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One in Five Fracking Chemicals is a Secret in Texas, Despite Disclosure Law

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Lindsay Beyerstein Sidney Hillman Foundation    Like the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices, the recipe for the fracking fluid known as EXP- F0173-11 is closely guarded. The manufacturer maintains that it doesn’t have to disclose certain secret ingredients that give EXP- F0173-11 the great taste and extreme viscosity* that frackers know and love. A new Texas

 
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Chemical Dispersant Made BP Oilspill 52 Times More Toxic

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

    Julia Whitty Mother Jones      A new study finds that adding Corexit 9500A to Macondo oil—as BP did in the course of trying to disperse its 2010 oilspill disaster—made the mixture 52 times more toxic than oil alone. The results are from toxicology tests in the lab and appear in the scientific journal Environmental Pollution. Using oil from

 
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Environmental watchdog says Ontario backing away from climate change commitments

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  The Canadian Press Globe and Mail    Ontario’s Liberal government is backing away from its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and will miss its own targets, Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller said Tuesday. The government is scaling back plans to fight greenhouse gas emissions, cutting funding for programs to

 
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Canada can learn from U.S. on climate change

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

    Once again, Canada stands exposed as one of the world’s top 10 greenhouse gas polluters as politicians, scientists and others meet in Doha, Qatar, to wring their hands over climate change. Last year Canadians spewed 2 per cent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the Global Carbon Project’s latest survey reports. That doesn’t square with

 
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Fossil-Fuel Subsidies of Rich Nations Five Times Climate Aid

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  by Alex Morales Bloomberg   Rich countries spend five times more on fossil-fuel subsidies than on aid to help developing nations cut their emissions and protect against the effects of climate change, the Oil Change International campaign group said. In 2011, 22 industrialized nations paid $58.7 billion in subsidies to the oil, coal and gas

 
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Investment in offshore wind better for economy than gas, report shows

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Substantial deployment of offshore wind by 2030 would boost growth and create 70,000 more jobs than gas   Press Association guardian.co.uk      Large-scale investment in offshore wind would generate more wealth for the economy and create more jobs than relying on gas-fired power plants, a report suggested on Tuesday. Substantial deployment of offshore wind

 
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To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

    By JUSTIN GILLIS NY Times   SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings in large fossil fuel companies. For months, they have been getting a simple answer: no. As they consider how to

 
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Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

Climate and energy experts at NRDC have crafted a groundbreaking proposal that will help the Administration create jobs, grow the economy, and curb climate change by going after the country’s largest source of climate-changing pollution: emissions from hundreds of existing power plants. NRDC’s proposal shows how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the

 
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Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced after all: study

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  PTI Hindustan Times   Increased use of information and communication technology such as video conferencing and smart building management could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 16.5 per cent by 2020, says a new study conducted by The Boston Consulting Group on behalf of GeSI. “SMARTer2020 (the report) shows the abatement potential of

 
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Cost-effective ways to slow climate change

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  BY PAUL HANLEY SPECIAL TO THE STARPHEONIX     Climate-change talks are underway again, this time in Qatar. But beyond talking, governments seem incapable of doing much about what is arguably the biggest challenge facing humankind. Too bad, because there are several readily available, cost-effective approaches to climate change that could also help us

 
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Fossil fuel subsidies seen as ‘missing piece’ of climate puzzle in UN talks

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Karl Ritter AP/Toronto Star     DOHA, QATAR—Hassan al-Kubaisi considers it a gift from above that drivers in oil- and gas-rich Qatar only have to pay $1 per gallon at the pump. “Thank God that our country is an oil producer and the price of gasoline is one of the lowest,” al-Kubaisi said, filling

 
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Canadian Youth Delegation: MESSAGE TO POLITICAL LEADERS AND DELEGATES

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  by Neelam Khare Photo Credit: Peggy Lam, Megan Van Buskirk Canadian Youth Delegation   What will our climate legacy at the UN Climate Negotiations be this year? Follow the youth who are trying to change it.  Twitter: #climatelegacy One story for every hour, for 288 hours of the UN climate talks. http://climatelegacy.tumblr.com/

 
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Post-Sandy, urgent preparation is needed for storms of the future

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Julian Hunt and Johnny Chan Toronto Star     The devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy (253 deaths in the Americas and more than $50 billion in economic damage and disruption), is prompting renewed thinking about climate change and national security. Several leading U.S. politicians have called for congressional hearings on this issue, while a

 
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Doha: UK opens war-chest to help poor countries tackle climate change

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  Ed Davey confirms UK will deliver £1.5bn pledged Fast Start finance by end of December 2012   By Jessica Shankleman and Jane Burston businessgreen.com As United Nations negotiators this week wrangle over the best way to deliver $100bn of climate finance by 2020, the UK has announced how it will spend £150m of funding

 
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Africa’s largest solar power plant to be built in Ghana

155MW plant being developed by a British company is expected to create hundreds of jobs, increase electricity capacity and cut emissions Adam Vaughan  guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 4 December 2012 06.30 GMT Blue Energy constructed a solar park near Swindon that is now the centre of a bid to become the UK’s first community-owned solar farm. Photograph: adrian arbib

 
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