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We Shouldn’t be Moving on From West Virginia’s Chemical Spill

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…
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by: The Guardian – February 3, 2014

Great Barrier Reef Authority Approves Dredging and Dumping to Expand Port

Australian marine park authority grants approval with strict conditions in decision met with derision by conservation groups

photo by eutrophication&hypoxia, on FlickrThe reef: the spoil will be dumped about 24km from Abbot Point, the gateway to the world heritage-listed reef. Three million cubic metres of sediment from dredging to expand a coal port will be dumped in the Great…
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by: The Guardian – January 31, 2014

The Anti-Fracking Activist Barred from 312.5 Sq Miles of Pennsylvania

Court injunction brought in by oil and gas company makes even supermarkets off-limits for Vera Scroggins

Vera Scroggins, an outspoken opponent of fracking, is legally barred from the new county hospital. Also off-limits, unless Scroggins wants to risk fines and arrest, are the Chinese restaurant where she takes her grandchildren, the supermarkets and drug stores where she shops,…
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by: The Guardian – January 29, 2014

Shell’s Arctic drilling set back by US court ruling

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…
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by: The Guardian – January 23, 2014

Unchecked global warming ‘will double extreme El Niño weather events’

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…
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by: The Guardian – January 20, 2014

Why I’m Eating My Words on Veganism – Again

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. Photo by NDSU Ag Comm/FlickrBy preventing the growth of trees and other deep vegetation in the hills, and…
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by: The Guardian – November 29, 2013

Green Groups Walk Out of UN Climate Talks

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. Photo…
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by: The Guardian – November 21, 2013

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