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Climate Change Report ‘Should Jolt People into Action,’ says IPCC Chief

UN science panel's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, says report on impacts of rising temperatures should push leaders to act

The head of the United Nations climate panel said he hoped its report on the rising threat of climate change would “jolt people into action”. Photo by Kris Krüg for PopTechRajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he…
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by: The Guardian – March 31, 2014

Two lawsuits to stop Peru’s biggest gas project in indigenous reserve

Operations by gas consortium in Amazon reserve for vulnerable Indigenous peoples met with legal action

Three Peruvian judges are scheduled to meet on 1 April following a lawsuit filed to stop a gas consortium from operating in a reserve in the Amazon created for indigenous peoples living in “initial contact” and “voluntary isolation.” There are already wells…
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by: The Guardian – February 26, 2014

Sochi Environmentalist Jailed for Three Years for Spray-Painting a Fence

Russian court awards Evgeny Vitishko suspended sentence in a case fellow environmentalists believe is revenge for his work

An environmental activist who investigated abuses in the build-up to the Sochi Olympics was sent to prison for three years by a Russian court on Wednesday morning, in a case that fellow environmentalists have said is deeply flawed and intended as revenge…
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by: The Guardian – February 12, 2014

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

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