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Shell Abandons Alaska Arctic Drilling – September 28, 2015

Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as “an unmitigated defeat” for big oil.

The Anglo-Dutch company had repeatedly stressed the enormous hydrocarbon potential of the far north region in public, but in private began to admit it had been surprised by the popular opposition it faced.

a semi-submersible drilling unitPhoto by Charles Conatzer & the sHellNo! Action CouncilKayaktivists from the sHellNo! Action Council greeted the Transocean Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling unit leased by Shell to explore Arctic deposits, as it entered Port Angeles, Washington in April.

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by: The Guardian

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Pope’s Climate Change Appeal Boosts Hope for Bipartisan Action in Congress – September 24, 2015

Climate campaigners applaud pope’s bridging of environmental issues with moral obligation as way to force Republican party leaders to reconsider position

It just took one utterance from Pope Francis – “earth” – to rouse cheers from the climate campaigners who had gathered on the Mall to watch the pope’s historic speech to Congress.

The pope’s visit to what remains a fortress of climate denial among the Republican party leadership greatly boosted hopes among campaigners of elevating climate change from a narrow, partisan issue to a matter of broad public concern.

Pope Francis© Mazur/ Pope re-affirmed that human activity was driving climate change, and that political leaders needed to act.

As Francis appeared on the large screen, several thousand campaigners – some carrying quotes… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama’s Approval of Arctic Drilling ‘Undermines His Climate Message’ – September 1, 2015

US president’s call for action on climate change is at odds with letting Shell drill for oil in the Arctic, says Bill McKibben

Barack Obama has fatally undermined the message of his visit to the Arctic to highlight the dangers of climate change because his administration allowed Shell to drill there, a leading US environmentalist has said.

Bill McKibben, winner of the Right Livelihood prize in 2014, sometimes referred to as an alternative Nobel, and founder of, said that Obama’s actions were a “bad contradiction”.

polar bear standing amid arctic icePhoto by Eric Regehr/USFWSA male polar bear stands alert on the Arctic coast near Kaktovik, Alaska. On Saturday, Obama acknowledged criticism of the Shell decision, saying he shared concerns about Arctic drilling.

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by: The Guardian

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Inside the Complicated World of Online Wildlife Trafficking – August 7, 2015

You’ve heard of Cecil’s dentist killer, but for tens of thousands of other exotic animals, internet marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist are the biggest threat

If you live in the continental US, have $4,850 and an Internet connection, this large, full-body, mounted African lion, with a shaggy red mane, can be yours.

“This is a fantastic buy for someone who wants a good Lion,” the eBay ad reads. “This mount will make an awesome decoration in any home, office, hunting lodge, lake house, lodge homes, cabin, bar, etc.”

Cecil the lionPhoto by Vince O'Sullivan US authorities have launched an investigation into the illicit killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist. But illegal wildlife products are all too easily trafficked… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan Hailed as US’ Strongest Ever Climate Action – August 3, 2015

Hundreds of businesses including eBay and Nestle back federal rules to cut emissions and switch away from coal to clean energy

Hundreds of businesses including eBay, Nestle and General Mills have issued their support for Barack Obama’s clean power plan, billed as the strongest action ever on climate change by a US president.

The rules, announced on Monday, are designed to cut emissions from power plants and have been strengthened in terms of the long-term ambition as originally proposed by the president last year, but slightly weakened in the short-term in a concession to states reliant on highly-polluting coal.

Wind turbines by a rural roadPhoto by clarkmaxwell/FlickrThe rules are expected to trigger a “tsunami” of legal opposition from states and utilities who oppose… more

by: The Guardian

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