US Underestimates Methane Emissions From Fracking – Report

Ria Novosit: The amount of methane emitted by natural gas extraction, including fracking, is grossly underestimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new study published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Thirteen scientists from different academic and research institutions and fields co-authored the [...]

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Biodiversity Boom Bolsters Peruvian Forests (And REDD) Ahead Of Year-End Climate Talks There

Ecosystem Marketplace: This is the seventh in an ongoing series of articles developed in support of this year’s two Katoomba Meetings, both of which are taking place in Latin America. The first meeting will take place on March 19 and 20 at Iguazú Falls, on the border of Brazil and [...]

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Climate change gets star treatment

New Scientist: To engage the public, Years of Living Dangerously and Sand Wars take different approaches, one is a Hollywood behemoth, the other is shrewd and assailing
In the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a lavish nine-part US documentary series about the role humans play in climate change, actor [...]

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The global peril of droughts in the Amazon

SciDevNet: The Amazon rainforest may release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than it stores during droughts, a February paper in Nature found.
Luciana Vanni Gatti of the Nuclear Energy Research Institute in Brazil reached that conclusion in a project involving fellow Brazilian researchers and colleagues from Australia, the United Kingdom [...]

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Beijing’s bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions

Reuters: China’s capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing’s polluters.
Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a “war against [...]

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine

New York Times: Late one night last August, on the chalk downlands of southern England, Paul Kingsnorth stood in a field beside an old-growth forest, two yurts and a composting toilet. Kingsnorth is 41, tall, slim and energetic, with sweeping brown hair and a sparse beard. He wears rimless glasses [...]

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Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability – UN

Reuters: William Tell, in popular legend, takes a stand against a system that undermined his human dignity – tyranny and oppression. He refused to bow down before the hat of the evil bailiff Gessler, but was then forced to shoot an apple off his son’s head with a crossbow. [...]

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Environmentally compatible organic solar cells in the future

ScienceDaily: Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of “MatHero.” The new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs [...]

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Australia: Global warming ‘will kill’

Sky: Australia is going to cook and people will die through global warming, West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam says. Senator Ludlam said Australia needed to stop giving climate sceptics air time and just get on with the job of responding to climate change. He said the weather [...]

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European Parliament votes to slash plastic bag waste

BusinessGreen: Plans to cut plastic bag use by 80 per cent across the European Union have taken a major step forward, after the European Parliament gave the green light to a new package of regulations designed to slash plastic bag waste.
MEPs yesterday voted strongly in favour of the European Commission’s [...]

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