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View from the left—building a climate movement around Keystone XL 1.3.2015 Daily Kos
In October of 2011, the National Journal ran this headline about the Keystone XL pipeline debate: "Insiders: Obama Will Approve Keystone XL Pipeline This Year." The article's lede noted that "virtually all" or "70 percent" of the publication's energy and environment "insiders" said President Obama would green light the 1,700-mile pipeline that would funnel Canada's tar-sands oil down to Gulf Coast refineries. They were wrong. He didn't do it that year, or the next year or even the year after that. He still hasn't done it. In fact, this week the president used the first stroke of his veto pen during this Congress to kill legislation that would have forced construction of the pipeline. Just to be clear, Obama still hasn't outright rejected or approved the pipeline itself. That decision awaits. But had this bill reached Obama's desk during the first two years of his presidency, it might well have been signed into law. Doing so would have provided a young White House that was initially all too hesitant on a ...
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Why Markets Can't Price the Priceless 28.2.2015 American Prospect
  (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey) A public works wastewater reuse project accounts for approximately half of the water used daily by Wichita Falls, Texas.   This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . Water sources for many Southwestern cities such as Las Vegas and Phoenix are drying up. Meanwhile, most Eastern cities have ample supplies but decaying infrastructure that can’t handle the more frequent and severe flooding brought on by climate change. The Cato Institute and Reason Foundation are part of a libertarian movement arguing that market pricing of water could solve both problems. But water, as a public good, can’t just be left to private markets, or we will have billionaires watering lush lawns while other citizens have dry taps. Privatizers are also notorious for underinvesting in the infrastructure needed both to supply fresh water and to provide adequate ...
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Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts? 28.2.2015 FactCheck
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency's proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That's debatable.
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Monkey Cage: Partisan bias about climate change is more prevalent than you think 27.2.2015 Washington Post: Politics
Why do Democrats and Republicans differ so much on the fundamental science of global warming? A key reason is the politicization of climate science. Politicization means emphasizing the inherent uncertainty of science in order to cast doubt on the existence of a scientific consensus. The result is that citizens become uncertain about whether to trust politicized scientific information — even though, in the case of climate change, there is a clear scientific consensus about the reality of human-induced global warming.Read full article >>
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Is Big Oil Buying Favorable Congressional Testimony On Climate Change? 27.2.2015 Think Progres

And if they are, does it matter?

The post Is Big Oil Buying Favorable Congressional Testimony On Climate Change? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Obama to host European Council president Tusk March 9 to talk Ukraine, trade, terrorism 27.2.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Democrats on climate 'witch hunt', conservatives say 27.2.2015 Politico
Arizona Rep. Ral Grijalva is on a mission to expose climate skeptics. Some say he's going too far.
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France, Philippines Call for Agreement on Climate Change 27.2.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
In formal surroundings in Manila, French President Francois Hollande and Philippine President Begnino Aquino appeal for action on a binding agreement on climate change. Hollande said he would like countries to conclude an agreement at a climate conference hosted by France in ...
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Hollande warns about lack of funds for climate deal on visit to typhoon-hit Philippines 27.2.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Inhofe's latest climate pitch: Snow joke 27.2.2015 Politico
"The reality is that climate change has been occurring since the beginning of time."
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Food Waste Is Costing Countries Billions Every Year And Contributing To Climate Change 27.2.2015 Think Progres

If countries made a point of reducing their food waste, the globe could save a total of $120 to $300 billion each year by 2030, according to a new report.

