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François Hollande insists green climate fund must be part of emissions deal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:32pm

French president says fund, rejected by Australia, is crucial to bringing developing countries on board to make a legally binding deal

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The Red Zone

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 5:21pm













Success!  Finally passed the 400° mark with a solar oven.  Outside temperature in the shade rose from 40° to 52° while I preheated the oven for 2 1/2 hours.  When I loaded the pot with 2 cornish game hens and 2 sweet potatoes the temperature dropped from 405° to 325°.  Cooked the meal for 2 hours mostly at about 350°.  44,57,37,0,C
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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 4:20pm

The controversial project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed to get the approval of Congress.

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Keystone XL: supporters of pipeline bill likely to fall just short in Senate vote

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 3:19pm
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Sen. Landrieu Takes Up Keystone Cause Ahead Of Runoff Election

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 2:43pm

The incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator is fighting to keep her seat in a December runoff. An identical bill sponsored by her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, has already passed the Senate.

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Elephants are being wiped out, but not enough people seem to care

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 11:32am
Progress on wildlife poaching is slow because there is little public pressure. Let’s hope Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ eco criminals list will help

I asked a senior environmental journalist the other week what he thought was the single most under-reported environmental issue. He replied, unhesitatingly, wildlife poaching. “It’s as if the wildlife is just being hoovered out of Africa,” he said. “In the 1960s people campaigned around whales and wildlife. The Daily Mail actually put rhino poaching on their front page. But now there just doesn’t seem to be the same level of interest.” Dr Paula Kahumbu, a wildlife campaigner based in Kenya, echoes his sentiment, but adds that the UK public is still more active than most areas of the world. “Not a single African leader has spoken out on this,” says Kahumbu. “The silence is deafening.”

The scale of the “hoovering” is hard to comprehend. Take elephants, for example. In Africa, where some but not all of the poaching is concentrated, elephants are being slaughtered at a rate of 20,000-25,000 a year, from a population of just 420,000-650,000. The forest elephant population has dropped by 62% since 2002. There is a word for the killing of elephants (elephanticide) and a word for destruction of the natural world (ecocide) but oddly enough – given our magnificent form in this area – there doesn’t seem to be a word for killing off a whole species. We probably need one.

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Keystone XL pipeline opposition forges 'Cowboys and Indians' alliance

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 10:30am

Native Americans and ranchers in South Dakota are making common cause in their efforts to stop the project to transport oil from Canadian tar sands

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Melbourne councils band together to buy 100GWh of clean energy direct

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 9:46am

Group hopes to kick-start wind and solar projects that have stalled because of uncertainty over the renewable energy target

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The Green Climate Fund is not a charity but an investment in our shared future

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 9:32am

Supporting developing countries, through the GCF, to help reduce their emissions is an essential step in international efforts to tackle climate change

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US-China climate deal's ambition fails to impress India

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:34am

Indian think tank says the US-China climate deal is neither historic nor ambitious, and would lead to dangerous temperature rises

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Governments agree 20% hike in bluefin tuna catch

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 8:20am

Apparent recovery of Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks prompts decision by 48 countries to raise fishing quotas for species

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President Obama's climate leadership faces the Keystone XL challenge

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 7:00am

President Obama has shown great leadership in tackling global warming, but his legacy may hinge on Keystone XL

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US and Iranian negotiators in crunch nuclear talks

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 6:14am
Iran’s foreign minister says deal is possible but ‘excessive demands’ by west could derail chances of agreement in Vienna

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Recycling rates in England have stalled

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 5:46am

Household recycling rates have flatlined at just above 44% for the second year running

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Consumers offered cash for old gadgets in new recycling scheme

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 4:54am

Over 50 companies, including Samsung, Dell, Sky and B&Q, have signed up to UK government-backed plan to refurbish and resell unwanted electrical goods

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Japan cuts Antarctic whale quota after UN court ruling

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 4:00am

Japan has reduced quota by two-thirds after UN court called the controversial ‘research whaling’ programme a commercial hunt masquerading as science

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Brussels targets super-sized TVs in drive for energy efficiency

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 2:49am

Mega-TV screens will be forced to reduce energy use under new proposals that set the scene for ‘ecodesign’ battles to come over kettles, toasters, and hairdryers

The amount of energy that big screen TVs can use will be capped under an EU energy efficiency drive which the European commission expects will cut consumers’ energy bills by around €8bn a year.

After similar energy-saving rules for vacuum cleaners provoked a storm of criticism from UK newspapers last autumn, the planned TV rules may be a test case for new ‘ecodesign’ formulas for kettles, toasters and hairdryers, due to be announced next year.

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Rich countries 'backsliding' on climate finance

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 1:00am

$10bn pledged for Green Climate Fund to help countries cope with global warming falls short of original commitment, say UN observers

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How to make old homes energy efficient

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 12:00am

Green deal is inappropriate for Britain’s 5m historic homes, so what’s the best way to stop them leaking energy? John Vidal gets expert advice for his Grade II listed home

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