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The Argument for Divesting from Fossil Fuels is Becoming Overwhelming – March 17, 2015

As progressive institutions, the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust should commit to taking their money out of the companies that are driving global warming, says The Guardian’s editor-in-chief

The world has much more coal, oil and gas in the ground than it can safely burn. That much is physics.

Anyone studying the question with an open mind will almost certainly come to a similar conclusion: if we and our children are to have a reasonable chance of living stable and secure lives 30 or so years from now, according to one recent study 80 percent of the known coal reserves will have to stay underground, along with half the gas and a third of the oil reserves.

If only science were enough.

If not science, then politics?… more

by: The Guardian

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Climate Change: Why The Guardian is Putting Threat to Earth Front and Center – March 8, 2015

Editor Alan Rusbridger explains the thinking behind the newspaper's major series on the climate crisis

A version of this article appeared in the Friday, March 6 issue of The Guardian.

Journalism tends to be a rear-view mirror. We prefer to deal with what has happened, not what lies ahead. We favor what is exceptional and in full view over what is ordinary and hidden.

Famously, as a tribe, we are more interested in the man who bites a dog than the other way round. But even when a dog does plant its teeth in a man, there is at least something new to report, even if it is not very remarkable or important.

Polar BearPhoto by Smudge 9000/FlickrA polar… more

by: The Guardian

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Germany Moves to Legalize Fracking – February 16, 2015

Four-year moratorium on shale drills set to be overturned as country initiates process to allow regulated hydraulic fracturing for shale gas

By Arthur Neslen

Germany has proposed a draft law that would allow commercial shale gas fracking at depths of over 3,000 metres, overturning a de facto moratorium that has been in place since the start of the decade.

3D printingPhoto by Justin Wooldford Germany has drafted a law that would overturn a de factor moratorium on shale gas fracking.

A new six-person expert panel would also be empowered to allow fracks at shallower levels.

Shale gas industry groups welcomed the proposal for its potential to crack open the German shale gas market, but it has sparked outrage among environmentalists who… more

by: The Guardian

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US Launches Plan to Halt Decline of Monarch Butterfly – February 10, 2015

$2m to be spent on growing milkweed and other butterfly-friendly plants along main migration routes from Minnesota to Mexico

The Obama administration and conservation groups launched a plan on Monday to halt the death spiral of the monarch butterfly.

The most familiar of American butterflies, known for their extraordinary migration from Mexico through the mid-west to Canada, monarch populations have plummeted 90 percent over the past 20 years.

a cluster of monarch butterflies on a treePhoto by Jill Heemstra Migrating monarchs rest on a tree in Nebraska.The iconic butterfly's population has slumped by 90 percent.

Fewer than 50m butterflies made it to Mexico last winter – a fraction of the population once estimated at 1bn.

Those… more

by: The Guardian

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World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Dumps Dozens of Coal Companies – February 6, 2015

Norway’s giant fund removes investments made risky by climate change and other environmental concerns, including coal, oil sands, cement and gold mining

The world’s richest sovereign wealth fund removed 32 coal mining companies from its portfolio in 2014, citing the risk they face from regulatory action on climate change.

smokestacksPhoto by Curt Carnemark/World BankThe country’s $850 billion sovereign wealth fund, GPFG, has published its divestment details in its first report on responsible investing.

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), worth $850bn and founded on the nation’s oil and gas wealth, revealed a total of 114 companies had been dumped on environmental and climate grounds in its first report on responsible investing, released on Thursday. The companies divested also include tar sands producers, cement… more

by: The Guardian

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