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So the fracking battle begins, but is it clear whos right? | Fred Pearce

Guardian climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:30
It could reduce our emissions and is less intrusive than wind, yet the nimbys and green groups stand united

Here is a troubling truth for environmental groups. The biggest grassroots green campaign in Britain in the past decade has been one they have almost universally opposed: the groundswell of local opposition to onshore wind farms. The likes of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth may have been right to support wind power as an increasingly cost-effective form of renewable energy. But its large visual imprint is a blot on many landscapes and horrifies countryside lovers.

The green groups mostly responded to that nimbyism by holding their noses and muttering against opponents of the monstrous turbines, branding them climate sceptics and worse. That response has been a big cause of the declining influence of environmentalists in Britain. Without nimbys, they dont amount to much. It may also have inadvertently undermined the bigger cause fighting climate change. Green campaigner and television wildlife host David Bellamy turned into a climate sceptic largely because of his horror at turbines sprouting on his beloved Durham moors. He was not alone.

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On climate change, Disney is no Mickey-Mouse operation | @guardianletters

Guardian climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:25

While most of the facts in your article (Missed targets: when companies fail to keep their key sustainability promises, 21 July) were accurate, we were disappointed with the broad brush with which Rainforest Action Networks (Ran) work with the Disney Corporation was painted. Has Disney fallen behind on its initial paper sourcing targets? Yes. Will Ran be closely monitoring the situation and working with Disney to ensure implementation of its new policy? Yes.

But the fact is that Disneys policy regarding how the massive corporation purchases its paper is one of the strongest and most comprehensive policies that Ran has ever seen. It is a policy that addresses issues of climate change, human rights and rainforest destruction across all of Disneys global operations, including all of Disneys licensees and subsidiaries. This is a complex and challenging policy to implement in full it will affect more than 10,000 factories in China alone and Ran believes that Disney is currently working in good faith toward putting this policy into effect.

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Top ten books on the climate change movement

Guardian climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:50
The issues are complex and the voices many. Here's the seminal reading list to help you navigate environmental activism

At the beginning of the 2000s, a handful of NGOs were calling for the world to wake up to global warming, but since then it has grown to become a mass movement.

The campaign issues can be complex and the voices many. To help you navigate, here's a list of the top ten books to help you understand the movement.

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Luxury cruise line accused of offering ‘environmental disaster tourism’ with high-carbon footprint Arctic voyage

Independent climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:59

A luxury cruise operator in the US has announced it will offer a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to experience the environmental devastation of the Arctic – using a mode of transport that emits three times more CO2 per passenger per mile than a jumbo jet.








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Luxury cruise line accused of offering ‘environmental disaster tourism’ with world’s first high-carbon footprint voyage to witness melting ice caps

Independent climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:59

A luxury cruise operator in the US has announced it will offer a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to experience the environmental devastation of the Arctic – using a mode of transport that emits three times more CO2 per passenger per mile than a jumbo jet.








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Delaying climate action will carry heavy economic cost, White House warns

Guardian climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:00

President's council of economic advisers sounds warning over delaying EPA power plant rules in face of industry lobbying

The White House has warned that delaying action on climate change would carry a heavy price, racking up an additional 40% in economic losses from climate impacts and other costs over the course of 10 years.

White House officials said the stark finding from the president's council of economic advisers underlined the urgency of Barack Obama's efforts to cut carbon pollution.

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New Zealands 'dramatic' ice loss could lead to severe decline of glaciers

Guardian climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 07:51

Study says Southern Alps mountain range has lost 34% of permanent snow and ice since 1977

New Zealands vast Southern Alps mountain range has lost a third of its permanent snow and ice over the past four decades, diminishing some of the countrys most spectacular glaciers, new research has found.

A study of aerial surveys conducted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) discovered that the Southern Alps ice volume has shrunk by 34% since 1977.

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IPCC climate change report's findings must be accepted, MPs say

Guardian climate change - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 05:00

Energy and climate change committee says UN climate science panel processes have improved since last major report

The worlds most comprehensive report yet on the science of climate change has been strongly endorsed by an influential group of MPs.

The Energy and Climate Change Committee found that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's processes were robust and their conclusions should be accepted by policymakers.

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Nigel Lawson suggests he's not a skeptic, proceeds to deny global warming | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian climate change - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 14:00

Lawson claims that he accepts climate science and only objects to proposed policies, but he denies ongoing global warming.

Nigel Lawson is the chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation; a political group that regularly releases selective scientific reports about climate change. The organization consistently tries to argue that concerns about global warming concerns that are based on the full body of scientific evidence are overblown, which would imply that there's less urgency to solve the climate problem.

In a recent interview with The Independent, Lawson implied that he doesn't consider himself "a climate-change sceptic," but immediately proceeded to deny that the planet is warming, and reject mainstream scientific estimates of the climate sensitivity to the increased greenhouse effect.

There is no global warming to speak of going on at the moment. If you look at the Met Office statistics, that's quite clear. But there could be, there clearly could. If it does happen, there would be a much slower process than the alarmists pretend.

Yet how can he justify his position when 97 per cent of scientists say that global warming is happening now? Lawson corrects me: "It wasn't 97 per cent of scientists but what they did was take a whole load of papers which they selected and then they said 97 per cent of the papers said, as I have, that it could well happen. The only people who are in the 3 per cent were people saying, 'No way it could ever happen.'"

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Climate change activism should be brought to doorsteps with bank holiday

Guardian climate change - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 07:00
Protecting the environment starts at people's front doors, not in climate treaties, argues a new report. Will thinking locally lead to greater support for global climate change aims?

Climate change is easily the most confounding 'collective action' problem we have ever faced. We must act collectively in the best interests of not only today's global population, but also the presumed interests of people yet to be born.

It follows that nurturing a sense of shared identity what is sometimes called social capital, or the elusive but ubiquitous concept of community should make people more receptive to appeals for collective global action on climate change.

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Smashing Physics: how we discovered the Higgs boson - podcast

Guardian climate change - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 06:00
The British physicist Jon Butterworth discusses his new book Smashing Physics, an insider's account of the discovery of the Higgs boson. Plus, the origins of life Continue reading...






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UN scores Australia high for quality of life but low on climate change progress

Guardian climate change - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 03:20

Human Development ranking suggests we lead the world in many criteria, but our emissions efforts are an embarrassment

Australias position as one of the best places in the world to live was reaffirmed last week with the release of the 2014 United Nations Human Development Report, which saw Australia ranked second only to Norway among all nations in the world.

The report, conducted by the UN Development Report Office, measures each nation against a number of criteria, including income, health, education and gender equality to rank 187 nations according to the Human Development Index (HDI).

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