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The Next President Must Act on Climate – November 6, 2012

Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America, says new report

Romney and Obama

As the world watches with bated breath as to who will become the next President of the US, there are increasingly calls that whoever wins the election must radically tackle climate change.

Whilst this election has been widely criticized for its climate silence, Hurricane Sandy may have just been a game changer in the political debate.

Sandy has certainly burnt a big hole in the pockets of the insurance industry, with estimated losses at some $15 billion.

The other thing that Sandy has done is brought the problem into America’s affluent backyard. Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power and basic sanitation days… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Greenwashing +20 – June 19, 2012

To an Unsuspecting Public, it Looks Like Big Business Cares About the Planet and is Demanding Action

If you open a copy of the Financial Times this morning, you will see a full page advert from the “Friends of Rio+20” with a message to the delegates at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Photo courtesy Oil Change InternationalShell CEO, Peter Voser with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. "Despite all the years of rhetoric,
Shell is increasing its carbon intensity, its investments in risky and high carbon fuels, and reducing
its investment in renewable energy,” says a Greenpeace report.

These “friends” say they are an assortment of big business, scientific and civil society leaders, but a quick glimpse down the list reveals more big business… more

by: Andy Rowell

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