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Backchannel Meetings Could Decide Outcome of Paris Climate Talks – December 2, 2015

UN hopes small ad hoc meetings outside of conventional negotiations will help facilitate an agreement

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In huddles in corners, sitting on the floor in corridors, crowded around smartphones at cafe tables around the sprawling conference center in Paris where crunch climate change talks are ongoing, a new form of meeting is taking place.

These are the “informal informals” – groups of negotiators meeting outside the conventional apparatus of plenary sessions in large halls in order to facilitate a deal.

These meetings are intended to tease out and resolve the remaining differences over the detailed wording of the text of a possible Paris agreement. Often,… more

by: The Guardian

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Campaigners Launch Legal Fight to Stop Japan’s Whale Hunt – November 17, 2015

As Japan appears ready to resume hunting in the Antarctic, environmental group to take whaling company to court in Australia

Environmental campaigners are launching a last-ditch legal attempt to prevent Japan from slaughtering whales in the Antarctic this winter, after Tokyo indicated it would ignore a ban on its “scientific” expeditions.

Photo of Japan Factory Ship Nisshin Maru Whaling Mother and CalfPhoto by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service A whale and calf being loaded onto the Nishin Maru, a Japanese whaling ship .

The Australian branch of Humane Society International (HSI) will on Wednesday ask the federal court in Sydney to find Kyodo Senpaku, the Japanese company that organizes the hunts, in contempt of a 2008 ruling that banned… more

by: The Guardian

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India’s Emissions Could Push World into Dangerous Warming Zone, Scientists Warn – November 11, 2015

Experts say that if nation grows at expected rate without emission controls, Earth will breach critical two degree rise

India’s growth in emissions could tip the world over the threshold to dangerous climate change, experts have said.

The alert comes as the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, prepares to visit the UK on Thursday for talks on issues including the environment.

Photo of Port in IndiaPhoto by Geo ThermalA port in Chennai, India. Experts warn that without emissions controls, economic growth in India could push world past two degree warming threshold.

India is due to ask the UK and other rich nations to share breakthroughs in renewable energy and other “clean” technology, and for help financing a huge expansion in efficiency and solar… more

by: The Guardian

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It’s Time to Phase Out Potent Greenhouse Gases in Our Air Conditioning Units – November 2, 2015

Chemicals in cooling and refrigeration systems can have a far greater climate impact than carbon dioxide

Our planet’s fragile ozone layer is on a path toward full restoration by about 2050. But there’s a hitch: the success has hinged largely on replacing ozone-depleting substances with hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) – chemicals we now know are highly damaging to the environment. It is time to reduce these pollutants.

Photo of Air Conditioning Units NYCPhoto by Pierre HFCs are greenhouse gases that can be hundreds or thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide in damaging our climate system.

Air conditioning, refrigeration, and insulation often contain factory-made HFCs. They are greenhouse gases that can be hundreds or thousands of times more potent… more

by: The Guardian

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What If Exxon Had Told the Truth About Climate Change? – October 30, 2015

If the oil giant had vouched for climate change science 25 years ago, there is no way we would have wasted decades in fruitless argument

Like all proper scandals, the #Exxonknew revelations have begun to spin off new dramas and lines of inquiry. Presidential candidates have begun to call for Department of Justice investigations, and company spokesmen have begun to dig themselves deeper into the inevitable holes as they try to excuse the inexcusable.

Photo of Climate ProtestPhoto by Takver Exxon made a conscious decision to adopt what a company public affairs officer called “the Exxon position.”

(Worst idea: attack Pulitzer prize-winning reporters as “anti-oil and gas activists.”)

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by: The Guardian

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