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After Brexit, sea wind undermine carbon prices 17.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In shallow waters off the Dutch coast, you’ll soon see why the world’s biggest carbon market is struggling with slumping prices. Dong Energy plans to build two offshore wind parks there supplying as many as one million homes. The cost of the projects is about 60 percent cheaper than average rates estimated only a year ago by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London. If they stick, the tariffs could be a “game changer” because they are showing lawmakers fighting climate change just how quickly ener...
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Ecologically Sustainable Growth Is Possible: An Interview With Robin Hahnel 7.7.2016 Truthout.com
While the world must reduce its resource consumption and output of pollution in the face of climate change, we don't need to demand that people sacrifice their economic well-being, says radical economist Robin Hahnel. "Green growth is possible." Robin Hahnel. (Photo: Antti Jauhiainen ) Can we have economic growth while confronting climate change? In this interview, radical economist Robin Hahnel argues that ecological sustainability is perfectly compatible with increases in economic well-being. While we must drastically reduce the physical matter used and discharged within the global economy ("throughput"), we can simultaneously improve life for most people. Fighting for an ecologically sustainable form of growth must be central to the work of the climate justice movement. Kevin Young: Many environmentalists argue that we must limit economic growth or even undergo de-growth in order to adequately reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many economists argue that it's possible to "decouple" growth and ...
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Oil-Rich Norway Pledges To Go Carbon Neutral By 2030 16.6.2016 Think Progres

Norway, Europe's largest oil producer, wants to be carbon neutral by 2030. That's two decades earlier than it scheduled in 2009.

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Q&A: Farmers are the New Climate Warriors 23.5.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli A rice stalk on a farm near Dunnigan, California.  Environmental advocates have all but given up on their long-cherished goal of a federally-mandated cap-and-trade program to rein in carbon emissions, given the present state of gridlock on Capitol Hill. But amid protracted hemming and hawing over how such a system would stack up against carbon taxes or other broad incentives to reduce emissions, the state of California has stepped in where Washington policymakers fear to tread. California formed its own state-mandated carbon market in 2012, restricting the emissions of 600 of the state’s biggest polluters, who produce 85 percent of greenhouse gas emissions statewide. Lowering the “cap” will slash emissions in the state 16 percent by 2020. More recently, the California Air Resources Board , which oversees the state’s carbon market, linked arms with allies north of the border—Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba—to ink an agreement that will integrate the three Canadian provinces’ carbon ...
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Australia expected to kick off 2-month election campaign 8.5.2016 Washington Post: World
A two-month Australian election campaign is expected to officially start on Sunday, with climate change, climbing house prices, company tax rates and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into the key issues.
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Climate Change Is Taking The Spotlight In Australia’s Election 27.4.2016 Think Progres

Australia's opposition party just announced some big climate commitments.

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Climate change plan: thinktank suggests policy both sides of politics can embrace 11.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Grattan Institute has proposed adapting the Coalition’s Direct Action into a bipartisan policy that effectively cuts emissions

A climate change policy that could be both effective, and potentially supported by both major parties, has been proposed by the Grattan Institute in a new report that tries to find a pragmatic solution to the decade of toxic political debates on the issue.

Media reports have emerged suggesting Labor would adopt a policy of opening an inquiry into Australia’s energy industry, and shutting down the oldest and dirtiest power stations to lower emissions and create more demand for renewable energy.

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Did California Figure Out How to Fix Global Warming? 17.3.2016 Mother Jones
Jennifer Gill got pregnant with her first child when she was in eighth grade. She didn't finish high school, but she got her GED during a stint in prison for forgery. For most of her working life she was a waitress in and around the town of Oildale, a suburb of Bakersfield in the southern tip of California's Central Valley. "We come from backgrounds where minimum wage is the best we can hope for," she says. Then, four years ago, Gill happened to see a television commercial for a solar-panel installation course at a local community college. Within a few weeks, the 46-year-old was out in the field, helping install photovoltaic panels for the engineering behemoth Bechtel and making more than $14 an hour. She quickly got another job installing panels for another solar farm, this time for over $15 an hour. Now she's in an apprenticeship program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and for the first time in her life she has retirement benefits. At her urging, her younger sister, who had ...
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US and Canada promise to lead world to low-carbon economy 10.3.2016 Guardian: Environment

Countries previously seen as climate change villains present shared vision on cutting emissions as Justin Trudeau meets Barack Obama at White House

The US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low-carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains.

