Monthly Archives: July 2014

Airbnb celebrates environmental savings

BusinessGreen: The growing trend for holiday makers to rely on the hospitality of strangers, rather than booking into expensive hotels, certainly has financial benefits, but a new report by Cleantech Group has highlighted how online services such as Airbnb or Couchsurfing are delivering environmental benefits as well. The study of over […] Read the original […]

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Climate Change Brings Heat Waves and Cold Snaps

Nature World: While climate change is usually associated with warming temperatures, new research indicates that the planet will experience heat waves as well as cold snaps in the coming years. About 97 percent of scientists, at this point, agree that the temperature of the planet is rising because of human-related activities […] Read the original […]

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Record-Setting Drought Intensifies Parched California

Climate Central: The relentless heat that has plagued the western half of the country this summer has ratcheted up California’s terrible drought once again, bringing it to record levels. More than half of the state is in “exceptional’ drought, the highest category recognized by the U.S. Drought Monitor, which released […] Read the original post […]

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Report, Initiatives Aim Take Action Climate Change

National Geographic: A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers finds that for each decade of delay, policy actions on climate change increase total mitigation costs by approximately 40 percent. The cost of inaction–letting the temperature rise 3 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels instead of 2 degrees– […] Read the original post […]

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U.S. EPA extends 2013 biofuel compliance deadline for third time

Reuters: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday extended the deadline for the third time for refiners to show compliance with 2013 federal biofuel use targets, a move quickly criticized by the oil industry. Annual compliance reports would be due 30 days after the pending publication of the final […] Read the original post by […]

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Failure deal with ethics make climate engineering unviable

Guardian: Research into ways to engineer the Earth’s climate as a last-ditch response to global warming will be rendered “unviable” if the associated ethical issues are not tackled first, a leading environmental philosopher has warned. Prof Stephen Gardiner, of the University of Washington, Seattle, told the Guardian that so-called geoengineering risked […] Read the original […]

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Using CO2 Emissions to Pump Oil May Help the Climate

Climate Central: Carbon capture and storage is often talked about as a way to keep major polluters’ carbon dioxide emissions out of the atmosphere by tucking them away safely underground forever. But carbon capture and storage, or CCS, could be used more often in a rather counterintuitive way: To produce crude […] Read the original […]

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EPA hearings put Pittsburgh in the crosshairs of climate war

National Public Radio: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings today in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups say it doesn’t go far enough. Competing rallies for and against the […] Read the original […]

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The Philippines: where ‘megadiversity’ meets mega deforestation

Mongabay: Ongoing loss of forest cover in the Philippines places it among the top ten most threatened forest hotspots in the world, with the archipelago ranking fourth, behind Indo-Burma, New Caledonia and Sundaland (a region encompassing Australia and parts of Southeast Asia). According to a report issued by Conservation International, […] Read the original post […]

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Paul Ryan says climate rule is illegal

Hill: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the administration’s regulations aimed at cutting pollution from existing power plants are “outside the confines of the law.” Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Wednesday, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee said the new rules would hurt the economy and cost the country […] Read the original […]

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