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No plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure, says EU climate chief 6.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Exclusive: Miguel Cañete urges world leaders to force their ministers to agree a deal

There is “no plan B” if the Paris climate conference ends in failure, Europe’s climate chief has warned, urging world leaders to intervene to force their ministers to agree a landmark deal this December.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Miguel Cañete, commissioner for climate action, said he was very concerned about the lack of negotiating time remaining before the conference.

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Jim Erickson and Mike Schmidt: In reference to EPA plan 6.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
We are writing in reference to several past letters concerning the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan and its focus on the burning of fossil fuels — especially coal, which results in the production of carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The EPA has defined carbon dioxide as a poison. Because of this carbon dioxide production, energy from coal is under attack from (1) environmental lobby groups and (2) the U.S. government agency of environmental protection — EPA, as the main cause of global warming and climate change. However, there’s absolutely no scientific proof manmade carbon dioxide is the major cause of current climate changes. Long before there was any manmade carbon dioxide, the earth underwent continuous warming and cooling cycles caused by solar activity. The most recent past warming cycles with temperatures considerably warmer than today were: ■ 200 B.C. to 600 A.D., known as the Roman Warming Period ■ 900 A.D. to 1300 A.D., known as the Medieval Warming Period Energy from coal is by far the cheapest ...
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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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9 Powerful Books Elon Musk Recommends 4.7.2015 Inc
Elon Musk's must-read list exhibits his well-known and deep interest in science as well as the personalities behind ...
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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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Hugh Muir

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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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Report: Polar bears' fate tied to reversing global warming 3.7.2015 AP Top News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said....
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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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How the Pope Is Revving Up Climate Action in LA's Most Polluted Neighborhood 2.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Two young men performed their songs on acoustic guitars in Spanish while the rally chanted along in front of St. Basil Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Even though not everyone in the crowd of around 30 people knew Spanish, the message transcended language: protect the most vulnerable from the effects of climate change. After the June 18 release of "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and humanity's responsibility to protect it, young Catholics decided to host a rally to spread awareness of climate change's effect on the poor, particularly Latinos in Southern California. Some Catholics are hopeful that events like this, inspired by the encyclical, will spread and lead to a new emphasis on climate action within the faith. Members of the youth group Pastoral Juvenil of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in front of St. Basil on the morning of June 27 to share what was written in the encyclical and encourage onlookers to participate. "When I started working on the issue of ...
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How severe weather exacerbates climate change 2.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Michael Mann, professor of meteorology at Penn State, joined the discussion.
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New study warns of dangerous climate change risks to the Earth’s oceans | Dana Nuccitelli 2.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Immediate, serious efforts to curb carbon pollution are needed to minimize ocean ecosystem changes A new paper just published in Science summarizes the projected impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans, and consequently on humans and our economy. The study concludes that global warming beyond the international limit of 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures would pose serious threats to marine ecosystems and their millions of human dependents. It builds on the consensus science published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year. The study concludes, Ocean changes associated with a 2°C warming of global surface temperature carries high risks of impacts and should not be ...
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Jairam Ramesh: India can't remain on the path of further destruction 2.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Former environment minister believes the cult of unfettered economic growth has been ruinous for India’s environment, reports Yale Environment 360 Jairam Ramesh was a self-described “economic hawk” when he became India’s environment minister in 2009, figuring that the country’s ecological problems could wait as India lifted its people out of poverty. But by the time he left his post in 2011 , he had become an environmental hawk after witnessing how India’s rapidly expanding economy and soaring population had caused widespread pollution and destruction of the environment. Today, Ramesh is one of the most outspoken critics of India’s environmental policy under prime minister Narendra Modi, who, despite his support of major investments in renewable energy, is otherwise widely criticized by conservationists for putting economic growth ahead of environmental preservation. This balance between economic growth and environmental protection is a core theme in Ramesh’s recently published book, Green Signals — ...
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BP Set To Pay Largest Environmental Fine in US History for Gulf Oil Spill 2.7.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7 billion to settle legal actions brought by the US and several states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The US justice department, along with the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, all sued BP for damages not covered by the company's earlier settlements with businesses and individuals harmed by the worst offshore spill in US history. The settlement ends all litigation between BP, the states and the US government and allows the company to pay over 18 years. BP's share price rose on the news. Last September, judge Carl Barbier, who has overseen the tortuous legal case resulting from the disaster, ruled BP had been "grossly negligent" in its handling of the well. The decision opened up BP to the highest possible fines. The company will pay $7.1bn in "natural resource damage assessment," and the ...
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What Does Genetically Engineering A White Cow Have To Do With Climate Change? 2.7.2015 Think Progres

How can scientists and breeders find the right gene to make cattle more resilient -- and productive -- in a warming, crowded world?

The post What Does Genetically Engineering A White Cow Have To Do With Climate Change? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure '16 field 2.7.2015 AP Politics
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call Thursday on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion....
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Spotlight on green news & views: More on the Pope's encyclical and more on carbon-cutting pledges 2.7.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See Wood Gas's post . 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 Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,050 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. "World's First Climate Liability Suit" Succeeds - Could Be "a Game Changer" —by sfinx: "In what is being called a landmark ruling that that could have worldwide effects, a Dutch court has ordered the government of the Netherlands to reduce the country's emissions by 25% within 5 years to protect its citizens from harm. [...] The question is whether courts and legal systems in other countries will enable such suits to succeed: 'It's a sea change ...
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