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Windfarm wars: are they a majestic man-made wonder – or a blight on the countryside? 18.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

The Conservatives have promised to give people living near proposed windfarms the final say on applications. Will the future of renewable energy in the UK come down to a matter of taste?

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Public, private sectors essential for progress on climate change: UN chief 18.4.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Public, private sectors essential for progress on climate change: UN chief' at newkerala.com.
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Truckers sue to end biodiesel mandate 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Minnesota’s 10 percent blend has hurt trucking firms, carmakers and the oil industry, the lawsuit says.
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Daily Briefing, April 18 18.4.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
The last time the Warriors won the championship was in May 1975 — a month before “Jaws” came out, a year before Apple was founded. The U.S. had a president who was never elected, Gerald Ford, and California had a new governor: Renewable energy capacity additions now outpace all fossil fuels combined. Former Vice President Al Gore, linking to a Bloomberg Business story on how the world is adding more capacity annually for renewable power than it is for coal, natural gas and oil combined — a trend expected to grow in the coming years. Sales at restaurants and bars overtook spending at grocery stores for the first time ever last month, according to the Commerce Department, which has been tracking the data since 1992. “They tend to favor fast food, deli food and pizza restaurants over coffee shops, high-end dining and casual dining,” it says on its website.
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Argentina launches legal action to prevent Falklands oil and gas drilling 18.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Daniel Filmus, Buenos Aires’s minister for the Malvinas, confirms lawsuit against UK companies, insisting oil resources around the Falklands belong to Argentina


Argentina’s minister for the Falklands has claimed his country “harbours not the least desire to use force” to regain the islands as it started legal action against companies drilling for oil and gas nearby.

Daniel Filmus, Buenos Aires’s minister for the Malvinas, as Argentina refers to the British overseas territory, gave a speech in London in which he said the country was “forced to resort to defensive measures” to protect its natural resources.

Related: Falkland Islands will always be defended by UK, says David Cameron

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Chris Christie’s budget ‘sins’ in New Jersey 18.4.2015 Washington Post: Politics
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has spent years cultivating an image as a politician dedicated to fixing fiscal issues. Here's a dive into his fiscal stewardship of the state and how he closed the budget gaps. Read full article ...
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Can Japan's climate policy get back on track after Fukushima? 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

At the Kyoto summit Japan was a global leader in the fight against climate change, but post-Fukushima its emissions are rising and its reduction policy is in tatters, overshadowed by the debate over nuclear power

Less than two decades ago, Japan positioned itself in the vanguard of the global fight against climate change when it helped broker the Kyoto protocol.

Now, though, it is Fukushima, not Kyoto, that has come to define Japan’s energy policy, and with potentially grim consequences for its already stalled attempts to reduce CO2 emissions.

The threat of a nuclear meltdown overrides concerns about an increase in CO2 emissions

The utilities are saving grid space for nuclear, which effectively blocks suppliers of renewable energy

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AGL to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2050 in bid to limit global warming 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

New boss Andy Vesey says he wants to take the lead in helping Australia limit climate change to no more than 2C warmer by mid-century

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Committee clears two for LPEA board race 17.4.2015 Durango Herald
A La Plata Electric Association special committee ruled that two aspiring candidates for next month’s election to fill four LPEA board seats are eligible to run.The decision Thursday followed a sometimes sharp debate Wednesday among current board members and critics who said that incumbent Britt Bassett and first-time candidate...
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Macalester College to go all-solar for its electricity 17.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
The St. Paul college joins St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in going carbon-free.
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BP promises more transparency on climate change issues 16.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Motion to publish more information on emissions, low-carbon investments and lobbying passed by 98% at oil company’s shareholder meeting

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Apple to help build solar power project in China 16.4.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Apple to help build solar power project in China' at newkerala.com.
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Four Reasons Why the Transition From Fossil Fuels to a Green Energy Era Is Gaining Traction 16.4.2015 Truthout.com
Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. For the first time, however, it appears that a shift to renewable energy sources is gaining momentum. If sustained, it will have momentous implications for the world economy - as profound as the shift from wood to coal or coal to oil in previous centuries. Global economic growth has, of course, long been powered by an increasing supply of fossil fuels, especially petroleum. Beginning with the United States, countries that succeeded in mastering the extraction and utilization of oil gained immense economic and political power, while countries with huge reserves of oil to exploit and sell, like Kuwait and ...
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ALLETE Clean Energy pays $47 million for wind farms near Benton 16.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation 16.4.2015 AP Business
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina....
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Apple expands environmental projects to include solar power in China, sustainable timber in US 16.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Al Gore: Coal industry campaign on energy poverty is extremely misleading - The Guardian 16.4.2015 google news
Al Gore: Coal industry campaign on energy poverty is extremely misleading The Guardian He said African leaders were supportive of coal's role in their energy mix and the IEA predicted coal demand to grow by 4.8% per year to 2035 and to double in India by 2040. “Rather than ignoring the huge role coal is playing in building energy access ...
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Cheap coal is a lie – stand up to the industry’s cynical fightback | Al Gore 16.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Vested interests are pushing the dirtiest fossil fuel as the energy solution in poor nations. In fact, the argument for investing in solar is overwhelming It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the reality that the days of coal as a source of energy are numbered. In a world where carbon emissions will increasingly have to be constrained, coal, as the dirtiest of the fossil fuels, is the energy asset most vulnerable to becoming “stranded” – the most vulnerable, in other words, to seeing its market value collapse well ahead of its previously anticipated useful life. This new economic and political reality is already being shaped by the fast-growing global support for the enforcement of a global “ carbon budget ”. This idea, first proposed six years ago and formally endorsed by the International Energy Agency in 2011, has been gaining traction because of the ever-stronger scientific consensus that carbon emissions from human activity is the principal driver of destructive climate change. The spewing ...
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How Iran's Khuzestan went from wetland to wasteland 16.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Iran’s most south-westerly province is facing dust storms, dried-up rivers and mounting pollution

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BP and Rio Tinto face protests over environmental record 16.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Fishermen and trade union campaigners plan noisy protests outside companies’ annual meetings BP and Rio Tinto, two of the largest companies on the London Stock Exchange, will come under fire on Thursday over their environmental record at their annual meetings. Fishermen, anti-tar sands activists and trade union campaigners all plan to mount noisy demonstrations outside the BP and Rio Tinto annual meetings in London before putting formal questions to the company boards inside the shareholder meetings. Critics of BP argue that livelihoods linked to the fishing industry are still suffering because of continuing problems in the US Gulf following the Deepwater Horizon blowout despite claims by the company of a successful ...
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