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Coal in ‘Freefall’ as New Power Plant Construction Dives by Two-Thirds

Report says move to cleaner energy in China and India is discouraging the building of coal-fired units

The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall. The dramatic decline in new coal-fired units was overwhelmingly due to policy shifts in…
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by: The Guardian – March 23, 2017

The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Quiet Colonization of American Academia

Corporate capture of academic research by fossil fuel interests is a threat to tackling climate change

On February 16, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center hosted a film screening of the "Rational Middle Energy Series." The university promoted the event as “Finding Energy’s Rational Middle” and described the film’s motivation as “a need and desire for a balanced…
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by: The Guardian – March 14, 2017

UN Experts Denounce ‘Myth’ that Pesticides Are Necessary to Feed the World

New report warns of catastrophic consequences for the environment and human health and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’

The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts. A new report, being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical of the global corporations…
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by: The Guardian – March 7, 2017

Private Investor Divests $34.8m from Firms Tied to Dakota Access Pipeline

Norwegian sustainable investment manager Storebrand hopes action will encourage other investors to divest from project

Norway’s largest private investor is divesting from three companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline, a small victory for the Standing Rock movement one week after the eviction of the main protest encampment. Photo by Leslie PetersonIn addition to the protest encampments,…
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by: The Guardian – March 2, 2017

Shell Warned of Climate Change Danger in 1991

Public information film unseen for years shows oil giant had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but hasn't acted accordingly, say critics

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of a century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered. However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly…
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by: The Guardian – February 28, 2017

Fish Under Threat from Ocean Oxygen Depletion, Finds Study

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish

The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behavior of marine life, scientists have warned, after a new study found oceanic oxygen levels had fallen by 2 percent in 50 years. The study,…
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by: The Guardian – February 20, 2017

‘Extraordinary’ Levels of Pollutants Found in Pacific Ocean’s 10-Kilometer-Deep Mariana Trench

Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists

Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet — the 10-kilometer-deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean. Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic…
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by: The Guardian – February 14, 2017

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