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Why Bill Gates’ Math Error About Climate Change Matters 2.5.2016 Think Progres

Gates has positioned himself as a major player on energy, which means his confused pronouncements could have serious consequences in the public debate.

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Kids In Washington State Were Just Handed A Major Climate Victory 2.5.2016 Think Progres

"For the first time, a U.S. court not only recognized the extraordinary harms young people are facing due to climate change, but ordered an agency to do something about it."

The post Kids In Washington State Were Just Handed A Major Climate Victory appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Notable Quotables: Claiming Decades of 'Very Negative' Hillary Coverage? 2.5.2016 NewsBusters
The May 2 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This issue: Hillary Clinton has had to endure a decades long “negative relationship” with the media. Meanwhile, Barack Obama was acclaimed as “Mt. Rushmore great.” Over on HBO, Bill Maher called the U.S. military a “mass murder ...
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4 Huge Issues The Supreme Court Still Needs To Decide This Term 2.5.2016 Think Progres

Three months ago, this term was setting up to be a bloodbath for liberals. Then Justice Scalia died.

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Joseph Kabila's presidential ambitions could push Congo to the brink | Richard Moncrieff 2.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

When leaders in central Africa seek to circumvent the constitution for their own ends, as is the case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, conflict often ensues

The actions of President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) make clear his intention to stay in power beyond his second term. But with the people set against it, and a strong and unambiguous two-term limit in the constitution, his ambitions are leading his country to a dangerous impasse.

Since 2010, Kabila has deployed various tactics to delay the elections, hoping that this will allow him to stay on in a transitional arrangement. He has already achieved one of his goals: the timetable for presidential elections this year is no longer feasible.

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Science Says This Centuries-Old Discovery Will Save the Planet 2.5.2016 Mother Jones
The United States leads the world in the number of electric vehicles on the road, but the count is still tiny: about 350,000 . That's less than 1 percent of all passenger cars and trucks in the country. Recent market research suggests that number will climb steadily over the next several decades. But will it climb fast enough? When it comes to fighting climate change, that could turn out to be one of the most important questions of the next few years. On April 22, world leaders gathered in New York City to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which they vowed to keep global temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, a limit the world is already more than halfway toward exceeding. Meanwhile, energy experts have begun to map out the fine-grain details of what meeting that goal would actually require. And it's becoming increasingly clear that electric vehicles have a indispensable role to play.  It turns out that one of the most ...
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EU is central to tackling climate change, says Ed Miliband 2.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Former Labour leader joins environment secretary Liz Truss and Green MP Caroline Lucas in supporting remain campaign

Ed Miliband has joined a cross-party attempt to persuade voters that leaving the EU would damage the environment.

The former Labour leader has signed a joint declaration with environment secretary Liz Truss, former energy secretary Ed Davey and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in what pro-EU campaigners called an unprecedented partnership.

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Feds Rely on Industry-Funded Study to Push for More Offshore Oil Exploitation 1.5.2016 Truthout.com
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent analysis of the economic benefits of increased offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Pacific Coast near Alaska was funded partly by the fossil fuel industry. (Photo: erik aa / Flickr ) On Monday, April 25th, President Barack Obama tweeted out the following message to nearly 74 million followers on Twitter: We're already seeing the effects of climate change. Denial is unacceptable. #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/k3sphu7KgC — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 25, 2016 The tweet garnered thousands of shares and likes, and on the surface it appeared to be a genuine plea for action on climate change. But as  we've seen all too often from this administration , what they say in public rarely matches what takes place behind closed doors.   Less than one day after President Obama tweeted out that message on climate change, David Sirota and Ned Resnikoff from the International Business Times  aimed a spotlight at the Obama administration's hypocrisy  in an ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Chernobyl at 30; burning ivory; clean energy transformation 1.5.2016 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Here is the most recent previous Green Spotlight.  More than 25,075 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  cwillis writes— Chernobyl after 30 years: a photo gallery : “Early in the morning on April 26, 1986, the Unit 4 reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) exploded. The lessons and legacy of this catastrophe—the world’s worst nuclear accident—continue to be widely studied and debated thirty years later, with a multitude of competing views variously apportioning blame on the actions of staff and management, on the flawed design of the reactor, on defective Soviet ‘safety culture] (a phrase born of this accident), and on what might be termed the residual risk inherent to the nuclear ...
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Watch a NASA Scientist and a Yellow Puppet Explore Greenland’s Melting Glaciers 30.4.2016 Mother Jones
For a sign that Josh Willis isn't your typical NASA scientist, let's start with the name of his major new climate study: Oceans Melting Greenland . That's "OMG," if your mind isn't the sort to instantly elide everything into texting lingo. Willis, a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, likes to inject a little humor into the science of climate change, taking to the stage and to YouTube in the hopes of spurring his audience to action. On this week's episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast , he's joined by special guest "Dick Dangerfield," the swashbuckling NASA pilot who stars in Willis' new comedy web series, "The Adventures of Dick Dangerfield." Oh, and Dick is also a puppet. You can watch the first episode above. Willis and Dangerfield talk with co-host Kishore Hari about NASA's mission to study Greenland's melting ice and its massive climate-altering potential. "Greenland contains enough ice to raise sea levels 20 feet if it all melted," Willis says. "The big question is how fast it's going ...
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Op-ed: U. decision on fossil-fuel divestment is about changing political landscape 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Is divestment worthwhile? The Leonardo museum answered “yes” to this question in response to an open letter to museums signed by 150 scientists and Nobel Laureates urging institutions to cut ties to the fossil-fuel industry. The University of Utah has been debating the issue since 2012 when students brought the question to their student body, and on Monday the faculty in the Academic Senate will vote on it. Some faculty carry a misconception that this will financially wreck the university. The t...
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San Francisco’s Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata 30.4.2016 Wired Top Stories
San Francisco’s Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata
Donald Trump's latest visit to California was met with an hours-long protest in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Burlingame---and much of it was covered live by old and new media outlets. The post San Francisco's Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata appeared first on WIRED.
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Al Gore attacks CSIRO's climate cuts and praises Labor's proposals 30.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Former US Democratic vice-president says agency’s decision will deeply affect the source of valuable research for the entire world

