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Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop

Guardian climate change - 6 hours 5 min ago
Researchers say the large, smelly fruit grown could be a replacement for staple crops under threat from climate change

Climate change 'already affecting food supply' UN
Teff poised to become next big super grain

It's big and bumpy with a gooey interior and a powerful smell of decay - but it could help keep millions of people from hunger.

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Climate change is the fight of our lives yet we can hardly bear to look at it | Naomi Klein

Guardian climate change - 10 hours 34 min ago
We're products of an industrial project, a project linked to fossil fuels. But humans have changed before and can change again

This is a story about bad timing.

One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call "mismatch" or "mistiming." This is the process whereby warming causes animals to fall out of step with a critical food source, particularly at breeding times, when a failure to find enough food can lead to rapid population losses.

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Apple: climate change is real and it's a real problem

Guardian climate change - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 11:29

Technology company claims 94% of its corporate facilities are now powered by renewable energy

Climate change is real and a real problem for the world, Apple said on Monday, announcing its progress on environment targets ahead of Earth day.

The technology company, publishing a video on its green initiatives and updated environment web pages, claimed that 94% of its corporate facilities and 100% of its data centres are now powered by renewable energy sources such as solar power.

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Energy and climate change: 'the tired response is buck-passing balderdash'

Guardian climate change - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 08:30
Climate change is caused by everything we do. We need a new answer to the question of what our economy is for

You don't need me to tell you how bad climate change is. It's bad. If you want, have a look at the latest report from the IPCC, which not only sets out the myriad ways climate change will mess everything up, but inconveniently points out that it's already happening.

It's hard not to feel disempowered. Climate change is caused by everything we do: our entire energy system, itself a subset of our GDP-obsessed, consumerist economy. The one corrective thing that's supposed to sort out such systemic failures political leadership cowers and trembles, desperately wanting for both imagination and guts.

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Clive Palmer threatens to rip away Direct Action climate change Band-Aid

Guardian climate change - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 06:38

The mining magnate has suddenly decided the climate money should be spent on pensioners

Heres the latest in Australias sorry climate policy saga the government is considering shrinking its Band-Aid climate change policy down to half a Band-Aid and Clive Palmer is threatening to rip even that away.

Direct Action was conceived by the environment minister, Greg Hunt, over the summer of 2009 to give the Coalition some kind of policy to reduce greenhouse emissions after the internal Coalition conflagration that cost Malcolm Turnbull his leadership and installed Tony Abbott, who vowed to get rid of the great big tax on everything.

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Visiting the alternate climate change universe of Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis | Graham Readfearn

Guardian climate change - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 06:04
Claims by Attorney-General that climate sceptics are being sidelined is a view from an alternative universe

Me: [knock, knock] Hello.

Senator George Brandis, Australian Attorney-General: Who is it [from behind the door]. This had better be important. I'm on the last chapter of "Still Not Sorry" by Voltaire.

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Clive Palmer threatens to block carbon and mining tax repeals

Guardian climate change - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 01:02

Guardian Australia exclusive: PUP leader says if government 'plays games' over emissions reduction fund 'they need to be politically punished'

Clive Palmer is threatening to block both the carbon and mining tax repeals if the Abbott government plays games by including its Direct Action climate change fund in budget appropriation bills to avoid its defeat in the Senate.

And the mining magnate-politician challenged Tony Abbott to hold a double dissolution election if he didnt like the stance the Palmer United party was taking on key issues, claiming such a poll would only enhance his partys position.

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