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Two Anti-Logging Advocates First to be Charged Under Tasmania’s Anti-Protest Laws

Protesters arrested at planned clearcut site in northwest Tasmania

Two healthcare workers protesting against the clearfelling of native forest in Tasmania have become the first people charged under the state’s controversial anti-protest laws. John Henshaw, 66, and Jessica Hoyt, 35, were in a group of nine protesters who walked on to…
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by: The Guardian – January 20, 2016

Obama Will Look for ‘Every Opportunity’ to Push Climate Plans in 2016, Experts Say

The president is likely to focus on the environment in his final year in office, and Congress can do little to stop him

Barack Obama will defend the Paris climate change agreement and forge ahead on his environmental agenda until his final days in the White House, according to analysts. And there is very little Obama’s opponents in Congress can do to stop him — unless they…
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by: The Guardian – December 29, 2015

Man Who Identified Cecil the Lion’s Killer Vows Death Will Not Be in Vain

Zimbabwean activist Johnny Rodrigues says he now has an unprecedented platform to promote conservation

For 35 years, Johnny Rodrigues has been trying to get people to pay attention to conservation issues in Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park, with limited success. Then, in July, a dentist from Minneapolis killed Cecil the lion, the park’s most famous resident, and…
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by: The Guardian – December 25, 2015

Paris Climate Deal: Nearly 200 Nations Sign In End of Fossil Fuel Era

Two decades of talks have come to this: an ambitious agreement to hold states to emissions targets – but already low-lying countries are worried

Governments have signalled an end to the fossil fuel era, committing for the first time to a universal agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change. After 20 years of fraught meetings, including the…
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by: The Guardian – December 12, 2015

New Draft of Paris Climate Change Deal Cuts Through Many Sticking Points

Talks are ‘extremely close’ to the finish line, says French foreign minister. Leading non-government observers agree headway is finally being made

Negotiators in Paris are within reach of a new global agreement to curb greenhouse emissions to 2030 and beyond, with the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, saying the meeting was “extremely close to the finishing line” as he presented a draft text…
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by: The Guardian – December 10, 2015

Backchannel Meetings Could Decide Outcome of Paris Climate Talks

UN hopes small ad hoc meetings outside of conventional negotiations will help facilitate an agreement

In huddles in corners, sitting on the floor in corridors, crowded around smartphones at cafe tables around the sprawling conference center in Paris where crunch climate change talks are ongoing, a new form of meeting is taking place. These are the “informal…
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by: The Guardian – December 2, 2015

Campaigners Launch Legal Fight to Stop Japan’s Whale Hunt

As Japan appears ready to resume hunting in the Antarctic, environmental group to take whaling company to court in Australia

Environmental campaigners are launching a last-ditch legal attempt to prevent Japan from slaughtering whales in the Antarctic this winter, after Tokyo indicated it would ignore a ban on its “scientific” expeditions. Photo by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service A whale and calf…
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by: The Guardian – November 17, 2015

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