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Mainstreaming Climate Change Concerns into Planning Processes

<b>‘Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast .’</b><p><b>If there is ever a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.</b> These were …

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

The State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.<p>In the Final Supplemental …

Group: Trade leak reveals weakness

“Climate change” has gone missing in trade talks between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries.<p>Top U.S. trade negotiators appear to be trying to steer their counterparts away from even using the phrase in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, a leaked summary of the the U.S.’s most …

There's a silent killer in India's homes – but it's not an election issue

In March, the World Health Organisation released its latest study which estimated a total of 7 million deaths worldwide in 2012 caused by exposure to air pollution – one in eight of all global deaths. Indoor air pollution was linked to 4.3 million of the deaths that occurred in homes which depend …

What is the environmental cost of war?

The last time the ecological cost of war was a hot topic we were still worried about the ozone layer and George Michael’s “Praying for Time” was on the radio. That was 1991, when the Gulf War became a talking point in eco circles for inflicting maximum environmental damage in a remarkably short …

Satellite images reveal shocking groundwater loss in California

The severity of California's drought continues to shock, with the latest example coming courtesy of NASA.<p>The space agency's two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, satellites have been been in orbit since 2002, making highly sensitive measurements of Earth's gravity field. Variations …

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