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Michael Meacher’s impressive environmental legacy | Letters

Your obituary of Michael Meacher (22 October) underplays his significant contribution to the promotion of genuinely green policies.

I worked as a specialist researcher for Michael in the nine months running up to the 1997 general election landslide win for Labour, preparing policy papers as he advanced the cause of sustainability as shadow environmental protection secretary.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Paris climate summit: 'sprint needed' to secure emissions deal in December

Observers say draft text shows countries close to consensus after Bonn talks to hammer out final details of global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions

Governments working on the proposed new global deal on climate change, to be agreed this December, must step up their efforts after a slow week of talks produced little progress, observers have said.

In December, governments will meet in Paris to decide a new global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions, which would kick in from 2020 when current international commitments on emissions expire.

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It’s true women don’t like fracking. I want to change that | Averil Macdonald

I was criticised for my comments saying women react differently to men because of their understanding of science. Here’s what we should do

I have spent my career communicating to people about the importance and excitement of science in their daily lives and hopefully inspiring younger people, particularly girls, to study and build careers in science and technology. It is vital for our country’s continued economic health that we maintain and grow the science base, and women have had and will have increasingly a bigger role to play in that.

Related: Women ‘less likely than men to support fracking, due to instinct’

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Obama's carbon reduction plan under attack from 24 states and Republicans

Coal groups and almost half of US states sued EPA for rules on cutting power plant pollution, as congressmen prepare to overturn crux of climate change plan

Twenty-four states have filed lawsuits against Barack Obama’s rules for cutting carbon pollution from power plants, the first wave of a much-anticipated legal and political onslaught against his climate change plan.

The challenge filed on Friday asked a federal court in Washington DC, to strike down the power plant rules, thus gutting the heart of Obama’s climate plan.

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TTIP: EU negotiators appear to break environmental pledge in leaked draft

As Miami talks wind up, environmental safeguards are ‘virtually non-existent’ in trade deal negotiating text for sustainable development, lawyers say

The EU appears to have broken a promise to reinforce environmental protections in a leaked draft negotiating text submitted in the latest round of TTIP talks in Miami..

In January, the bloc promised to safeguard green laws, defend international standards and protect the EU’s right to set high levels of environmental protection, in a haggle with the US over terms for a free trade deal.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Inside the General Mills roadmap to a sustainable food future

General Mills recently announced a commitment to cut its emissions by 28% in the next 10 years. Other companies can, and should, do the same

As the UN Climate Conference in Paris approaches, all eyes will be on government leaders as they negotiate a new global deal to address climate change.

Increasingly volatile weather around the world combined with a global population projected to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050 means climate change has become the most pressing environmental issue that our society faces today. As a food company, climate change will likely have a significant impact on our business, and so we are compelled to act.

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Chris Mullin on Michael Meacher: he never lost his radical streak or his infectious good humour

Michael Meacher was my friend and colleague for more than 30 years. We were on the same side in the ferocious struggle for the soul of the Labour party in the late 1970s, and later served together as ministers in Tony Blair’s government.

Michael combined a razor-sharp intellect and boyish charm with an engaging naivety that he never lost during his 45 years in parliament. An unrepentant Bennite, a label fatal to many a political career, he was widely respected for his ability to master a brief and his capacity for hard work. As a result, during the long years of opposition he was regularly re-elected to the shadow cabinet and held half a dozen frontbench posts, in all of which he performed with distinction.

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Are fossil fuel companies using IEA predictions to talk up demand? | Karl Mathiesen

International Energy Agency projections have consistently failed to track the huge growth of renewables – yet many fossil fuel companies present their figures as fact

International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.

The fossil fuel industry commonly cites modelling by the IEA, an intergovernmental organisation considered to be an authoritative source of information on energy, which finds demand for their products increasing until at least 2040.

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Areas near Heathrow suffer more noise despite claims of quieter planes

Huge aircraft such as Airbus A380 creating higher level of disturbance, independent study finds, in blow to campaign for third runway at airport

Low-flying “super-jumbo” passenger planes have increased noise for some communities around Heathrow, an independent study has shown.

Research by PA Consulting, commissioned by Heathrow, confirmed complaints from residents that more planes were being concentrated on a flight path over Twickenham and Teddington, in the London borough of Richmond, with greatest disruption late at night and early in the morning.

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Source: Guardian Environment