User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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Washington state wildfires pose added threat for tribes 27.8.2015 LA Times: Nation
The worst wildfire season in Washington state history could be particularly devastating to the people who have lived here between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains since long before the region became part of the United States.
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What Went Wrong To Make This Climate Treaty Add Carbon To The Atmosphere, Not Decrease It 26.8.2015 Think Progres

A new study shows that a plan to decrease emissions backfired after "criminal" activity in Russia and Ukraine flooded the carbon credit market, resulting in 600 million metric tons of emissions.

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Liberals to elect a new Speaker as parliament resumes – politics live 10.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
MPs return to Canberra after the six-week winter break to elect a new Speaker of the House of Representatives after the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop – and to mourn the loss of Liberal MP Don Randall. All the developments from Canberra, live 8.48am AEST So I’ve referenced the new Speaker, new climate targets – now to same sex marriage. As MPs arrived at Canberra airport last night, they were greeted by a hashtag. 8.31am AEST They’ve been caught red-handed with their hands on the income ... This is the environment minister, Greg Hunt, who is speaking to the ABC as we go live this morning. This rhetorical mangle is about Labor and carbon pricing. While we were parted over the winter recess, the ALP locked in behind emissions trading, which according to the man who once advised John Howard to adopt emissions trading (that would be Greg Hunt) is an act of unspeakable public policy wickedness. Don’t try and make sense of that story arc, it’s impossible. Our policy couldn’t be ...
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Asia takes leadership on renewables, but only out of necessity - The Guardian 4.8.2015 google news
Asia takes leadership on renewables, but only out of necessity The Guardian A woman wearing a face mask walks through thick smog in Beijing. China's growth in renewables comes more from a desperation to solve domestic concerns than a desire for global leadership, argues Mike Scott. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty ...
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Obama climate plan may give California company in cap-and-trade 4.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
California has, for years, urged other states to join its cap-and-trade system to fight global warming. Now, prodded by President Obama, they just might. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, released Monday, will force states to slash the amount of greenhouse gases spewing from their power plants. They can do it by boosting their use of renewable power, or replacing coal-burning plants with newer models burning natural gas. Or, they can do the easier, and likely cheaper, thing and join emission trading systems, like California’s.
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Hysterical Bill Shorten headlines miss the point: no credible climate policy exists 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
It’s been hard to miss the hyperventilating news coverage about Labor’s new emissions ‘aspiration’, but neither major party has a plan for climate change It was hard to miss the screaming headlines as I arrived home from an overseas holiday Thursday. Bill Shorten had apparently committed a gory and unfathomable act of political harakiri with a “loony … lurch to the left” climate policy that had guaranteed Tony Abbott victory at the next election. The Labor leader was a “ zombie ” with a “death wish” (I thought zombies were already dead, but anyway...) and was advocating a “massive” carbon tax, or perhaps two or three massive carbon taxes all at the same time, in a bloody-minded multitaxing attempt to bankrupt hard-working Aussie families in the interests of appeasing inner-city families ( who apparently also eat a lot of goats cheese ...
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Bill Shorten recommits to ETS, opposing 'Abbott’s society of flat-earthers' 23.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Notes for Labor leader’s opening address to party conference include a vow not to succumb to ‘ridiculous scare campaigns’ and declare that an ETS is not a tax

Bill Shorten was due to recommit to an emissions trading scheme in his first speech to Labor’s national conference as party leader, vowing not to succumb to “ridiculous scare campaigns” by Tony Abbott’s “society of flat earthers”.

The Labor leader intended to stare down the prime minister’s warnings about a return to the Gillard government’s carbon tax by declaring emphatically that “an ETS is not a tax” and Australia must not be a laggard on climate policy.

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EU ministers seek legally-binding and ambitious Paris climate deal 26.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Deal at UN climate summit later this year should be enforced through five-yearly reviews to avoid dangerous global warming, draft document shows

European Union ministers are seeking an ambitious, durable and legally-binding deal to curb global warming, enforced through five-yearly reviews, a draft of their position statement for UN climate talks shows.

EU environment ministers meet on 18 September in Brussels to iron out their joint position ahead of the UN talks in Paris in December. Diplomats have already drawn up a draft text.

