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Coal in ‘Freefall’ as New Power Plant Construction Dives by Two-Thirds – March 23, 2017

Report says move to cleaner energy in China and India is discouraging the building of coal-fired units

The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall.

The dramatic decline in new coal-fired units was overwhelmingly due to policy shifts in China and India and subsequent declining investment prospects, according to a report by Greenpeace, the US-based Sierra Club, and research network CoalSwarm.

photo of oman solarPhoto by Coal Power Plant According to a new report, new coal power plant construction starts declined dramatically last year largely due to policy shifts in China and India.

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by: The Guardian

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The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Quiet Colonization of American Academia – March 14, 2017

Corporate capture of academic research by fossil fuel interests is a threat to tackling climate change

On February 16, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center hosted a film screening of the "Rational Middle Energy Series." The university promoted the event as “Finding Energy’s Rational Middle” and described the film’s motivation as “a need and desire for a balanced discussion about today’s energy issues.”

photo of BP and BerkeleyPhoto by Joe HallFrom Harvard to UC Berkeley, fossil fuel interests have colonized nearly every nook and cranny of energy and climate policy research in American universities.

Who can argue with balance and rationality? And with Harvard’s stamp of approval, surely the information presented to students and the… more

by: The Guardian

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UN Experts Denounce ‘Myth’ that Pesticides Are Necessary to Feed the World – March 7, 2017

New report warns of catastrophic consequences for the environment and human health and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’

The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts.

A new report, being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the “systematic denial of harms,” “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics,” and heavy lobbying of governments which has “obstructed reforms and paralyzed global pesticide restrictions.”

photo of pesticidesPhoto by IFPRI Images A farmer spreads pesticides in China. A new UN report denounces the the myth that pesticides are necessary to feed the world's population.… more

by: The Guardian

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Private Investor Divests $34.8m from Firms Tied to Dakota Access Pipeline – March 2, 2017

Norwegian sustainable investment manager Storebrand hopes action will encourage other investors to divest from project

Norway’s largest private investor is divesting from three companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline, a small victory for the Standing Rock movement one week after the eviction of the main protest encampment.

Protestors at Standing RockPhoto by Leslie PetersonIn addition to the protest encampments, opponents of Dakota Access have waged divestment campaigns against the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, using the slogan Defund DAPL.

Storebrand, a sustainable investment manager with $68bn in assets, sold off $34.8m worth of shares in Phillips 66, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and Enbridge, the company announced Wednesday. The three companies are partial owners of the pipeline.

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by: The Guardian

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Shell Warned of Climate Change Danger in 1991 – February 28, 2017

Public information film unseen for years shows oil giant had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but hasn't acted accordingly, say critics

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of a century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly polluting oil reserves and helped lobby against climate action, leading to accusations that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming but did not act accordingly.

photo of ShellPhoto by Lee Jordan A rediscovered film from 1991 shows that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming more than a quarter-century ago.

Shell’s 28-minute film, called Climate of… more

by: The Guardian

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