POPE INSPIRES CLERGY TO JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT...

Looking at panels installed at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs are Father Ross Syracuse, left, Sister Sharon Goodremote and Carol Anne Cornelius.

A papal encyclical aimed at caring for the environment has given clergy a renewed imperative for responsible action...

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WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN ETHICAL PROBLEM...

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Stephen M. Gardiner is professor of philosophy, and Ben Rabinowitz is endowed professor of the human dimensions of the environment at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Climate change presents a severe ethical challenge, forcing us to confront difficult questions as individual moral agents, and even more so as members of larger political systems. It is genuinely global and seriously intergenerational, and crosses species boundaries. It also takes place in a setting where existing institutions and theories are weak, proving little ethical guidance...

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE RATE UNPRECEDENTED, STUDY SAYS...

The rapid pace of current climate change has already placed a great deal of stress on terrestrial ecosystems, including melting glaciers and irreversible damage to the habitats of Arctic and Antarctic animals...

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AMERICA HAS BEEN DUPED ON CLIMATE CHANGE...


Stacks and burn-off from the ExxonMobil refinery are seen at dusk last year in St. Bernard Parish, La. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Robert Brulle is a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is co-editor of “Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives.

 

Future generations will look back on our tepid response to global climate disruption and wonder why we did not act sooner and more aggressively. Climate change will adversely impact present and future generations, as well as all species on Earth. Our moral obligation to protect life requires us to act...

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WHAT DOES THE PARIS AGREEMENT MEAN FOR THE WORLD'S OTHER 8 MILLION SPECIES?

A snorkeler encounters a whale shark. Photograph: Alamy

In December, the world’s nations agreed on an aggressive plan to combat climate change. But what, if anything, will the landmark Paris agreement do for thousands of species already under threat from global warming?

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SCIENTISTS SAY HUMANS HAVE NOW BROUGHT ON AN ENTIRELY NEW GEOLOGIC EPOCH...


In this Dec. 16, 2009, photo, steam and smoke rise from a coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Martin Meissner/AP)

A group of 24 geoscientists on Thursday released a bracing assessment, suggesting that humans have altered the Earth so extensively that the consequences will be detectable in current and future geological records. They therefore suggest that we should consider the Earth to have moved into a new geologic epoch, the “Anthropocene,” sometime circa 1945-1964...

 

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ERA OF CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL IS NOT OVER, STUDY FINDS...

Is the era of climate science denial over? A new study suggests not. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

Conservative thinktanks in the US engaging in climate change have increased their attacks on science in recent years, a study of 16,000 documents finds.

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AFTER AT LEAST 2,300 HOME EVACUATIONS, BIG METHANE LEAK CAUSES STATE OF EMERGENCY...

Crews from SoCalGas and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 9. 2015.

The Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles is officially in a state of emergency, according to a declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday...

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Climate Change Is Taking A Toll On Farmers’ Mental Health...

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The success or failure of a farming operation depends hugely on the vagaries of weather and climate. For a farmer, a single intense rain event or prolonged dry period can mean a year of lost crops and income...

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THE CALIFORNIA WAY: SUNNY, WITH A CHANCE OF APOCALYPSE...

California Gov. Jerry Brown has found a sweet spot in climate-change communication...

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FARMERS ARE KEY TO FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE...

The United Kingdom aims to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, and scientists think farmers can play a key role in achieving that target...

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EARTH IS EXPERIENCING A GLOBAL WARMING SPURT...

High temperatures are bleaching corals, such as this bent sea rod off Florida.
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr

 

 

Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years.

 

 

 

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WHAT PEOPLE GET WRONG ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

It's not about saving the planet...

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WHAT SCIENTISTS JUST DISCOVERED IN GREENLAND COULD BE MAKING SEA-LEVEL RISE EVEN WORSE...

Heat flow from Earth's mantle contributes to Greenland ice melting...

Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
Modeled basal ice temperatures of the present-day Greenland Ice Shield across the Summit region, GRIP and GISP2 indicate borehole locations. Credit: A. Petrunin/GFZ

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-earth-mantle-contributes-greenland-ice.html#jCp
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2016: WHEN CLIMATE ACTIVISTS AIM TO HALT FEDERAL COAL LEASES...

Environmental activists, including one wearing a polar bear costume, protest the Obama administration's plans to allow new fossil fuel drilling on public lands and oceans, during a demonstration held by the 'Keep it in the Ground' coalition in front of the White House on September 15, 2015. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Environmentalists say that leasing public land for fossil fuel production is one of the Obama administration's biggest carbon-polluting programs...

