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What Is the Carbon Limit? That Depends Who You Ask

by FRED PEARCE
Scientists are offering widely varying estimates of how much carbon we can emit into the atmosphere without causing dangerous climate change. But establishing a so-called carbon budget is critical if we are to keep the planet a safe place to live in the coming century. READ MORE

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Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action

by FRED PEARCE
As negotiators look to next year’s UN climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on sweeping international agreements. Some analysts are pointing to Plan B — recasting the climate issue as one of national self-interest rather than global treaties. READ MORE

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Oil Companies Quietly Prepare For a Future of Carbon Pricing

by MARK SCHAPIRO AND JASON SCORSE
The major oil companies in the U.S. have not had to pay a price for the contribution their products make to climate change. But internal accounting by the companies, along with a host of other signs, suggest that may soon change — though the implications of a price on carbon are far from clear. READ MORE

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Can Carbon Capture Technology Be Part of the Climate Solution?

by DAVID BIELLO
Some scientists and analysts are touting carbon capture and storage as a necessary tool for avoiding catastrophic climate change. But critics of the technology regard it as simply another way of perpetuating a reliance on fossil fuels. READ MORE

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Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

by FRED PEARCE
Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war. READ MORE

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