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Anti-fracking protest, New York

After an exhaustive multi-year study into the public health, environmental and economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state of New York has announced it will prohibit the controversial drilling process. Fracking involves the injection of high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals deep into the ground to crack shale rock in order to free and extract [...]

Nearly 90% of Aussies Support the Renewable Energy Target: Poll

by John Johnston December 2, 2014
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Nearly 90% (89%) of Australians support the sunburnt country’s current Renewable Energy Target, according to a WWF-commissioned poll. Australia’s Renewable Energy Target requires 41,000 gigawatt hours of power to come from renewables by 2020. The current federal government, headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is planning to backtrack on the target, so the new poll [...]

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World Bank Pledges to Invest Heavily in Clean Energy, Less in Coal

by John Johnston November 24, 2014
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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 [...]

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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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