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July takes crown for biggest leap in electricity emissions in 10 years 5.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

And energy consultant says carbon dioxide emissions rose 0.4% in year to 31 July, which is about 80% of Australia’s electricity consumption

Australia’s emissions from electricity generation had their largest recorded leap in more than a decade in July, an upwards trend that is set to continue over the coming year, new analysis has shown.

Carbon dioxide emissions rose 0.4% in the year to 31 July across the national energy market, which accounts for about 80% of Australia’s electricity consumption.

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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift 5.8.2015 NPR News
The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.
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Imperium Renewables biodiesel plant sold to Iowa company 5.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The move marks the end of a long struggle for Seattle-based Imperium, which was founded in 2004 amid a rapid run-up in fossil fuel prices and mounting concerns about global warming.
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Obama to US: Curb warming 5.8.2015 Telegraph: International
President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming yesterday at the formal unveiling of his administration's controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from US power plants.
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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach 5.8.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.
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Three Classic Rareware Game Soundtracks Are Coming To Vinyl 4.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
Three Classic Rareware Game Soundtracks Are Coming To Vinyl
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When it comes to cutting emissions, what about China? 4.8.2015 MinnPost
When President Barack Obama announced his plan Monday to slash emissions from U.S. power plants, he cast it as nothing less than a moral crusade – a response to a defining issue for the next generations.  Despite the utterly predictable bickering surrounding the plan, there really is no reason to think that the president doesn’t feel strongly about this issue, and about the need for the United States to be at the forefront of the global response.  But what about the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gases? What about China? After years of claiming it was still too poor and backward to cut emissions, China last year finally committed to reducing greenhouse gases. While it’s certainly true that there are many in China deeply concerned about the effects of pollution and climate change, China’s policy will be influenced by a healthy dose of practical politics, as well. China’s Communist Party leaders already face deep public frustration over choking levels of pollution. There are dire warnings of ...
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Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader; When Will He Act Like One? 4.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth's hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. Under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition, new power plants will be required to be far cleaner, which could effectively prevent any new coal plants from opening. But does the plan go far enough? We speak to Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, which is out in paperback today. TRANSCRIPT: NERMEEN SHAIKH: As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth's hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. During a speech at the White House, Obama said no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than a changing climate. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Climate change is ...
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UN chief welcomes climate change plan unveiled by President Obama 4.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 4 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled on Monday by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy.
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What will the new Clean Power Plan mean? Insights from some of the best coverage 4.8.2015 MinnPost
The Clean Power Plan that rolled out in final form on Monday runs to a couple of thousand pages, if you count the supplemental materials, and it differs enough from the original proposal of June 2014 that its full meaning will take some time to digest. Most reports have focused on the revised version’s slightly higher target for emission reductions (32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, instead of 30 percent) and the relaxed deadline for states and utilities to comply (from 2020 to 2022). But that barely scratches the surface of what will stand for a long time as this nation’s most important endeavor on climate change and cleaner energy systems, and everything about this effort – its genesis, evolution and  probable impact – is complicated and contentious. So as a reader service I thought I’d pull on waders, grab a landing net and wade into the torrents of news coverage and commentary, seeking passages that seemed best at bringing clarity, coherence or concision to the subject. Most of the excerpts that ...
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Obama plan 'hope' for Paris deal 4.8.2015 BBC: Business
The UK government welcomes President Obama's plan to cut greenhouse gases and boost clean power.
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Obama's Clean Energy Plan doesn't go far enough 4.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The coal industry already has its legal claws honed for a court battle over President Obama's Clean Energy Plan, which was unveiled Monday, claiming that it will cost too much and render people jobless. Certainly, in the short term at least, slowing climate change by reducing carbon emissions won't...
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Clear Solar Panels Double as Highway Sound Barriers 4.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
On a strip of Dutch highway, a set of plastic solar panels indicate that the future of harnessing sunlight could get more ...
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Why does this town have so many climate change deniers? 4.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Public support for UK nuclear and shale gas falls to new low 4.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Long-running government survey drops usual polling showing support for renewable energy, for first time

British public support for nuclear power and shale gas has fallen to its lowest ever level in a long-running official government survey, which has also briefly ceased polling showing widespread public support for renewable energy.

Nuclear and fracking for shale gas are key planks of the Conservative government’s energy policy, but the polling published on Tuesday shows just one in five people now support shale gas and one in three support nuclear.

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New state contracts mean health plan switch for 475,000 Minnesotans 4.8.2015 MinnPost
How many hours a year do you spend dealing with your health insurance contract? Stribber Christopher Snowbeck writes , “New managed care contracts announced last week mean an estimated 475,000 Minnesotans in public health insurance programs must move to a new health plan for 2016. That’s about six times the number of switches with previous contract changes, and has advocates worried enrollees could fall through the cracks.” How does $5.69 million sound? The KARE-TV story on the settlement the state reached with the company involved in what are politely referred to as “glitches” with student tests says: “Officials with the Minnesota Department of Education announced that Pearson, its testing contractor, will credit the department $1 million in fees and provide up to $4.69 million worth of additional services and support for districts and schools at no cost to the state. … Spring Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) were complicated by complaints from districts about various issues, and several days ...
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How hard will it be for MN to hit clean energy plan? 4.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
At issue is whether Minnesota will be hurt or helped by the work it has already done to clean up its energy production.
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California is ahead of the game as Obama releases Clean Power Plan 4.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants over the next 15 years will force states to address climate change by pushing them to act more like California.
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Obama takes 'historic step', unveils revised Clean Power Plan 4.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
London, Aug. 4 : President Barack Obama along with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled the revised Clean Power Plan at the White House today.
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Are plants intelligent? New book says yes 4.8.2015 Guardian: Science
A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like plants. To most of us these statements may sound, at best, insupportable or, at worst, crazy. But a new book, Brilliant Green: the Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence , by plant neurobiologist (yes, plant neurobiologist), Stefano Mancuso and journalist, Alessandro Viola, makes a compelling and fascinating case not only for plant sentience and smarts, but also plant rights. For centuries Western philosophy and science largely viewed animals as unthinking automatons, simple slaves to instinct. But research in recent decades has shattered that view. We now know that not only are chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants thinking, feeling and personality-driven beings, but many others are as well. ...
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