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Warning of a 'new era of mega-catastrophes' driven by climate change.  15,000 scientists from around the world issue a dire "warning to humanity" about the dangers ahead. The message updates a warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists 25 years ago - the picture is far worse than it was in 1992  -   Independent 

Main page updates this week:  
Natural Gas - Coal - Antarctic - GeothermalFossil fuel divestment  - IEN 

  • Peru farmer's claims against German energy giant RWE 'admissible' in court – dw.com
  • Norway sued over Arctic oil exploration plans - Guardian 
  • Germany, Britain inject $153 million in Amazon climate change fight - Reuters
  • Norway's $1tn wealth fund proposes ditching oil and gas investments - Guardian
  • Macron: France will replace US funding for UN climate science - ClimateChangeNews 
  • Climate war brewing at right-leaning ALEC conservative policy organization - eeNews

Global emissions set to reach record high in 2017. The burning of fossil fuels around the world is set to hit a record high in 2017, climate scientists have warned, following three years of flat growth that raised hopes that a peak in global emissions had been reached. The expected jump in the carbon emissions that drive global warming is a “giant leap backwards for humankind”, according to some scientists. However, other experts said they were not alarmed, saying fluctuations in emissions are to be expected and that big polluters such as China are acting to cut emissions - Guardian

Keystone oil pipeline spills 210,000 gallons as Nebraska weighs XL decision. TransCanada shut down its 7-year-old Keystone Pipeline after an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil, some 210,000 gallons, spilled across farmland near a pump station in South Dakota. The spill occurred as regulators in Nebraska are preparing to decide on Monday whether to allow TransCanada to build the northern leg of Keystone XL pipeline across their state – InsideClimateNews

In drive to cut emissions, Germany confronts its car culture. Germans like to think of themselves as the most environmentally friendly people on earth. But the green self-image of Europe’s largest economy doesn’t square with another important aspect of Germany’s national identity: its longstanding love affair with fast, gas-guzzling automobiles produced by the country’s iconic carmakers. As new studies show that Germany may well miss its 2020 CO2 emissions-reduction targets, Germans are beginning to question the sustainability of their automobile culture – enn.com 

Virginia launches plan to join East Coast Carbon Market, cut emissions 30%. Virginia would join nine other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation's longest-running mandatory carbon market. The new rule would cap CO2 emissions at 34 million tons in 2020. After that, the state's utilities would collectively have to reduce emissions 3% per year through 2030, matching RGGI agreement – InsideClimateNews   (RGGI.org)  

Quote of the week from Bonn::  
“I actually don’t know what that means, the 2C target”. George David Banks, president Trump’s special energy assistant - read
also from Bonn: Trump's team may have a point re: fossil fuels - Axios.com  but their  attempts to promote so called "false solutions" at the UN climate conference backfired badly - EcoWatch

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