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Gore urges US to stop Keystone 'atrocity'

Former US vice president Al Gore on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, likening the carbon-intense project to drug addiction. Gore, who has championed action against climate change since his razor-thin loss for the White House in 2000, praised Obama's general views on climate change but said his fellow Democrat faced a key test on the proposed project.

Al Gore wades into Australia bushfire debate

Environmental activist Al Gore has likened Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's insistence that wildfires are not linked to climate change to the tobacco industry claiming smoking does not cause lung cancer. The former US vice president and Nobel laureate was commenting after Abbott this week dismissed UN climate chief Christiana Figueres' assertion that there was "absolutely" a connection between wildfires and rising temperatures.

Al-Jazeera in big gambit with planned US launch

Can Al-Jazeera win hearts and minds in America? The pan-Arab news giant is laying the groundwork for the launch of Al-Jazeera America after its purchase of Current TV, a struggling US cable channel. It will likely face an uphill battle for viewers but could solidify its journalistic brand, analysts say. "Al-Jazeera is going into extremely unfamiliar terrain," said Adel Iskandar, a professor of communication at Georgetown University and co-author of a 2002 book on the Qatar-based news organization.

Gore says tough U.S. network competition forced sale of Current TV

* Former vice president proud of channel, didn't see only as investment * Gore touts Al Jazeera's climate coverage * He praises Obama's pledge to address environment By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Al Gore said on Tuesday that tough competition from major U.S. television networks forced him to sell Current TV, a struggling progressive cable channel, to Al Jazeera, and he praised the Arabic news broadcaster's coverage of climate change.

Al Jazeera buys Current TV, terms undisclosed

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the cable channel founded by Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt in 2005, for undisclosed terms. Current, which has battled low viewership, is now distributed in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.
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