Environment and Climate Change

World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty

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World Bank’s climate change envoy: ‘We need to wean ourselves off coal’ Bank has stopped funding new coal projects except in ‘rare circumstances’ The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries. The Guardian – Suzanne Goldenberg @suzyji In a rebuff to coal, ... Read More »

Spanish fishing ship detained in Russia for illegal fishing of Arctic crab

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The Russian Border Guard seized Spanish fishing vessel Adexe Primero in Western Arctic region, due to violation of the rules and requirements, regulating fishing in inland waters, the territorial sea, the continental shelf. The local authorities initiated an administrative case in Court of Murmansk against the Master of the vessel, which was fishing Arctic crab without permission and registered quota. ... Read More »

Coast Guard intercepts illegal fishing boats

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Coast Guard cutter crews caught four Mexican nationals illegally fishing in U.S. Waters off Texas Wednesday. Lone Star Outdoor News – Written by US Coast Guard – By Conor Harrison Tuesday at 10:53 p.m., the Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack’s crew sighted a potential lancha, or Mexican fishing boat, approximately 15 nautical miles north of the U.S./Mexican maritime border. The lancha ... Read More »

Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet

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Higher temperatures are melting Greenland ice directly, but also indirectly via increased rainfall The Guardian – John Abraham Greenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms. Scientists are working hard to deepen their understanding of this ice sheet’s behavior so that we can predict ... Read More »

To stop the boats we must stop the warming

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Climate refugees should be assigned to the nations that caused the damage – nations like ours. The Age - Michael Gerrard * Towards the end of this century, if current trends are not reversed, large parts of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and Vietnam, among other countries, will be under water. Some small island nations, such as Kiribati and ... Read More »

The climate one year on: exit carbon tax, enter brown coal

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2nd Degree: Taking the temperature on the road to the Paris summit. More 2nd Degree A year on from the abolition of the carbon price, greenhouse pollution from electricity generation has rebounded as Australia burns more brown coal to meet its power needs. The Canberra Times - Adam Morton, Sunday Age Deputy Editor Carbon dioxide emissions from the national electricity grid ... Read More »

India’s climate pledge ‘critically important’, says UN climate chief

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Christiana Figueres says Delhi’s promise of ambitious cuts and plans to help 400m energy poor will be vital to getting a binding deal in Paris The Guardian – Arthur Neslen A strong pledge to curb carbon emissions by India, the world’s third largest polluter, will be “critically important” to a meaningful deal at the crucial UN climate summit in Paris ... Read More »

BP will pay $US18.7 billion for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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The US Justice Department has reached an $18.7 ($24.5) billion agreement with BP to settle civil claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – the worst oil spill in US history. Ellen Nakashima The agreement comes five years and 73 days after the blowout in 2.6-kilometre deep water led to an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon that ... Read More »