The shared vision unveiled by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau ahead of a meeting at the White House commits the two countries to a range of actions to shore up the historic climate agreement reached in Paris last December.

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EU set to emit 2bn tonnes more CO2 than Paris climate pledge 29.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Note from the European commission reveals emissions trading system allowance numbers are not in line with global 2C target

The EU is set to emit 2bn tonnes more CO2 than it promised at the Paris climate talks, threatening an agreement to cap global warming at 2C, a note from the European commission has revealed.

Carbon prices will rise too slowly to cut industrial emissions as much as needed, says a confidential note prepared for MEPs on the environment committee, which the Guardian has seen.

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Australia Boasts That It Has Met Its Climate Goals, But There’s Reason To Be Skeptical 1.2.2016 Think Progres

According to a new analysis, Australia, long an outsider in global climate policy, could fall very short of its climate goals.

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The Dark Side of Clean Energy in Mexico 29.1.2016 Truthout.com
The production of electricity from wind power in Mexico's Tehuantepec Isthmus region is seen by the government, developers and industry as a win-win development model. But local communities, including Indigenous farmers, are resisting so-called green development that may actually pollute their land. Bartolo is an Indigenous Zapotec who has been surrounded by the wind farm company Gas Natural Fenosa. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.) A palm hat worn down by time covers the face of Celestino Bortolo Teran, a 60-year-old Indigenous Zapotec man. He walks behind his ox team as they open furrows in the earth. A 17-year-old youth trails behind, sowing white, red and black corn, engaging in a ritual of ancient knowledge shared between local people and the earth. Neither of the two notices the sound of our car as we arrive "because of the wind turbines," Teran says. Just 50 meters away, a wind farm has been installed by the Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa. It will generate, at least for the next three decades, what ...
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Europe Is Going After Donald Trump in the Most Amazingly European Way 8.1.2016 Mother Jones
The story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A parliamentary petition backed by 500,000 people failed to bar Donald Trump from the United Kingdom, but the controversial US presidential candidate and climate change skeptic now faces a new deterrent: a fine for the carbon pollution from one of his enormous private jets . The Bahrain Royal family, 21st Century Fox America, the company chaired by Rupert Murdoch, and British construction vehicle manufacturers JCB have also been asked to pay up for flights to and from the UK. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for enforcing the European Union's emissions trading scheme (ETS) in the UK, has issued over £750,000 (roughly $1.1 million) in fines to a total of 25 operators for "failure to surrender sufficient allowances to cover annual reportable emissions". The ETS requires polluters to surrender a carbon permit for every metric ton of carbon pollution emitted, or pay a €100 ($109) ...
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Donald Trump fined for pollution from one of his private jets 8.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

US presidential candidate joins the Bahrain royal family and Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox America whose aircraft have all fallen foul of the EU’s emissions trading scheme

A parliamentary petition backed by 500,000 people failed to bar Donald Trump from the UK, but the controversial US presidential candidate and climate change sceptic now faces a new deterrent: a fine for the carbon pollution from one of his enormous private jets.

The Bahrain Royal family, 21st Century Fox America, the company chaired by Rupert Murdoch, and British construction vehicle manufacturers JCB have also been asked to pay up for flights to and from the UK.

