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IMF head says world must come to grips with climate change costs

Posted by on June 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

CBC news, 10 June.

Christine Lagarde says don't wait for new targets, start carbon tax or other measures now.


"While Stephen Harper was congratulating Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday for ending a carbon tax, the head of the IMF was in Montreal urging energy powerhouses like Canada to come to grips with the economics of climate change.


International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde urged economists and central ...

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Obama unveils historic rules to reduce coal pollution by 30%

Posted by on June 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

• New EPA rules spur prospects for deal to end climate change

• Climate groups welcome 'momentous development'

• Coal lobbyists say plans will create new US energy crisis

by Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian, 2nd June 2014

The new rules represent the first time Obama has moved to regulate carbon pol...

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Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story

Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

by Elizabeth Shogren, 2012, NPR

Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling.


She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


"I look for a story in the data," says Petron. "You give me a data set, I will study it back and forth and left and right for weeks, and I will find something...

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It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up

Posted by on May 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

by George Monbiot, Guardian

It's the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity's undoing

Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grant...

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Why do next week's UN climate talks in Bonn matter?

Posted by on May 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

by Liz Gallagher,

Few announcements expected, but meeting offers opportunity to build relationships ahead of Ban Ki-moon summit

Coming off the back of the Abu Dhabi Ascent, and the jubilation at the recently announced agreement in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) meeting, Bonn looks to be just another stage post en route to Paris in 2015.


But the Bonn intercessional this June is more than just a normal negotiation. Ministers ha...

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CO2 concentrations top 400 parts per million throughout northern hemisphere

Posted by on May 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Press Release No 991, 26 May

Geneva, 26 May 2014 (WMO) - For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for th...

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Alaska wildfire burns 250 square miles, 1,000 buildings evacuated

Posted by on May 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Reuters, 26 May

A spreading Alaskan wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 1,000 buildings but firefighters have gained ground by containing about 30 percent of the wind-driven blaze, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said on Monday.

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Pontifical Statement on Sustainability

Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Statement of the Joint PAS/PASS Workshop on Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility

Stabilizing the Climate and Giving Energy Access to All with an Inclusive Economy

Humanity has entered a new era. Our technological prowess has brought humanity to a crossroads. We are the inheritors of two centu...

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Pontifical Workshop

Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility

Joint Workshop of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2-6 May 2014

What is the status of the Human Person in a world where science predominates? How should we perceive Nature and what is a good relationship between Humanity and Nature? Should one expect the global economic growth that has been experienced over the past six decades to c...

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Pope: Destroying the Earth is a Sin

Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Jane C. Timm, MNSBC, 22 May 2014

Pope Francis made the biblical case for mitigating the effects of climate change, speaking to a massive crowd in Rome.


In his brief speech, Francis issued a dire warning about the effects of climate change.


“Safeguard Creation,” he said, according to Think Progress, R...

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