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NEW REPORT ESTIMATES ENOUGH NATURAL GAS IS LEAKING TO NEGATE CLIMATE BENEFITS...

A natural gas drilling rig north of Parachute, Colorado. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters/Corbis

 

Natural gas drilling only has environmental benefits over other processes like coal and oil production if producers can keep a tight lid on leaks...

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2016: CALIFORNIA'S 'STAGGERING' LEAK COULD SPEW METHANE FOR MONTHS...

Protesters stand outside Los Angeles City Hall during a demonstration ahead of the testimony before the Los Angeles City Council on the natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, California December 1, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

A leaking natural gas storage field continues to belch thousands of tons of methane into the air every week, causing health and climate concerns...

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MILLENNIALS MUST KEEP UP THE PRESSURE FOLLOWING THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

World leaders and UN officials agree on a global climate deal in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

My generation has a responsibility to find practical solutions to the environmental problems we have inherited and ensure politicians honor their promises...

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BIG OIL BRACED FOR GLOBAL WARMING WHILE IT FOUGHT REGULATIONS...

A few weeks before seminal climate change talks in Kyoto back in 1997, Mobil Oil took out a bluntly worded advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post.

“Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil,” the ad said. “Scientists cannot predict with certainty if temperatures will increase, by how much and where changes will occur.”

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FREAK STORM PUSHES NORTH POLE 50 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL TO MELTING POINT...


This storm in the far North Atlantic is the same storm that caused two tornado outbreaks and widespread flooding in the United States. Now, it’s pushing temperatures at the North Pole well above average. (earth.nullschool.net)

This story has been updated to include buoy measurements that confirm the North Pole temperature climbed above 32 degrees on Wednesday.

A powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that led to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year...

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SCIENTIST: BARRIER ISLANDS COULD BE UNLIVABLE IN 50 YEARS...

Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island, N.J., is at risk of inundation from rising sea levels associated with climate change.(Photo: Wayne Parry, AP)

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Much of this country's barrier islands will be under water in 50 years because of climate change, according to a University of Miami professor and expert on sea-level rise.

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HAPPY UNIVERSE DAY --- TODAY DECEMBER 31 NOON THROUGH NOON JANUARY 1ST!

The 7th annual Universe is here Today. How Will You Celebrate?

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A PREVIEW OF WHAT THE CLASSROOM MIGHT LOOK LIKE IN 2025 IS ALSO A LOOK INTO OUR PLANET'S FUTURE...

'The children are our future' takes on new meaning when you think about the world we're leaving for them to inherit...

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A YEAR OF EXTREME WEATHER, AND NO REPRIEVE IN SIGHT...

AFP/Getty Images: Spectators gather to watch waves stirred up by typhoon Soudelor in Wenling, China on Aug. 8. The storm was one of countless extreme weather events of 2015.

Wild weather conditions continued in 2015, leading some experts to make a definitive link to ongoing climate change. Meanwhile, record heat may continue into 2016...

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FROM SEA TO RISING SEA...

Sandy Garcia sits in her vehicle in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that was stuck in a flooded street on Sept. 30, 2015.

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Omar El Akkad in Oregon: Climate change is Americans’ most pressing existential threat, and no community will be immune from the transformations to come. Yet many don’t see the danger coming – and those that do have their work cut out for them...

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CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE IS IN THE HANDS OF ITS DYING TREES...

The past four years of punishing drought have badly hurt California’s forests. Rain was scarce, the days were too hot, and this year’s wildfire season was the worst anyone has seen in years, burning up nearly 10 million acres across the West...

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ONE U.S. ISLAND PEOPLE LIVED ON DISAPPEARED RIGHT INTO THE OCEAN. ANOTHER ONE IS ON ITS WAY...

Can Smith Island be saved?

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EXPERTS EXPLAIN WHY 2015 IS A WARM ONE FOR EARTH'S CLIMATE...

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FIRE, FLOODS, TORNADOES: FATAL WEATHER ROUNDS OUT A YEAR OF EXTREMES IN 2015...

9 Tornadoes Strike North Texas, Killing 11; Hundreds Of Homes Damaged In Rowlett, Garland...

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WHAT THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL REALLY MEANS FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR...

What's next for businesses such as Kellogg and L'Oreal after the landmark Paris climate talks?

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A FITTING END FOR THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD...

Tuesday was a warm and wet day in Manhattan. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

With some help from El Niño, 2015 will almost certainly finish out its run as the hottest year on record with temperatures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day predicted to be well above average across much of the United States...

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WHY ENGINEERS CAN’T STOP LOS ANGELES' ENORMOUS METHANE LEAK...

Massive methane leak forces relocation of 2,500 California families...

