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Obama’s Arctic trip

President Barack Obama has been in the Arctic trying to make his fellow countrymen aware of the threat posed by climate change, and secure his legacy.

Yesterday, in a photo-op the by Alaska’s Exit glacier, Obama paused before saying: “We want to make sure that our own grandkids can see this”.

Obama also used his trip to urge Congress expand the United States’ fleet of icebreaker vessels, so the country can better compete with Russia as the Arctic continues to thaw.

The President’s Arctic trip has focused the American’s media attention on climate, and the Los Angeles Times has travelled to the Alaskan village of Kivalina, which is fast disappearing into the sea as global temperatures change.

Climate activists have been quick to criticise Obama for his supposed double standards on climate change, with the President having approved Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic earlier this year.

Bill McKibben, from the organisation 350.org, called Obama’s actions in the Arctic a “bad contradiction”.

Oil price tumbles

The average price of barrel of crude dropped nearly 8%, after spiking for three days as volatility in the oil markets continues.

The Wall Street Journal report that analysts have blamed increased uncertainty over the Chinese economy for the latest tumble.

Dutch government to contest landmark court ruling  

The Dutch government will appeal a court ruling ordering it to cut carbon emissions at a quicker rate, but will comply with it for the time being.

The Guardian report the landmark decision came after Dutch NGO Urgenda filed a class action law suit calling on the government to take action to combat climate change.

The court’s decision on 24th June ordered the government to slash emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020.

Environmental activists are watching developments closely, with Urgenda’s director Marjan Minessma confident the government would not win.

In other news

El Nino:  Weather event could be strongest on record, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Japan: Only half of Japan’s nuclear reactors to restart, after being hit by legal challenges and tougher safety standards, according to Reuters.

United States: Electricity generated by US wind farms falls by 6% in first half of 2015.