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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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Is Climate Change to Blame for Typhoon Haiyan? – November 13, 2013

The Philippines has been hit by 24 typhoons in the past year but the power of Haiyan was off the scale, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless. Is there even worse devastation to come?

Just as the world was beginning to take in the almost unimaginable devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan, a young Filipino diplomat, Naderev Sano, was getting ready to lead his country's negotiations in the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. Yeb, as he is known, is a scientist and head of his country's national climate commission and had flown out of Manila just hours before the vastness of Haiyan had become apparent.

 Leyte, PhilippinesPhoto by Nove foto da Firenze>People walk among the debris in Leyte, Philippines.

By Monday morning, Sano knew that the Philippines had been struck by possibly the strongest storm ever… more

by: The Guardian

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Hurricane Sandy, One Year On: ‘It’s Like a New Chance in Life’ – October 30, 2013

A year after Sandy struck the north-east US, a view from Staten Island, the hardest-hit New York borough

I remember the water coming from the ocean," says Anna Maglione-Buono.

"And the thing I remember most is that I was very guilty that the kids were in the house with us. I was not scared for me and my husband. I was more scared for the children."

Staten Island after Hurricane SandyPhoto by Tommy MilesThe day after Sandy, along the north shore of Staten Island.

A year ago, as hurricane Sandy approached America’s north-east, Maglione-Buono, 49, was in her home in South Shore, just 200m from Staten Island’s eastern coast. As the ocean rose amid the howling winds, water washed up over the… more

by: The Guardian

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