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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

India’s Emissions Could Push World into Dangerous Warming Zone, Scientists Warn

Experts say that if nation grows at expected rate without emission controls, Earth will breach critical two degree rise

India’s growth in emissions could tip the world over the threshold to dangerous climate change, experts have said. The alert comes as the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, prepares to visit the UK on Thursday for talks on issues including the environment. Photo by…
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by: The Guardian – November 11, 2015

It’s Time to Phase Out Potent Greenhouse Gases in Our Air Conditioning Units

Chemicals in cooling and refrigeration systems can have a far greater climate impact than carbon dioxide

Our planet’s fragile ozone layer is on a path toward full restoration by about 2050. But there’s a hitch: the success has hinged largely on replacing ozone-depleting substances with hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) – chemicals we now know are highly damaging to the environment.…
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by: The Guardian – November 2, 2015

What If Exxon Had Told the Truth About Climate Change?

If the oil giant had vouched for climate change science 25 years ago, there is no way we would have wasted decades in fruitless argument

Like all proper scandals, the #Exxonknew revelations have begun to spin off new dramas and lines of inquiry. Presidential candidates have begun to call for Department of Justice investigations, and company spokesmen have begun to dig themselves deeper into the inevitable holes as they…
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by: The Guardian – October 30, 2015

Trudeau Victory May Not Signal a U-Turn in Canada’s Climate Policy

Those hoping the new prime minister will be a climate champion willing to fix the damage done by his predecessor Stephen Harper could be in for a reality check

Well before his stunning victory in Canada’s elections, Justin Trudeau, the Liberal party leader, telephoned David Suzuki, the country’s best-known science broadcaster, environmentalist — and a national treasure — to ask for his endorsement. The conversation did not go well. Suzuki admitted to journalists…
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by: The Guardian – October 23, 2015

Obama Administration Blocks Prospects for Future Oil Drilling in the Arctic

Interior Department cancels two future offshore leases in Chukchi and Beaufort seas and will refuse requests from oil companies to renew existing leases

By Suzanne Goldenberg Barack Obama blocked off the prospects for future oil drilling in the Arctic on Friday, imposing new lease conditions that make it practically impossible for companies to hunt for oil in the world’s last great wilderness. Photo by Coast Guard News…
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by: The Guardian – October 16, 2015

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