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Sustainable development goals: eight ways to make reality match ambition 19.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The development targets that will come into force next year reflect high ideals, but delivering on them will involve a transformation of the global economy Next year, governments will agree a new global development framework of breathtaking ambition. We already know the likely shape of the sustainable development goals (SDGS) , which will include targets ranging from ending poverty to reducing inequality both within and between countries; from better governance and peaceful societies to action on climate change, ecosystem restoration, and a big shift towards sustainable consumption and production. But the real test of governments’ commitment isn’t the loftiness of the goals. It’s what they’re prepared to do to reach them. The SDGs are far more ambitious than the millennium development goals (MDGs), which they will replace, and delivering them will be harder. Unfortunately, there seems little prospect of a deal on delivery that is as ambitious as the goals ...
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Peru’s climate talks conclude without a big accord in reach 19.12.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
EVER SINCE negotiators failed to agree on a climate accord in Copenhagen five years ago, diplomats have been trying for a big, international do-over. Talks in Lima, Peru, this month put this effort on track to conclude an agreement in Paris next year. The trade-off is that the accord will be insufficiently ambitious and difficult to enforce, in part because of the intransigence of developing countries. It cannot be the final word on the global response to climate change — just an early step. But it’s preferable to no deal at all.Read full article ...
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Flood, drought risks must be managed, with or without climate change 19.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
In one case a major metropolis was flooded within hours, leaving thousands homeless, millions without power, transportation and businesses shut down, and a mass human crisis. In the other case, three years of sunshine and blue skies have left water supplies at record lows, crops shriveled...
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In a post-election flurry, Obama testing his powers and setting an activist course 19.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers 19.12.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors....
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Martin O'Malley Is A Longshot Presidential Candidate, and a Real Climate Hawk 19.12.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is nothing like any pop culture stereotype of a politician. He's not a boyishly charming airhead like George W. Bush or The Simpsons' Mayor Quimby, or a blunt, lovable grandpa like Joe Biden or The West Wing's Jed Bartlet. He's not even that much like the fictional politician based partly on him, The Wire's Tommy Carcetti, who like O'Malley became the unlikely white mayor of majority-black Baltimore. O'Malley has none of Carcetti's sleazy slickness. O'Malley comes across more like the sort of engaged administrator you would hire to turn around a moribund government agency. In January, O'Malley will leave office after eight years because term limits prevented him from running for a third term. He will likely run for president in 2016, despite low name recognition and a lack of classic charisma. But whatever his seeming political deficits, he has won a steady stream ...
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GovBeat: Washington governor proposes billion-dollar carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan 19.12.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Washington could become the second state to place a firm cap on carbon emissions under an aggressive proposal offered this week by Gov. Jay Inslee (D), one of the leading proponents of assertive action to prevent and reverse climate change.Read full article ...
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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: How The World Fought Climate Change (Or Didn’t) In 2014 18.12.2014 Think Progres

What you need to know about the year's biggest climate stories from around the globe.

The post The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: How The World Fought Climate Change (Or Didn’t) In 2014 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street 18.12.2014 Truthout.com
John R. MacArthur of Harper’s Magazine says that Republicans and Democrats alike are abandoning the republic in pursuit of big bucks. Negotiators from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are in Washington this week for a new round of talks which they hope will lead them closer to agreement on the trade deal. President Obama has called passage of TPP a “high priority.” This week, Bill speaks with outspoken veteran journalist John R. MacArthur , president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine , about the problems with TPP, which is being negotiated in secret, behind closed doors. MacArthur says that the “free trade” agreement will take jobs away from Americans: “I guarantee you, this is a way to send more jobs [abroad], particularly to Vietnam and Malaysia.” Obama’s commitment to trade is just another example of his indebtedness to Wall Street for massive campaign contributions. Hillary Clinton, who MacArthur describes as to the right of Americans’ political beliefs, may be scaring off progressives ...
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Little Progress in Lima Climate Talks 18.12.2014 Truthout.com
Leaders at the Twentieth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change (COP20) in Lima, Peru, November 28, 2014. (Photo: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores / Flickr ) Want to support Truthout and double your impact? Click here to make a donation that will be matched dollar-for-dollar - but only if we meet our matching grant goal in time! With yet another United Nations-hosted climate change conference making very little real progress, a near miracle will be required if countries are to reach a meaningful and binding global agreement on carbon emissions in Paris next December. The "Lima Call for Climate Action" document, agreed to on Sunday by 194 countries, is not a new "deal" for the climate. It is a 12-month work plan leading to COP (Conference of the Parties) 21 a year from now. The major change - a victory for rich countries - expects countries with rising economies, such as China and India, to take action on climate change in much the same way rich countries will contribute. A ...
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: More "rubles to rubble" commentary; undoing ineffective Cuba policy 18.12.2014 Daily Kos
NY Times : President Obama’s decision on Wednesday to radically shift United States policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from the hesitancy that characterized much of his first six years in office. The announcement, made in a speech to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House, follows similar decisions by Mr. Obama in recent weeks to defy Republicans on immigration, climate change policy, the regulation of the Internet and negotiations with Iran. So how have things been going for our bored, exhausted, and disengaged president? He's been acting pretty enthusiastic, energized, and absorbed with his job, I'd say. Let us count the things he's done since the November 4th midterm elections: And, yeah, count the Cuban thaw. So, this whole 'lame duck' thing is really slowing Obama down eh ? Eli Lake and Josh Rogin : U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement today on plans to normalize relations with Cuba is good news for many constituencies. It’s good ...
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Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State’s Major Polluters 18.12.2014 Think Progres

“There is a good way, instead of just using taxes to build a bridge, why not use a charge on pollution to build not only a bridge, but also clean air so kids can breathe. You get a twofer,” Inslee said. “That’s what we’re going to do.”

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AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules 18.12.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy....
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Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and The New Yorker 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout can only survive through reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! (A response to the article " Seeds of Doubt" by Michael Specter in The New Yorker) I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge of feeding a growing population with the added obstacle of climate change is an important issue. Specter’s piece, however, is poor journalism. I wonder why a journalist who has been Bureau Chief in Moscow for The New York Times and Bureau Chief in New York for the Washington Post, and clearly is an experienced reporter, would submit such a misleading piece. Or why The New Yorker would allow it to be published as honest reporting, with so many fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality. ‘Seeds ...
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Mr. Waxman leaves Washington 17.12.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Jeb Bush on Climate Change: "I'm a Skeptic" 17.12.2014 Mother Jones

Today, Jeb Bush, the former Republican Governor of Florida, announced that he would "actively explore" running for president in 2016. If elected, he'd have control over much of the US response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate crisis? With a mixture of skepticism, avoidance, and downright denial of the science—if his track record is anything to go by. Above is a quick sample of his views climate change.

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New York And Other Major Cities Face More Power Outages Thanks To Climate Change 17.12.2014 Think Progres

If climate change continues, cities like New York and Philadelphia are "most likely to see big increases in their power outage risk," according to a new study.

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Keystone pipeline to top Senate agenda next year 17.12.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared Tuesday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama....
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GOP leader McConnell says approving Keystone pipeline will be at top of Senate agenda in 2015 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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One Texas City Plans To Get Over Half Of Its Power From Renewables By 2025 16.12.2014 Think Progres

The proposal, passed by Austin's city council last Thursday, is also anticipated to cut carbon emissions from the city's power generation by 75 to 80 percent.

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