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04/04/2008 07:00 AM
US warns worsening economy could hit climate change battle
Sydney Morning Herald: The United States warned Thursday a worsening economy could hit the funds it gives poor nations to fight global warming, as African activists appealed for major polluters to commit one percent of GDP. More than 160 countries are meeting in Bangkok to lay the groundwork for a deal on combating climate change after the landmark Kyoto Protocol's commitments to slash greenhouse gas emissions run out in 2012. But rich and poor nations remained at loggerheads a day before the ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Birds get the credit, but bats eat more bugs
Reuters: Bats play a bigger role than birds do in controlling tropical insects, and the loss of bats might mean that morning cup of coffee gets more expensive, researchers said on Thursday. Two separate studies show bats eat far more insects than birds do, protecting plants of the rain forest and, in one of the studies, coffee plantations. The studies, published in the journal Science, suggest that the loss of bat populations worldwide might affect agriculture -- not to mention make ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Bush's 'caution' on CO2 seen as 'foot-dragging' by critics
Christian Science Monitor: With the U.S. Supreme Court peering over its shoulder and Congress turning up the political heat, the Bush administration is moving toward some sort of action on the climate-changing greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). But what administration officials see as responsible deliberation – seeking public comment later this spring before acting under the federal Clean Air Act – critics charge is foot-dragging. Rep. Ed Markey (D) of Massachusetts, chairman of the House Select Committee on ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Climate Change: A Vision Worth Fighting For
Inter Press Service: Sweeping societal change is a slow and erratic business. The civil rights movement in the United States went nowhere for decades and then exploded in the 1960s. Not long ago, smokers could light up anywhere they pleased in Canada and the U.S. Now they are mostly confined to a few outdoor areas and as a consequence, far fewer people smoke. "There's been a major shift in values regarding smoking," said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change at Yale ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Food prices to rise for years, biofuel firms say
Reuters: Staple food prices will rise for some years, but should eventually fall to historical averages as harvests increase, biofuel company executives said on Thursday. Soaring demand for better quality food from rapidly industrialising emerging markets such as China, supply shortages, increased demand for biofuels, and a surging appetite for food commodities by investment funds, have combined to push prices of basic foods higher and higher in recent months. Stephane Delodder, ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Global Warming Raises Malaria, Cancer Risk in U.K.
Bloomberg: Global warming will bring added health risks to the U.K., including the possibility of malaria infections and higher cancer rates, the British Medical Association said. The predicted higher temperatures as a result of rising emissions of greenhouse gases will boost the burden of diseases and shorten lives, the association said today in a report on its Web site. More sunshine may raise incidences of sunburn and skin cancer, while flooding may make life harder for the poor, the group ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
IMF says uniform carbon-pricing should include emerging, developing economies
Thomson Financial: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said carbon-pricing aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions should be uniform across all economies because most emissions come from emerging and developing countries, where reduction is cheapest. 'Any policy framework that does not include large and fast-growing economies such as Brazil, China, India, and Russia in some way (with a lag or with initially weaker emissions targets) would be extremely costly and politically untenable,' the ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
IMF Sees Modest Growth Tradeoff From Tighter Emissions Rules
Wall Street Journal: The International Monetary Fund forecast that sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions would slow global growth, but only minimally if economic policies were designed to encourage companies to adopt low-emission strategies. The policies needed to reduce emissions by 60% from 2002 would leave the global economy about 2.6% smaller than it otherwise would be in 2040, the IMF projected. Even so, the size of the global economy would grow about 2.3 times between 2007 and 2040, the IMF ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
New Solar CIGS Cells Creep Up On Silicon
Reuters: Silicon cells have been the mainstay of the solar photovoltaic industry, but advances in competing technologies could give those manufacturers a toehold in the rapidly growing renewable power market. Last week, researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory said they had achieved a new efficiency record for one of those promising technologies, putting it within reach of the silicon cell mark. The new technology uses copper indium gallium ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Renewable Energy: German lessons
Economist: Q-CELLS, based in Wolfen, just north of Leipzig, is the world's biggest maker of the photovoltaic cells used in solar panels. It overtook Sharp of Japan last year and announced big jumps in sales (up 59%) and profits (up 69%) on March 27th. Germany, which is not known for being sunny, seems an unusual place to find this industry leader. But the country leads the world in its installed capacity of renewable energy sources (see chart), and is the third-biggest producer of solar panels, after ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Ted Turner: Global warming could lead to cannibalism
