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Utah college to discuss if divesting from fossil fuels is a pointless political statement or an environmental imperative 2.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A national debate over university investments in industries that contribute to climate change has come to Utah, a state heavily invested in the fossil fuels blamed for elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. After a year of campuswide discussions, the University of Utah’s Academic Senate on Monday will weigh competing resolutions on the question of “divestment.” One argues the U. has a moral obligation to drop its stake in coal and other carbon-belching industries — even though such... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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The Oscars for civil servants: Meet this year's finalists 2.5.2016 Washington Post: Politics
The Sammies, in their 15th year, honor federal employees whose work has made a difference.
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Labor policy could increase power prices by 8% to 25%, says Coalition-linked economist 2.5.2016 Guardian: Environment
Danny Price, who helped devise the Coalition’s climate policy, says Labor scheme to shut brown-coal generators would lead to higher prices A little-noticed part of Labor’s climate policy could push up retail power prices by between 8% and 25%, economist Danny Price has claimed, with price hikes in Victoria exceeding the impact of the former Labor government’s carbon tax. Price, who helped devise the Coalition’s climate policy, told Guardian Australia last week the main plank of Labor’s policy – a new style electricity emissions trading scheme – was exactly what he designed for Malcolm Turnbull in 2009 and mirrored what the Coalition’s Direct Action plan would almost certainly have to become to meet Australia’s greenhouse targets. He said the price rises under that scheme would be “minimal” for many ...
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California Inc.: At last, a place young ninjas can call home 2.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

Wall Street is still digesting word from the Commerce Department that U.S. economic growth...

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G7 countries agree to boost investment, ensure energy supply 2.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Tokyo, May 2 : The G7 energy ministers on Monday agreed to step up energy security and boost investment to counter instability caused by the fall in crude oil prices.
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AI-powered drone to click photos, make videos 2.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Beijing, May 2 : If you love aerial photography and videography, here comes an artificial-intelligence (AI)-powered drone that can take 13MP photos and make 4K video.
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Unchecked pollution and bad food ‘killing thousands in UK’ 1.5.2016 Guardian: Environment
Government’s failure to tackle health and safety issues, food poisoning and pollution leading to ‘largely avoidable’ deaths, says thinktank

Thousands of people are dying each year because of the government’s failure to tackle food poisoning, health and safety breaches and pollution, a thinktank is warning.

A new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) claims that lax regulation and weak enforcement are failing to hold businesses in check and are tantamount to state-facilitated “social murder”.

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The Latest: Warren Buffett says avoid envy in investing 30.4.2016 AP Business
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The Latest on Berkshire Hathaway&apos;s annual shareholders meeting. Tens of thousands of people will fill an arena to listen to CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger talk business for more than five hours (all times local):...
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Essential California: Ambitious solar project coming to L.A. 30.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Saturday, April 30. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:

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Discriminatory sting: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge invalidated the arrest of a Long Beach man picked up for lewd conduct and indecent exposure while also criticizing the Long Beach Police...

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The plan: A rooftop solar project that can power 5,000 homes -- and 500 L.A. jobs 30.4.2016 LA Times: Business

A Los Angeles developer announced plans Friday to build the nation's largest rooftop solar array that supplies electricity directly into a city's power grid.

The project by developer PermaCity includes a 16.4-megawatt solar system -- enough to power 5,000 L.A. homes -- that the company will install...

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Tasmania's big dry has apple isle's renewable energy under a cloud 30.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

The state’s driest spring on record was followed by its hottest summer and the lakes that supply the hydro power scheme are just 12.8% full

The plane took off at 6.21am and headed north-west, towards the clouds. About 200km from Hobart airport, above Tasmania’s central plateau, there they were: clouds ripe for seeding.

Thursday’s flight was urgent. Tasmania has just experienced its driest spring on record, followed by its hottest summer. The lakes that supply the state-owned hydroelectric power scheme are at record lows, just 12.8% full, and the Basslink cable that provides back-up power from the mainland has broken, forcing the state to ship in 200 diesel generators. Tasmania’s energy crisis is a glimpse of an uncertain future for Hydro Tasmania. It seeds the clouds and hopes for rain.

