Want to stop climate change? Take the fossil fuel industry to court

Nation: In November 2013, American climate scientist Richard Heede, of the Colorado-based Climate Accountability Institute, published a paper with a revolutionary thesis. After nine years of researching the energy industry in dozens of countries, he concluded that nearly two-thirds of the world’s carbon dioxide and methane emissions dating back to [...]

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In South Carolina leaders reconsider drilling along coastline

McClatchy: The push to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining momentum and dividing people along the grand coast of South Carolina, where some local leaders fear what it could mean for tourism.
“If we had an event like they had in the Gulf it would be devastating for us,” [...]

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China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted

Associated Press: Nearly 60% of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.
Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over [...]

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United Kingdom: Eight renewables projects given go-ahead in ‘green energy investment boom’

Blue and Green: The government has given eight major renewable projects the go-ahead as part of its electricity market reforms. The developments have been described as a significant part of the coalition’s plans to provide cleaner and more secure energy to the UK.
It is anticipated that by 2020, the projects [...]

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Jackfruit heralded as ‘miracle’ food crop

Guardian: It’s big and bumpy with a gooey interior and a powerful smell of decay – but it could help keep millions of people from hunger. Researchers say jackfruit – a large ungainly fruit grown across south and south-east Asia – could be a replacement for wheat, corn and [...]

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Climate Change Likely to Make Everest Even Riskier

Associated Press: Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a [...]

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EU climate chief urges China to show international commitment

Reuters: China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU’s top climate change official said on Wednesday.
EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is visiting China this week for two-way talks ahead of [...]

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Apple reveals environmental progress and warns that climate change ‘is real’

Blue and Green: Tech giant Apple has outlined a range of improvements to its sustainability credentials and warned that climate change “is real” and is “a problem”. The company also claimed that it wants to leave the world in a better state than how it found it.
Apple revealed that 94% [...]

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Better Climate Data Could Help Tanzania Curb Malaria

allAfrica: Tanzania is enlisting climate data in a new approach to curbing malaria. Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS), a system established by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency in conjunction with the US-based International Research Institute for Climate and Society, is designed to identify long-term drivers of the disease by compiling [...]

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Jimmy Carter urges US, China leadership on climate

AsiaOne: Former US president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday urged his country and China, two of the world’s biggest fossil fuel polluters, to take the lead on halting climate change.
If the two economic and political giants could agree on a way forward, the rest of the world would likely follow their [...]

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