China’s coal boom is slowing — that’s huge deal for climate change

Vox: How much global warming will we get in the future? That largely depends on how much extra carbon-dioxide humans put in the atmosphere. And that — in large part — hinges on how much coal China ends up burning in the years ahead.
China has been growing rapidly — and [...]

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One-fifth of China’s farmland polluted

Blue and Green: As much as 16% of China’s soil is contaminated by dangerous pollutants, according to newly released information from the national environment ministry.
The report, based on a seven-year survey covering 2.4 million square miles, found that about 16% of the country`s soil and 19% of its arable land [...]

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European Parliament backs clamp down on plastic bags

Blue and Green: The European Parliament has backed draft rules that would see EU countries forced to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags. MEPs argue that plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem that is known to pollute bodies of water [...]

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High Tech Tackles Global Warming

Dissident Voice: Human-caused climate change may already be out of control, as suggested in recent reports by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), confirming that a “tipping point” may already have arrived (1) with warming of the Arctic and (2) with excessive levels of CO2 causing acidification in the [...]

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Compensation battle rages four years after BP’s U.S. oil spill

Reuters: Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.
Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful houses [...]

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How BP turned a whole community into an endangered species

Grist: Whether you live in Seattle, Baltimore, or Schenectady, N.Y., if you’ve had an oyster dish, chances are the shelled delicacies came from the Gulf of Mexico, most likely off the Louisiana coast, which produces a third of the nation’s oysters. Crabs? Hate to break it to you, but those [...]

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Jimmy Carter speaks out against Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Blue and Green: Former US president Jimmy Carter has urged current president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry to reject the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
The proposed project would link Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas and could transport 800,000 barrels of oil per day. [...]

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On climate, business as usual isn’t good enough

Washington Post: The world’s predicament on climate change reminds me of an old saying: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.’
Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to [...]

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US carbon emissions fall 3.4% in 2012

Blue and Green: Total greenhouse gas emissions in the US fell by 3.4% over the course of 2012, taking the country more than halfway towards its reduction target for 2020, according to newly released figures.
The 19th edition of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual national emissions inventory reveals that [...]

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One fifth of China farmland polluted

Guardian: New report confirms scale of China’s soil pollution problem with 20% of farmland contaminated Share Tweet this Email A new government report estimates that a fifth of China’s farmland is polluted. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters
A fifth of China’s farmland is polluted, according to an offical report based on the results [...]

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