FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Megan Darby for Climate Change News:The Swedish government is expected to decide this week whether to allow the sale of some of Europe’s most polluting assets. At issue are state-owned Vattenfall’s brown coal mines and plants in Germany, which it wants to offload to Czech firm EPH.Olivia Linander of 350.org urged the ruling parties to “show they take the Paris Agreement seriously” by blocking the transaction.An opinion poll commissioned by Greenpeace, WWF and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation suggests the public is inclined to agree. Nearly half (49%) oppose the sale, compared to 27% in favour.The figures are similar among voters for the Social Democrats, whose minister Mikael Damberg is responsible for the decision: 49% against, 32% for.Vattenfall expects to lose US$2.7-3.3 billion in the transaction, yet argues it is cheaper than holding onto the loss-making business.Shedding the five opencast mines and four power stations will shrink the firm’s carbon footprint by two thirds – seen as desirable for its reputation and bankability.Gerard Wynn, analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, questioned whether it would really be more expensive for Vattenfall to decommission the mines.“If it is about brand, it is not great if you are potentially going to create a big mess in Eastern Germany,” he said. “Which is more important, bankers or your voters?”Sweden faces climate test as voters oppose brown coal sale Resistance in Sweden to Selling, Rather Than Closing, Lignite Mines and Plants in Eastern Germany
17-year-old Ben Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool history as they saw off Leeds United to qualify for the semi-finals of the EFL Cup at Anfield.The Welsh under-19 international sealed the 2-0 win in the 81st minutes after Divock Origi opened the scoring five minutes earlier.Liverpool will be joined in the semi-finals by Hull who defeated Newcastle on penalties after they finished 1-1 after extra-time. The quarter-finals continue this evening with two more games down for decision.At 8pm Manchester United and West Ham meet at Old Trafford for the second time in just four days.While at 7.45pm Arsenal and Southampton will be hoping to follow up on their wins from last weekend when the two teams meet at the Emirates.
Michael Parsons, 58, of Oxford died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at his home in Oxford.Following cremation, no services will be held.Â A Memorial has been established with the Humane Society and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Michael D. Parsons was born on February 4, 1955 the son of Darl C. and Jo Ann (Paton) Parsons in Winfield. He was a 1973 graduate of the Oxford High School in Oxford. Michael was an Auto Mechanic as well as an Oil Field Pumper for many years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and also liked to garden.Survivors include his parents, Darl and Jo Ann Parsons of Oxford, brother, Scott Parsons of Wichita, Kans., sisters, Barbara Dietz and husband Steven of Merriam, Kans. and Judith Parsons of Independence, MO, and nephews, Joshua and Brian Parsons of Overland Park.Preceding him in death are his grandparents.