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Failure to address global warming will have us all dead or eating each other by mid-century. So says Ted Turner, the restaurateur, environmentalist and former media mogul whose controversial comments have earned him the nickname "Mouth of the South." If steps aren't taken to stem global warming, "We'll be eight degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow," Turner said during a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with PBS's ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
US Cites Recession Fear in Climate Talks
Associated Press: U.S. negotiators at a United Nations climate conference say steep emission cuts could further rattle the world economy, especially in the developing world. The EU has proposed that industrialized countries slash emissions of greenhouse gases by 25 percent to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 as part of global climate pact. The U.S., one of the world's top polluters, has repeatedly rejected mandatory national reduction targets of the kind agreed to under the Kyoto Protocol a decade ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Wanted - Homes For Small Island People
Inter Press Service: A rapidly warming planet may soon create a new class of refugees -- those fleeing climate change in their homelands. Tuvalu is showing signs of such a dire prospect. The Pacific island nation of some 12,000 people has already appealed to the governments of Australia and New Zealand to open their doors for its citizens to find a new home, states a background note by the secretariat of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The appeal stems from the ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Carbon 'Offsetting' Schemes Won't Save the Planet
Independent: It all started with Sting, this fad for owning one's very own patch of tropical rainforest, though it is probably unfair to blame him entirely for creating the boom industry that buying up forests piecemeal has become. It is 20 years since the musician first set foot in Brazil and pledged to fight the cause of the Yanomami Indians, setting up the Rainforest Foundation to protect forests and their indigenous inhabitants. Today, protecting forests has acquired a more ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Climate Change Is Not Caused By Cosmic Rays, According To New Research
Science Daily: New research has dealt a blow to the skeptics who argue that climate change is all due to cosmic rays rather than to man-made greenhouse gases. The new evidence shows no reliable connection between the cosmic ray intensity and cloud cover. Lauded and criticised for offering a possible way out of the dangers of man made climate change, UK TV Channel 4's programme "The Great Global Warming Swindle", broadcast in 2007, suggested that global warming is due to a decrease in cosmic ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Developing world could beat crisis as US growth at standstill: IMF
Deutsche Presse-Agentur: Developing countries are well-placed to weather the current economic crisis despite growth in the United States coming to a virtual halt, according to a report by the International Monetary Fund Thursday. The IMF also said industrial nations with more developed mortgage and financial markets have been struck harder by a correction in housing prices than poorer countries, where fewer people have access to credit. Growth in the United States has come to a "virtual standstill" ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
EPA Sued Over Climate Change
Associated Press: Officials of 18 states are taking the EPA back to court to try to force it to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked the Bush administration for inaction on global warming. In a petition filed Wednesday, the plaintiffs said the 5-4 ruling in April 2007 required the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, from motor vehicles. The EPA has instead done nothing, they said. "The EPA's ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Global warming may bring malaria to Britain
Reuters: Climate change could bring malaria and other diseases to Britain and trigger more frequent heatwaves that will have huge health impacts, doctors said on Thursday. With the exception of Lyme disease, insect-borne diseases are largely unknown in Britain. But global warming could change that in a few decades, according to a report from the British Medical Association (BMA). "Higher temperatures and heavier rainfall may increase the spread of infections like malaria that have ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
GM drove $14.3M into lobbying last year
Associated Press: Auto maker General Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM) spent more than $14 million last year to lobby on auto industry and economic matters, climate change legislation and a host of other issues. The company spent nearly $8.1 million in the second half of 2007 to lobby on its own behalf, according to a disclosure form posted online Feb. 14 by the Senate's public records office. GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner recently urged attendees at the National Automobile Dealers Association to lobby ... read more

03/04/2008 07:00 AM
Group Seeks EPA Rules on Emissions From Vehicles
New York Times: In a new push to get the federal government to act on global warming, a coalition of states, cities and environmental groups took its fight to federal court on Wednesday. The coalition, led by Massachusetts, is seeking to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate emissions of heat-trapping gases from new cars and trucks or show that such regulation is unnecessary. The states and the federal government have long been at odds over regulation. In 2003, the ... read more


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