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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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Welcome to the wonderful world of climate talks, where less means more 27.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The maths doesn’t add up – Australia’s emissions are trending up and yet we are meeting pledges to cut them. But it all makes sense in the complicated and chaotic world of climate negotiations

The numbers look clear. In 1990, Australia emitted 564m tonnes of carbon dioxide. In 2005 that rose to 611m. By 2014-15 that had fallen a bit to 565m. But in 2029-30, the latest published projections say we will emit 724m tonnes.

Related: Coalition's weird climate rhetoric says one thing, its modelling says another

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The incredible plan to make money grow on trees | Sam Knight 24.11.2015 Guardian: Environment
One of the most cutting-edge projects to tackle climate change is being pioneered in one of the most remote, undeveloped countries on earth. Does it have any hope of succeeding? By Sam Knight One day about five years ago, Frank Nolwo, a compact, quietly spoken boat skipper from the upper reaches of the Sepik river, in northern Papua New Guinea, woke up and headed into town. Nolwo, who is 42, has nine children. He was adding an extension to his house, and needed to buy some building materials. You do not just pop to the shops if you live in the upper Sepik. Nolwo left Kagiru, his village, in the early morning. Like other isolated clutches of palm-roofed houses on the river, Kagiru has no electricity, no mobile phone signal, and no road connecting it to anywhere else. Even by Papua New Guinean standards, the region is regarded as hot, poor and difficult to live in. When it rains, the place floods. When there is a drought, the creeks and streams dry up, stranding people and their canoes. It takes days to ...
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Yes, The Pope Supports A Carbon Price. Economists Just ‘Misinterpreted The Encyclical.’ 7.10.2015 Think Progres

The Pope’s climate encyclical does not oppose carbon pricing. Quite the reverse, in fact.

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China Will Pony Up $3.1 Billion to Help Poor Countries Fight Climate Change 25.9.2015 Mother Jones
China followed up its promise Friday to create the world's largest cap-and-trade program with yet another significant climate policy announcement: It will commit to spending $3.1 billion to help developing countries slash their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. China's financial commitment, along with its new carbon market , are part of a comprehensive package of climate measures to be announced at a joint press conference featuring US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Washington, DC. The new pledge, emerging from high-profile bilateral talks between the two countries, "is a game changer in international climate politics," says Li Shuo, a climate policy analyst for Greenpeace. "It is a drastic increase from China's previous finance commitments." "In terms of scale, 3.1 billion USD could even surpass the US pledge to the Green Climate Fund, which still faces a significant battle in the US Congress," Li said in an email. Last year, Obama pledged $3 ...
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China And U.S. To Announce Suite Of Agreements To Cut Emissions In State Visit 25.9.2015 Think Progres

These commitments -- some new and some old -- seriously damage the common argument that the U.S. should not act to cut carbon pollution until China does.

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The inconvenient truth about Direct Action comes from Turnbull himself 25.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Malcolm Turnbull is now defending the policy he criticised, but his truths about climate change won’t go away and this stop-gap scheme will come badly unstuck

You asked for this Malcolm, standing in the wind outside the war memorial this week. You said journalists had “to hold up the truth to power”. But in the case of your climate policy you’ve made our job easy. You’ve said so much on the subject that for the most part we can hold up your own truth to yourself.

Related: Coalition’s climate policy 'best and most efficient' in the world, says Greg Hunt

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China Says It Will Start the World's Biggest Carbon Market by 2017 25.9.2015 Mother Jones
On Friday, Chinese president Xi Jinping will announce that China will start the world's largest carbon trading system by 2017, according to a statement released Thursday night by the White House. The announcement allows China to implement something that evaded President Barack Obama during his first term in the White House: an economy-wide reform putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions and encouraging big polluters to develop alternative ways to generate energy. Ultimately, the program is intended to curb the planet-warming emissions that are generated by burning fossil fuels. To those who have closely followed China's extensive actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, today's announcement that the planet's biggest emitter of CO2 will launch a nationwide cap-and-trade sysetm will not come as a surprise. The program—which builds upon seven regional carbon markets that are already active across the country —has been in the works for some time, and first appeared in the press last ...
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China to launch national cap-and-trade plan in 2017, US announces 25.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

White House officials announce deal, which will make China the world’s biggest carbon market, on eve of summit between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping

China, the world’s biggest carbon polluter, will launch a national cap-and-trade scheme in 2017, the White House said on Thursday.

Related: 'Big Daddy Xi' attempts to charm US but tough crowds still await

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Global goals can deliver on 2C and new development finance – here's how | Owen Barder, Alex Evans and Alice Lépissier 24.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Economic modelling suggests that a global emissions budget and trading scheme could tackle climate change and yield $416bn a year for poor countries What if there were an affordable programme to prevent catastrophic climate change and provide the finance that developing countries need to end poverty by 2030? With summits this week on the sustainable development goals and in December on climate change , this year marks the most significant push on the world’s biggest challenges since 2005, the year of the G8 meeting at Gleneagles and the UN world ...
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Climate Change Efforts by Developed Countries Hurt Africa's Rural Poor 23.9.2015 Truthout.com
In recent years there has been significant movement toward land acquisition in developing countries to establish forestry plantations for offsetting carbon pollution elsewhere in the  world . This is often referred to as land grabbing. These carbon trading initiatives work on the basis that forestry plantations  absorb  carbon dioxide and other polluting greenhouse gases. This helps to undo the environmental damage associated with modern western lifestyles. Carbon markets are championed as offering solutions to climate change while delivering positive development outcomes to  local communities . Heavy polluters, among them the airline and energy sectors, buy carbon credits and thereby pay local communities, companies and governments to protect forests and establish  plantations . But are carbon markets - and the feel good stories that have sprung up around them - all just a bit too good to be true? There is  mounting evidence  that forestry plantations and other carbon market initiatives severely ...
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