Pacific Islanders blockade Australian coal port to protest rising sea levels.

October 17, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Guardian: “A group of Pacific Islanders joined an environmental protest blockading the Newcastle coal port on Friday, disrupting shipping traffic by paddling canoes across the harbour mouth.”
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US eyes mix of legally-binding & handshake deals in global climate talks.

October 17, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Barack Obama’s negotiating position for a global deal to fight climate change is beginning to look like a big buffet.”
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Fracking boom will not tackle global warming, analysis warns.

October 15, 2014 Climate, Gas 

Guardian: “An unrestrained global fracking boom that unleashes plentiful and cheap gas will not tackle global warming by replacing coal and cutting carbon emissions, according to a comprehensive analysis that takes into account the impact on the rest of the energy supply.”
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Environmentalists’ appeal to foundations on climate: the full case.

October 2, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil 
Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Imagine two armies lining up for a make-or-break battle in a civil war. Envisage a group of financiers, worth hundreds of billions, most of whom want a certain side to win.”
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Views differ on efficacy of UN climate summit.

September 24, 2014 Climate 

Michael Jacobs in the Guardian: “So 120 government leaders each made 4 minute speeches about climate change at the United Nations. Did it make any difference? Yes, but not in the ways you might think.”
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Shale gas part of climate solution UK PM says, not renewables targets.

September 23, 2014 Climate, Gas 

Telegraph: “Shale gas can be part of the solution to tackling climate change and must not be restricted by “green tape”, David Cameron is expected to say on Tuesday at a UN summit on tackling global warming.”
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More than a hundred climate activists arrested on Wall Street.

September 23, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “More than 100 protesters were arrested after hundreds of people gathered in New York City’s financial district on Monday to denounce what organisers say is Wall Street’s contribution to climate change.”
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“Heat rises for fossil fuel industry as climate talks gather pace”: FT.

September 22, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil 

FT: “This is not a comforting week to be an investor in a big oil or coal company. It began with rallies in capital cities around the world, where tens of thousands of people marched to demand more action to fight climate change. It continues with a UN summit in New York on Tuesday, where Barack Obama, the US president, is to join more than 120 national leaders to set out what sort of climate action they plan to take.”
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Citizens stage biggest-ever climate demonstration, worldwide.

September 21, 2014 Change for Good, Climate 

Guardian: “From Melbourne to Manhattan, tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday to stage the biggest display of popular support for climate action ever seen, and demand that their leaders take action.”
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Climate warning to world leaders: stick to 2C limit or face ‘mayhem’.

September 20, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Observer: “World leaders must commit themselves to holding current rises in global temperatures to 2C. That is the stark message of experts and campaigners in the runup to the United Nations climate summit that will be held in New York later this week.”
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UN’s Green Climate Fund lowers cash target to $10bn.

September 10, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Finance 

RTCC: “The UN’s flagship Green Climate Fund has scaled back plans to raise US$ 15 billion by the end of 2014, with a new goal of $10bn.” Read more

Reasons for optimism about prospects for the Paris climate summit.

August 21, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil 

BusinessGreen: “BusinessGreen Leaders Awards Champion of the Year, Jeremy Leggett, reveals why there are reasons to be optimistic in the run up to the Paris climate summit.”
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Climate models accurate when reflecting natural ocean cycles.

July 21, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña”
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UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn.

July 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

Guardian: ”The coalition’s flagship insulation programmes have failed to put the UK on the right track to meet its commitments on cutting greenhouse gases, a review by the statutory advisers on climate change has found.”
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US and China agree cautious join steps forward on abating climate change

July 9, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Reuters: “The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases that will bring the world’s two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy, but fundamental differences between the two sides remain.”
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Al Gore argues we are at a turning point of new hope on climate.

June 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Al Gore in Rolling Stone magazine: “In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail.”
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Ohio Governor introduces bill to roll back wind and solar.

June 13, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal 

Guardian: “The coal-heavy state of Ohio rebelled against Barack Obama’s climate change agenda on Friday, becoming the first state to roll back measures promoting wind and solar power and energy efficiency.”
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Up to 40% of China’s coal at risk of stranding by 2020.

June 5, 2014 Climate, Coal, Finance 

Carbon Tracker: “Up to US$21 billion annual spend on thermal coal assets reflects high risk strategy of China’s coal companies in face of rapidly transitioning energy sector.”
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China to limit carbon emissions for first time, climate adviser claims.

June 3, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Guardian: “China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor.”
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Members reject US Chamber of Commerce stance on climate.

June 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Climate Progress: “Days before President Obama’s EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced sweeping new rules to limit the amount of carbon pollution that existing power plants can dump into the atmosphere, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report blasting the then-unreleased regulations as certain to raise electricity prices, kill jobs, and slow the economy. But leading climate-friendly members of Chamber don’t want to be associated with its anti-climate report.” Read more