Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks
THOMAS KAPLAN/JESSE McKINLEY | NYTIMES.COM | 12/17/14 | ENV
Dr. Zucker listed concerns about water contamination and air pollution, and said there was insufficient scientific evidence to affirm the long-term safety of fracking. Dr. Zucker said his review boiled down to a simple question: Would he want to live in a community that allowed fracking? He said the answer was no.
Is It Bad Enough Yet?
MARK BITTMAN | NYTIMES.COM | 12/16/14 | A
You can’t fix climate change or the environment without stopping the unlimited exploitation of natural and human resources … Everything affects everything. It’s all tied together … A just and righteous system will have a positive impact on everything we care about, just as an unjust, exploitative system makes everything worse.
Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate
What would governments do if black and brown lives counted as much as white lives?
NAOMI KLEIN | HENATION.COM | 12/16/14 | PP
The grossly unequal distribution of climate impacts is not some little-understood consequence of the failure to control carbon emissions. It is the result of a series of policy decisions the governments of wealthy countries have made—and continue to make—with full knowledge of the facts and in the face of strenuous objections.
We Could See More And More ‘Hot Droughts’ Like California’s
CHRISTIE ASCHWANDEN | FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM | 12/15/14 | TS
“Scientists have attributed this unusual heat largely to human-caused global warming” … It’s the heat that makes “hot” droughts like California’s so severe, Griffin said. “We are fairly confident that we’re going to see increasing temperatures” in coming years, he said, and that means that we’re likely to see more droughts like California’s.
Rights of Present and Future Generations at Risk After Lima
NIRANJALI AMERASINGHE | CIEL.ORG | 12/17/14 | PP
“Acknowledging climate change as one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time, over 200 organizations have called for rights to be fully integrated in these negotiations and in the new climate agreement,” said Alyssa Johl, Senior Attorney at CIEL. “However, the Lima outcome does not adequately respond to these calls.”
Late deal in Lima saves UN climate talks from collapse
Hopes for 2015 agreement to slow global warming remain alive after dramatic late deal in Peru
ED KING | RTCC.ORG | 12/17/14 | PP
It also offered a new interpretation of the contentious principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, adding “in light of different national circumstances,” a phrase used in the recent US-China climate pact … an “important breakthrough” … national actions would now be judged on their historical responsibility for emissions, their respective capacity and current circumstances.
The Lima Accord: A Great Success or More Climate Catastrophe?
THEREALNEWS.COM | 12/17/14 | PP
350.org's Co-founder Jamie Henn says nations are not yet committing enough money to thwart climate change, and that next year's Paris conference will be a referendum on the planet's future
UN climate change talks: what do NGOs think about the Lima Accord?
An agreement was finally reached in Lima’s climate talks late last night. But what do NGOs think about what was achieved?
ANNA LEACH/MARIA EVRENOS | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 12/15/14 | PP
“For developing countries this was no outcome at all … no new money to help them adapt to climate impacts or transition to cleaner economies … no assurance that they will be supported in their efforts to deal with loss and damage. And hope is rapidly fading that developed countries will act urgently.
Earth's 7th Warmest November Puts 2014 on Pace to be Warmest Year on Record: NOAA
DR. JEFF MASTERS | WUNDERGROUND.COM | 12/17/14 | TS
November ended a 3-month streak with record warm monthly temperatures—all the warmest such months on record. Global ocean temperatures during November 2014 were the warmest on record. This marks the seventh month in a row (beginning in May 2014) that the global ocean temperature broke its monthly temperature record.
Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich
Talks stumble amid rising frustration over ‘ridiculously low’ cash commitments offered by rich nations to help pay for emissions cuts
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 12/15/14 | PP
Rich countries, including the US, only want to commit to carbon cuts. Developing countries want those commitments to include finance for climate adaptation. The rich-poor divide also holds over the issue of monitoring the scale of those commitments – with China, India and other countries opposed to outside review.
