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3 February 2014 Pro-green Tories challenge party’s climate change sceptics

A group of modernising pro-green Tories will today launch a fight-back within the party when they publish a manifesto outlining plans for a £5bn-a-year boost in economic growth, creating 300,000 jobs, by pursuing environmentally friendly policies. In a sign of their determination to challenge Tory climate-change sceptics after a leading minister said that David Cameron was…

3 February 2014 Australia to investigate claim Japanese whalers rammed Sea Shepherd ship

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has ordered an investigation into claims a Japanese whaling fleet rammed one of activist group Sea Shepherd’s vessels. The anti-whaling group says its ship the Bob Barker was deliberately struck by the Yushin Maru No 2 early on Sunday, in retaliation for the Sea Shepherd preventing any whales from…

30 January 2014 Climate change is ‘killing Argentina’s Magellanic penguin chicks’

Penguin chicks in Argentina are dying as a direct consequence of climate change, according to new research. Drenching rainstorms and extreme heat are killing the young birds in significant numbers. The study, conducted over 27 years, looked at climate impacts on the world’s biggest colony of Magellanic penguins, which live on the arid Punta Tombo…

29 January 2014 Scientists: halt Abbot Point coal port expansion

More than 200 scientists have urged the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, responsible for the World Heritage listed area, to reject a major port expansion in north Queensland. In December, the Environment Minister in Australia’s conservative Liberal-National government, Greg Hunt, gave the go-ahead to the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion at Bowen in north…

29 January 2014 EU power market moves at odds with green targets

The study, based on reports by leading European energy academics, said Europe must decide on the trade-offs between affordability, sustainability and security on setting its energy policy. http://econews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/europe-wind-biofuel.jpg“This is an ambitious policy that has not reached its targets,” said Jean Pisani-Ferry, head of the French prime minister’s policy planning unit, CGSP.

29 January 2014 Obama pledges strong climate action in State of Union address

During his annual State of the Union speech the United State President Barack Obama has again pointed to the many different ways he would use the executive branch to pursue strong action on climate change. President Obama has previously told the US Congress that if it does not act on climate change then he will…

28 January 2014 True greens should embrace fracking, says minister

True greens should embrace fracking for shale gas in order to combat climate change, the energy minister has said. Greg Barker said ideological convictions rather than sound science motivated anti-fracking campaigners, and urged an expansion of fracking in the UK. “If you are really against climate change, then to be anti-fracking is incredibly dangerous,” he…

23 January 2014 EU to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030

Europe will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27% of its energy from renewable sources by the same date. The landmark deal was reached after grinding negotiations dragged on to the deadline of 11am…

23 January 2014 Brazil dolphin is first new river species since 1918

Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One. Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of its kind in the world. Writing in the journal Plos One, the researchers say it separated from other South American…

22 January 2014 ‘Burnt out’ EU likely to curb climate goals

Binding national targets on renewable energy are expected to be dropped from new EU proposals due to be unveiled on Wednesday. The UK has lobbied hard to have the mandatory 2030 target watered down, saying it would drive up energy bills. The EU executive will also outline a goal on emissions cuts for 2030, set…

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