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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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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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