The post Food Waste Is Costing Countries Billions Every Year And Contributing To Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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49 percent of Republicans do not believe in evolution 26.2.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
It's all a conspiracy by the powerful natural history museum lobby. There's a new Public Policy Polling poll out identifying Scott Walker as the top Republican pick among their presidential maybe-candidates. But some of the other poll results among self-identified Republicans are doozies. For example : • 49 percent of Republicans say they do not believe in evolution. Only 37 percent say they do. • 66 percent of Republicans say they do not believe in global warming. Mind you, even the most science-denying Republicans in Congress have said they "believe" in global warming, they just don't think we should do anything about it. Their base has not yet reached this enlightened state. • 57 percent of Republicans would support establishing Christianity as our "national religion." So it would seem that Scott Walker indeed has the conservative id pegged, and that Republican candidates seeking primary frontrunner status will indeed need to learn to embrace a base that at this point has become very conspicuously ...
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Climate Deniers Exposed: Top Scientist Got Funding From ExxonMobil, Koch Brothers, Big Coal 26.2.2015 Truthout.com
A new investigation exposes how one of the top scientists involved in denying climate change has failed to disclose his extensive funding from the fossil fuel industry. Dr. Wei-Hock Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has downplayed global warming and rejected human activity as its cause, arguing the sun is more responsible than greenhouse gases from pollution. Climate denialists - including Republican Senator James Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee - frequently cite Soon’s work to reject concrete action. But documents obtained by the Climate Investigations Center show Soon received more than $1.2 million from fossil fuel corporations and conservative groups over the last decade and failed to disclose those ties in most of his scientific papers. Funders include ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, coal utility Southern Company and the Charles G. Koch Foundation. In letters with his funders, Soon referred to his scientific papers or ...
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How Did Palm Oil Become Such a Problem—and What Can We Do About It? 26.2.2015 Global Voices
Production of palm oil is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but they exist.
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François Hollande in Philippines for climate change push 26.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
French president accompanied actors Marion Cotillard and Mélanie Laurent to build diplomatic momentum ahead of crucial UN climate summit in Paris President François Hollande arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, accompanied by two of France’s leading actresses, to promote the fight against climate change ahead of a crucial summit of world leaders. The two-day trip, the first by a French president to the Philippines, is part of Hollande’s campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the United Nations event that France will host in ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Scientist paid big bucks to deny global warming, a veto for KXL 26.2.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See witsendnj's post about the video he made. 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) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 21,900 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. Black Death in Europe Was Caused by Climate Change in Asia & Trade, not Rats —by FishOutofWater: "The black death killed thirty to fifty percent of the people of Europe in six years starting in 1347. Plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, ravaged Europe in wave after wave for over 300 years, then slowly faded to black after the Great Plague of London in 1665-1666. This, the second plague pandemic, has ...
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How Often Do Climate Scientists Have To Debunk Willie Soon? 26.2.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Crossposted from Polluterwatch . Recent revelations regarding Smithsonian scientist Willie Soon's financing and coordination with fossil fuel companies for studies undermining the science of climate change has received quite a bit of attention. Our friends at the Climate Investigations Center have links to source documents , letters to the IRS and Congress, letters to journals that Soon appears to have mislead, and some of the press covering all of this. The drama has largely outshone the main point among most scientists: Willie Soon's work is vastly discredited. For those who aren't familiar with Willie Soon's fossil fuel company contracting over the last fifteen years, there is probably a legitimate question of whether or not this guy deserves to be in his current pinch. Frankly, he had it coming. Scientists and science reporters have often had to waste their time addressing the interference of Soon and his cohorts, who take advantage of the public's general unfamiliarity with scientific ...
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Google develops computer program capable of learning tasks independently 26.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

‘Agent’ hailed as first step towards true AI as it gets adept at playing 49 retro computer games and comes up with its own winning strategies

Google scientists have developed the first computer program capable of learning a wide variety of tasks independently, in what has been hailed as a significant step towards true artificial intelligence.

The same program, or “agent” as its creators call it, learnt to play 49 different retro computer games, and came up with its own strategies for winning. In the future, the same approach could be used to power self-driving cars, personal assistants in smartphones or conduct scientific research in fields from climate change to cosmology.

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Bill Combating Toxic Algae Blooms Passes House Of Representatives 25.2.2015 Think Progres

Toxic algal blooms, which have been tied to climate change, can poison drinking water supplies.

The post Bill Combating Toxic Algae Blooms Passes House Of Representatives appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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More proof: Study sees climate change in action in the air, watching carbon dioxide trap heat 25.2.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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