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The Post’s endorsements for Congress in Northern Virginia 25.10.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
TWO OF Northern Virginia’s three congressmen — Frank R. Wolf, a Republican, and James P. Moran Jr., a Democrat — are retiring after long tenures. There are spirited, expensive races to replace them. The 8th District, which extends west through Arlington to Tysons Corner and south along the Potomac through Alexandria and Springfield to Woodbridge, is dominated by Democrats; despite various travails, Mr. Moran never faced a tight race for ...
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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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Insurance Industry Shows ‘Profound Lack Of Preparedness’ For Climate Risks 24.10.2014 Think Progres

An extensive new report found that out of 330 insurers, only nine merited top ratings when it comes to climate policies

The post Insurance Industry Shows ‘Profound Lack Of Preparedness’ For Climate Risks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030 24.10.2014 Think Progres

The European Commission must still propose specific legislation for the European Parliament to pass. But this morning's deal is a sign that the necessary political compromises and understandings are in place.

The post We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World's Largest Coal Port 24.10.2014 Truthout.com
United Nations - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the 12 ships scheduled to pass through the port during the nine-hour blockade, which was organised with support from the U.S.-based environmental group 350.org . The warriors came from 12 Pacific Island countries, including Fiji, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Micronesia, Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Niue. Mikaele Maiava spoke with IPS about why he and his fellow climate change warriors had travelled to Australia: "We want Australia to remember that they are a part of the Pacific. And as a part of the Pacific, we are a family, and having this family means we stay together. We cannot afford, one of the biggest sisters, ...
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EU emissions target isn't as ambitious as it seems 24.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
The European Union's agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 sounds impressive, but we're halfway to that ...
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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 24.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Climate commissioner hails strong signal ahead of global Paris summit but key aspects of deal left vague or voluntary

European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030.

But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.

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EU leaders set to strike climate deal to cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030 23.10.2014 Guardian: Environment
But Poland threatens to use veto against agreement aimed to set the stage for Paris summit if it is not granted exemptions Continue reading...
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Sarah Palin's sun starts to set in Alaska 23.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Alaska is known for having the economy of a petro-state, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Preparing for Paris climate talks, saying goodbye to whistleblower 23.10.2014 Daily Kos
Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 19,830 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. UN climate talks to resume in Bonn —by TierneySmith: "Hot on the heels of the People's Climate March and the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit, government negotiators are back in session in Bonn next week (20 Oct) to continue their vital work on a new global climate agreement. In a record-breaking mobilisation for climate action, last month, almost 700,000 people took to the streets in New York and across the world to call on governments to put climate ...
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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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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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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.

The post South Florida City Votes To Secede Over State’s Refusal To Take Sea Level Rise Seriously appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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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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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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Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform 21.10.2014 Outside the Beltway
Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.
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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.

The post IPCC Vice-Chair Says Europe’s Planned 2030 Emission Cuts Would Be “Too Little Too Late” appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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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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