Al Gore has said the decision by Australia’s science agency CSIRO to cut climate research should be “re-evaluated at the highest level”, since they limit a source of critical information for the entire world as it attempts to solve the challenges posed by climate change.

The former US Democratic vice-president also praised the government’s support for renewable energy and the Labor party’s recent climate change policy announcement.

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How New England Students Are Taking Fossil Fuel Divestment a Step Further 29.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As student organizers, we can stigmatize the fossil fuel industry by mobilizing students. But making changes on campus is not enough; we need to participate in local fights against fossil fuel companies to strengthen our campaigns. Wesleyan students at a recent teach-in. (Photo: WNV / Kati Young) In the past few weeks students across the country have been demanding that their schools stop profiting from oil, coal and gas companies. As student organizers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, we believe that we can stigmatize the fossil fuel industry by mobilizing students around issues of climate change. But making changes on campus is not enough; we know that we need to participate in local fights against fossil fuel companies to strengthen our largely symbolic campaigns. The fight in our own backyard is Spectra Energy's project to expand its "Algonquin" pipeline , which carries fracked gas from Appalachia to Boston. Spectra is constructing about 35 new miles of piping and expanding the ...
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6 maps that will make you rethink the world 29.4.2016 Washington Post
Instead of the boundaries that separate sovereign nations, a global strategist offers a new way to think about the world by connecting regions, economies and populations.
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Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver? 29.4.2016 Truthout.com
The Paris Agreement A historic event took place on Earth Day 2016. It was a decisive moment for the planet. On Friday, April 22, around 60 heads of state gathered at the United Nations in New York for the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. About 175 governments took the first step of signing onto the deal, and according to the White House at least 34 countries representing 49 percent of greenhouse gas emissions have formally ratified the Paris Agreement. It was "the largest ever single-day turnout for a signing ceremony," indicating "strong international commitment to deliver on the promises." I was at COP21 in Paris when negotiators finally agreed the Paris Agreement, the first legally binding global climate deal. The agreement is the culmination of 21 years of international negotiation and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process: a massive global political mobilization in response to the looming threat of catastrophic climate change. It scales up ambition from the ...
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Brazil losing forest the size of two soccer fields each minute 29.4.2016 The Moderate Voice
By Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Latin America’s largest country is still losing tropical forests the size of two soccer fields every minute, despite attempts to tackle illegal logging and improve local land rights, a former head of Brazil’s forestry service has said. Deforestation rates in Brazil, home to the world’s ...
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In Tight Reelection Races, Republican Senators Look To Climate 29.4.2016 Think Progres

The Republican Party has a less-than-stellar record on climate policy -- but the 2016 election might force certain lawmakers to embrace climate action.

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The Ambitious World Problems That Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Help Solve 28.4.2016 Inc
For starters, he's aiming to cure all diseases by the end of this century.
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Denmark says you are 'ethically obligated' to eat less beef 28.4.2016 Washington Post: World
Beef contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.
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