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New Fracking Rules on Public Lands ‘A Giveaway to Oil and Gas Industry,’

new fracking rules a giveaway“Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations,” said Jewell. “This updated and strengthened rule provides a framework of safeguards and disclosure protocols that will allow for the continued responsible development of our federal oil and gas resources.

As we continue to offer millions of acres of public lands for conventional and renewable energy production, it is absolutely critical the public have confidence that transparent and effective safety and environmental protections are in place.”

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Senior scientists call on health charities to shift money out of fossil fuels

fossil fuelsSenior scientists including former chief advisers to the UK government and European commission have called on the world’s two largest health charities to sell their investments in leading fossil fuel companies.

They argue that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust should offload their holdings in major coal, oil and gas corporations because the investments are undermining the charities’ aims.

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U.S. to set fracking standards on federal land

Fracking on federal landThe Obama administration on Friday is due to unveil rules for oil companies that frack on federal land, included beefed-up safety measures, but won't likely require strict oversight as environmental groups want, according to sources.

The standards have been in the works for more than three years and gone through several drafts with environmentalists and the energy industry fighting over its scope.

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Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Smallest Winter Size in 35-Year Record

Arctic Sea Ice ShrinksArctic sea ice covered the smallest extent of ocean on record this winter, losing an area of ice bigger than Mississippi.

At its maximum, sea ice covered 14.54 million square kilometers (5.61 million square miles) of the northern oceans on Feb. 25, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder said Thursday in a statement. That’s 130,000 kilometers less than the previous smallest winter maximum in 2011.

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Revealed: Gates Foundation's $1.4bn in fossil fuel investments

Gates investments in fossil vfelsThe charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013.

The companies include BP, responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum, which was recently forced to pay a $5bn environmental clean-up charge and Brazilian mining company Vale, voted the corporation with most “contempt for the environment and human rights” in the world clocking over 25,000 votes in the Public Eye annual awards.

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Florida environmental manager was punished for uttering “climate change.”

Florid DEPThe group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says it’s filed a complaint arguing a state employee was reprimanded for speaking about climate change at an official meeting and keeping notes on the subject in official minutes.

The complaint says that on March 9, Barton Bibler, a longtime worker for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, got a letter of reprimand, was ordered to take two days leave and then was told not to return until he had medical clearance of his fitness for duty.

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Obama orders 40 percent cut in government's greenhouse gases

greenhouse gasesPresident Barack Obama will order the federal government on Thursday to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

Obama's executive order will also direct the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of the federal government's consumption. The White House said U.S. taxpayers could save up to $18 billion in electricity costs by reducing greenhouse gases 40 percent over the next decade, compared to 2008 levels.

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