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The World Bank has in the past been one of the biggest funders of fossil fuel projects, and has been accused of contributing to climate change in that way. However, now World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said the bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects “in circumstances of [...]

US Senate Rejects Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, By 1 Vote

by John Johnston November 20, 2014
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The United States Senate has this week voted on and rejected a bill to approve the development of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, that would deliver tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the US Gulf Coast. Unlike many of the Senate decisions in recent years, going into it the final result was not [...]

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New IPCC Report Issues Starkest Climate Change Warning Yet

by John Johnston November 3, 2014
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In its starkest warning yet, a comprehensive new synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week has concluded that climate change will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts,” unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. The new climate change report is actually a synthesis of 3 large working group reports released [...]

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LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize: ‘Greatest Benefit to Humankind’

by John Johnston October 8, 2014
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The 2014 Noble Prize in Physics has been won by the three scientists responsible for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs. The Nobel Prize statement emphasised that the invention has enabled bright, energy-saving, environmentally friendly white light sources. It also noted that this particular award is in the spirit of the prize because it [...]

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Munich Aiming for 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025

by John Johnston October 1, 2014
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The third largest city in Germany, Munich, has become a world leader in sustainability. Munich is aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2025 – just 11 years away now. If Munich achieves its goal, it could become the first city with a population of over a million to do so. Overall, Europe has a target [...]

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DiCaprio to UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History, or Be Vilified By It’

by John Johnston September 24, 2014
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Why is it that celebrities are often the ones to represent “concerned citizens” in front of the United Nations? No doubt because it does tend to bring a lot of attention to the important and pressing issues represented, such as climate change and gender equality – to name just two very recent examples. In any case, famous [...]

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Heirs of Rockefeller Oil Fortune to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments

by John Johnston September 22, 2014
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In a momentous and hugely symbolic move, the heirs of John D Rockefeller’s oil fortune, built form Standard Oil, have announced that they are divesting their funds from fossil fuel interests. The family will add the weight of its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to the growing fossil fuel divestment movement that [...]

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World Greenhouse Gas Levels Increase at Fastest Rate in 30 Years

by John Johnston September 10, 2014
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Between 2012 and 2013, carbon dioxide emissions were higher than in any other year since 1984, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said in its latest report (pdf) this week. The WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows there has been an atmospheric CO2 increase of 2.9 parts per million during that period, which is the biggest [...]

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Hillary Clinton Wants US to Become a Clean Energy Superpower

by John Johnston September 8, 2014
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Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the leading Democratic candidate for the 2016 US presidency, has asserted that the United States could become “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Clinton, speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, also emphasized that clean energy development will have a positive effect on [...]

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Australia Cancels Plan to Dump Sludge Near Great Barrier Reef

by John Johnston September 3, 2014
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Australia has cancelled a plan to dump as much as 5 million tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, New Scientist has reported. The sludge that was to be dumped is due to be dredged from the expansion of a seaport at Abbot Point in Queensland. The port is being expanded to cater [...]

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