Environment and Climate Change

Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear trend

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Island’s legislature approves changes to shut down all nuclear power plants by 2025, following a global movement since Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011 Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times The government will shut down all of the island’s nuclear power plants and liberalize the domestic market by 2025 in Taiwan’s biggest energy reforms in three decades. Lawmakers approved changes to… Taiwan joins global anti-nuclear… Read More »

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments Michael Slezak The Guardian Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three… Barack Obama transfers… Read More »

Australia joining US in openly trashing global climate efforts

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Sometimes truth is stranger than… Here we are – Donald Trump is about to become the 45th president of the United States and we have to prepare for the… Bill McKibben The Sydney Morning Herald It beggars belief that in 2016 an outright climate change denier could rise to the highest office in the US, dragging with him a… Australia joining US… Read More »

These Are the Biggest Global Risks for 2017

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If you go outdoors you could get hit by lethal hurricanes, floods, tremors and terrorists. Alex Morales Bloomberg Stay inside huddled over your computer and you could lose your data and your identity. And, in the minds of some… These Are the Biggest… Read More »

Beijing’s smog: A tale of two cities

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Beijing (CNN)The first thing Jiang Wang does when she wakes up in the morning is check on her daughter to make sure she’s breathing clean air. Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Serenitie Wang CNN Next, it’s time to start making breakfast. She’s already made sure all the groceries come from an organic farm. She’ll wash her produce with… Beijing’s smog: A tale of… Read More »

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

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Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired… Climate change: 90%… Read More »

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

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A group of scientists is gathering today in the U.K. to discuss a slab of ice that’s cracking in Antarctica. npr The crack could soon split off a frozen chunk the size of Delaware. On glacier scientist, Heidi Sevestre… An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In… Read More »

Fiat Chrysler accused of emission cheating by U.S.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has denied any wrongdoing, saying the Environmental Protection Agency was blowing the issue out of proportion. By TOM KRISHER Associated Press MICHAEL BIESECKER The Associated Press The Star WASHINGTON—The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its… Fiat Chrysler accused… Read More »

Reaction To Trump’s Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers

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After the election, there were reports of EPA employees breaking down in tears and Energy Department staffers needing counseling. It’s not because they care about the environment. Julie Kelly The Federalist Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. Activists will supposedly… Reaction To Trump’s Team… Read More »

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

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A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. BBC The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according… Beijing pollution: Police… Read More »

How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

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Rising sea temperatures are pushing shoals hundreds of miles from native grounds Robin McKie The Guardian Scottish fishermen have uncovered an intriguing way to supplement their income: they have added squid to the menu of marine creatures they regularly pull from the… How warming seas… Read More »

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

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An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. Matt McGrath BBC A long-running rift in the Larson C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Larsen C is the… Huge Antarctic iceberg… Read More »

Climate change: Fresh doubt over global warming ‘pause’

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A controversial study that found there has been no slowdown in global warming has been supported by new research. Matt McGrath BBC News Many researchers had accepted that the rate of global warming had slowed in the first 15 years of this century. But new analysis in the… Climate change: Fresh… Read More »

A swing and a miss on climate for Patrick Brown: Paul Wells

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There is a vestigial sense of responsibility in Patrick Brown, or an unhealthy fondness for sucking and blowing at the same time, that made him promise he’d reduce carbon emissions, too. Paul Wells The Star Happy New Year, Patrick Brown. The Ontario Conservative leader… A swing and a miss on… Read More »

Volunteerism: A prerequisite for Africa’s progress

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The continent’s future lies in the hands of the youth who can successfully harness agriculture and clean energy. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi Al Jazeera News “Africa will write its own history and, both north and south of the Sahara, it will be a history full of glory and dignity.” These profound words of… Volunteerism: A prerequisite for… Read More »

Donald Trump makes top Republican fear environmental future

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A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. BBC News Roger Harrabin Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. And she warned that… Donald Trump makes… Read More »