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Actions planned on banks on both sides of the world in fossil fuel protest (BankTrack)

Actions planned on banks on both sides of the world in fossil fuel protest (BankTrack)

  Melbourne and Paris, 26 February 2014: Environmental groups in Europe and Australia are planning     actions that target major investors in Australian fossil fuel projects, as     companies seek finance for new major coal mines this year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1. BANK, 9.Energy

China’s ‘going out’ companies must tread the earth more lightly (South China Morning Post)

China’s ‘going out’ companies must tread the earth more lightly (South China Morning Post)

Michelle Chan:  In 2012, a Chinese-owned mining company, EcuaCorriente, signed a deal with the Ecuadorean government to develop a copper mine in one of the most biodiverse and beautiful places on earth. Located in Ecuador’s misty highlands, the Mirador mine has since been the target of protests, lawsuits and resistance from communities and organisations concerned about the mine’s impact on water, biodiversity and indigenous peoples. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1. BANK, 7.China & Asia

In latest draft energy policy, government calls nuclear power ‘important’(Japan Times)

In latest draft energy policy, government calls nuclear power ‘important’(Japan Times)

The government Tuesday unveiled a draft energy policy that characterizes atomic power as an important electricity source, although the draft waters down some wording seen in an earlier version as signaling a strong pro-nuclear tone. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident, 9.Energy

Chinese man becomes first to sue government over smog (Japan Today)

Chinese man becomes first to sue government over smog (Japan Today)

BEIJING —A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 7.China & Asia

Gov’t panel gives up scientifically singling out areas for storing high-level nuclear waste

Gov’t panel gives up scientifically singling out areas for storing high-level nuclear waste

An expert panel of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry effectively abandoned its efforts on Feb. 24 to scientifically single out “proper areas” that can host underground permanent storage facilities for high-level radioactive waste. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Is Abe Encouraging Japan’s Nut Jobs? (Bloomberg)

Is Abe Encouraging Japan’s Nut Jobs? (Bloomberg)

There’s a reason the nuns in Queens had me and my classmates read Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” several times — the same reason that’s made the book required reading around the globe. The 15-year-old’s account of hiding from the Nazis is impervious to nut jobs who argue the Holocaust is fiction.(By William Pesek) … Read entire article »

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