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2015 In Review: A Great Year For The Environment

2015 In Review: A Great Year For The Environment
Environmental victories are rare. Even with mounting scientific evidence that reckless human activities are endangering our future, politicians and corporations have continued to run roughshod over the planet, destroying the very home that sustains our lives. For too long, environmentalists were seen as a small part of a political movement that focused on an issue that most Americans greeted with a yawn. After all, the most damning climate science has emerged at a time when the threat of global terrorism and economic downturns were grabbing all of the headlines.
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Vrais ou Faux? Paris ‘Red Carpet’ Premiere of Marc Morano’s Climate Hustle Film

Vrais ou Faux? Paris ‘Red Carpet’ Premiere of Marc Morano’s Climate Hustle Film
From a certain angle and with a sympathetic camera positioned just right, a triumphant Marc Morano emerges from a stretch white limo and raises his hand to an out-of-shot Paris crowd as he hits the red carpet for the world premiere of his new movie Climate Hustle. Behind him comes a gaggle of suited climate science deniers, the stars of a film that producer Morano promised would “rock the climate debate”. To many, the big night appears to be a roaring success. But just like many of the arguments from professional climate science denialists, what at first might appear a cinematic coup d'état turns out to be little more than fakery and stage management.How do I know? I was there.
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If the Keystone XL Pipeline is Dead, South Dakota Regulators Didn’t Get the Memo

If the Keystone XL Pipeline is Dead, South Dakota Regulators Didn’t Get the Memo
TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is not as dead as some of its adversaries claimed after President Obama denied the presidential permit for the border-crossing section of the tar sands pipeline. The company’s plans for the South Dakota part of the pipeline are still in play after the South Dakota Public Utility Commission (PUC) denied a motion to throw out the company’s request to certify its expired permit.
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Stone Cold Failures: Two Thirds of World's Coal Production Now Unprofitable

Stone Cold Failures: Two Thirds of World's Coal Production Now Unprofitable
Sixty-five percent of the world's coal production is unprofitable at today's prices, a new research report by Wood Mackenzie, a commercial intelligence company often cited by investment analysts and the coal industry itself, concluded. Both major types of coal — the coking coal used for making steel and the thermal coal burned in coal-fired electrical power plants — were included in Wood Mackenzie's analysis. The estimate may be conservative, as the group excluded some costs incurred during mining, and focused primarily on the sharp drop in the price of coal.
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George Bush Sr Cabinet Was Worried About Climate Change 27 Years Ago

George Bush Sr Cabinet Was Worried About Climate Change 27 Years Ago
The agreement that was hammered out in Paris at the recent climate talks will be a great step forward towards addressing the growing threat of climate change. But lost amongst the applause for the accord is a question that needs to be answered: Why did it take so long, and are we too late? Two weeks ago, memos from the George H.W. Bush administration were released that detailed conversations between Bush Sr.’s cabinet members, where they discussed the growing threat of global climate change…27 years ago.
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Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Who Ended the Oil Exports Ban

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Who Ended the Oil Exports Ban
The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil has come to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal ending the decades-old embargo. Just as the turn from 2014 to 2015 saw the Obama Administration allow oil condensate exports, it appears that history has repeated itself this year for crude oil. Industry lobbyists, a review of lobbying disclosure records by DeSmog reveals, have worked overtime to pressure Washington to end the 40-year export ban — which will create a global warming pollution spree.
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Paris Climate Talks to Fossil Fuel Investors: ‘Get Out Now’

Paris Climate Talks to Fossil Fuel Investors: ‘Get Out Now’
The end of the fossil fuel era is being signalled loud and clear here at the Paris climate conference as ministers enter the final hours of negotiations.It's crunch time and everyone is saying the elements needed for an ambitious deal are still on the table. An essential part of this includes establishing a clear long-term goal to guide investor confidence toward a low-carbon society. And with a 1.5C degree target option currently alive in the text, along with words such as ‘decarbonisation’ and ‘carbon neutral’, the signal couldn’t be clearer.
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Meet Paris Climate Summit Big Energy Sponsor Engie

Meet Paris Climate Summit Big Energy Sponsor Engie
French energy giant Engie is perhaps the most prominent and most promoted corporate sponsor of the COP21 climate talks in Paris. Engie, formerly known as GDF Suez, can be seen everywhere from the launch of India’s Solar Alliance on Monday to a ‘wind tree’ outside the COP21 venue at Le Bourget and the white lock-boxes spread throughout the halls where attendees can charge their devices.
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Are the COP21 Corporate Sponsors as Green as They Say They Are?

Are the COP21 Corporate Sponsors as Green as They Say They Are?
Some corporate sponsors of the COP21 Paris climate talks are failing to properly report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a new report reveals. The Paris climate conference is sponsored by over 60 companies including big polluters EDF, Engie and BNP Paribas. And while countries continue to negotiate a deal on tackling climate change, what have these corporate sponsors brought to the table?
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Photo Essay: NYC's Solidarity March With Paris COP21

Photo Essay: NYC's Solidarity March With Paris COP21
While peaceful climate change protesters were being hit with tear gas and pepper spray in Paris over the weekend, hundreds marched around New York City city hall in a quiet demonstration of solidarity. The People's Climate Movement of New York organized the march in the Big Apple after French authorities banned the big climate march planned for Sunday November 29, the day before the UN COP21 Climate Talks kicked off.
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