Want to stop wildfires? Try logging, says Utah official.

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Republican State Rep. Mike Noel said this week that “tree huggers” were to blame for a major blaze, which broke out in southern Utah on June 17 and continues to burn 11 days later.

His reasoning? The fire wouldn’t have spread if federal forest lands had been cleared of dead, bug-infested trees, and environmentalists and the federal government were getting in the way of that deed.

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“When we turn the Forest Service over to the bird and bunny lovers and the tree huggers and the rock lickers, we’ve turned our history over,” Noel said.

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Trump’s comments to tribal leaders will make you scratch your head.

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The new Museum of Capitalism in Oakland, California, explores “the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism.” Surprise! One of the most detrimental legacies of capitalism is … climate change.

Bear with us (and the museum’s curators): The fossil fuel production that drives climate change is due to global (read: American) desire for profit and growth.

The museum — funded largely through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation — exhibits several works examining how humans despoil the environment in our quest for more things. Some are simple, like a bright blue baseball cap emblazoned with “COAL = JOBS” in white, akin to the ubiquitous MAGA accessory.

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Cyprus signs deal for construction of casino

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June 28, 2017 10:07 AM
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Cyprus signed a deal this week for the construction of what officials believe will be Europe’s biggest casino.

The small Mediterranean island nation’s government endorsed proposals from a group made up of Hong Kong-based Melco International, the U.S.’s Hard Rock and local firm CNS Group to build the casino resort in the coastal town of Limassol.

The proposed casino will consist of 136 gambling tables and 1,200 gambling machines and includes plans for an adjoining 500-room luxury hotel, a health spa and 1,500-seat concert hall.

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1,400 mayors: If Trump won’t lead on climate action, we will

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This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The nation’s mayors sent a strong message to the Trump administration: If the federal government won’t take the lead on fighting climate change, they will.

At their annual summit that concluded Monday, the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents more than 1,400 mayors nationwide, passed several resolutions pushing back against President Donald Trump’s policies on climate change. It included a call to Congress and the president to commit to environmental initiatives such as the Paris climate agreement and the Clean Power Plan. The country’s largest coalition of cities also passed a landmark resolution supporting cities’ transitions to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The resolution was passed unanimously, the Guardian reported.

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Cypriot Energy Minister to address Athens Economist Conference

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Cyprus Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis is set to address the Economist Conference, in Athens, on the importance of the Greece – Cyprus energy pact in the new geopolitical landscape.

Lakkotrypis departs for Athens tonight, where tomorrow he will be one of the keynote speakers of the conference entitled “21st Economist Roundtable with the Government of Greece,” a public and information office press release issued here today says.
 
In particular, the press release adds, Lakkotrypis “will deliver a speech in the morning on the thematic `Security challenges in the region: How important is the Greece-Cyprus energy pact in the new geopolitical landscape?`”

It is further noted that he will also take part in the discussion which will follow.

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Exmar Secures Funds for FLNG Unit

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Belgian shipowner Exmar said June 28 it has fully secured $200mn of financing for its Caribbean FLNG vessel from Bank of China, Sinosure and a leading European financial institution, noting that the mini-liquefaction vessel is being completed by Chinese shipbuilder Wison Offshore and Marine and will be delivered “in the coming weeks.”

“Proceeds from the financing will be used to pay the last instalment to the shipyard,” it added, noting that it looks forward to building on its new relationship with Bank of China and Sinosure (the latter also being known as China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation).

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