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Tillerson Breathes New Life Into Paris Climate Change Accord

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about America’s shifting environmental policies, Tillerson Breathes New Life Into Paris Climate Change Accord 

Originally Posted on Clean Technica

By Tina Casey

Will he or won’t he? In a sequence events worthy of standard television reality fare, President Trump has been building suspense over a final decision on the Paris climate change accord. During his presidential campaign Trump promised to “cancel” US participation in the historic agreement and the clock is still ticking.

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Statoil Safety Incidents Increase As Arctic Drilling Begins

The ECOreport reposts a story from the Norwegian Arctic, Statoil Safety Incidents Increase As Arctic Drilling Begins

Originally Posted on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Zachary Davies Boren

Norway’s oil regulator has voiced ‘concerns’ over a surge in serious safety incidents as the industry prepares for its latest Arctic drilling drive.

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2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index Ranks Europe Foremost

The ECOreport looks at a report of the international “standard of life”, the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though China and the United States lead the world when it comes to gross domestic output (GDP), the sustainable competitiveness model  uses another standard. SolAbility defines this on its’ website, “Sustainable competitiveness is the ability of a country to meet the needs and basic requirements of current generations while sustaining or growing the national and individual wealth into the future without depleting its natural, intellectual and social capital.”  The focus is not corporate wealth or political clout, but “dignifying standard of life for all citizens.” Thus the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.

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Global Trade Deals Fight For Their Lives

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed explaining the who, what & how  as the four Global Trade Deals fight for their lives

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

by Zachary Davies Boren

Free trade deals around the world are in crisis, just as the UK is preparing to negotiate a clutch of new agreements that would replace its membership of the European Union. For the world’s fifth largest economy, Brexit couldn’t have come at a more turbulent time. The global free trade agenda has endured a nightmare 2016. Each of the big four deals in the pipeline – TTP, TTIP, TISA and CETA – has found itself in roughly the same position: Fighting for its life.

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The City of Oslo Divests From Fossil Fuels

A £8 billion pension fund cleansing itself of from stocks in coal, oil and gas companies; The City of Oslo Divests From Fossil Fuels 

Originally Published on Click Green

Oslo city leaders have announced that it will divest its £8 billion pension fund from coal, oil and gas companies, becoming the first capital city in the world to ban investments in fossil fuels.

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The World’s Mosts Sustainable Country

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By James Ayre

The World’s Mosts Sustainable Country is Sweden, according to  last summer’s study/ranking from the investment company RobecoSAM.

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Renewables Supplied 32.9% of the EU’s Electricity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Aside from the cold winter of 2012, Europe’s electric consumption has been declining the past five years. A combination of milder winters, advances in  energy efficiency and some industry  relocations have brought the numbers down. It is against this background that the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) point to the marked growth of  wind and solar energy. According to their report Electricity in Europe 2014, renewables supplied 32.9% of the EU’s electricity.

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Rise In Violent Anti-Semitic Attacks Worldwide

Editor’s Note: This story is not about Palestinian land claims or any other  cause worthy of investigation. The rise in violent anti-Semitic attacks worldwide is one of the vilest forms of hatred.

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Last week, a young Jewish man was shot and killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue. In Paris, as many as 250 Jewish graves were desecrated. At the University of California in Davis, California earlier this month, swastikas were sprayed on a Jewish fraternity houseafter a demonstration by pro-Palestinian students, one of whom proclaimed on Facebook that Hamas and Sharia law had come to the campus, prompting 23 organizations to demand an investigation to protect Jewish students’ safety. These are the latest in a string of hate crimes targeting Jewish people around the world.

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