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Guardian: The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month found that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can lead, and has led, to the contamination of drinking water. It was the first time the federal government had admitted such a link. The study, based on “data sources available to the agency”,...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 11:03 am
Straits Times: ow-lying atoll nations like the Maldives will be the first to face the threat of rising sea levels as the effects of climate change take their toll There was a time Maldives master fisherman Adam Naseer could catch as many skipjack tuna with a pole and line as he could handle. But as the world warms, life is no longer that simple. Sitting at a roadside stall on Fonadhoo island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the 45-year-old, who was captain of his own boat when he was 13, reflects on the...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 10:28 am
Guardian: Study finds mayor's trials to 'glue' pollution from vehicles to London's roads have not reduced fine particulate pollution
Posted: July 5, 2015, 6:59 am
Guardian: Electricity emissions have jumped since the repeal of the carbon tax, the Climate Council says. The council cites new data by consultants Pitt & Sherry, showing carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity grid went up 6.4m tonnes in the last financial year since the tax was axed. The increase of 4.3% has undone part of an 11% fall in emissions during the two years the tax was in place. The federal government will soon outline Australia’s post-2020 targets, before the Paris conference in...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 6:17 am
Guardian: In the middle of a week of record temperatures, as if unaware of the irony, the business community celebrated the consolidation of its attempts to force the government’s hand to agree to a third filth-generating runway at Heathrow, tipping all species on Earth towards extinction. Everything will die soon, except for cockroaches, and Glastonbury favourite the Fall, who will survive even a nuclear holocaust, though they will still refuse to play their 80s chart hits. In Norfolk on Thursday, the...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 6:03 am
Washington Examiner: A new nuclear energy deal between the U.S. and Brazil got lost in the shuffle this week, as the White House sought instead to play up a pledge between the two countries to increase renewable energy. Nevertheless, the two countries did also agree to collaborate on nuclear energy development as part of a broad plan to address global warming agreed to earlier this week in Washington. The new agreement between the two nations comes as nations prepare for international negotiations on climate change...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 4:13 am
CBC: Around 100 people gathered on the Alberta legislature grounds Saturday afternoon, trying to convince politicians that a strong economy and healthy environment are not mutually exclusive. The Jobs, Justice and The Climate concert was held to encourage investment in renewable energy. "It's really about pushing the federal and provincial governments to invest in … energy options that address the climate crisis but put jobs in the community first," said Mike Hudema, a Greenpeace campaigner who helped...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 12:43 am
Toronto Star: Jane Fonda used to be a Blue Jays fan. “I loved them,” she says, perched cross-legged on a sofa at a downtown Toronto hotel. “Until I married somebody that owned another team.” But Fonda’s not in town to revive her fandom or her past betrothals. The 77-year-old actor and activist comes with a solar-fuelled fire in her belly. “The climate change problem is the issue of our civilization. It will affect everything about our lives if we don’t do something about it,” she says. Touching down Friday...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 12:34 am
New Kerala: Over 30 Nobel laureates recently assembled and appealed nations to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 to take useful steps to limit future global emissions to protect the climate. Laureates, who were gathered at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on July 3, on Mainau Island on Lake Constance, signed 'Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change' and asked all the nations around the world to take appropriate actions to stop global warming. The...
Posted: July 5, 2015, 12:04 am
Peterborough Examiner: About 50 community members gathered at Confederation Square on Saturday, asking for a transition to a clean, justice-based economy that recognizes the limitations of the climate. They joined several other communities across the country, from Vancouver to St. John’s, taking action for Jobs, Justice and the Climate to show leaders in this election year that they wanted them to support actions that would combat climate change while providing increased opportunity for local employment. One of those...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 11:47 pm
Guardian: They are home to a diverse range of wildlife and up to 8,000 years old. And, according to a damning analysis by an independent government advisory body, the UK’s upland peat bogs are facing a sustained threat from the shooting classes’ desire to bag grouse. The Committee on Climate Change’s 2015 progress report to parliament notes: “Wetland habitats, including the majority of upland areas with carbon-rich peat soils, are in poor condition. The damaging practice of burning peat to increase grouse...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 11:17 pm
Radio New Zealand: The Green Party says the Government should use its presidency of the United Nations Security Council to highlight the threat climate change poses to peace and security. New Zealand is chairing the Security Council this month. Kennedy Graham says the survival of small island states are at stake. Green Party's global affairs spokesperson Kennedy Graham said New Zealand has already made the security of small island states the subject of the Open Debate later this month. He said the biggest...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 7:58 pm
UTV: More than 100 protesters have buried their heads in the sand at a Dublin beach to highlight “the lack of government action” on climate change. Some 150 demonstrators of all ages gathered on Sandymount Strand on Saturday morning to carry out the unusual protest. Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this November, Stop Climate Chaos say it is time for the government to take environmental issues "seriously' before the major talks "that will decide the future of global...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 4:08 pm
Florida Keys Keynoter: The return address on a letter commending Monroe County for its climate-change efforts raised eyebrows. "To get that fancy envelope with 'The White House' stamped on it -- that doesn't happen every day," County Administrator Roman Gastesi said Wednesday. "Congratulations on your selection as a White House Climate Action Champion," says the letter signed by President Obama and addressed to county Mayor Danny Kolhage. "As we face the growing threat of extreme weather and climate change, we must...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:07 pm
Washington Post: MANY ENVIRONMENTAL advocates had their eyes focused this week on the Supreme Court, where the justices slammed an Environmental Protection Agency clean air rule. But, in part because the practical effects of the ruling don’t appear dire, the more consequential event may have taken place at the White House, where President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff exchanged commitments on climate change. There the news was good -- but not good enough. The outlines of the U.S. pledge, which will...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
RTE: A heatwave is sweeping across Europe, with temperatures set to exceed 40C in some countries. The summer heat has taken hold of Italy, with temperatures over 35C in many cities. Rome's zoo is helping animals deal with the high temperatures by handing out iced treats and encouraging frequent bathing in cold water. Iced lollies made with yogurt and fruit were a hit with the zoo's orangutans, while the brown bears enjoyed iced melons. Throughout the summer months at the zoo, keepers make...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
Windsor: The world is shifting on the related problems of climate change and social inequity. From Pope Francis’s encyclical to the International Monetary Fund’s admission that “trickle down” economics have failed to a court decision ordering the Dutch government to do more to address climate change, people are waking up to the fact that our survival, health and prosperity are incompatible with systems we developed for a different time and different conditions. As demands for change grow worldwide, Canada...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
Winnipeg Free Press: A lot of things have been said about Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si'. But it's important to remember that this papal letter is more than just a pronouncement on the issue of climate change -- it is a profoundly theological document. While the mainstream media has focused on the economic and political implications of taking better care of the Earth -- and rightly so -- the Pope uses the Bible and Catholic social teaching to build his case. This includes delving into the...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
Climate News Network: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is backed by governments and the International Energy Agency (IEA) as one of the best methods of reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and saving the planet from overheating. The problem is that despite this enthusiasm and the fact that CCS (also called carbon sequestration) is technically possible, it is not happening. It is cheaper and easier to build wind and solar farms to produce electricity than it is to collect and store the carbon from coal-powered...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
Express Tribune: As the death toll from the severe heatwave in Sindh kept mounting during the past week, so did political tensions and blame-shifting, including the opposition seizing the opportunity to criticise the government for its ineptness, and the government in turn claiming that it is entities like K-Electric which are at fault for failing to supply electricity, in turn exacerbating the problem. The minister for climate change has even pointed a finger at coal-powered plants in Rajasthan, for contributing...
Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:00 pm

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