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U.S. Trying to Increase Gas Exports as Political Tool

[Today in dumb ideas -ed.]:

UPDATE 2-Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:15pm EDT

U.N. climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry

U.N. climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry

OSLO Thu Apr 3, 2014 7:49am EDT

Underground Coal Gasification - The Next Disaster

Fire in the hole: After fracking comes coal

(Image: Simon Pemberton)

U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly

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Sluggish Economy Prompts Europe to Reconsider Its Intentions on Climate Change

Sluggish Economy Prompts Europe to Reconsider Its Intentions on Climate Change

Palau: Will fleeing home be the last resort as the climate changes?

KAROR, PALAU, 14 January 2014 (IRIN) - Salustiano Albert has lived in Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean comprising over 500 islands, for more than three decades. Part of his family home, where three generations live, used to be flooded regularly by the tides, but in the past few years his entire house has been inundated.

Battery offers new hope to renewables

By Tim Radford - Climate News Network reposted from an original story

It sounds like a seminal step towards unlocking the potential of renewables - a research team has high hopes it has found a cheap and effective way of storing huge amounts of energy.

LONDON, 10 January - Scientists in the US think they may be on the track of a new kind of battery technology that could store huge reserves of energy.

One of the great problems of renewable energy generators such as photovoltaic cells and wind turbines is that they can’t respond to demand.

Linking UK floods and climate change: A discussion notable by its absence?

UK Flood Warnings: Source: Met OfficeUK Flood Warnings: Source: Met OfficeThe UK is suffering extreme torrential rain, storm surge and extensive flooding. Few people in the media are connecting the dots to climate change. Mat Hope & Roz Pidcock in this original story from Carbon Brief outline the connections.

The UK is in the midst of extremely wet weather. The Met Office has issued flood warning for almost all of the UK. But despite scientific evidence linking climate change to an increased risk of flooding, politicians and the media seem unwilling to make the connection.

Flooding is one of the biggest natural threats in the UK and climate change is predicted to raise that risk. Why? Rising temperatures mean the atmosphere can hold more moisture, which means rain falls in heavier bursts.

Related: Flood-hit UK must prepare for more extreme weather, says climate adviser (Guardian)

Naomi Klein: climate movement needs radicals like Mandela

The fight against climate change needs to be as radical as the battle to bring down apartheid, says Canadian author and journalist in this original article from RTCC by Sophie Yeo published 11 December 2013.

The climate change movement needs to be as radical as Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid, said Naomi Klein, speaking to an audience in London today.

Gathering at the Royal Society for a conference on how global carbon emissions can be reduced drastically and immediately, speakers including Naomi Klein, Kevin Anderson and Corinne le Quéré argued for a new wave of radical environmental action.

Water supply will struggle to meet demands of thirstier world in a warming world

Irrigation CanalIrrigation CanalBy Jacob Schewe, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

There are already many countries where the scarcity of water affects people’s lives. While water for drinking may be first to come to mind, as agriculture is the largest use of water worldwide water scarcity first and foremost is a threat to food supply. And as many industrial processes rely on water availability, it also hampers economic development.

In the simplest sense, water scarcity is supply falling short of demand. Demand for freshwater will increase in most regions of the world due to population growth. Between eight and ten billion people are expected to live on Earth in 2050, as opposed to six billion today. But as for supply, water resources will be affected by projected climate changes due to unabated greenhouse gas emissions, for instance through changes in the amount, pattern and timing of rainfall and evaporation.

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