversion from gas to oil and the expansion of the line would allow TransCanada's corporate partners to sell more tar sands ...
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The Daily Digest: Immigration Decision 21.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Your daily dose of Minnesota politics and policy.
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Every breath you take: the environmental consequences of sanctions 21.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Iran’s drive for ‘independent’ development, in the face of international pressure over the nuclear programme, has degraded its air, water and land

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WorldViews: Chart: The world is too fat and it’s costing us $2 trillion a year 21.11.2014 Washington Post: World
We're fat -- and we're getting fatter. One estimate from earlier this year found that almost one-third of the world was now obese (that's more than 2 billion people) and that numbers had been rising, significantly, for ...
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Tony Abbott keeps digging himself in deeper, and it makes no sense 21.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Abbott government is in untenable positions on climate change and broken election promises and it’s time it took stock

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Open thread for night owls: TransCanada plans PR blitz on disputed eastern tar sands pipeline 21.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Zahra Hirji at InsideClimate News writes Why Is TransCanada Playing Hardball With Environmentalists? Some excerpts: After TransCanada proposed its Energy East tar sands pipeline, the energy giant tapped the world's largest public relations firm to help blunt opposition—the kind that upended its Keystone XL project. More than 50 pages of leaked campaign strategy documents from PR firm Edelman show the energy company desperate to confront and overcome organized resistance to tar sands development mounted by environmentalists and other activists. Energy East would open a massive artery for the flow of tar sands oil to Canada's eastern coast and abroad. This week Greenpeace provided the documents to InsideClimate News and other media. The documents from May to August 2014 identify "new realities" facing companies looking to develop major pipelines in North America. These includes a "permanent, persuasive, nimble and well-funded" opposition that frames all new development projects in the context of climate ...
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Americans want limits on CO2 emissions, but they keep electing too many people who don't 21.11.2014 Daily Kos
A poll conducted by Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication has found 67 percent of Americans favor federal regulations to limit carbon emissions from power plants even if that means paying more for their electricity. That meshes somewhat with the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll asking what Americans think the new Congress should do. Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed support addressing climate change by limiting carbon emissions. These results ought to be welcome news for regulators. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to implement its final rules on reducing emissions from new power plants in June. At the same time, it is slated to issue draft final rules for existing power plants. Just one problem, however. Despite those polls, voters have chosen to elect a large number of people to Congress who don't accept the science of climate change or at least pretend not to for fundraising and stump-speech purposes. There's an even larger number of them in thrall to a Republican leadership ...
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Inslee to GOP senators: Bring solutions on climate 21.11.2014 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Responding to criticism leveled at him last week, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday challenged two Republican senators to "do more than just criticize and mischaracterize" actions being considered to reduce carbon pollution....
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Will Obama become an imperial president? 21.11.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
With a clear majority in both houses, Republicans face a difficult choice about whether to compromise with President Barack Obama on a series of issues. Obama has already made it clear that he won't be waiting for their decision. Instead, he is going to spend his final two years in ...
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WorldViews: Japanese company plots $26 billion undersea ‘Atlantis’ 21.11.2014 Washington Post: World
It's the next frontier: Not long after scientists landed a probe on a comet millions of miles away in deep space, a Japanese construction company has announced that it wants to go in the other direction ...
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Minnesota not on track to meet proposed emissions reductions 21.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota has made little progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2030 under proposed EPA rules. State officials say new strategies are needed.
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Why are starfish “melting” from viral wasting disease? Maybe it's our fault. 21.11.2014 Boing Boing
This photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from 'sea star wasting disease.' (Laura Anderson / Rocky Intertidal Lab UC Santa Cruz) Marine biology researchers investigating the virus linked to the “wasting” deaths of countless starfish are looking at what role environmental causes might play in the massive die-off. Read the ...
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Here's Some Stupid For Lunch 20.11.2014 Esquire

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As Sioux Tribe Calls Keystone XL an "Act of War," TransCanada Hires PR Firm to Probe Critics 20.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
In a dramatic showdown Tuesday, the Senate narrowly missed a 60-vote threshold required to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Fourteen Democrats supported the measure along with all 45 Republicans. With just 59 aye votes, the measure failed to pass. After Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced the tally, a man reportedly with the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota burst out in song, followed by protesters who called out Democrats who voted in support of the pipeline. After Tuesday’s vote, Republicans vowed to immediately bring the bill back in January, when they will hold the Senate majority. This comes as newly leaked documents reveal the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline is engaged in a "perpetual campaign" to mobilize support for another pipeline connecting the tar sands oil fields to an ocean port, this one entirely inside Canada - bypassing opposition in the United States. Strategy documents drafted for TransCanada by the public relations firm Edelman, the world’s biggest ...
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