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Berthoud company converts waste wood into multi-use carbon product 25.6.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
James Gaspard points to a pile of charred logs, burned in the 2013 Black Forest fire, and says, "What else were they going to do with it?"
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Brown's first stops in China are in cities that look a lot like California 5.6.2017 L.A. Times - World News

A shaded promenade traces the river in this southern Chinese city that — when the smog blows away — fills with couples dancing to the sunrise. Nearly 900 miles east, leafy boulevards and mountainside parks cover the former imperial capital of Nanjing.

The first two stops on Gov. Jerry Brown’s China...

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California governor looks abroad for climate changes allies 1.6.2017 AP National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Looking for allies in the fight against climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown heads to China this week in a push to build foreign support for carbon-cutting efforts that have found resistance in Washington....
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With an Enemy Like Trump, Climate Activists Should Look Beyond the Paris Accord 22.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Trump's announcement that he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement has generated outrage worldwide. But many climate activists who find such carbon-trading-dependent agreements woefully insufficient believe it's time for people worldwide to take the climate fight local, like at Standing Rock. President Obama, center right, joining other leaders for a photo at the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, near Paris, on Novvember 30, 2015. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) The first local environmental campaign I ever got involved in was against Donald Trump. I was living in Aberdeen, Scotland, when, in March 2006 Trump announced his plans to convert one of my favorite nature sites north of Aberdeen into a golf course, hotel and housing complex. Menie Estate, which he had acquired, lay at the heart of a landscape and ecosystem unique within Scotland : a large expanse of shifting sand dunes, home to a diverse community of plants found only on acidic, sandy soils, and well known ...
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Australian leader rules out taxes on polluters 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Canberra, Australia • Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday ruled out making power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create — a policy option that angered conservative government lawmakers when proposed by a minister this week. Malcolm Turnbull said a review of the government’s climate change policies next year aimed at achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030 would not include any measures that would inflate electricity bills. “We are not going to take any steps that w...
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One looming consequence of climate change: Small island nations will cease to exist 16.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

As United Nations climate change talks get set to wrap up on Friday in Marrakech, Morocco, negotiators representing the Alliance of Small Island Nations underscored the need to speed up efforts to combat global warming and adapt to its effects.

“I’m happy about the progress that we are making,...

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China Warns Trump on Trashing Climate Plan 2.11.2016 Truthout.com
Donald Trump's campaign stump speech routinely name-checks China as a foreign bogeyman that's stealing American jobs and wealth. On Tuesday, the East Asian power slightly jabbed back at the GOP nominee. According to Reuters , China's top climate change negotiator criticized Trump's pledge to shred the Paris Agreement -- a pact was approved by more than 190 nations last year in an effort to reduce rising global temperatures. "I believe a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends," Xie Zhenhua told reporters, responding to a question about how his nation might work with a Trump administration on combating climate change. Trump has  previously alleged  that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government. Zhenhua added of a potential GOP White House's opposition to future climate talks: "If they resist this trend, I don't think they'll win the support of their people, and their country's economic and social progress will also be affected." In September, ...
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California Champions Cross-Border Climate Innovations 26.10.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Richard Vogel California Governor Jerry Brown, seated, signs SB 32 while joined by Senate President pro tempore Kevin de Leon, second from left, and state Senator Fran Pavley, Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Los Angeles.                                    In late August, a robust environmental coalition advocating sweeping climate change legislation in California scored an 11th-hour victory. With only a week left in the legislative session, the Assembly defied expectations by approving a bill that would build on California’s existing short-term goals to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. The response from the bill’s backers has bordered on the ecstatic, and advocacy groups, media outlets, and political pundits have cast the passage of the law, known as SB32, as a triumphant moment in California’s unstoppable progress as a go-it-alone global climate leader. However, the law’s actual climate impacts will be subtler. While positive, SB32’s ...
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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.

The post Oil-Rich Norway Pledges To Go Carbon Neutral By 2030 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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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.

The post Climate Change Is Taking The Spotlight In Australia’s Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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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.

The post Australia Boasts That It Has Met Its Climate Goals, But There’s Reason To Be Skeptical appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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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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