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Al Gore attacks CSIRO's climate cuts and praises Labor's proposals 30.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Former US Democratic vice-president says agency’s decision will deeply affect the source of valuable research for the entire world

Al Gore has said the decision by Australia’s science agency CSIRO to cut climate research should be “re-evaluated at the highest level”, since they limit a source of critical information for the entire world as it attempts to solve the challenges posed by climate change.

The former US Democratic vice-president also praised the government’s support for renewable energy and the Labor party’s recent climate change policy announcement.

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Paris agreement is a strong signal that 'we will solve climate crisis', Al Gore says 30.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
Leading environmental activist says cheaper renewable energy provides an opportunity to create a sustainable world economy – but we must do more Al Gore , former US vice-president, Nobel laureate and chairman of the Climate Reality Project , has led the global discussion about climate change for many years. His multi-award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth (2006) has been widely credited with changing the way world leaders and citizens think about the issue. Don Henry is public policy fellow in environmentalism at the University of Melbourne and is a former director of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He is a long-term collaborator with Gore. Their conversation was recorded for the Griffith ...
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Debate: Protecting public lands ... 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
— Noel’s conspiracy theory is insulting — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Debates over public policy, especially matters as important as how to manage millions of acres of federal land in Utah, ought to pivot on the strength of each competing position. A good idea is a good idea, and a bad one is a stinker, no matter who thought it up or where their money comes from. “Thus it would be wrong to distract from such important questions by contending that, oh, say, Utah state Rep. Mike Noel is leading t... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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L.A. developer to build nation's largest rooftop solar project that feeds a city grid 30.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A Los Angeles developer announced plans Friday to build the nation's largest rooftop solar array that supplies electricity directly into a city's power grid.

The project by developer PermaCity includes a 16.4-megawatt solar system -- enough to power 5,000 L.A. homes -- that the company will install...

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Technology, innovation redefining U.S.-India relations: Richard Verma 29.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Pennsylvania, Apr. 29 : United States Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, has said technology and innovation is redefining relations between Washington and New Delhi.
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How the car industry trumped banking for sociopathic corporate behaviour | Karel Williams 29.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
The emissions scandal has revealed the motor industry’s stunning disregard for public health. Who knows how else they’ve been putting our lives on the line? Since the financial crisis of 2008, we have had multiple scandals about banks and bankers behaving badly – from the misselling of payment protection insurance and interest-rate hedges, to the rigging of Libor and foreign exchange rates, and corporate collusion in money laundering. The banking industry has been singled out for its unhealthy internal culture. But the car emissions scandal shows that sociopathic corporate behaviour is widespread, and its effects are even worse ...
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Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver? 29.4.2016 Truthout.com
The Paris Agreement A historic event took place on Earth Day 2016. It was a decisive moment for the planet. On Friday, April 22, around 60 heads of state gathered at the United Nations in New York for the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. About 175 governments took the first step of signing onto the deal, and according to the White House at least 34 countries representing 49 percent of greenhouse gas emissions have formally ratified the Paris Agreement. It was "the largest ever single-day turnout for a signing ceremony," indicating "strong international commitment to deliver on the promises." I was at COP21 in Paris when negotiators finally agreed the Paris Agreement, the first legally binding global climate deal. The agreement is the culmination of 21 years of international negotiation and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process: a massive global political mobilization in response to the looming threat of catastrophic climate change. It scales up ambition from the ...
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Chicago seeking 'smart-city' tech solutions to improve city life 29.4.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Come late June, city electricians are expected to start strapping beehive-shaped sensor boxes to municipal light poles — environmental Fitbits for neighborhoods, essentially. How's the air quality? Where does rainwater pool? Where do air temperatures spike? The 14-inch-high cylinders filled ...
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Papua New Guinea, India to jointly develop oil resources 29.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Port Moresby, April 29 : India and Papua New Guinea on Friday agreed to jointly explore and develop the vast oil and gas resources in the Pacific island nation.
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