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RUSSIA WARMING '2.5 TIMES QUICKER' THAN GLOBAL AVERAGE: MINISTRY...

Out-of-control fires and deadly floods have hit Russia nearly every year this decade, and the emergency situations ministry in October conceded it has to come up with a new strategy. (AFP Photo/Natalia Kolesnikova)

Moscow (AFP) - Russia is warming more than twice as fast as the average for the rest of the world, the environment ministry said Friday, sounding an alarm on the rise in floods and wildfires nationwide...

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THE WARMEST CHRISTMAS EVE THE EAST COAST HAS EVER SEEN IS SHATTERING RECORDS...

 

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Temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius for Dec. 24, 2015, showing the large area of unusually mild weather across the U.S. and Canada.Image: Climate Reanalyzer

 

The world's hottest year is ending in the most fitting manner possible: with one of the most significant heat waves on record for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The heat extends more than 1,500 miles, from South Florida northward to eastern Canada, and is being described on social media — in non-technical terminology — as a "blowtorch" weather pattern...

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SAVOR THIS MOMENT, CLIMATE ACTIVISTS. NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO GET UGLY...

The Paris deal is the last moment of hope we'll see in a long time...

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PARIS CLIMATE GOALS MEAN EMISSIONS NEED TO DROP BELOW ZERO...

This image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 shows warmer- or cooler-than-normal temperatures around the world for January through November 2015. If governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future. The first is politically impossible _ the world is still hooked on using oil, coal and natural gas _ which leaves the option of a major cleanup of the atmosphere later this century. (NOAA via AP)

 

If governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future...

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE: WORLD 'FACES FOOD SHORTAGES AND MASS MIGRATION' CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING...

1.6 billion people already live in areas that are classed as having “water scarcity Getty

World Meteorological Society chief warns dwindling water supplies is greatest of all dangers posed by climate change...

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UNUSUAL WINTER HAS MILLENNIALS CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

NEW YORK- Unusual weather is dominating the conversation on social media for the holidays, especially among millennials, who are increasingly concerned about climate change...

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Exxon's Oil Industry Peers Knew About Climate Dangers in the 1970s, Too...

Members of an American Petroleum Institute task force on CO2 included scientists from nearly every major oil company, including Exxon, Texaco and Shell...

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HOPING FOR AN AVERAGE U.S. WINTER? FORGET IT...

As one of the warmest U.S. winters moves into the new year, nothing will change the pattern unless the polar vortex unexpectedly invades the country from the Arctic, meteorologists said...

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THE FIRST US CLIMAGEES (climate refugees)...

The State of Nuclear Power, Climate Refugees, and Bad News for Bananas...

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LAUDATO SI: A LOOK AT THE PAPAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT...

Chatting with Creighton Associate Professor Richard Miller, Ph.D., about climate change is not for the faint of heart. Director of Creighton’s M.A. in Theology program, Miller talks of four-foot rises in sea levels that will spell the end of Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Charleston and other coastal cities. He talks of permanent drought in the U.S. Southwest and of radical transformation to the economy. To him, there will be no return to an idyllic Eden. “We choose between catastrophes,” Miller says. “That’s our choice at this point.”

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COSTA RICA AT 99 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY: ARE OTHERS ON THE SAME PATH?

An ornamental windmill spins in front of wind turbines near Steele City, Neb on Nov. 3, 2015. 99 percent of electricity in Costa Rica came from renewable energy in 2015.

 

The Central American nation is leading the world in cutting fossil-fuel pollution by relying on hydropower and other forms of renewable energy. Is this a model other countries could follow?

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STUDY FINDS METHANE LEAKS NEGATE BENEFITS OF NATURAL GAS AS A FUEL FOR VEHICLES...

A natural gas installation in Colorado. Drilling and production can cause leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Credit Kevin Moloney for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”

But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate...

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TO ACHIEVE PARIS CLIMATE GOALS, U.S. WILL NEED NEW LAWS WITH "TEETH"...

A coal-fired power plant in Winfield, W.Va. The E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to shift away from coal, has faced stiff opposition from politicians and corporations. Credit Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The climate agreement reached in Paris last weekend has been hailed as a landmark in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it could well turn out to be one...

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AGU 2015: SCIENTISTS REACT TO PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

AGU Fall Meeting 2014

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SANDERS SAYS CLIMATE "OUR GREATEST THREAT!" CLIMATE SNUBBED 3RD TIME AT DEBATES...

ABC Moderators Ignore Climate Change And Planned Parenthood, But Find Time For Presidential Spouse Questions...

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YOU THINK THIS YEAR IS HOT? 2016 TIPPED TO BREAK ANNUAL GLOBAL HEAT RECORDS AGAIN...

