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August 28, 2014

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-08-28 05:33:55

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path. “If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time,” said Paul Bledsoe, a top climate change official in the Clinton administration who works closely with the Obama White House on international climate change policy.
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Oklahomans file lawsuit over health concerns, property values against wind energy company

BY KFOR-TV & K. QUERRY  •    •  Posted 2014-08-28 05:34:19

A group of Oklahoma residents have filed a class action lawsuit against a wind energy company. The group says they believe the wind turbines that are planned to be built in their community will have adverse effects on their health and property values. According to the Oklahoma Wind Action Association, there are plans for several wind farms in Kingfisher and Canadian counties. [ read more … ]

U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-08-28 05:34:35

Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report. Global warming is already cutting grain production by several percentage points, the report found, and that could grow much worse if emissions continue unchecked. Higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are also being felt around the world as a result of human-produced emissions, the draft report said, and those problems are likely to intensify unless the gases are brought under control. [ read more … ]

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