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Russia frees on bail US captain of Greenpeace ship

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian jail has freed on bail the U.S. captain of a Greenpeace ship and six crewmembers who were arrested following an anti-oil drilling protest in Arctic waters two months ago.

US eyes increase in Arctic operations

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The U.S. military is looking for ways to expand operations in the vast waters of the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes and other nations such as Russia compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits. But the effort will take money and resources to fill the broad gaps in satellite and communications coverage, add deep-water ports and buy more ships that can withstand the frigid waters or break through the ice.

Report links most industrial greenhouse gas to 90 firms

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

A report from the Climate Accountability Institute linked 63 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions generated from 1854 to 2010 to 90 private or state-run companies, including ExxonMobil and Pemex, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Activists walk out of UN climate talks

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of environmental activists walked out of the U.N. climate talks on Thursday, saying they were deeply disappointed by the lack of results with just one day remaining.

Wild winter this year? Not likely, NOAA forecasts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The weather forecast for this winter is mostly a shrug of the shoulders.

11 of 30 Greenpeace protesters freed on bail

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian jails have freed on bail 11 of the 30 people arrested following a Greenpeace ship protest in Arctic waters two months ago, but the charges against them still stand.

Great Lakes levels rise, but slump hasn't ended

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it's too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said Wednesday.

Sierra Club shifting goal for getting power plants off fossil fuels

Source: 
National Journal

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said the organization is in the process of figuring out how to shift its target for getting the United States off fossil fuels in the power sector to 2030, 20 years earlier than its current goal of 2050, National Journal reports.

Senate Energy business meeting to vote on lands bills

Washington, November 21, 2013, 9:30 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meets to vote on pending lands bills. 

Rio's Olympic waterways full of trash, sewage

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's endless beaches and lush tropical forest will be a photographer's dream during the 2016 Olympics. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage.

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