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01/02/2009 07:00 PM
United Kingdom: BP attacked for watering down EU green agenda
Guardian: Oil industry lobbying at the heart of the European Union has undermined efforts to tackle climate change, environmental groups are claiming. BP is blamed for being a key architect of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), which has received scathing criticism in recent days as industrial groups cash in carbon credits, causing prices to plunge. A report drawn up by Corporate Europe Observatory and ecology organisation Platform claims the British company has positioned itself at the ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Australia: Victorian heatwave cost millions
Sky News: The heatwave that's been affecting Victoria for the past week has cost an estimated $100 million dollars. According to the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the construction industry's been worst hit. Thousands of businesses suffered lost productivity when workers turned up hours late after being stranded by the failed public transport system. Meanwhile as the cost of raging bushfires in Victoria continues to be counted, the Australian Greens have ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Strict emission for developed world likely: Pachauri
Press Trust of India: The Copenhagen Climate Conference 2009, is likely to conclude on a strict regulatory regime on emissions for developed countries rather than for the developing countries, nobel laureate R K Pachauri said here today. "The negotiations are going on for the conference of parties at the Copenhagen where we will have a multilateral worldwide agreement, let's see what the implications of that would be," Pachauri, who is Chairman of UN's Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), ... read more

02/02/2009 07:00 PM
Solar power's steep 'learning curve'
ScienceAlert: We've seen it with computers, now we're seeing it in solar power. Down the track, the result will be be clean, green, safe, cheap solar electricity -- years before carbon capture and storage and nuclear power is ever even ready. The reason is 'The Learning Curve.' It's as powerful a force in economics as the force of gravity is in physics. What the Learning Curve means is that as research and development gears up in the industry, prices fall ever more rapidly. The compound effects are ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
China birth defects 'up sharply'
BBC: A senior family planning official in China has noted an alarming rise in the number of babies with birth defects, a Chinese media report says. Jiang Fan, from China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, said environmental pollution was a cause of the increase. The coal-mining heartland of Shanxi province had the biggest problem. China has reported the trend before, and it was not clear if Mr Jiang was commenting on new or old statistics. A 2007 ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Wheat Rises as Drought Conditions May Reduce U.S. Production
Bloomberg: Wheat prices fell on speculation rains will improve depleted soil moisture for dormant winter crops in the U.S., the world's largest exporter of the grain, Warmer, wet weather will develop next month that may help boost soil moisture for crops that will begin growing in late February in the Great Plains, said Jim Rouiller, a senior meteorologist for Planalytics Inc. in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Two storms with as much as 0.5 inch (1.3 centimeters) of rain next week may be the start of a ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Soybeans Rise as Drought May Reduce Production in Argentina
Bloomberg: Soybean prices rose on speculation that dry weather will damage crops in Argentina, the world's biggest exporter of vegetable oil and animal feed made from the commodity. Most fields in Argentina will receive less than 0.5 inch (1.3 centimeters) of rain the next five days, less than a forecast earlier today of as much as 1.25 inches, said Donald Keeney, a meteorologist at MDA EarthSat Weather Services in Rockville, Maryland. Argentina's soybean output may decline 25 percent, the ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Living in despair
Fiji Times: EVERY time it floods in the Sigatoka Valley there is a price to pay for farmers and dwellers there. Almost an acre of their farms is swept away and gravel and sand is left behind to thwart any attempts to rescue their livelihood for a good six months. The floods may have left three weeks ago but for the farmers in Nabitu and Vunaqoru in the upper reaches of the Kavanagasau Road, they have to bite the bullet and wait for the cyclone season to end before the recovery process ... read more

31/01/2009 07:00 PM
Antarctic warming rapidly say scientists
Green Left Weekly: Yet another global warming sceptic argument has bitten the dust with the release of new research indicating that Antarctica is warming rapidly. Until now, the evidence for the warming of Antarctica had been inconclusive. Climate sceptics have argued that the frozen continent is actually cooling down. But new data from satellites and weather stations published in the science journal Nature on January 22 reveals that the Antarctic has warmed by around 0.6°C on average over the ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Canada's vast boreal forests must be protected
Times Colonist: Living in times of unprecedented climate change has given way to new uncertainties. Every day, new evidence points to fundamental changes in our natural world. Most recently, there is more news that warming temperatures are killing our forests ("Tree deaths skyrocketing," Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 23). It's tempting to respond with radical new approaches to forestry beyond our base of knowledge. But a conservative, responsible outlook demands we take a deliberate accounting of what ... read more

