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  • 12.13.19

    Renewables 'Hit a Wall' in Saturated Upper Midwest Grid

    E&E News

    The Clean Grid Alliance, which includes renewable energy developers, environmental groups, turbine maker Vestas and Google, says transmission congestion in the Upper Midwest threatens to dramatically slow renewable energy development there. 

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  • 12.13.19

    These Cities Want to Ban Natural Gas. But Would It Be Legal?

    InsideClimate News

    With concerns about natural gas's impact on climate change rising, several Massachusetts cities and towns have started exploring outright bans on new natural gas hookups in commercial and residential buildings. But in Massachusetts, as Cambridge discovered, it might be harder—if not impossible—to do.

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  • 12.13.19

    Hopes Dim for Broad Deal on Global Carbon Market at UN Talks

    Bloomberg

    As nearly 200 nations wrap up climate talks in Madrid, a rift between industrial and developing nations about how to use carbon markets risks watering down a deal that could unlock hundreds of billions of dollars in aid for climate-related projects, Bloomberg reports. Read more from ICN on how environmental justice groups say carbon markets hurt the poor.

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NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 12.15.19

    Greta Thunberg Is Taking a Holiday Break. ‘You Need to Take Rest.’

    The Swedish teenager who inspired a global movement is returning home, as admirers and critics weigh in.
  • 12.15.19

    U.N. Climate Talks End With Few Commitments and a ‘Lost’ Opportunity

    A key United Nations meeting ended early Sunday with the United States and other big polluters blocking even a nonbinding effort to enhance their climate targets next year.
  • 12.14.19

    Our Future Depends on the Arctic

    Save it from the ravages of warming and we can save the planet.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 12.16.19

    Converting coal plants to biomass could fuel climate crisis, scientists warn

    Experts horrified at large-scale forest removal to meet wood pellet demand

    Plans to shift Europe’s coal plants, including the giant Drax complex in North Yorkshire, to burn wood pellets instead could accelerate rather than combat climate crisis and lay waste to forests equal to half the size of Germany’s Black Forest per year, according to campaigners.

    Climate thinktank Sandbag said the heavily subsidised plans to cut carbon emissions will result in a “staggering” amount of tree cutting, potentially destroying forests faster than they can regrow.

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  • 12.16.19

    Obliterating the hedged landscape - Country diary, 19 December 1969

    19 December 1969 A farmer envisages his land with no hedgerows, except the boundary fences, while a landowner has spoken of reconstructing his farm with all fields of about 50 acres

    Northumberland
    A farmer I was speaking with at the weekend looked at the unkempt hedgerow near the farmhouse and said he wished he could remove it. Indeed, he envisaged a farm with no hedgerows, except the boundary fences. Near by, a large landowner has spoken recently of reconstructing his farms with all fields of about 50 acres. This would obliterate the present hedged landscape and I, for one, would find this a visual loss especially at this dying time of the year when the hedges give a sense of enclosure and comfort. Within the clipped hawthorns some of the leaves are still green. There is a great contrast between the roadside hedges and the interior boundaries of many farms. Many of the former are maintained by local councils using machine cutters. But the latter require a lot of scarce labour in cutting back and clearing the adjacent ditches. They still have a function in predominantly stock-raising areas but most have gaps that need to be filled with timber and wire.

    Related: Britain has lost half its wildlife. Now’s the time to shout about it | Michael McCarthy

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  • 12.16.19

    Country diary: the tiny wren's voice is so big it seems to defy physics

    Otley, West Yorkshire: That early-morning rat-a-tat volley of notes has not always won the bird friends

    A noise invades my dreams. I wake to the dark void of a December night and the bright, quickfire trill of a bird.

    The complex song, with its rapid, rat-a-tat volley of notes – unmistakably that of a wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) – sounds out for a second time. It reminds me of being woken by the dawn choruses of early spring, but this is a lone voice, and instead of early dawn light filling the room, everything is black obscurity.

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