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Faith groups urge leaders to keep promise of a better climate for a safer planet

As world leaders prepare to sign the landmark Paris agreement this week, 250 faith leaders are also underscoring the moral imperatives of acting on climate change. In an Interfaith Climate Change Statement, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, ...

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Amid Brazil’s energy corruption claims, Euro firms eye Amazon mega-dam

While the Brazilian government fights for its political survival, European companies risk being caught up in the fall-out as it’s revealed that major energy firms plan to build and run a controversial mega-dam project in the heart o...

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Swedish government under pressure to end Vattenfall’s ‘dirty’ coal deal

The Swedish government is in the spotlight today with calls for it to stop state-owned Vattenfall’s “dirty deal” to sell its German lignite – or brown coal – assets. Czech energy company EPH and its financial partner PPF...

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Underground coal gasification banned in Queensland

In yet another example of coal’s messy decline and toxic legacy, the Queensland government banned underground coal gasification (UCG), arguing the environmental risks outweigh its economic benefits. There were three UCG pilot projec...

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BP continues down moral bankruptcy path to economic abyss

BP is under pressure over its increasingly bare hypocrisy on climate change this week, with the British Museum being called on to drop it as a sponsor, and protests in Australia and outside its AGM in London demanding it abandon pla...

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World’s largest private coal company files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately-owned coal company, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, becoming the 50th coal company to do so since 2012. The company blames “prolonged industry downturn” on its ...

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Countries urged to turn Paris promises into action, ratify swiftly

As many nations make calls for the swift ratification of the Paris Agreement, the profound impacts of climate change is hitting home, 2016 is forecast to be the hottest on record and more extreme weather events hit across the globe....

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Energy East ‘threatens’ drinking water for millions of Canadians

A proposed TransCanada pipeline could contaminate the drinking water sources for up to five million Canadians, a new report suggests. According to Environmental Defence, TransCanada’s Energy East project – which would pump 1.1...

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White House weighs in on health risks of climate change

Evidence of the health risks of climate change is stronger than ever, according to US federal researchers. In a new report, the US Global Climate Change Research Program shows the strong correlations between global warming and the p...

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Coal plant closures becoming the new normal for Europe?

The downward spiral for Europe’s coal industry continued this week, with Belgium becoming the latest country to rid itself of the dirty energy source. With the closure of the country’s last coal-fired power station, Langerlo, on 30 ...

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Health benefits surge as US clean tech soars

As renewable jobs skyrocket in the US, so do their immense health benefits. According to a recent report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, the clean energy industry currently employs more than 2.5 million Americans in sectors like e...

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Bleak outlook for coal as UK closes three plants

The UK has put the world another step closer to ridding itself of coal with the closure of three more polluting power stations. Last week, Longannet – Scotland’s last coal-fired power station – and Ferrybridge shut its d...

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UK doctors: Climate change ‘gravest threat’ to human health

The UK’s leading health institutions are today calling for greater action to tackle one of the “the gravest threats to health”. The newly formed UK Health Alliance on Climate Change warns that more frequent extreme weather events li...

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Australian taxpayers to fund Adani’s zombie coal project?

With over dozen financial institutions essentially ruling out funding Indian coal conglomerate Adani’s Carmichael mine in Queensland, Australian taxpayers are now being asked to open their wallets for the project. Indian Finance Min...

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Break Free 2016 builds on momentum, ushering in the next string of climate actions

Spring has sprung, and so has pressure from protesters who are demanding that leaders deliver on climate commitments.  Yesterday, hundreds of activists interrupted a federal oil and gas lease sale in New Orleans – a city that ...

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Germany eyes 95% emissions reductions target

Germany could soon be a step closer to implementing the December’s historic Paris climate agreement with reports it is mulling a target to reduce emissions 95 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050. Europe’s economic powerhouse joined othe...

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Europe stands still in clean-tech race as China storms forward

In the face of China’s latest commitment to renewables, the EU is being urged to “act decisively” to stay ahead in the clean-energy race and cash in on its benefits. The warning comes as heads of state and government reaffirm their ...

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China goes big on clean energy in latest Five-Year Plan

For the first time ever, China will cap its total primary energy consumption, and set targets to improve its air quality, outlined in its 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development. China also plans to cut energy and CO...

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Two steps forward, one step back: UK touts zero carbon future but backs fossils

The UK government made history this week, when it took the first step towards enshrining the Paris goal of a zero emissions future into law. But just days after the announcement it is accused of not putting “enough fuel in the tank ...

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Coal’s demise paves way for renewable-friendly future

As fortunes continue to fade for coal, new beginnings are on the horizon for renewables. Oregon has become the first US state to introduce legislation that phases out coal completely by 2030, and doubles renewables in their energy m...

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