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The weather extremes in Australia are a dress rehearsal for the effects of climate change in the rest of the world, according to this Rolling Stone article. Why is China leading the world in renewable energy investment? Will the Arctic be the next frontier for the geopolitics of energy in the 21st century? Economic expert […]

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Shale gas will not solve Britain’s energy problems, an Economist editorial argues. Cheap, plentiful fuel may lead to an increase in overall energy use and is also likely to undermine the market for renewable energy technology. Farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin are worried that the Australian government may ask them to cut their water use […]

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More than a third of the European Union’s agro-environmental aid is given to farms that have no ecological problems, according to a study by the European Court of Auditors, EUobserver reported. Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Limited announced that it had found 200 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in two wells drilled in northwestern England. Yet, […]

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What are the largest additions and deletions in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes? The Obama administration should reject the false division between environmental protection and the economy, according to this editorial in the journal Nature. A new online database tracks the “anti-environment” votes by the current U.S. Congress, The New York Times Green blog […]

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Botswana Bushmen in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have re-opened a crucial water supply for their village, eight months after winning a painful legal battle against the Botswana government for access to water wells closed nine years ago, AFP reported. Countries should “connect the dots” between climate change, food insecurity and water scarcity, United Nations […]

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The deltas of the the Mekong, Irrawaddy, Niger, Nile, Mississippi, Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Yangtze rivers contain some of the largest, most vulnerable populations to climate change. Lester Brown explores how raging storms and rising seas will create climate refugees around the globe. Agriculture vs. Industry Is genetically modified corn for ethanol production in the United […]

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The U.S. Department of State will hold public meetings in five states before it decides whether to grant permission for the Keystone XL pipeline, which will transport Canadian oil sands petroleum to refiners in Texas, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert argues that “just about every decision that [the Obama] Administration has made […]

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Radioactive water rising in Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant could start overflowing from service trenches within days and leak into the sea, Bloomberg reports. With scarce coal and water resources, Tianjin — China’s third biggest city — is bracing for electricity shortfalls that could reach 1.5 gigawatts this summer, Reuters reports. France’s record spring […]

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Brazil’s environment agency gave a go-ahead for the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, slated as a crucial energy source for Brazil’s fast-growing economy but frowned upon by native Indians and environmental groups, Reuters reports. South Africa South Africa has appointed a bulk raw water provider to oversee a short-term project to clean up […]

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China’s worsening power crisis leaves it few long-term options but to raise consumer electricity prices and swallow a dose of inflation, Reuters argues in an analysis of the country’s power shortages, as a lingering drought in southern and central China is also crippling the hydropower output. China Meanwhile, the water woes in the Yangtze River […]

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China is bracing for what might be the worst summer power crunch in recent years, according to Reuters. Electricity supplies to industrial users will be curbed in the summer, as power deficits are expected to reach 30 gigawatts even if coal supplies are steady, water levels are normal and there are no persisting high temperatures. […]

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