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What Goes Up Is Going Down: More on China's Coal Consumption

New analyses by the International Energy Agency, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and other experts confirm what I explained in my last blog: that China’s revised historical coal consumption figures for 2000-2012, while significant in absolute terms, will not affect long term trends or impact the upcoming climate negotiations. Nor should they overshadow the remarkable fact that China’s coal consumption was essentially flat in 2014 and has been dropping steadily since then, leading some analysts to conclude that it is increasingly likely that China and global coal use have already peaked .
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What Went Up: China’s 2000-2012 Coal Consumption
Detailed analysis by BNEF (paywall) shows that cumulatively, China’s coal demand between 2000-2012 was revised upwards by 7% in physical terms and 11% in energy terms. This is les[……]

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The Next Frontier of Climate Change Resilience


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As the world turns its attention to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) in Paris, the global community is hoping for fresh ideas to solve our increasing climate-related challenges. We know that climate accelerates and complicates almost every other problem — from food insecurity and water scarcity, to sectarian conflicts and refugee crises around the world.
Facing this kind of crucible, standard mitigation and adaptation approaches will fall far short of the sea-change we need.
In this increasingly interconnected world, only real and lasting resilience — achieved by way of innovative, systems-deep approaches — will allow us to solve for multiple problems at once, both now and on into the future.
Here are seven potentially game-changing trends we believe will be the next frontier of climate resilience:

One of the great challenges for cities and other principalities is a persistent global funding[……]

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Bill Nye Explains The Connection Between Climate Change And Terrorism In Paris

President Obama made headlines Monday when he said during his remarks at COP21 that the climate change conference taking place in Paris is an “act of defiance” against terrorists who attacked the city earlier this month. Later on the same day, Bill Nye took that link a step further, explaining to HuffPost Live that the brutality in Paris was “a result of climate change.”
“You can make a very reasonable argument that climate change is not that indirectly related to terrorism,” said Nye, who discusses global warming at length in his new book Unstoppable. “This is just the start of things. The more we let [climate change] go on, the more trouble there’s going to be.”
Nye’s reasoning hinges on a water shortage in Syria, which researchers have blamed on climate change. As Nye explained, the shortage has stunt女生问419 千花网官网ed farming and pushed young people to look for work in more densely populated areas.
“Young people have gone to big cities looking for work. Ther[……]

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2 Dead After Rare Tornadoes Rip Through Central Florida

Cleanup efforts are underway after tornadoes ripped through the central coast of Florida early Sunday and left one couple dead and five members of their family injured. 
The National Weather Service confirmed at least two tornadoes touched down before dawn Sunday in Manatee County, where two people died, and nearby Sarasota County. 
Victims Stephen and Kelli Wilson were asleep in their mobile home when the category EF2 tornado — with winds estimated at 127 mph — struck. Stephen Wilson, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene while Kelli Wilson, 51, was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department.
The couple’s adult son, also named Stephen Wilson, escaped with four children. His two young sons, his daughter and their cousin were hospitalized for what were considered non life-threatening injuries. 
“I’m amazed to see anybody got out of this alive,” Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said in a Sunday news conference[……]

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'Help Us, Even Though Exide is Closed I'm Still Sick'

In a powerful, solemn voice, Anthony Gutierrez appealed directly to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for help.
“Even though Exide is closed, I am still sick,” said Gutierrez, who is 25 years old but could pass for 15, as he testified during a fall Board of Supervisors meeting. “I have had many operations. I have cancer. I am asking that the Board of Supervisors help us clean our neighborhoods.
“He上海贵族宝贝楼凤 爱上海交友lp us,” said Gutierrez, who has a visible scar running across his scalp – a reminder of his numerous operations.
Gutierrez’s story is not unique. Since taking office in December 2014, I have met with family after family living in the cities around the Vernon plant with similar tragic stories. They say their children were born with developmental disorders and cognitive impairments. They tell me about hard working relatives who lived near the plant and now battle cancer.
The Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon operated for 33 years[……]

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Robin Hood in Reverse: Why Californians Who Care About Income Inequality and Our Environment Should Oppose the PUC's Net Energy Metering Ruling