U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns
JARRETT RENSHAW | REUTERS.COM | 12/15/14 | ENV
Last year, NY Governor Cuomo awarded CSX a $2 million grant to add a second 3.6-mile rail line … in a county that now handles about a fourth of the Bakken's oil, a light, volatile crude whose vapors have exploded in several past derailments.
Slow March of Climate Change
DAVID DAMROTH | LTE VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 12/13/14 | OOI
Are these outbreaks or tidal variations proof of climate change? I cannot say for sure but I am sure they are happening. If they are symptoms, we cannot ignore them … If one has a child who is exhibiting a series of symptoms would we do nothing? I seriously doubt it.
Commission Marks 40 Years of Fighting for the Island
SARA BROWN | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 12/13/14 | 00I
“The MVC . . . is probably the most powerful - in terms of the scope of its powers - land use planning agency in Massachusetts,” … the commission’s decisions through the years “have had an immeasurable but extremely positive impact on what the Vineyard looks like.”
VIDEO: BOOM - North America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem, The Weather Channel
The dark side to your cheap gas
WEATHER FILMS | STORIES.WEATHER.COM | 12/13/14 | ENV
InsideClimateNews, TWC, and The Investigative Fund have monitored the regulatory response to oil train explosions this year, focusing on whether the agency that oversees the railroads, the FRA is able to ensure that the nation’s aging railroad infrastructure can safely handle its latest task: serving as a massive, rickety network of pipelines on wheels.
A Weighty Choice
350MVI Commentary on MVC Executive Director Search
350MVI | 12/08/14 | OOI
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission holds a unique position of opportunity and responsibility for how the challenges posed by climate change are handled. Therefore, understanding the unique history and potential of the commission, we regard the search for an Executive Director as a pivotal milestone in determining the future of our Island.
Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General
ERIC LIPTON | NYTIMES.COM | 12/07/14 | PP
Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money … Out of public view, corporate representatives and attorneys general are coordinating legal strategy and other efforts to fight federal regulations.
Fossil fuel investing a risk to pension funds, says Ed Davey
UK Energy Secretary says action to tackle climate change could make fossil fuel companies the "sub-prime assets of the future"
EMILY GOSDEN | TELEGRAPH.CO.UK | 12/07/14 | E
Financial authorities must examine the risks posed by coal, oil and gas companies to prevent pension funds investing in what could become “the sub-prime assets of the future”, Mr Davey said. The comments are Mr Davey’s first intervention into the debate over the “carbon bubble”
Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company
MARK CHEDIAK | BLOOMBERG.COM | 12/07/14 | E
“The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose” comes from systems that include storage, said Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Snowmass, Colorado-based energy consultant. “That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.”
Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?
KATHY KELLY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 12/03/14 | ENV
I tread carefully when speaking about any danger greater than war that children in our world might face … The world needs peace in order to address catastrophic changes that are fast approaching us. Yet, the U.S. public is seldom encouraged to link actual security with cooperative, diplomatic efforts to promote fair exchanges of resources.
Study committee calls for Maine to act on ocean acidification
A report to legislators says more research and local efforts are needed to deal with the threat to shellfish, including lobsters and clams.
KEVIN MILLER | PRESSHERALD.COM | 12/03/14 | OOI
Maine should increase research and monitoring into how rising acidity levels in oceans could harm the state’s valuable commercial fisheries … recommendations of a state commission charged with assessing the potential effects of ocean acidification … the acidification could intensify as carbon levels rise and the climate warms.
Search for MVC Director
DOUG SEDERHOLM | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 12/01/14 | OOI
Finding a replacement for our director has become one of the MVC’s high priorities. The commission invites public comment on the search process … We want to know what Islanders want in the leader of our regional planning agency … We invite you to send your written comments before Dec. 12 to email@example.com.
The Solution is Democracy
Democracy isn’t a barrier to solving global issues like climate change. It’s humanity’s best hope.