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Spotlight on green news & views: A climate agreement to build on emerges from Paris talks 13.12.2015 Daily Kos
The result of China's unregulated, un-throttled economic engine. See Anontos diary below. Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 24,020 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  Rush Limbaugh cooperating with the Feds to protect his property from climate change beach erosion  written by Pakalolo: “Rush Limbaugh has a secret that he keeps from his feces throwing listeners. He is cooperating with the Obama administration in a government effort to combat climate change induced beach erosion on his ocean front property in Palm Beach, Florida. [...] Hat tip to Jose Lambiet’s  Gossip Extra  for his exclusive on Limbaugh’s climate change hypocrisy. Limbaugh just signed off on a plan to ...
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Twelve Days That Cooked the World: Combating the Climate Counterrevolution in Paris 11.12.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Sam Castro with Climate Guardian Angels blocks the entryway to Engie's headquarters in La Défense, Courbevoie, December 10, 2015. Castro is from Australia, where she said Engie is responsible for a mine fire in Victoria that burned for 45 days and killed 11 people. (Photo: Garrett Graham) As negotiators at the UN climate talks in Paris prepare to finalize a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions after 2020, they are promising emissions reductions that will fall far short of preventing catastrophic climate disruption. Their failure provides the moral justification for widespread, radical local action. Sam Castro with Climate Guardian Angels blocks the entryway to Engie's headquarters in La Défense, Courbevoie, December 10, 2015. Castro is from Australia, where she said Engie is responsible for a mine fire in Victoria that burned for 45 days and killed 11 people. (Photo: Garrett Graham) Paris, France - Negotiators at the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris are rapidly moving toward ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Paris talkers ponder 1.5° target; Sanders unveils climate plan 10.12.2015 Daily Kos
For the story of this monarch caterpillar at lunch, see tharu1’s post  here : OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  the last stage before forming a chrysalis. Politico: Democrats might give Big Oil a big win in Congress  by Justin Mikulka: “As today’s  Politico headline  makes clear, Democrats are poised this week to grant the oil industry its number one wish — lifting the oil export ban. The fact that they most likely will vote to pass this the same week as the COP21 talks are concluding does make it seem like in DC they are all talk and no action when it comes to caring about the climate over Big Oil. The big win in question would be a vote to lift the oil export ban. This has been a goal of the oil industry for the past several years and is the stated top priority of the  American Petroleum Institute . As Kenneth Cohen, Exxon Mobil’s recently retired vice president for public and governmental affairs, told the  New York Times in October —‘The sooner this happens, the better for us.’ ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance ...
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Bringing Solutions to COP21: A Conversation With Cooperation Jackson's Brandon King 8.12.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Within the high-stress, low-waste frenzy of the 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21, there are around 100 organizers from the frontlines of the climate crisis and energy extraction in North America. Drawn from the Navajo Nation, the Appalachian Mountains, Harlem and elsewhere, the It Takes Roots delegation is a joint venture of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance , Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance . Its members - some inside and some outside of official UN proceedings - are engaged in a range of efforts back home both against fossil fuel extraction and for the development of community-owned alternatives, as well as a wider-reaching "just transition" away from what they call an extractive economy. The delegates have come to COP21 demanding that the U.S. negotiating team commit to binding emissions cuts; leave fossil fuels in the ground; reject fracking, nuclear power, carbon markets and "other dangerous technologies and false solutions;" strengthen the agreements' ...
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COP21: A Rallying Cry - No Climate Justice Without Full Indigenous Rights 7.12.2015 Truthout.com
Activitsts march in the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. (Photo: Annette Bernhardt ) Also see: "We Do Not Want to Die in Silence": Indigenous People Demand Rights as Draft Climate Deal Reached This month's climate talks take place at a time when the stakes couldn't be higher. The 21st Conference of the Parties, held this month in Paris, are aimed at reducing the emissions responsible for acidifying oceans, melting glaciers, raising sea levels, and collapsing our agriculture. If it sounds apocalyptic, it should; if we fail this test, the results could be dire. The seriousness of the climate challenge seems to be getting through to global leaders. President Obama has arrived in Paris with an EPA-administered clean energy policy already in place, commitments to greenhouse gas reductions, and his recent decisions to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and further drilling in the Arctic. China and India are both ramping up their renewable energy commitments. Canada under Prime ...
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Reasons to be cheerful or fearful for climate change deal 30.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
On one side the hopes of reaching agreement, on the other the risk of failure to come together for global change

1 The world really wants a strong deal and this time will get it

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