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State Journal: Gov. Scott Walker wants to all but eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and place each state in charge of controlling air and water pollution within its borders if he is elected president, he told a conservative newspaper. “I’m all for a sustainable environment, but you have to balance it with a sustainable economy, and I think in our state we’ve shown you can do that hand in hand,” Walker told the Washington Examiner in an article published Monday. “I think states can do it all...
Posted: July 28, 2015, 6:06 am
Associated Press: Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday he would shift most of the responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state-based regulators, leaving the EPA to serve as an "umbrella organization" that would resolve disputes between them. Like many Republicans, the Wisconsin governor is a vocal critic of the agency charged with enforcing the nation's laws against pollution. While Walker said he would not eliminate the EPA if elected president, he would shift its...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 5:31 pm
State Journal: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a newspaper that he would all but eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if he is elected president. States could be in charge of enforcement of air and water pollution laws, Walker told the Washington Examiner in an article published Monday. The EPA would become an "umbrella" agency for state environmental agencies such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources but would handle only mediation of disputes between the states over things such...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 5:28 pm
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Australia's position on climate change has left some in the world scratching their heads, former US vice-president and environmental campaigner Al Gore says. Mr Gore visited Melbourne and met ministers from Labor-led Victoria, South Australia and Queensland to discuss renewable energy and economic growth, and the importance of the Paris climate change summit at the end of this year. The Federal Government is yet to reveal its new post-2020 emissions reduction target, but Mr Gore said some were...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 7:44 am
Conversation: Deforestation is now the second leading cause of global climate change. Debates on this topic often centre on the Amazon, given the high-profile destruction of its forest biodiversity. However, a troubling rise in deforestation in Central Africa - home to the world's second largest tropical forest - has received surprisingly little attention. Two-thirds of Africa's remaining forests are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These forests span 1.7 million km², which is equivalent to...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 7:32 am
Reuters: A global pact to fight climate change began to take shape after the United Nations published a new draft of a deal that envoys from 195 nations are working to seal at a year-end summit in Paris. The 88-page document is meant to organise the options that negotiators were grappling with at last month's round of discussions in Bonn, Germany. The paper, published last Friday on the website of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), includes a 19-page draft of the deal, slimmed down from...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 7:00 am
Guardian: When the renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado took over family land in the state of Minas Gerais, instead of the tropical paradise that he remembered as a child, he found the trees cut down and the wildlife gone. He was devastated. It was 1994 and he had just returned from a traumatic assignment reporting on the genocide in Rwanda, he told a meeting of religious leaders discussing climate change in Paris this week. “The land was as sick as I was – everything was destroyed,” said Salgado....
Posted: July 27, 2015, 6:59 am
Express Tribune: The present unsustainable global economic order has brutally overexploited natural resources to achieve so-called development, benefitted a few while plunging millions in the developing world into poverty and debt. This was stated by Climate Change Minister Mushahidullah Khan while speaking to the media on Sunday. “The world direly needs a whole new economic framework to cope with these challenges being aggravated further by the consequences of the global warming caused by the increasing trajectory...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 6:59 am
Reuters: Thirteen big name American companies on Monday were to announce $140 billion in low-carbon investments to lend support to a global climate change deal in Paris in December, the White House said. Companies including General Motors (GM.N), Bank of America (BAC.N), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Coca Cola (KO.N), were to join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to support the administration as it tries to secure a climate agreement....
Posted: July 27, 2015, 2:02 am
Reuters: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced goals for increasing US reliance on renewable energy, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years of taking office. Clinton, the front-runner for her party’s 2016 presidential nomination, also pledged on her website on Sunday that the United States would generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home in the country within 10 years of taking office. The two goals were the...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 12:44 am
Huffington Post: In addition to the staging of the PanAm Games, Toronto was the location of some unusually high profile activities in recent days that were supposed to increase the efforts to tackle climate change. The events raised some important questions: How effective are efforts to slow the increase of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, do Canadians agree on the extent of damage to our environment, and what do scientists say in their most recent reports about the degree of the threat? Celebrities lead...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 12:38 am
Environment News Service: Leading climate scientist and activist James Hansen is warning that the 2 degree Celsius limit to Earth’s temperature rise agreed by world leaders is “highly dangerous.” His new research paper shows that sea levels are rising much more quickly that previously believed. An adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, Dr. Hansen is lead author of a paper entitled, “Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 12:36 am
Irish Times: Chinese premier Li Keqiang recently unveiled the country’s plan for combating climate change. While it could have been more ambitious, the plan shows China’s leaders are serious about changing the country’s development path. It critically undermines those in the West who claim that climate action should be delayed because China is doing nothing. With China accounting for nearly 30 per cent of global CO2 emissions in 2013, its actions have profound global implications. China’s plan contains a commitment...
Posted: July 27, 2015, 12:02 am
Bloomberg: Hillary Clinton on Sunday set two "bold national goals" to combat climate change, promising that if she's elected president, she would set the United States on a path toward producing enough clean renewable to power every home in America within a decade. She would also initiate a process that would bring the total number of solar panels installed nationwide to more than half a billion before the end of her first term, her campaign said in a fact sheet released Sunday as it also posted a video...
Posted: July 26, 2015, 11:59 pm
Washington Post: Hundreds of wildfires are continually whipping across this state this summer, leaving in their wake millions of acres of charred trees and blackened earth. At the Fairbanks compound of the state’s Division of Forestry recently, workers were busy washing a mountain of soot-covered fire hoses, which stood in piles roughly six feet high and 100?feet long. About 3,500 smokejumpers, hotshot crews, helicopter teams and other workers have traveled to Alaska this year from across the country and Canada....
Posted: July 26, 2015, 10:08 pm
Associated Press: Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change. The tribes have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to study climate change in the Pacific Northwest and come up with an action plan to protect the reservation’s natural resources, including traditional First Foods. Native salmon and steelhead are having an especially tough summer,...
Posted: July 26, 2015, 9:20 pm
Age: Former United States vice-president Al Gore has flown into Australia for a whistlestop tour that includes meetings with state government ministers and senior business figures as part of efforts to build global momentum towards the Paris climate change summit later this year. Mr Gore arrived in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, heading to a speaking engagement and then dinner with Victorian ministers and senior executives from major companies, including BHP, National Australia Bank and Qantas, to...
Posted: July 26, 2015, 4:49 pm
CNN: The following transcript is of an interview by host Fareed Zakaria with former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Dr. James Hansen. They discussed Hansen’s hypothesis for the Earth’s future climate due to the unstable sea levels, the public’s skepticism, and his idea to curb climate change. MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS” VIDEO HIGHLIGHT A dire warning on climate change TEXT HIGHLIGHTS Hansen’s hypothesis on sea levels rising...
Posted: July 26, 2015, 3:42 pm
ThinkProgress: The GOP field is (almost) complete, after Ohio Governor John Kasich became the 17th major candidate to announce his presidential run this week. This means we can draw some conclusions about the opponent the eventual Democratic nominee will be facing in the general election. It`s an extremely safe bet that the Republican nominee will not take more action to confront climate change than President Obama has. The question is more how much of the president`s climate agenda the nominee would reverse,...
Posted: July 26, 2015, 2:16 pm
ValueWalk: A new study that has attempted to establish the deepest global fears of the world population has come to the conclusion that climate change ranks most highly. The study, conducted by the Pew Research Centre, has been published in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, so it could be said to fit in rather neatly with this agenda. However, as the Pew Research Centre conducted interviews with people in 40 countries between March and May this year, and received responses from...
Posted: July 26, 2015, 2:13 pm

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