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  1. Poland insistent on climate deal ratification conditions

    The Polish government will not consent to a fast-track EU ratification of the Paris climate deal unless Brussels allows for the country’s special dependency on coal power . In a letter seen by the FT, Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko told his EU counterparts on Monday that coal was “the foundation” of his country’s development. Warsaw would only support formal approval of the Paris agreement “on terms that take into account the specificity of the Polish economy”. 85 per cent of Poland’s economy was powered by coal in 2013. The Warsaw position raises the possibility that the European Union will be unable to add its name to the global deal. EU environment ministers meet on Friday to discuss a plan to accelerate the bloc’s ratification of the accord without waiting for each of its 28 member countries to do this individually. The UN deal to curb global greenhouse gases responsible for climate change can only take effect after 55 countries accounting for 55 per cent of global emissions formally join or ratify it. So far 61 nations with a 47.8 per cent share of emissions have done so, including the world’s two largest carbon polluters, China and the US. India is to follow suit next week. The EU’s commitment is significant as it has a 12 per cent share of emissions so its ratification would easily push the Paris agreement over the line. The Paris agreement, adopted by virtually every country in the world in December, aims to hold the rise in global temperatures to “well below” 2C from levels before the industrial revolution and pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5C.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  2. Oil and Gas News: Environmentalists take aim at TransCanada pipeline project

    Environmentalists are again taking aim at the company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline — this time for another of its projects they fear would send hundreds of supertankers laden with crude oil down the Atlantic coast to refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

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    Wed, 27 Jul 2016

  3. Coal News: Sweden backs sale of German coal mines to Czech group

    Sweden's Social Democratic government said Saturday it is endorsing the sale of state-owned Vattenfall AB's four coal mines and mining assets in Germany to Czech investors, sparking harsh reactions from environmentalists.

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    Tue, 5 Jul 2016

  4. UN chief wants clean energy investments doubled by 2020

    The U.N. secretary-general challenged investors around the world to at least double their investments in clean energy by 2020.

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    Wed, 27 Jan 2016

  1. Obama tries to clinch climate change pact, Congress divided

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    Mon, 30 Nov 2015

  2. Coal to Fold in U.K., But Renewables Won’t Benefit

    The U.K. has decided to close the door on coal, but it’s not good news for renewables. A long-time leader in progressive renewable energy support policies, the U.K. government has now taken a stance that sees its low-carbon energy strategy reflected in ambitions for more gas and nuclear power – at ...

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    Fri, 20 Nov 2015

  3. ‘Renewables are mainstream’ says IEA chief as he outlines global energy shift

    The executive director of the International Energy Agency this morning declared that “renewables are not a niche fuel any more – they are the mainstream as of now”.

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    Tue, 10 Nov 2015

  4. Cautious optimism for COP21 but Hutton warns on energy sovereignty

    A high profile panel discussion at Thursday’s Economist Energy Summit heard plenty of positive statements about the prospects for success of the forthcoming COP21 conference in Paris, but former UK energy minster Lord John Hutton did have a proviso.

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    Fri, 6 Nov 2015

  5. Court orders Dutch government to cut emissions

    The Dutch sustainability foundation, Urgenda, has won a landmark case in the Netherlands after a court in The Hague ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020.

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    Wed, 24 Jun 2015

  6. Vermont joins international effort to fight climate change

    Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont has signed on to what he called a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces to combat climate change.

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    Fri, 22 May 2015

  7. MPs slam UK plans for shale gas fracking

    A UK government committee has today said that fracking for shale gas in Britain should be put on hold because “it is incompatible with our climate change targets and could pose significant localised environmental risks to public health”.

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    Mon, 26 Jan 2015

  8. Points to Ponder: Global Warming - What Really Matters

    Recent year over year data shows a trend of increasing average global temperature . I guess this is a fact unless everybody has screwed up the measurements.

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    Wed, 9 Nov 2011

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