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Obama Blames Congress For Inaction On Climate Change, While Calling For Increase In Fossil Fuel Production | ThinkProgress

Praising the boom in domestic oil and gas drilling, Obama announced that he is “directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.” He called for “every possible action” to develop “a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years.” The “one hundred years” supply of gas is questionable. More importantly, burning that supply would emit about 100 billion tons of carbon dioxide.

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Analysis: Côte d’Ivoire one year on | IRIN Africa

ABIDJAN, 1 December 2011 (IRIN) – One year on from the presidential elections that caused conflict across Côte d’Ivoire, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo has been charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC), tensions have eased in most areas, the economy has improved, and almost all schools have reopened and hospitals are functioning. But reconciliation has a long ...

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China’s green growth potential ‘could create 9.5m new jobs’ | guardian.co.uk

China can make a net gain of 9.5m jobs over the next five years if it phases out its dirtiest, energy intensive industries and replaces them with renewable technology and other “green” businesses, according to an influential advisory body. The potential for green growth was flagged up in a report that highlights the “Jeckyl and Hyde” nature of the environmental ...

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OPT: New projects to ease Gaza housing crisis | IRIN Middle East

GAZA CITY, 25 October 2011 (IRIN) – In response to a growing housing crisis in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), several new building projects have been initiated by the Hamas-led government, and thousands of families have begun purchasing properties in new communities, officials say. In Khan Younis, a project is under way on a 517,000 square-metre ...

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ETHIOPIA-KENYA: Who rules the range? | IRIN Africa

Sara Pavanello, who has just completed a three-year study of how natural resources are managed in the area, says: “The pastoralists I spoke to very often used collective terms, saying for example, ‘Our resources, we decide, we manage…’ For pastoral communities, the rangeland as a whole is perceived as one single economic resource that’s communally owned, even if this tract ...

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TIMOR-LESTE: Observers divided over oil fund investment | IRIN Asia

DILI, 19 October 2011 (IRIN) – A new bill allowing more diversified investments by Timor-Leste’s multi-billion dollar oil and natural gas sovereign fund, which underwrites the lion’s share of the country’s expenditure, has divided opinion, with some saying the step is necessary to maintain current levels of development spending and others calling the move risky. The amendment, passed by parliament ...

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OPT: Tunnels boost Gaza mosque reconstruction | IRIN Middle East

GAZA CITY, 12 October 2011 (IRIN) – An increased flow of building materials entering the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border has allowed reconstruction work to begin on hundreds of religious sites damaged or destroyed during the 23-day Israeli offensive which ended in January 2009. Nearly a quarter of Gaza’s 850 mosques were affected; 45 mosques were ...

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Europeans fear climate change more than financial turmoil, poll shows | The Guardian

Europeans believe that dangers of climate change represent a more serious problem than the current financial turmoil, according to a new poll. The Eurobarometer poll (pdf) suggests that the majority of the public in the European Union consider global warming to be one of the world’s most serious problems, with one-fifth saying it is the single most serious problem. Overall, ...

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