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Four drivers give meaning to this message. First, the costs of clean, climate-friendly solutions – notably renewable energies – continue to fall as technology improves and business models sharpen. The age-old argument that a green future involves additional expense is giving way to the realisation that a full life-cycle analysis often reveals superior net returns, even when there are higher upfront investments. Second, national and sub-national policy action is accelerating, crucially in China and the USA, fusing the climate agenda with one geared to human health, energy security and technology innovation, focusing for China in particular on reducing air pollution and water stress. Third, citizens are mobilising and will be on the streets of New York the weekend before the summit at the People’s Climate March – with a refreshed narrative that communicates the often complex climate agenda in popular ways, whether in terms of giant ‘carbon bubbles’, rising inequality or stagnant economies. And fourth, finance is moving, although still hesitantly, often led by the world’s policy-guided banks. Stewards of some of the trillions of private dollars, yuan and euro that lie within the global financial system are readying for the shift that lies ahead, as evidenced by the still small but rapidly growing green bond market.
UN Climate Summit must show climate change action is in everyone’s interests | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com

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To be fair, the so-called “Climate Change Rowhouse,” with its recycled tilework inspired “in part by 18th-century Portuguese facade work” and in part by clouds, is not everyone’s style. I paid a visit to Long Island City to see it for myself, and let’s just say I didn’t have any trouble finding it. But if I’d managed to design a house that used about 95 percent energy for heating and cooling than traditional homes, and which boasted a green roof and a solar powered water heater to boot, I’d want to be loud about it, too.

In Defense of the Ugliest House in Queens

For the record, I’ve lived in Queens my entire life and there are far uglier houses. 

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"We’ve got to use this moment to seek out our shared humanity that’s been laid bare by this moment: The potential of a young man and the sorrows of parents, the frustrations of a community, the ideals that we hold as one united American family." —President Obama on the death of Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson

The president has shown a total lack of leadership on this situation.

whitehouse:

"We’ve got to use this moment to seek out our shared humanity that’s been laid bare by this moment: The potential of a young man and the sorrows of parents, the frustrations of a community, the ideals that we hold as one united American family." —President Obama on the death of Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson

The president has shown a total lack of leadership on this situation.

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Unrest continues in Ferguson, Missouri Town after police shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown

Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death.

Top photo: People make their way through the haze as tears gas fills the street during a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Middle photo: A woman has her face doused with milk after being tear gassed by police as she was protesting Michael Brown’s murder August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Bottom photo: Police advance on demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police shot smoke and tear gas into the crowd of several hundred as they advanced near the police command center which has been set up in a shopping mall parking lot. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

See the latest images from Ferguson here

These photos aren’t Gaza or Iraq or Syria. It’s the middle of the United States. 

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Fatal shooting of teenager sparks protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early Monday, hours after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets following a week of demonstrations against the fatal police shooting of a black Missouri teenager.

In a statement, Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to the St. Louis suburb that has been filled almost nightly with angry, defiant crowds since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed Aug. 9. (AP)

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Let’s hope the news cycle doesn’t move on to the next celebrity nonsense. 

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Alabama hunters haul in 1,000-pound alligator

A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday, August 16th, during the state’s alligator hunting season.

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists were able to measure the gator at 15 feet, but weighing it posed a challenge.

The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators. So they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter. It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.

Photos by Sharon Steinmann/AP/Al.com

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Put the gator back. 

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Fatal shooting of teenager sparks protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early Monday, hours after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets following a week of demonstrations against the fatal police shooting of a black Missouri teenager.

In a statement, Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to the St. Louis suburb that has been filled almost nightly with angry, defiant crowds since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed Aug. 9. (AP)

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