30/01/2009 07:00 PM
Is there hope for the planet?
Green Left Weekly: Hell & High Water: Climate Change, Hope & the Human Condition By Alastair McIntosh Birlinn, 2008 289 pages, $29.95 Climate change is undoubtedly the greatest challenge the world has ever faced. For many, just coming to terms with the scale and scope of the problem, let alone acting upon it, can be a deeply confronting experience. Alastair McIntosh, writer and honorary professor of human ecology at Scotland's University of Strathclyde, explores some of the cultural and ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Death toll from Kenya oil blaze rises to 111
Reuters: Rescuers combed a tanker crash site in Kenya on Sunday where around 100 people were killed when oil they were scrabbling for caught fire in one of the east African nation's worst accidents of recent times. Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the disaster, in which 178 people were burned and injured, showed the desperation of poor Kenyans and the nation's lack of preparedness for accidents. "Poverty is pushing our people into doing desperate things just to get through one more ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Australia heat wave subsides, fires under control
Reuters: Temperatures in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Adelaide fell on Sunday after days of searing heat in the densely populated southwest region that has been blamed for a spate of sudden deaths. A major bushfire burning to the east of Melbourne had been brought largely under control after consuming more than 6,000 hectares, as had another in southern New South Wales state, fire fighters said. "Our workload has dropped off significantly from midnight, when the cool breezes ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
United States: Many of nation's green leaders from Bay Area
San Francisco Chronicle: A Bay Area jeansmaker clothed miners in the dusty Sierra Nevada gold fields, creating what would become a fashion staple around the globe. Nearly a century later, two Stanford graduates birthed the high-tech age in a Palo Alto garage. Today, Bay Area entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers hope to join the vanguard of another revolution - one that aims to reinvent the way people use water, power their cars, build their houses and live their lives. President Obama has ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Unilever blocking deforestation for palm oil
San Francisco Chronicle: Unilever, the world's largest buyer of palm oil, would publicly call for a moratorium on deforestation by Indonesian growers of the coveted oil used in food, soaps, detergents, cosmetics and biofuel. The expansion of oil palm plantations is slowly destroying Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo and the habitat of the endangered Bornean orangutan, environmental activists say. During the past two decades, an estimated two million acres have been felled annually in Borneo, which ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Amazon scientists awarded 'Nobel Prize' of conservation
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01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Wind energy jobs now exceed coal mining jobs
Mongabay: Wind industry jobs now outnumber those in coal mining, reports CNNMoney. According to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association, wind energy jobs increased 70 percent to 85,000 in 2008, 4,000 more workers than are employed in coaling mining (based of Department of Energy figures). Wind energy accounted for 42 percent of of all new electricity generation installed last year in the U.S. Overall installed wind capacity increased 50 percent for the year to 25,170 ... read more

31/01/2009 07:00 PM
To Protect Public Land, Eco-Protesters Get Creative
Time Magazine: You may have never heard of the Monkey Wrench Gang--unless you read the 1975 novel by maverick writer and nature lover Edward Abbey, who introduced the world to a fictional collection of green misfits waging a guerrilla war against industrialization in the American West. They sabotage bulldozers and construction sites, burn billboards and destroy dams, all to keep their beloved Southwestern desert pristine. Think of it as muscular environmentalism, a world apart from the wonky work on ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Jordan: Kingdom braces for drought-like conditions
Jordan Times: As the Kingdom prepares to enter a challenging year with a record shortage of rainfall, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation is scrambling to find ways to manage the country's water needs. The ministry has so far avoided declaring the current conditions as a "drought", stressing that as the winter season has not yet passed, it is too early to make predictions. Initial indicators, however, have not been promising, according to officials. "The ministry's plans must ... read more

01/02/2009 07:00 PM
Stern recipe for change
Times (UK): It may be crippled and reviled, but Britain's banking industry is likely to become one of the nation's key assets in dealing with climate change, according to Lord (Nicholas) Stern. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Stern suggested that Britain's banks and other financial institutions would be an essential element in building the low-carbon infrastructure the country will need if it is to achieve its emission-reduction targets. He also believes such investments ... read more



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