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Germany Moves to Legalize Fracking

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. Photo by Justin Wooldford Germany…
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by: The Guardian – February 16, 2015

US Launches Plan to Halt Decline of Monarch Butterfly

$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…
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by: The Guardian – February 10, 2015

World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Dumps Dozens of Coal Companies

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. Photo by Curt Carnemark/World BankThe country’s $850 billion sovereign wealth fund, GPFG, has published its…
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by: The Guardian – February 6, 2015

Keystone Pipeline: Oil Price Drop Will Worsen Climate Impact, EPA Warns

Falling oil prices could mean higher carbon pollution for the controversial pipeline, a finding that gives Obama new cause to reject the project

Falling oil prices have changed the economic viability of the Keystone XL pipeline — and that means the project would result in much higher carbon pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday. The finding hands President Barak Obama new grounds…
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by: The Guardian – February 3, 2015

White House Unveils Plan to Open Atlantic Waters to Offshore Oil Drilling

Move to lease large swaths of ocean along east coast and double down in Gulf of Mexico oddly comes in wake of attacks against right for climate change denial

President Barack Obama pivoted from his goal of fighting climate change on Tuesday, setting out a plan to allow the first oil drilling in Atlantic waters off the US east coast but bar companies from some of the pristine waters off the…
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by: The Guardian – January 30, 2015

Obama Attacks Republicans’ Climate Denial but Offers No New Green Initiatives

However, the President's State of the Union speech didn't didn't tout his “all of the above” energy strategy either

President Barak Obama insisted forcefully before his newly empowered opposition on Tuesday that he would hold the line against attacks on his domestic and international climate agenda. But even though he called out climate deniers once again, the president offered no concrete…
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by: The Guardian – January 21, 2015

Obama Moves to Cut Methane Emissions by Almost Half

EPA to cut oil and gas industry methane emissions by 45% by 2025

President Barak Obama will unveil a plan to cut methane emissions from America’s booming oil and gas industry by as much as 45 percent over the next decade in an attempt to cement his climate legacy during his remaining two years in…
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by: The Guardian – January 14, 2015

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