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Archive: Environmental

Renewables 'can cut energy CO2 emissions to zero'

Renewables could eliminate CO2 emissions from the energy sector by 2060, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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COP21: Prospects dim going in

An intern at inkl.com, the Australian-based subscription news filter site, offers a rundown of the position of big players on the climate scene as the World Summit opens in Paris (30 November-11 December 2015). Sheida Danai, a freelance journalist, points out that China plans to double its emissions while the United States Congres is considered unlikely to approve any treaty.

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Red and processed meats -- how dangerous?

You probably read the news that the World Health Organization has ruled that red and processed meats are carcinogenic. What you may not have seen is an assessment of what that means in fact.

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has analysed the report. He concludes: "If you're really worried about cancer, cut out the smoking, the drinking, the overeating, and the city living. Once you've done that, then it's time to decide if you also want to skip the bacon."

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U.S. carbon 'debt' = $4 trillion

U.S. carbon gas emissions since 1990, when climatologist James Hansen publicly warned Congress of global warming, account for 40% of the problem, according to a new study.

And at $40 a ton as the calculated cost of the damage from carbon pollution, the U.S. owes $4 trillion dollars to non-polluting nations such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and even China.

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W.H.O. agency says agent orange is 'possibly carcinogenic', DDT probably, and lindane certainly

The Lyon-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, has issued classifications for the carcinogenity of three major herbicide/pesticides including 2,4-D, an ingredient of agent orange, used by the U.S. against Viet Cong-controlled territory in Vietnam.

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Plastic bags vs the rest

For a paper bag to be better than a plastic one in terms of global warming impact, you have to use it three times. A cotton bag must be used 131 times, according to a new Mother Jones report.

Most of the statistics are Californian, in view of a new law there banning one-time plastic bags, but examples also come from Australia.

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U.S. faces "unpredictable, highly damaging" impacts from climate change

"There is a small, but real chance of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts on people in the United States and around the world," the American Association for the Advancement of Science said in a statement about climate change on 19 March 2014.