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Eight things we learned from the Pope's climate change encyclical 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

From calling on rich countries to pay their social debt to his thoughts on GM food and UN climate talks, here are the top highlights


Pope Francis has released an unprecedented encyclical on climate change and the environment. The 180-page document calls on rich nations to pay their “grave social debt” to poorer countries and lambasts the UN climate talks for a lack of progress. Here are eight things we learned:

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The Pope's encyclical on climate change – live reaction and analysis 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
On Thursday, the Vatican will publish Pope Francis’s long-awaited encyclical on the environment, which is likely to get a strong pushback from the US right 11.42am BST At 1.30pm BST, Donald William Wuerl, one of five cardinals who lead the US archdiocese, will be holding a press conference on the encyclical . I’ll try to summarise some of it here on the blog. 11.39am BST The pontiff included a personal handwritten note in his communication. It ended with a plea for help: “United in the lord, and please do not forget to pray for me.” "In bond of unity, charity and peace," Pope entrusts #LaudatoSi to world's bishops w/ personal note, asks prayers: ...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Australia cutting emissions is good economics 6.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Actor and former governor of California describes claims that climate action hurts the economy as ‘a bunch of nonsense’ and urges all countries to cooperate

Arnold Schwarzenegger is apparently on a mission to terminate the myth that protecting the environment hurts the economy.

The actor and former politician is in Australia to promote his new film Terminator Genisys, the first a planned new trilogy for the popular movie franchise.

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'Green News Report' - June 4, 2015 5.6.2015 BradBlog
  IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Lincoln Chafee enter the 2016 race; Maryland bans fracking; Texas and Oklahoma ban fracking bans; PLUS: Big Oil CEOs call for a price on carbon (but there's a catch)... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or ...
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Climate deal must avoid US Congress approval, French minister says 2.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Goal of UN talks in Bonn is to shorten the sprawling climate change plan as countries push for a legally binding deal

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China readies national carbon market to fight climate change 24.5.2015 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market....
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French ambassador urges Australia to join climate change battle 6.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Christophe Lecourtier says he is optimistic about Australia’s ‘momentum’ and it joining a ‘coalition of countries’

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Canada’s provinces try to exert climate change pressure on Harper government 28.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Despite Alberta’s absence, a provincial alliance aims to take steps to make the Canadian economy more ‘carbon sober’ before Paris climate conference Continue reading...
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Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal 27.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Weak European renewable energy goals originated with Shell lobby pitch for gas – not renewable energy – to provide pathway for decarbonisation, access to information papers show

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Will BRICS Carbon Traders Bailout Bankers' Climate Strategy? 19.4.2015 Truthout.com
The hope for our collective survival in the face of a likely climate catastrophe has been vested in a combination of multilateral emissions rearrangements and national regulation. But the premise behind the core strategy must be debated. Pirapora, Brazil. (Photo: guilherme/Flickr ) Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! The hope for our collective survival in the face of a likely climate catastrophe has been vested in a combination of multilateral emissions rearrangements and national regulation. But the premise behind the core strategy—the 1997 Kyoto Protocol—must be debated. Assuming a degree of state subsidization and increasingly stringent caps on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Kyoto posited that market-centric strategies such as emissions trading schemes and offsets can allocate costs and benefits appropriately so as to shift the burden of mitigation and carbon sequestration ...
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Big business using trade groups to lobby against EU climate policy 15.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Major multinational companies with strong sustainability policies are, at the same time, members of trade associations lobbying against climate policy

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Ontario to join California carbon market to fight global warming 14.4.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Ontario to join California carbon market to fight global warming Ontario plans to join California’s cap-and-trade market for reining in greenhouse gases and fighting climate change, the Canadian province’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, said Monday. Cap and trade puts a price on the greenhouse gas emissions that the vast majority of climate scientists agree are raising temperatures worldwide. Companies in participating states and provinces must buy permits, called allowances, to pump carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases into the air. Companies that make deep cuts in their emissions can sell spare allowances to other businesses. “This is a bold move from the province of Ontario — and the challenge we face demands further action from other states and provinces around the world,” Brown said. While Quebec and now Ontario have pursued cap and trade, British Columbia chose another route to pricing greenhouse gas emissions.
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