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Saturday, December 20, 2014   7:38 GMT



What the U.S. Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse
Miriam Pemberton
WASHINGTON, 20 Dec (IPS) - After months of whispered warnings, Russia’s economic troubles made global headlines when its currency collapsed halfway through December. Amid the tumbling price of oil, the ruble has fallen to record lows, bringing the country to its most serious economic crisis since the late 1990s.
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Dirty Energy Reliance Undercuts U.S., Canada Rhetoric at Climate Talks
Leehi Yona
LIMA, 13 Dec (IPS) - While U.S. and Canadian officials delivered speeches about how the world needs to step up to their responsibilities at the U.N. climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, activists from North America demanded clear answers back home on their governments’ relationships with fossil fuel corporations, as well as the future of several major oil projects across the continent.
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A Game-Changing Week on Climate Change
Joel Jaeger
WASHINGTON, 19 Nov (IPS) - - In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change.
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OPINION
The Pentagon Comes Up Short on Climate
Eric Bonds
Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA, 1 Nov (IPS) -

The Pentagon recently released a new report sounding the alarm on the national security threats posed by climate change. Like previous reports on the subject, this one makes clear that Department of Defence (DoD) planners believe that global warming will seriously challenge our nation’s military forces.
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Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 31 Oct (IPS) - The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country’s massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.
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Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 29 Oct (IPS) - Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a U.S. biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.
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Good Twins or Evil Twins? U.S., China Could Tip the Climate Balance
Stephen Leahy
BONN, 27 Oct (IPS) - China and the United States are responsible for 35 percent of global carbon emissions but could do their part to keep climate change to less than two degrees C by adopting best energy efficiency standards, a new analysis shows.
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U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 22 Oct (IPS) - The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.
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Ahead of Myanmar Trip, Obama Urged to Demand Extractives Transparency
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 15 Oct (IPS) - Lawmakers here are urging President Barack Obama to put transparency in the extractives sector at the centre of an upcoming trip to Myanmar.
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U.S. Investigation into Illegal Timber Imports a “Sea Change”
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 7 Oct (IPS) - A year after a U.S. company was accused of engaging in the systematic importing of flooring made from illegally harvested timber, pressure is mounting on federal agencies currently investigating the allegations.
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