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Top Republican Finally Acknowledges Human-Caused Climate Change

Originally posted at Yahoo! Finance Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chair of the Senate Republican Conference, admitted in an Fox News interview on Sunday that human activity has likely caused some climate changes. This is a big step, though in the same segment Thune expressed negative feelings on the US-China climate deal reached last week, and promoted the Keystone XL pipeline. As a member of a party often noted for its representatives’ unwillingness to cooperate with national climate policy or even for their outright climate denialism, Thune’s first remark was a solid acknowledgment that human-caused climate change is occurring. “Well, look,
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Recommended Website: Avaaz.org

Avaaz—meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want. Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. Our model of internet organising allows thousands of individual efforts, however small, to be rapidly combined into a powerful collective force. (Read about results on the Victories page.) The Avaaz community campaigns in
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New Battery Could Propel the Renewable Energy Market

From UPI by Brooks Hays One of the largest obstacles to the viability of renewable energy, like wind and solar power, is the process of storing and transporting the power once the energy’s been converted to electricity. That obstacle has shrunk in recent years, as technology has improved. Now, a bigger, cleaner and more powerful battery is hitting the market. But scientists say it’s important quality is its price. The battery — which uses the sodium ions of saltwater as its electricity-carrying electrolyte — is cheap, really cheap. The new generation of battery is roughly the same price as the
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Bill McKibben–The Big Climate Deal: What It Is, and What It Isn’t

By Bill McKibben, originally posted at Huffington Post, and reposted here from 350.org. 1) It is historic. John Kerry was right to use the phrase in his New York Times oped announcing the deal: for the first time a developing nation has agreed to eventually limit its emissions, which has become a necessity for advancing international climate negotiations. 2) It isn’t binding in any way. In effect President Obama is writing an IOU to be cashed by future presidents and Congresses (and Xi is doing the same for future Politburos). If they take the actions to meet the targets, then
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U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks

Original post at The New York Times by Mark Landler China and the United States made common cause on Wednesday against the threat of climate change, staking out an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases. The landmark agreement, jointly announced here by President Obama and President Xi Jinping, includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030. Administration officials said the agreement, which was worked out
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