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Exxon Mobil’s Response to Climate Change is Consummate Arrogance – April 3, 2014

Oil and gas giant say climate policies are highly unlikely to stop it digging up fossil fuels. So what are we going to do about it?

Monday saw the release of the latest climate report from the planet’s scientists. Predictions of famine, flood, and so on – mostly what we already knew, in even more striking language.

gas flarePhoto © Copyright Richard Webb/ Licensed for reuse under this Creative CommonsExxon Mobil said that government restrictions that would force it to keep its reserves in the
ground were “highly unlikely,” and that they would not only dig them all up and burn them,
but would continue to search for more gas and oil.

But Monday also saw the release of another document somewhat less expected, and probably at… more

by: The Guardian

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Climate Change Report ‘Should Jolt People into Action,’ says IPCC Chief – March 31, 2014

UN science panel's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, says report on impacts of rising temperatures should push leaders to act

The head of the United Nations climate panel said he hoped its report on the rising threat of climate change would “jolt people into action”.

photoname Photo by Kris Krüg for PopTechRajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he hoped the new report would
push government leaders to deal with climate change before it is too late.

The report, released on Monday, is a 2,600-page catalogue of the risks to life and livelihood from climate change – now and in the future.

Rajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he hoped it would push government… more

by: The Guardian

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Two lawsuits to stop Peru’s biggest gas project in indigenous reserve – February 26, 2014

Operations by gas consortium in Amazon reserve for vulnerable Indigenous peoples met with legal action

Three Peruvian judges are scheduled to meet on 1 April following a lawsuit filed to stop a gas consortium from operating in a reserve in the Amazon created for indigenous peoples living in “initial contact” and “voluntary isolation.”

There are already wells in the west of the reserve where gas has been produced for years, and last month the Energy Ministry approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the expansion of operations involving more wells, a pipeline extension and seismic tests further to the north, east and south.

amazon rainforest and river, Peruphoto by Brian RalphsThe Amazon Basin in Peru.

The lawsuit… more

by: The Guardian

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Sochi Environmentalist Jailed for Three Years for Spray-Painting a Fence – February 12, 2014

Russian court awards Evgeny Vitishko suspended sentence in a case fellow environmentalists believe is revenge for his work

An environmental activist who investigated abuses in the build-up to the Sochi Olympics was sent to prison for three years by a Russian court on Wednesday morning, in a case that fellow environmentalists have said is deeply flawed and intended as revenge for his work.

As the sports at the Sochi games continued, a court in Krasnodar, capital of the southern Russian region that includes Sochi, confirmed a December ruling that activist Evgeny Vitishko's three-year suspended sentence should become real.

photoname Photo by Ken YeeVitishko has spray-painted the fence of what he and other activists said was a lavish residence
built illegally on… more

by: The Guardian

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We Shouldn’t be Moving on From West Virginia’s Chemical Spill – February 3, 2014

The US has grown a vast and complex regulatory and financial support system for cheap, dirty energy. This isn't over

Authorities in West Virginia declared the water of 300,000 residents affected by last month's chemical spill safe to drink on 14 January, just five days after the incident. Since then, a few things have happened. Stop me if you've heard them before (but I doubt you have).

photonamePhoto courtesy West Virginia National Guard Public AffairsA West Virginia National Guard official draws a water sample in Kanawha Valley to determine
levels of contamination remaining in local water supply.

1. On 15 January, the Centers for Disease Control and the state issued a statement advising pregnant women to ignore the state's OK.

2. On 17… more

by: The Guardian

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