LEIGH PHILLIPS | JACBINMAG.COM | 12/01/14 | PP
This call for a sort of benevolent dictatorship of science is increasingly being made for a range of problems that we confront … considering how often this kind of technocratic proposal is the default response to any new scientific problem of profound import, democrats do need to consider whether other approaches are more desirable.
Leading on climate change
NICOLA BLAKE | MVTIMES.COM | 12/01/14 | OOI
The Oak Bluffs selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, November 18, was enlightening in many ways … I commend Oak Bluffs for facing the very real threats to the town infrastructure and residents head-on.
UN Climate Conference - Lima, Peru 1 - 12 December 2014
GREENPEACE STAFF | GREENPEACE.ORG | 12/01/14 | PP
The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 1 to 12 December, in Lima, Peru. Return here for updates.
Climate Justice Is Only Way to Solve Our Climate Crisis
A climate-safe, sustainable energy system which meets the basic energy needs of everyone and respects the rights and different ways of life of communities around the world is possible.
JAGODA MUNIC | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 11/29/14 | PP
Such an energy system would be based on democracy and respect for human rights. To make this happen we urgently need to invest in locally-appropriate, climate-safe, affordable and low impact energy for all, and reduce energy dependence so that people don’t need much energy to meet their basic needs.
Renewable energy overtakes nuclear as Scotland's top power source
Clean energy produced more power in Scotland than nuclear, coal or gas for the first time, in first half of 2014 industry figures show, reports BusinessGreen
JESSICA SHANKLEMAN | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 11/29/14 | MP
Analysis by the trade body Scottish Renewables shows that renewables produced nearly one third more power than nuclear, coal or gas in the first six months of the year, generating a record 10.4 terawatt hours (TWh) during the six-month period.
A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing and Other Unconventional Gas Development in the United Kingdom
GLOBAL NETWORK FOR STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS/ENVIRONMENT | GNHRE.ORG | 11/29/14 | PP
Focuses on the human rights implications of the proposed adoption in the UK of a particular technique of oil and gas extraction … UK Government has a clear and urgent duty to fully investigate the human rights implications of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ before authorizing any exploratory or extractive operations.
"Fabulous" victory for Burnaby Mountain protesters as court rejects Kinder Morgan contempt charges
JENNY UECHI | 11/29/14 | VANCOVEROBSERVER.COM | A
Burnaby Mountain has become the site of worldwide media attention this month, with over 100 citizens ranging from university professors to prominent First Nation leaders to retired seniors getting arrested to protest the injunction that Kinder Morgan has imposed in order to drill boreholes on the mountain. (tests for tar-sands pipelines)
Is This the Best Use of Our Police Resources?
It's unclear what enforcing the Burnaby Mountain injunction costs, but we found clues.
MITCHELL ANDERSON | THETYEE.CA | 11/29/14 | E
Policing costs are typically paid by local municipalities, and they are understandably not cheap. So how much does the current police presence on Burnaby Mountain cost? … - where officers are enforcing an injunction strongly opposed by their own mayor and city council.
RCMP responds with respect as BC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip crosses line on Burnaby Mountain
RCMP: "You'll be violating the civil court injunction, and you'll be taken into custody and arrested. Do you understand?" Grand Chief Stewart Phillip: "Yes, I understand."
JENNY UECHI/MYCHAYLO PRYSTUPA | VANCOVEROBSERVER.COM | 11/29/14 | A
"We are invisible in our own land... our governments need to face reality now … Prior to the 1950s, we had no legal recourse, but since then we've won court case after court case. This is a fundamental shift in our society to come to true reconciliation."
Grand Chief arrested crossing police line in protest of Kinder Morgan - video
RCMP: "I'll be taking you into custody, and obviously I want to do that with as much dignity as possible." Grand Chief: "Appreciate that."
