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USA: Goldman Sachs Sacks Coal Terminal Investment

Source: RAN - Rainforst Action NetworkSource: RAN - Rainforst Action NetworkSAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, January7, 2014 --Today Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners sold off its remaining equity investment in Carrix, the parent company of Pacific International Terminals and SSA Marine that are behind a colossal coal export terminal proposal near Bellingham, Washington.

The move comes after coal companies and their proponents have tabled or dropped three out of six proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest in the last two years. If built, the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point would mean up to 18 mile - long coal trains traveling through local communities and up to 48 million tons of coal exported to Asian markets each year. It would be the largest coal export terminal in North America, and threatens to ruin the rich biodiversity and unique cultural legacy found in the region.

Related: U.S.: Seattle Idle No More: Lummi people reject Cherry Point coal loader (March 2013)

Climate scientists say Success of climate talks vital for 2°C target

Warsaw, 15 November 2013. Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks

Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks
Typhoon Haiyan solidarity should turn to climate action, groups say.

Congo: Oil exploration in Virunga National Park condemned by World Heritage Committee

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, 18 JUNE, 2013 – The international body that oversees World Heritage Sites today requested the cancelation of oil exploration permits in Virunga National Park, some of which are currently held by international petroleum conglomerates, including UK-based Soco International PLC and French oil giant Total SA.

WWF calls for major investment in clean and renewable energy with launch of new global campaign

Media Release 05 June 2013:
With a global call to action urging governments and financial institutions worldwide to increase investment in renewable energy by at least US$40 billion over the next 12 months, WWF today launched its new international campaign under the slogan Seize Your Power.

Philippines: Climate campaigners expose dirty coal, demand shift to renewable energy

Philippines protest on Earth Day 2013Philippines protest on Earth Day 2013Philippines, 22 April 2013. 300-strong climate activists and anti-coal advocates stormed the Department of Energy to voice out their opposition to coal mines and coal-fired power plants promoted by the government and to launch the group’s Campaign Against Dirty Energy and for People’s Access to Safe, Renewable and Democratic Energy Alternatives.

This is in celebration of Earth Day and the group’s National Day of Action against Coal.

Led by the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), the groups brought body bags, gas masks and paper-made Philippine Cockatoos wearing masks to avoid the pollution from coal and highlighted how coal damages not only the environment and biodiversity but our lives, literally taking lives -, thus, the statement: COAL KILLS.

Climate Space: Rethinking Strategies to Fight For Our Future

Open call to join the Climate Space at the World Social Forum in Tunisia, March 26-30, 2013

The 2013 World Social Forum will be held this March 26-30 in Tunisia, where only two years ago, a revolution began and resulted into a historic change that created a ripple effect on the region. Now, Tunisia is an inspiration to movements both old and new, across the globe.

U.S.: Mapping a renewable energy future for New York

Stanford researchers map out an alternative energy future for New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon decide whether to approve hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state. To date, no alternative to expanded gas drilling has been proposed.

Pacific cultures lay down a climate challenge: We are not drowning, we are fighting

Pacific Warriors Day of Action against Climate change March 2, 2013Pacific Warriors Day of Action against Climate change March 2, 2013Malo ni! My name is Mikaele Maiava. I'm writing from the Pacific Island archipelago of Tokelau to ask you to join with us in action as we take on the fossil fuel industry.

Last October, Tokelau turned off the last of its diesel generators. In their place, we switched on our solar plants, making Tokelau the first country in the world to become 100% renewably-powered. (See Tokelau installs 100 percent solar and ditches diesel power to combat climate change)

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