Monthly Archives: June 2013

Rudd Overtakes Abbott as Australian Voters’ Pick, Poll Shows

Bloomberg: Kevin Rudd overtook opposition leader Tony Abbott as Australia’s preferred prime minister ahead of an election scheduled Sept. 14, according to a national poll of voters. Rudd is the preferred choice for prime minister by 51 percent of voters compared with 34 percent for Abbott, according to a Galaxy poll […] Read the original […]

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Obama Embraces the Divestment Movement: From Apartheid to Climate Change

Huffington Post: Twice in the last five days, President Barack Obama referred to divestment — the controversial strategy to bring about social change by pressuring corporations to behave more responsibly. On Tuesday, Obama mentioned divestment during a major speech at Georgetown University outlining his plan to address climate change. And on […] Read the original […]

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Obama: Act on climate change “before it’s too late”

CBS News: On Tuesday, President Obama unveiled a national plan to reduce carbon emissions and combat the effects of climate change by restricting pollution from power plants, improving the resiliency of America’s infrastructure to guard against extreme weather, and leading a global effort to transition to clean energy. On […] Read the original post by […]

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Europe’s Largest Glacier Comes to New York

National Geographic: By the time Olafur Eliasson came up with the idea to display chunks of glacier as an art exhibit, he had already spent a lot of time at the mouth of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe, watching it melt. “Vatnajökull is the only place […] Read the original […]

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Obama says climate change is make-or-break issue

Associated Press: President Barack Obama is trying to frame climate change as a make-or-break political issue, urging Americans to vote only for those who will protect the country from environmental harm. He says people in the United States already are paying a price for climate change, including in lost lives and […] Read the original […]

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GOP bill challenges the administration’s change in ‘social cost of carbon’

The Hill: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) wants the White House to take public comment on its decision to increase the estimated damages from carbon emissions that agencies use in regulations. Bloomberg reports that Hunter introduced a bill Friday to force the White House Office of Management and Budget to seek comment […] Read the original […]

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World Bank to ‘cease providing’ funding for new coal projects

Inter Press Service: The World Bank is set to consider dramatically cutting down its funding for coal-related power projects, according to a draft strategy document leaked this week. The bank`s continued focus on coal projects, particularly in poor countries, has been a key frustration for environmentalists and some development experts, who […] Read the original […]

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Southland’s heat wave just getting started

LA Times: The first day of a heat wave produced extreme temperatures Friday across Southern California, but forecasters say the real broiling will come this weekend. Heat records in Palmdale and Lancaster, which stand at 113 and 114 degrees, respectively, could be broken, National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto said. The last […] Read the […]

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Alberta floods a wake-up call to dangers of extreme weather: Experts

Ottawa Citizen: The Alberta floods are Canada’s Hurricane Sandy moment, and should be a catalyst for badly needed changes to limit future damage from extreme weather, say experts on climate change adaptation. “In many cases, the standards for where and how we build are completely out of date with a climatically […] Read the original […]

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Car clash: Germany blocks CO2 reduction deal

Spiegel: Cars made in Europe may soon have to reduce their emissions. There were threats, lobbying and even a call from Chancellor Merkel to the Irish prime minister. In the end, Germany got its way and managed to delay an EU decision on lowering the amount of CO2 European-made cars may […] Read the original […]

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