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  • Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert

    The Democratic frontrunner’s solar proposal has major holes if she hopes to halt global warming. What would a real climate-change candidate look like?

    Hillary Clinton’s pledge on Sunday to support renewable energy and boost subsidies for solar panels was set up as a great unveiling – the Democratic frontrunner’s first public remarks on how her presidency would tackle climate change.

    Related: Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen

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  • How the big smoke was cleaned up | Letters

    The most effective proxy that the western coalition has against Isis is the Kurdish YPG militia operating in northern Syria (Report, 28 July). Given that the territory the YPG controls is now under threat from Turkey, its fighters will engage this new enemy and turn away from fighting Isis. Isis will be free to consolidate its gains in Syria and to continue its regime of terror. How did the US and its allies allow this situation to come to pass?
    Dr Rod Thornton
    Defence studies department, King’s College London

    • London fogs, which were tackled by the Clean Air Act 1956, did not mean we were “groping about in airborne industrial waste” (Notebook, 28 July). The cause was overwhelmingly the discharge from domestic fireplaces burning bituminous coal, dealt with by a rolling programme of smoke control areas, replacing bituminous coal with coke, low-volatile steam coal, gas, electricity and other “smokeless” fuel.
    Bill Gabbett

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  • World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty
    • World Bank’s climate change envoy: ‘We need to wean ourselves off coal’
    • Bank has stopped funding new coal projects except in ‘rare circumstances’

    The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries.

    In a rebuff to coal, oil and gas companies, Rachel Kyte, the World Bank climate change envoy, said continued use of coal was exacting a heavy cost on some of the world’s poorest countries, in local health impacts as well as climate change, which is imposing even graver consequences on the developing world.

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  • Cecil the lion hunter Walter Palmer faces calls for prosecution

    US uproar over death of protected animal forces Walter Palmer’s practice to close, as two others attend Zimbabwean court to face poaching charges

    There are mounting calls for the prosecution of an American dentist who shot dead one of Africa’s most famous lions, as two other men involved in the hunt appeared in court in Zimbabwe to face poaching charges.

    Walter Palmer, who runs a dental practice in Minnesota and hunts big game in his spare time, is accused of illegally killing Cecil, a protected lion, in Zimbabwe on a $50,000 (£32,000) hunt.

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