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Shell’s Arctic drilling set back by US court ruling – January 23, 2014

Appeal court rules environmental risks have not been properly assessed by government in victory for green groups

Shell's hopes of drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska this summer faced a serious setback when a US federal court ruled that the full range of environmental risks had not been assessed by the government.

The 9th circuit court of appeals ruled in favour of green groups and Native Alaskan tribes which want Shell and its partners to call off their exploration programme for fear of an oil spill.

photo of a Shell oil neon signphoto by Karen Blaha, on… more

by: The Guardian

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Unchecked global warming ‘will double extreme El Niño weather events’ – January 20, 2014

World's most devastating global weather phenomenon will occur once a decade under current emissions scenario, says new report

The world's most devastating global weather phenomenon – the weather events associated with "El Niño" – will double in frequency to once a decade if global warming remains unchecked, according to what scientists believe is a major step forward in the understanding of such events.

Razed homes in CaliforniaPhoto by Bob Nichols/USDATorrential rains from the last extreme El Niño,created mudslides that destroyed homes along the Southern California coast on January 23, 1995.

The last extreme El Niño, in 1997-98, resulted in the hottest year on record, and the accompanying floods, cyclones, droughts and wildfires killed an estimated 23,000… more

by: The Guardian

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Why I’m Eating My Words on Veganism – Again – November 29, 2013

Al Gore has gone vegan, a diet I was once skeptical about. Now I believe it is meat-eating that is more environmentally damaging

He did it quietly, and the decision is the better for that: Al Gore, according to reports in the US press, has gone vegan.

cattle grazing on hillPhoto by NDSU Ag Comm/FlickrBy preventing the growth of trees and other deep vegetation in the hills, and by compacting the soil, grazing animals cause a cycle of flash floods and drought

Certain things could be said about other aspects of his lifestyle: his enormous houses and occasional use of private jets, for example. While we can't demand that everyone who espouses green causes should live like a Jain monk, I think we can ask… more

by: The Guardian

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Green Groups Walk Out of UN Climate Talks – November 21, 2013

Environment and development groups protest at slow speed and lack of ambition at Warsaw negotiations

Environment and development groups together with young people, trade unions and social movements walked out of the UN climate talks on Thursday in protest at what they say is the slow speed and lack of ambition of the negotiations in Warsaw.

activists walk out of UN conference venue in Warsaw Photo courtesy 350.orgClimate and social justice activits walk out of United Nations Climate Change Conference
in Warsaw.

Wearing T-shirts reading "Volverermos" (We will return), around 800 people from organizations including Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam, 350.org, Friends of the Earth, the Confederation and ActionAid, handed back their registration badges to the UN and left… more

by: The Guardian

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$280m Forests Initiative Launched at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw – November 20, 2013

UK, US, and Norway to fund drive to save world's forests and encourage sustainable agriculture to cut deforestation

A new $280m initiative to help save the world's remaining forests was launched by the UK, the US and Norway at the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw on Wednesday.

Santa Rita MountainsDeforested area in BhutanWorld BankThe initiatve is aimed at kickstarting the REDD+ scheme, for the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, which has been in the works for more than six years but is still not fully operational.

The money is aimed at encouraging the sustainable use of land, including ensuring that fewer forests are lost to agriculturethe biggest cause of deforestation – and… more

by: The Guardian

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