MYCHAYLO PRYSTUPA | VANCOVEROBSERVER | 11/29/14 | A
"I am a grandfather of 14 incredible, beautiful grandchildren. This is about the future of all of our grandchildren ..."I say we need to reclaim this province from the predations of the Harper and Clark government and return it to the people."
Native American Chant Interrupts Senate as Keystone Vote Fails
ANN-ERIKA WHITE BIRD | LAKOTAVOICE.COM | 11/29/14 | BC
“Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending grandmother earth and I am chasing peace.”… the song was “not just from me, but my brothers in Wica Agli defending our women and children in our community. The song itself was very influential for why I sang that here.”
4 Reasons Keystone Really Matters
Pipeline apologists tell us the president’s decision isn’t that important for the climate—the dirty oil will flow anyway. Here’s why they’re wrong.
NAOMI KLEIN | THENATION.COM | 11/27/14 | KXL
It doesn’t matter. Ever since the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline exploded three and half years ago, that’s been the argument from the project’s liberal supporters … Why? Because if TransCanada isn’t able to build Keystone to the south, then another pipeline will be built to the west or east.
New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference
Keynote: The Great Challenge: Farming, Food and Climate Change
Michael Pollan, author and professor, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
NYTFOODFORTOMORROW.COM | 11/24/14 | FW
There are two faces of the climate-food system connection: how food is a key driver of climate change, responsible for between 20–30 percent of greenhouse gases, and then the very hopeful research on how changes in agriculture hold the potential not just to mitigate these impacts.
Sand Mining Discussion Needs All Voices
JEREMY HAUSER | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 11/22/14 | OOI
The end of the public comment period for this draft (CZM Ocean Plan) is next week, and they have indicated to us that they have received surprisingly few letters. Comments can be sent via mail or email, so please submit your thoughts today!
Who Rules the World?
How a concentration of wealth and political power undermines democracy
BEN DANGL | TELESURTV.NET | 11/22/14 | PP
Confronting climate change requires a systemic transformation of how our economies are run and who runs them. Part of this radical change will involve disempowering the global 1% and the disaster-producing industries they profit from. Across the US, we are living in a dream state; crisis is the new normal.
40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data
BRIAN KHAN | CLIMATECENTRAL.ORG | 11/22/14 | TS
“Without the foundation measurements, we can’t talk about changes,” Takahashi said. He likened it to the Keeling Curve, which has charted the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide since 1957 … Emissions of carbon dioxide are far and away the biggest driver of ocean acidification … unseen in the past 300 million years.
2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past
ANDREA THOMPSON | CLIMATECENTRAL.ORG | 11/22/14 | TS
The animation shows just how much warmth has dominated the temperature records since they began in 1880. Record cold years are plentiful in the early decades, but they stop in 1909. From there, it’s a steady march upward, with the expected year-to-year ups and downs that come from natural variation.
Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight to Court
JOHN SCHWARTZ | NYTIMES.COM | 11/22/14 | DR
Harvard students, frustrated by the university’s refusal to shed fossil fuel stocks from its investment portfolios, is looking beyond protests and resolutions to a new form of pressure: the courts … They are making “a creative and powerful argument,” he said, “and I think it can shift the overall debate.”
We’re beyond compromise, both with GOP and on warming
MILES GRANT/LETTERS | BOSTONGLOBE.COM | 11/21/14 | PP
THE GLOBE’S call for a deal to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (Editorial, Nov. 18) is delusional for two reasons. First, we have no hope of slowing global warming, never mind eventually achieving a stable climate, if we keep saying yes to every polluting project.
The Cold Truth
Could climate change be to blame for record-low U.S. temps?
JASON BITTEL | ONEARTH.ORG | 11/21/14 | WCC
So just in case you missed all of those school closings, safety warnings, transportation delays, NFL broadcasts, #DeepFreeze tweets, and videos of boiling water turning into insta-ice, you should know that it's cold outside. A "polar vortex" has North America in its icy grip, breaking low temperature records everywhere it goes.
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