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Shell oil driling in Arctic set to get US government permission

Guardian - March 22, 2015 - 1:15pm

Controversial decision expected from US interior secretary likely to spark protests from campaigners against Anglo-Dutch exploration in seas off Alaska

The US government is expected this week to give the go-ahead to a controversial plan by Shell to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic.

The green light from Sally Jewell, the interior secretary, will spark protests from environmentalists who have campaigned against proposed exploration by the Anglo-Dutch group in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska.

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Climate-sceptic US senator given funds by BP political action committee

Guardian - March 22, 2015 - 1:14pm

Sen Jim Inhofe, who opposes climate change regulation, has received $10,000 from PAC funded by donations from US staff at oil group

One of America’s most powerful and outspoken opponents of climate change regulation received election campaign contributions that can be traced back to senior BP staff, including chief executive Bob Dudley.

Jim Inhofe, a Republican senator from Oklahoma who has tirelessly campaigned against calls for a carbon tax and challenges the overwhelming consensus on climate change, received $10,000 (£6,700) from BP’s political action committee (PAC).

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Eden Project scheme will preserve coast redwood trees for future generations

Guardian - March 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

Remaining specimens of tallest living things on Earth are under threat in Californian home, due to drought and forest fire

At the moment they are whippy saplings needing the support of canes to stand straight. Over hundreds – and hopefully thousands – of years, they will soar high into the Cornish sky.

Clones of some of the oldest and biggest coast redwoods have been flown in from the western seaboard of the USA to the Eden Project in the far south-west of Britain as part of a hugely ambitious scheme to preserve the magnificent trees for future generations.

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Denial. Not a River in Africa – a Flood in Florida

Climate Crocks - March 22, 2015 - 11:45am
This week’s news about Florida Governor Rick Scott’s ban on the words “climate change” and “sea level” for state employees has gotten a lot of attention, but a lot of non-Floridians may not realize the extreme break from reality this represents. Skipper Dan Kipnis, a charter captain in the Miami area, has provided online a […]
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The Weekend Wonk: Jason Box at Arctic Summit

Climate Crocks - March 22, 2015 - 9:52am
On March 12, 2015, a gathering of stakeholders in the emerging exploitation of the Arctic was convened in Oslo, Norway, by The Economist magazine. Glaciologist Jason Box was the only scientist on the program.  His words contained a warning for the assembled politicians, ministers, and magnates.Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Students Banned from Watching Eclipse “Evil influence”. Parents wonder, “Will We Become like America?”

Climate Crocks - March 22, 2015 - 8:05am
Read to the ironic end. Yes, its become that bad. Telegraph: A London primary school was criticised for banning children from watching the eclipse for “religious and cultural reasons.” Pupils at North Primary School in Southall were stopped from watching the solar eclipse directly and had to observe it on screens instead. Sometimes known as […]
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Florida State Employee Speaks Up after Being Ordered to Get Psych Exam for saying “Climate Change”

Climate Crocks - March 21, 2015 - 6:06am
Catch 23. To speak up about climate change in Rick Scott’s Florida, you’d have to be crazy. Right?Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Economic system has 'enormous shortcomings', says Prince Charles

Guardian - March 21, 2015 - 1:25am

Prince of Wales rounds off US tour with speech in which he discusses limitations of prevailing world view and climate change crisis that ‘threatens to engulf us all’

The Prince of Wales has described how the world faces the challenges of an economic system with enormous shortcomings, and an environmental crisis that threatens us all.

His words of warning came on Friday at the end of his four-day tour of America when he gave a speech on health and the environment following a symposium in Louisville, Kentucky.

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California Drought: Will There Be Water Rationing? and More Importantly – Should We Blame Gay People?

Climate Crocks - March 20, 2015 - 8:52pm
BradBlog: Out here in California — for those of us now living directly “on the front edge of a climate crisis”, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes describes it in the interview below — it’s both extraordinarily unusual and incredibly welcome to hear a politician with ambitions for higher office speak as frankly as Lt. Gov. Gavin […]
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Music Break: Elton John and Leon Russell – There’s No Tomorrow

Climate Crocks - March 20, 2015 - 8:22pm
Of course, there’s always a tomorrow. That’s what worries me.Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Greenpeace Inserts Climate Message in Shell’s Grand Prix Climax

Climate Crocks - March 20, 2015 - 1:55pm
Not a huge fan of symbolic stunts, but this one made me smile.Filed under: Crock of the Week
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The biggest story in the world: inside the Guardian's climate change campaign

Guardian - March 20, 2015 - 12:11pm

How was Keep it in the Ground created? Our audio documentary series tells the inside story of how the team came to an agreement on focusing on fossil fuel divestment

How do you cover the biggest story in the world?

This was the question on the lips of the 20 Guardian journalists who met in the first few days of the new year to debate editor Alan Rusbridger’s new project on climate change.


This time next year I won’t be the editor of the Guardian: indeed, well before that I’ll have stepped down.

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