Heating up: Andrew Eljid tries to cool off during a recent heatwave in Sydney.

Heating up: Andrew Eljid tries to cool off during a recent heatwave in Sydney. Photo: Cole Bennetts

The remarkable global heat experienced in 2015 is not yet over and already forecasters are predicting next year will be hotter again - marking three years in a row of record annual warmth...

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THIS IS HOW MUCH WARMER 2015 HAS BEEN THAN ANY YEAR RECORDED...

Climate activists demonstrate in Paris, Saturday, Dec.12, 2015 during COP21. Image: Thibault Camus/Associated Press

This year will go down in history as the warmest year on record, beating out 2014 for the dubious distinction. That fact alone is striking, considering the sped-up pace of global warming in recent years. However, it's the margin by which this year is beating out all others that is most impressive...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE – AND THAT'S HOW WE CAN SOLVE IT...

Human rights issue ... deforestation in Sumatra. Photograph: Ulet Infansasti/AFP/Getty

We can overcome the problems of delivering collective action on climate change by treating mining, deforestation, ocean degradation and more as violations of human rights...

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THE DIRTY SECRET OF THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

Last week in Paris, I watched happily as the world passed the final text of a truly global and surprisingly ambitious climate change agreement. Through clever geopolitical maneuvering by vulnerable, low-lying states — buttressed by social movements, activist groups, and NGOs — the world agreed to a deal stating that global temperature increases will be held, “well below 2°C ” above pre-industrial levels, and that countries will go further, “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.” It has been a long time coming...

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IN MIDST OF EXXONMOBIL CLIMATE DENIAL SCANDAL, COMPANY HIRING CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCHER...

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Caught in the crosshairs of an ongoing New York Attorney General investigation exploring its role in studying the damage climate change could cause since the 1970's and then proceeding to fund climate science denial campaigns, ExxonMobil has announced an interesting job opening...

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MEET THE LOBBYISTS AND BIG MONEY INTERESTS PUSHING TO END THE OIL EXPORTS BAN...

Photo Credit: Jirsak | Shutterstock

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo...

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TOP THREE MYTHS USED TO SELL THE LIFTING OF THE CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN, A CLIMATE AND SECURITY DISASTER IN THE MAKING...

It can be difficult to win an argument when you have no viable position. However, when you are the oil industry, you can just buy the win. Which is what the oil industry is poised to do regarding the lifting of the crude oil export ban...

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CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL: FIVE REASONS TO BE GLAD, FIVE TO BE GLOOMY...

A world map showing climate anomalies at the summit in Paris. Emissions targets are set, but does the agreement buy us enough time? Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Will the deal agreed in Paris be enough to save the planet? Emissions cuts and investment are promised, but legal responsibilities are thin on the ground...

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THE DIRTY SECRETS BEHIND THE NEW PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE (COP21) AGREEMENT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW…

cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Strong, smart adults do not want to be fed false hopes, false targets or false facts. They want to know the way things really are so that they can adapt to or effectively manage what actually is there. If you would like to quickly cut through the Paris Climate Conference media spin as well as other greenwashing from the poorly informed concerning the Paris agreement and results, keep reading…

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A POST-PARIS MESSAGE FROM 350.ORG...

Friends,

I just want to thank you for everything you've contributed to 350's work before, during and after the Paris summit. Together, we aimed high, and what we accomplished is huge...

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PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL TOO WEAK TO HELP POOR, CRITICS WARN...

Boys play with kites in a favela in Brazil. The Paris climate change deal ‘doesn’t go far enough to improve the fragile existence of millions around the world’, Harjeet Singh at ActionAid says. Photograph: Peeter Viisimaa/Getty

COP21 agreement excludes poor and fails to put humanity’s interests above short-term goals, say environmentalists and financial experts...

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INDIA SAYS PARIS CLIMATE DEAL WON'T AFFECT PLANS TO DOUBLE COAL OUTPUT...

India still plans to double coal output by 2020 and rely on the resource for decades afterwards, a senior official said on Monday, days after rich and poor countries agreed in Paris to curb carbon emissions blamed for global warming...

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CRITICAL MASS OF STATES WILL REACH EMISSIONS PEAK BY 2030 UNDER CLIMATE DEAL...

A woman walks past a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi. While China has committed to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, this commitment excludes other emissions. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

 Thinktank data shows that 55% of CO2 emitted in 2030 will be produced by states that have reached peak levels

Commitments made during the UN climate talks in Paris will lead to a critical mass of countries reaching their CO2 emission peaks by 2030, research by an environmental thinktank suggests.

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