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China: Minister warns pollution, waste imperil growth

China faces acute environmental and resource strains that threaten to choke growth unless the world’s second-biggest economy cleans up, the nation’s environment minister said in an unusually blunt warning. In an essay published on Monday, Zhou Shengxian also said his agency wants to make assessing projected greenhouse gas emissions a part of evaluating proposed development […]

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Loss of Antarctic ice ‘tongue’ could change seas

The loss of a massive “tongue” of glacial ice on the Antarctic coast — a natural protective barrier nearly four times the size of New York City — could affect ocean circulation patterns and be a harbinger of changes to come from global warming, scientists on a mission to the frozen continent say. Last February, […]

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SA construction firms starting to focus on green practices

As increasing environmental pressures take hold in South Africa, the country’s major construction companies showed that they were starting to focus on pursuing green practices and projects, particularly in renewable energy projects where opportunities were emerging. For Group Five in particular, a view has developed that climate change opportunities exceed risks, and the company sought […]

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Can Geoengineering Save Australia?

Australia’s “worst flood disaster in living memory” threatens to swamp Brisbane, the country’s third-biggest city, reports The Australian. “It might be breaking our hearts at the moment,” said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. “It won’t break our will.” While floods hit northeastern Australia, southern Australia has been suffering through the worst drought in its history, one […]

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The Perils of Carbon Offsets: ‘Perverse’ CO2 Payments

Writing in Yale Environment 360, Mark Schapiro reports on European companies that have been overpaying China to offset their own carbon emissions by incinerating a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23.

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Cancun: politics vs. science

There are quite a few numbers tossed around at climate negotiations. Should world leaders agree to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) in the next decade, or 1.5 (2.7 F)? How many gigatons of carbon can the world cut in 10 years? Should they shoot for reducing the concentration of carbon […]

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Cabinet approves draft climate policy

South Africa’s draft national Climate Change Policy, known as the green paper, has been approved by Cabinet, and would be gazetted imminently, opening up the public comment process. Newly appointed Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said that following the comment phase, a white paper would be compiled, and the final policy was expected […]

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Green Ideas: Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel

Book Direct Flights, Skip Travel-Size Products, Discover Green Resorts and Give Back Assuming your vacation is more than just a hike, you’re going to be making a carbon footprint. That doesn’t mean you should skip your next trip though. In fact, most environmentalists agree that traveling helps raise crucial awareness and appreciation of the earth.  […]

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When The Water Ends: Africa’s Climate Conflicts

For thousands of years, nomadic herdsmen have roamed the harsh, semi-arid lowlands that stretch across 80 percent of Kenya and 60 percent of Ethiopia. Descendants of the oldest tribal societies in the world, they survive thanks to the animals they raise and the crops they grow, their travels determined by the search for water and […]

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