Reversing climate change and addressing income inequality are the twin challenges of our time. Solving them both means a safer, more stable future for generations to come.
If we don’t stop and reverse climate change, our environment and our economy could collapse. If we don’t address the growing gap between rich and poor, our political structures and our economy will continue to fray, robbing us of both the funds and the political will to address climate change.
These challenges are irreversibly linked — and we can’t solve one without solving them both.
That’s why progressives, labor leaders and everyone who cares about addressing these twin threats should oppose the California Public Utility Commission’s recent proposed decision to require poor utility customers to subsidize richer customers and the new Wall-Street funded quasi-utilities serving these wealthy customers.
The California Public Utilities Commission’s decision is on a technical issue c[……]

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The Taste of Justice

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In September of 2015 CNN Money’s website ran a story on their American Opportunity section about Safiyyah Cotton, a Philadelphian working at McDonalds for $7.50 per hour and bringing home roughly $480 per month in wages. That was the amount she had to provide for her and her one-year old son. Safiyya’s rent was $220 a month and after paying for utilities, child care and her other living expenses, in order to make sure she and her son eat regularly she said she didn’t “buy fresh fruits and stuff like that because there is no guarantee it will be eaten in the couple of days that it will stay fresh.” She stuck to frozen food because it is what she can afford. Safiyyah is far from alone. Poverty has one taste and justice another.
Over the past few years we have heard quite a bit about food deserts, or high poverty areas where a lack of grocery stores makes it difficult for residents to purchase fresh food. However, we know far less about the food realities[……]

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Meeting the Needs of Communities: This Week in Daily Giving

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Building communities that thrive are based on the ability to meet the basic needs of its people. Grantees around the world are making it happen one step at a time through daily seed grants offered through The Pollination Project. From providing hygiene products, bathroom facilities, childcare and maternity care, health and fitness education and resources, and sustainable measures for the environment and animals — our grantees make it their call to see the need and meet the need of global communities.
Congratulations to our most recent grantees:

Heather Calcaterra
, Project Personal Pack, Lake Orion, Michigan. Supplies essential personal hygiene supplies to children as they transition into an out of home placement.
Tamar Moss and SungAh Kim, Project Green Bathroom, Bloomington, Indiana. Aims to renovate two bathrooms at Bloomington High School South into eco-friendly facilities.
Maaike Plomp, Enriching the Lives of Rescued Primates, Sarteneja, Belize.[……]

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Gary Braasch — A Tribute to One of Mother Nature's Favorite Sons

World-renowned photojournalist Gary Braasch died on March 7, 2016 while photographing coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Gary’s great passion was to visualize climate change and educate the public about the serious impacts humans are having on natural systems. His photographs told vivid stories about global change, and they inspired action in an extraordinary array of citizens. Gary was a gifted pioneer in explaining science as stories, instead of as technical publications. He doggedly followed field scientists around the planet, using his photographs to share their adventures of data collection, discovery, and working in some of the most extreme conditions. From the decline of canopy biodiversity in tropical rain forests and Andean glacial melt to plastic debris in bird rookeries and coral bleaching in Australia, Gary told science stories through his camera lens. He was tireless in his ambition to educate not only policy makers, but[……]

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Auckland: Among Climate Champions

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Much has been made of the suggestion cities are at the vanguard of combatting climate change.
It is a suggestion too often dismissed by those sceptical of cities’ abilities to make any meaningful difference to the climate change threat; those cynical that city efforts could indeed reduce up to 3.7 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Despite the research, local action continues to be painted as a miniscule, futile response to a remote global danger.
Of course, this view is also helpful ammunition for those ardently opposed to local authorities being involved in anything beyond their perceived core functions.
However, the attitude that cities are crucial actors with the potential for bold and exciting eco-leadership – fostering sust千花网论坛 爱上海网ainability through local programmes and role-modelling – certainly isn’t short of buy-in.
It is an ethos Auckland Council has embraced. Back in January, I wrote about the promising opportunity afforded to Auckl[……]

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