Environment and Climate Change

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 »

Greenhouse gas blamed for ‘climate expulsion’ driving temperature rises across Pacific nations

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Australian Bureau of Meteorology study finds temperatures across 13 Pacific nations will keep climbing, even with radical cuts to greenhouse gas emissions The Guardian – Graham Readfearn @readfearn Sometime in the mid 1990s, probably unnoticed by anyone, a region of the Pacific that is home to more than a dozen nations experienced something known as a “climate expulsion”. That was the ... Read More »

The Hunt for the Last Chilean Sea Bass Poachers

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They were the few ships left of what was once one of the most lucrative illegal fishing operations in history. An inside look at the high seas chases that may have brought them down for good. FP - By CHRISTOPHER PALA It was Feb. 2, on a freezing sea 80 miles from the Antarctic coast. The wind was blowing at a blustery ... Read More »

Divorce growth from greenhouse gases to aid climate goals, says energy chief

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International Energy Agency director Fatih Birol says industry will only change practices if governments show they are serious about fighting global warming The Guardian - Fiona Harvey in Paris The world needs a “peaceful divorce” between economic growth and the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, one of the world’s leading energy economists has said – but this will only happen if ... Read More »

Angry US Republicans tell Pope Francis to ‘stick with his job and we’ll stick with ours’

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The US right will launch pre-emptive attacks on the pope’s stance on climate change The Guardian – Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent Leading figures on the American right are launching a series of pre-emptive attacks on the pope before this week’s encyclical, hoping to prevent a mass conversion of the climate change deniers who have powered the corps of the conservative ... Read More »

Climate sceptic researcher investigated over funding from fossil fuel firms

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Willie Soon from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics probed over failure to disclose more than $1.2m from energy industry when submitting articles The Guardian – Suzanne Goldenberg @suzyji A Harvard-Smithsonian researcher known as a climate sceptic is under multiple ethics investigations arising from his hidden financial relationships with fossil fuel companies. A handful of academic journals have asked Willie Soon, a researcher at ... Read More »

G7 Ups Pressure On Australia Ahead Of Paris Climate Talks

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Even fellow climate pariahs Canada have been forced to shift, leaving Australia looking increasingly isolated. Thom Mitchell reports. New Matilda – By Thom Mitchell The G7 has added momentum for climate action in the lead up to the Paris conference, agreeing to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century. Though a largely symbolic move, advocates say the agreement ... Read More »

G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century

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German chancellor Angela Merkel announces commitment to ‘decarbonise global economy’ and end extreme poverty and hunger The Guardian – Kate Connolly in Garmisch Partenkirchen The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, the German chancellor,Angela Merkel, has announced, in a move hailed as historic ... Read More »