User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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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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‘Green’ dam linked to killings of six indigenous people in Guatemala 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Indigenous people are being ‘terrorised’ after protests against a mega-dam backed by European development banks, whose carbon allowances will be tradable on the EU’s emissions trading system

A planned mega-dam in Guatemala, whose carbon credits will be tradable under the EU’s emissions trading system, has been linked to grave human rights abuses, including the killing of six indigenous people, two of them children.

Several European development banks and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) have provided funds for the $250m (£170m) Santa Rita dam.

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Gas Should Cost $6.27 A Gallon To Account For Health And Environmental Impacts, Study Finds 6.3.2015 Think Progres

Accounting for the social costs of burning gasoline would add an average of $3.80 per gallon to the pump price, a study has found.

The post Gas Should Cost $6.27 A Gallon To Account For Health And Environmental Impacts, Study Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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REDD and Neocolonialism in the Land of the Pataxo Warriors 22.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, southern cone time, on Oct. 13, 2014. The Pataxo indigenous people of the far southern region of the state of Bahía, in the northeast of Brazil, form three barricades across the BR101 Highway in the region of Monte Pascoal, in the city of Itamaraju, one of the main roads connecting the northern and southern parts of the country. They have blocked the highway that runs along the edge of their territory with branches, sticks, and old tires,  stopping hundreds of trucks transporting merchandise from transnational corporations. It doesn’t take police long to arrive. The indigenous people are aware of the possibility of repression. Some have painted their bodies with a mixture of colors– yellow, red, black–colors that their grandfathers used to announce war. Others contrast in white, the sign of peace. Indelible colors on the skin of these people, survivors of an unjust war that has lasted for over five centuries. The atmosphere grew tense as Federal Police came in, although ...
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Here's How Countries All Over the World Are Making Polluters Pay 13.2.2015 Mother Jones
Solving climate change is essentially an economic problem: How do you force companies and consumers to pay for the damage caused by the fossil fuels they consume? Let me explain: Without a price on carbon emissions, big polluters don't pay for the greenhouse gases that they release into the atmosphere. The real cost of that pollution is borne by the planet in the form of global warming. So one of the most common strategies for reducing emissions is "cap-and-trade": Polluters purchase or bid on a limited number of permits, which allow them to emit a certain amount of CO2. A regulated market is then created in which permits can be bought and sold. The cost of the permits—in other words, the carbon price—creates an incentive to reduce carbon pollution. A new report out this week from the Berlin-based International Carbon Action Partnership shows that in the decade since the first major carbon trading program was adopted by the European Union, cap-and-trade systems have enjoyed remarkable popularity around ...
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Save the trees: New campaign against deforestation launched 10.2.2015 AP Business
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Since the money raised by governments and corporations hasn't managed to halt the destruction of the world's rainforests - an area the size of Alabama or Greece is lost every year - a new U.S. campaign is now inviting individuals to chip in....
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