• Obama’s New Climate Plan: Key Issues & Challenges

    • Date: 05/08/15
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    What is being proposed? Emissions from Power Sector: President Obama has proposed cutting US carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. This is more stringent than an earlier draft of the plan – which called for a 30% reduction – and would lead to coal’s share of electricity […]

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  • El Niño ‘Strongly Correlated with Positive Crop Yields’

    • Date: 04/08/15
    • Jessie Scott, AgriCulture.com

    The arrival of El Niño may mean higher yields for corn and soybean growers, according to a new report issued by AgriBank that analyzes yield data in past El Niño years. “No one can predict with certainty the impact El Niño or any weather patterns may have on crop production,” says Jerry Lehnertz, AgriBank. “However, […]

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  • Climate Lobby Advises Location-Based, Tailored Propaganda To Convince More People

    • Date: 28/07/15
    • Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart London

    A new paper on climate change has urged advocates and activists to “develop tailored climate communication strategies for individual nations” – reflecting on the fact that it is mainly the world’s wealthier nations who are ‘aware’ of their propaganda, even though they see global warming as less of a threat. The results follow similar studies which found that […]

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  • Sceptical Americans Could Prove Tough Audience For Pope Francis

    • Date: 28/07/15
    • James Politi, Financial Times

    Pope Francis’ election in 2013 to lead the Catholic Church stirred hope among American Catholics that his humble style, reformist plans and new world roots might revive the church’s fortunes in the US. But more than two years later, Americans — and especially conservatives — appear to have cooled on the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff ahead of […]

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  • Former UN Climate Chief PK Pachauri Ousted, Blames “Climate Sceptics” For His Fall

    • Date: 24/07/15
    • Nitin Sethi, Business Standard

    Accused of sexual harassment of a colleague, R K Pachauri ceased to be chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri), within days of resuming work after a court order had allowed him to physically attend the organisation’s offices. The environmental group’s governing council, meeting in Bengaluru on Thursday, announced that Pachauri would be replaced by […]

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  • Naive And Out Of Touch? Leading Church of England Bishop Slates Pope’s Climate Encyclical

    • Date: 22/07/15
    • Ruth Gledhill, Christianity Today

    A leading evangelical Church of England bishop and a Labour member of the House of Lords have criticised the Pope’s encyclical on the environment as a “naive” document that hankers for a lost world. The Bishop of Chester Dr Peter Forster and Labour peer Bernard Donoghue, a lay Catholic, say Pope Francis’ landmark document Laudato […]

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  • Senior Cardinal Questions The Pope’s Authority To Pronounce On Global Warming

    • Date: 21/07/15
    • Steve Doughty, Daily Mail

    A senior figure in the Vatican has questioned the Pope’s authority to pronounce on climate change. Cardinal George Pell, who was appointed by Pope Francis last year to manage the Vatican finances, said the Roman Catholic church had ‘no mandate’ to lay down doctrine on scientific matters. His remarks indicated concern among some high-ranking Catholics at […]

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  • $100 Billion UN Climate Fund In Doubt

    • Date: 20/07/15
    • Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News

    Faith in the Green Climate Fund, the finance arm long believed to hold a key to achieving a global climate change accord in Paris in December, is beginning to wane. The financing vehicle is supposed to be the primary distributor of tens of billions of dollars in climate aid to help the world’s poorest countries deal […]

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