PARIS CLIMATE PACT COULD LEAVE FORESTS VULNERABLE...

The Forests of Oregon, viewed from Bend. Credit: Rod Parmenter

Efforts to foster forests and slow deforestation, which is one of the leading causes of global warming, are largely being glossed over by most nations as they prepare for a historic round of climate negotiations.

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PARIS CLIMATE DEAL MUST BE LEGALLY BINDING, EU TELLS JOHN KERRY...

US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said that any climate deal in Paris is ‘definitively not going to be a treaty’. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AP

US warned that any agreement in Paris will be enshrined in law after secretary of state said it would ‘definitively’ not be a treaty

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PARIS PACT MAY HINGE ON ‘LOSS AND DAMAGE’ DISPUTE...

An island in the Maldives, which is vulnerable to rising seas.
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If rich countries don’t agree to help poorer ones recover after storms amplified by global warming tear villages apart, or help communities prosper even as their homes sink into rising seas, climate negotiations in Paris risk being scuttled...

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WHAT IS COP21 & DOES IT MATTER?

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“…it boils down to the fact that the world is in a state of potential destruction. There’s no use worrying about anything else.”

—Ansel Adam’s final interview, Summer of 1984.

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OUR GENERATION, OUR CHOICE...

1000 MILLENNIALS TOOK THE STREETS FOR JUSTICE ON RACE, CLIMATE, IMMIGRATION

 

On November 9th, a wave of people power swept over Washington, DC. In an epic demonstration of unity, 1,000 millennials took the streets for justice on race, climate, and immigration.

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WORLD'S CLIMATE ABOUT TO ENTER 'UNCHARTED TERRITORY' AS IT PASSES 1C OF WARMING...

The world has passed the halfway mark to the 2C target, the agreed safe limit to avoid catastrophic global warming, say scientists. Photograph: Thibault Camus/Pool/Reuters

Climate change is set to pass the milestone of 1C of warming since pre-industrial times by the end of 2015, representing “uncharted territory” according to scientists at the UK’s Met Office.
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GREENHOUSE GASES HIT NEW MILESTONE, FUELING WORRIES ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...


Haze shrouds the Musi River as vehicles drive across the Ampera Bridge in Indonesia. (Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg)

New scientific data released on Monday confirmed 2015’s place as a milestone year for the Earth’s environment, with both temperatures and greenhouse gases crossing symbolic thresholds with ominous implications for future climate change.
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OBAMA'S BID TO SAVE THE WORLD...

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President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park Seward, Alaska last September. | Getty

It's no accident the president rejected the Keystone pipeline before he seals a global deal to combat climate change.

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CLIMATE CONFERENCE, PARIS 2015... REPEATING HISTORY?

21st Conference of the Parties on Climate

UNFCCC COP 21/ CMP 11.  30 Nov – 11 Dec, 2015
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA REJECTS THE PROPOSED KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE...

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, ending the political fight over the Canada-to-Texas project that has gone on for much of his presidency.

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GLOBAL WARMING'S FINGERPRINTS ARE ALL OVER RECENT EXTREME WEATHER, RESEARCH SHOWS...

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A man sunbathes in the midday sun during a heat wave at Glenelg beach on January 13, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Extreme weather events, from droughts to floods and heat waves, are some of the most tangible present day impacts of global warming, and they will take center stage in speeches at the upcoming Paris Climate Summit. Now a new report gives leaders pushing to reduce emissions of global warming pollution, including President Obama, additional ammunition.

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WHY A PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT COULD ACTUALLY BE VERY GOOD FOR THE U.S.

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OBAMA REJECTS KEYSTONE XL OIL PIPELINE, IN HUGE WIN FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS...

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Miles of pipe for the stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Oklahoma.

The Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, handing a major victory to environmentalists after a seven-year review process that gave rise to a grassroots climate activist movement. President Barack Obama announced his decision at a morning news conference in the White House Roosevelt Room, alongside Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden.

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50 YEARS AFTER WARNING, NO DEBATE IN PARIS ON THE SCIENCE...

U.N. climate negotiations begin in Paris in less than a month.
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Diplomats steeling themselves for a historic round of United Nations climate negotiations remain divided by a handful of stubborn disputes. Discord persists over financial and procedural issues, for example, and over how pollution from farming and deforestation should be addressed alongside energy generation.

The fundamentals of climate science, however, are not among the issues being debated...

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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: "THEY'RE NOT SCIENTISTS!"

The Republican Party could be the single greatest impediment to global efforts to slow climate change. But cracks are forming in the conservative wall of denial.

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