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Independent: Customers of Britain’s biggest banks are threatening to close their accounts unless the institutions cut all ties with coal, tar sands, fracking and other fossil-fuel industries as part of a new campaign launched today. The attempt to force Britain’s Big Five banks into ending their £66bn involvement with “dirty” energy marks a new direction for the growing divestment campaign, as part of which this month the University of Glasgow pledged to stop investing in fossil fuels. The new campaign...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 11:17 pm
BusinessGreen: Renewable energy, not shale gas, has played the biggest role in reducing US emissions, according to new analysis from Greenpeace's Energydesk site. Many energy and political commentators have argued that a surge in US shale gas production has help replace dirty coal-fired power stations, helping the world's former largest emissions cut emissions 16 per cent since 2007. But using figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Greenpeace's Energydesk team has calculated that only...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 11:05 pm
Reuters: It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters. He heard the scofflaws before he saw their lush green lawns amid the otherwise parched turf. The buzz of a sprinkler system gave them away on a day that the city, desperate to save water amid California's ongoing drought, had forbidden watering. "If I can get a good picture - if there's a lot of...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 6:01 pm
Indian Express: Students of MG College, Thiruvananthapuram, ensure their campus stays green, through its Nature Club and Bhoomitra Sena Club. Nature Clubs are a common feature of colleges in Kerala. Bhoomitra Sena club was formed by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Kerala and gets government grants. The clubs take up special planting drives on World Environment Day, Gandhi Jayanthi and Ozone Day. Apart from club members, volunteers of the National Service Scheme (NSS) pitch in for...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 5:30 pm
News.com.au: TENSE international relations could sway the outcome of vital research and protection proposals for the Antarctic, says the head of a global meeting of scientists. Russia and China are among 25 delegate nations meeting in Hobart for the annual gathering of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Representatives from both countries, and others including the Ukraine, have previously opposed the creation of two huge marine protected areas, arguing the zones would...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 5:27 pm
Associated Press: Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama accused Republicans of peddling fear and cynicism on Sunday as he rallied voters for Democrat Anthony Brown's campaign for governor in a heavily black corner of Maryland. In front of a rowdy crowd of about 8,000 people -- plus an overflow crowd in a gym next-door -- Obama painted Brown as a champion for the American Dream during a rally that echoed many of the same themes as Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Echoing...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 4:53 pm
Canadian Press: Algae is killing Lake Winnipeg. Siberian wildfires are so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them. Flooding in Alberta paralyzed a major city. They're all linked, say the authors of a new United Nations-sponsored book titled Water, Energy and the Arab Awakening, being released Monday. Siberian wildfires so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them. Flooding in Alberta that paralyzed a major city. Toxic algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg that have grown 1,000 per cent since 1990. They're...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:59 pm
Star: The Ebola epidemic besieging West Africa is perhaps the starkest warning yet that as we tear down forests, we open ourselves up to new strains of virulent disease. Among the key lessons from the current outbreak is that human-created pressures such as intensified food production, rapid trade and travel, and climate change, are putting future generations at risk of further Ebola-like catastrophes. Through some mix of travel control, medical advances, and humanitarian assistance, we can hopefully...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
WCPO: A coalition of four organizations gathered at Fountain Square last weekend to call for a ban on fracking and to ask Ohio's governor to be a major part of making that happen. The event in downtown Cincinnati was one of more than 200 that took place around the world Saturday, Oct. 11 as part of the third annual Global Frackdown , a worldwide day of action against fracking and related oil and gas infrastructure. Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracturing, is a technique used in...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
South China Morning Post: Temperature and rainfall are the two most basic elements in climate change. So what can we learn from a study of local temperature records and why might it be that local factors other than carbon dioxide output are the main cause of rising temperatures in our city? Climate change is defined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as that attributable directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and is in addition to natural...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
