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Enviro News Wrap: COP18 Underway; Is Sandy the New Normal; the Economics Of NatGas, and more

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: UN Climate Talks in Qatar start on November 26 and the initial terms of the Kyoto Protocol is expiring this year. Will Storm Sandy have any impact on the US position and role, and will the world ever agree on a plan to solve the climate crisis? Natural gas…

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Pessimism is Impeding Environmental Advocacy

While it is easy to understand why so many environmentally concerned people are fearful and pessimistic, these attitudes detract from the goal of improving our environment. Fear is well warranted, we are on the verge of a widespread ecosystem collapse and we have reached 400 ppm of atmospheric C02 in the arctic. However, rather than just ask how bad things are, we should be asking how we can best address the…

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World Bank Launches “Clean, Green, Resilient” Sustainable Development Strategy

Promoting and fostering adoption of appropriate clean energy technology to reduce environmental degradation while at the same time reducing poverty is the focal point of the World Bank’s new sustainable development and environmental strategy.

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Climate Change, US Debt and Deficits: House Reps Urge Congressional Colleagues to Put a Price on Carbon

US House representatives are once again urging Congressional colleagues to establish a price on carbon. Doing so offers the best possible path forward in dealing with several urgent issues facing the US: government debt, deficits, the economy and the environment, they assert.

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Dam Projects, Land Speculation Threaten Rise in Amazon Rainforest Loss

Brazil’s Amazon River and rainforest is under siege as large-scale hydroelectric projects and small-scale land speculation portend a sharp rise in deforestation rates and massive environmental degradation.

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It’s Time for Environmentalists to Fight Back in Washington

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with permission) For the environmental community, this coming year offers a chance to regroup, rethink and regrow. Two years ago, it seemed possible that politicians would make progress on climate change issues—that a Democratic Congress would pass a cap-and-trade bill, that a Democratic president would lead…

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