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  • 12.10.18

    At Climate Talks, Oil Countries Spark Battle Over Key Science Report

    Associated Press

    Four top oil-producing countries—the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait—refused during international climate talks over the weekend to endorse the findings of a landmark report on the global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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  • 12.10.18

    Net-Zero Energy Homes Pay Off Faster Than You Think—Even in the Chilly Midwest

    InsideClimate News

    As solar and heat pump prices fall, these highly energy-efficient homes are paying for themselves faster. Here's how they work and why they're spreading northward.

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  • 12.10.18

    Tackle Climate Change or Face Financial Crash, Say World's Biggest Investors

    The Guardian

    Investors managing $32 trillion in assets are urging cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. They warn failure to act could lead to a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis. The investors sounding the alarm include some of the world's biggest pension funds, insurers and asset managers.

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NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 12.11.18

    Warming in Arctic Raises Fears of a ‘Rapid Unraveling’ of the Region

    The Arctic has been warmer in the last five years than at any time since records began in 1900, a report from a United States scientific agency found.
  • 12.10.18

    Trump Is Unwilling to Tackle Climate Change. China Must Step Up.

    China can do more. The planet depends on it.
  • 12.10.18

    Trump Team Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks. Protests Erupt, but Allies Emerge, Too.

    While the official United States stance brought scorn from environmentalists, there are signs that the administration is picking up some powerful allies.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 12.11.18

    Birdwatch: spoonbills take a winter break in Somerset marshes

    A wetlands trip was made more memorable by an unseasonal sighting of this exotic species

    Some bird names, including “spoonbill”, are so wonderfully descriptive they can hardly be bettered. Yet this species used to be known as the shoveler, leading to confusion with the duck of the same name. Both have large, spatulate bills, but they feed in a very different manner.

    I encountered shovelers and spoonbills on a whistlestop tour of Somerset this month, after a cold spell brought in thousands of waterbirds from the north and east. We saw clouds of lapwings, zigzagging across the sky as if being given electric shocks; golden plovers, floating overhead on long, pointed wings; and 100,000 starlings performing their nightly aerobatics over the Avalon Marshes.

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  • 12.11.18

    US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit

    Vanuatu’s foreign minister says worst offenders on global warming are blocking progress

    The United States and other high carbon dioxide-emitting developed countries are deliberately frustrating the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, Vanuatu’s foreign minister has said. His warning came as Pacific and Indian ocean states warned they faced annihilation if a global climate “rule book” could not brokered.

    In a bruising speech before ministers and heads of state, Vanuatu’s foreign minister, Ralph Regenvanu, singled out the US as he excoriated major CO2-emitting developed countries for deliberately hindering negotiations.

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  • 12.11.18

    Trump administration to strip pollution protections, harming vital wildlife

    List of waterways land users must obtain permits to pollute to be scaled back, which could also allow pollution in drinking water

    The Trump administration is planning to strip Obama-era pollution protections from thousands of US streams and millions of acres of wetlands, in a move environmentalists warn will harm vital wildlife and could allow pollution into drinking water.

    Related: Ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt used personal email for government work

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