Sydney Morning Herald: Pressure for the nation's leading universities to join the Australian National University and dump investments in fossil fuels will continue to mount despite the condemnation of such moves by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey. Faculty members and students at three other Group of Eight universities are preparing open letters to present to their institutions in coming weeks, demanding that the universities sell endowment investments in companies involved in fossil fuel extraction...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
Associated Press: Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The state's only coal burning power plant in Centralia topped the list, emitting 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming. Emissions from the plant spiked up about 82 percent from 2012, after experiencing a big drop the previous...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
PRI: Dabo Guan, a professor of economics at the University of East Anglia, says despite China’s pledge, rapid economic growth in China means carbon emissions will still keep rising. “Carbon intensity is not an absolute measure, it’s a relative measure. It’s CO2 divided by GDP," Guan explains. "So there are two ways to reduce this figure: one way is to actually reduce CO2; the other way is to enlarge GDP.” Reducing CO2 requires expensive technological improvements and takes a long time. So most of...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
Living on Earth: With crude prices sharply down and the future of the Keystone XL pipeline in doubt, energy companies are dubious about investing in oil from the Alberta Tar Sands. OnEarth writer Brian Palmer discusses the problems facing the industry with host Steve Curwood. Transcript CURWOOD: From the Jennifer and Ted Stanley Studios in Boston and PRI, this is Living on Earth. I'm Steve Curwood. The price of oil has been plummeting, down some 25 percent since June, and as we record this show, the price per...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
Sydney Morning Herald: More than a quarter of a century old and the bane of global warming sceptics everywhere, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is not about to fade into the sunset. This past week, the UN body released its final report on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability -- 1820 pages long -- and will finalise the synthesis summary of its entire Fifth Assessment Report by month's end. That will emerge in time for the G20 gathering of leaders in Brisbane in mid-November. The IPCC's fifth...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 6:15 am
Science 2.0: To exaggerate is human, and scientists are human. Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools of human intercourse. So yes, scientists do exaggerate. So do politicians, perhaps even when, as the UK’s former environment secretary Owen Paterson did, they claim that climate change forecasts are “widely exaggerated”. A more pertinent question is: does the way in which scientists and politicians speak publicly lead to wild exaggeration? When both are engaged...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 5:58 am
Vanguard: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) recently released its annual African Agriculture Status Report which focused on climate change and climate-smart agriculture at the 2104 African Green Revolution Forum held in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. A Nigerian, Dr. Ademola Braimoh, a senior natural resources management specialist with the World Bank, was part of the team which worked on the report. Braimoh, whose principal area of focus is climate smart agriculture, spoke with Sunday Vanguard...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 5:00 am
BBC: Environment Secretary Liz Truss has said large-scale solar farms are "a blight on the landscape" and confirmed plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy to farmers and landowners for the schemes. She told the Mail on Sunday the land could be better used for growing food. There is currently a £100-an-acre grant scheme in place, worth £2m a year. Ms Truss said: "I want Britain to lead the world in food and farming and to do that we need enough productive agricultural land." She described the rows of solar...
Posted: October 19, 2014, 1:11 am
Mirror: The biggest threat to mankind is not war and international conflict – it’s the fact that most governments never think about the long term. This week the US Defense ­Department said natural disasters from climate change will lead to more instability, disease and poverty. I’ve been in Geneva for a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a group of politicians from 160 ­countries which champions human rights. I last visited Geneva eight years ago to discuss with the United Nation’s World...
Posted: October 18, 2014, 8:27 pm
Washington Post: At least twice in a normal year, the Biscayne Bay rises to swamp the streets of this fashionable resort town in an event known as the “king tide.” Water spills over seawalls and gurgles up through storm drains in what scientists say is a preview of life in Florida in a warming climate. But this is an election year, when even nature becomes a foil for competing political narratives. When a highly anticipated king tide hit the Florida coast last week, state and local officials surged into action...
Posted: October 18, 2014, 2:00 pm
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