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Shell Abandons Alaska Arctic Drilling

Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as “an unmitigated defeat” for big oil. The Anglo-Dutch company had repeatedly stressed the enormous hydrocarbon potential of the far…
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by: The Guardian – September 28, 2015

Pope’s Climate Change Appeal Boosts Hope for Bipartisan Action in Congress

Climate campaigners applaud pope’s bridging of environmental issues with moral obligation as way to force Republican party leaders to reconsider position

It just took one utterance from Pope Francis – “earth” – to rouse cheers from the climate campaigners who had gathered on the Mall to watch the pope’s historic speech to Congress. The pope’s visit to what remains a fortress of climate…
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by: The Guardian – September 24, 2015

Obama’s Approval of Arctic Drilling ‘Undermines His Climate Message’

US president’s call for action on climate change is at odds with letting Shell drill for oil in the Arctic, says Bill McKibben

Barack Obama has fatally undermined the message of his visit to the Arctic to highlight the dangers of climate change because his administration allowed Shell to drill there, a leading US environmentalist has said. Bill McKibben, winner of the Right Livelihood prize…
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by: The Guardian – September 1, 2015

Inside the Complicated World of Online Wildlife Trafficking

You’ve heard of Cecil’s dentist killer, but for tens of thousands of other exotic animals, internet marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist are the biggest threat

If you live in the continental US, have $4,850 and an Internet connection, this large, full-body, mounted African lion, with a shaggy red mane, can be yours. “This is a fantastic buy for someone who wants a good Lion,” the eBay ad…
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by: The Guardian – August 7, 2015

Obama’s Clean Power Plan Hailed as US’ Strongest Ever Climate Action

Hundreds of businesses including eBay and Nestle back federal rules to cut emissions and switch away from coal to clean energy

Hundreds of businesses including eBay, Nestle and General Mills have issued their support for Barack Obama’s clean power plan, billed as the strongest action ever on climate change by a US president. The rules, announced on Monday, are designed to cut emissions…
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by: The Guardian – August 3, 2015

Is Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Solar Energy Goal Workable?

Clinton’s first climate change policy pitch is bold, but the US must look beyond solar for a clean energy revolution

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took a first swing at the many-headed carbon hydra. By the end of her first term, she said, the US would have seven times more solar energy capacity than it does today. And by 2027, renewable energy would…
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by: The Guardian – July 29, 2015

Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Email Says, but It Funded Deniers for 27 More Years

Concern over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in Southeast Asia factored into oil giant's decision not to tap it

By Suzanne Goldenberg ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change — seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm…
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by: The Guardian – July 9, 2015

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