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China snows show world faces new disasters
February 6, 2008 08:44 AM - Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - China's devastating snowstorms and cold of the past months show that the world must prepare for new types of disasters caused by what was once called freak weather, United Nations experts said on Wednesday. The experts said the Chinese events, which Beijing says affected some 100 million people and are likely to cost at least $7.5 billion, underlined the need for greater global cooperation on global weather forecasting.
UK lawmakers push for raise in carbon taxes
February 5, 2008 05:47 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should raise environmental taxes after failing to meet a pledge, made by the ruling Labor Party when it was elected in 1997, to tax pollution more, a committee of lawmakers said on Tuesday. Since 1997 environmental taxes had fallen as a proportion of all taxes, the committee of parliamentarians from all major political parties said in a report entitled "Climate change and the Stern Review: the implications for Treasury policy."
China battles "coldest winter in 100 years"
February 4, 2008 04:38 AM - Reuters
CHENZHOU, China (Reuters) - Millions remained stranded in China on Monday ahead of the biggest holiday of the year as parts of the country suffered their coldest winter in a century.
Warmer Ocean Could Reduce Number of Atlantic Hurricane Landfalls
February 3, 2008 09:51 AM - NOAA
A warming global ocean — influencing the winds that shear off the tops of developing storms — could mean fewer Atlantic hurricanes striking the United States according to new findings by NOAA climate scientists. Furthermore, the relative warming role of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans is important for determining Atlantic hurricane activity.
Is Climate Change Making Us Sick?
February 3, 2008 09:33 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
Ask the people of Yorkshire. As a result of global warming, many homeowners this week are up to their waists in muddy water. And flooding could be just the beginning of our worries. This week a paper in the British Medical Journal gave warning that climate change could be particularly damaging to the health of people in the developing world, but research also suggests that it could be bad news for Britain. Delegates at a conference in London on Tuesday will be told that global warming will drive up rates of cardio-respiratory disease, diarrhoea and insect-borne diseases such as malaria in the UK.
African, Asian crops 'to be hit hard by climate change'
February 1, 2008 01:16 PM - , SciDevNet
[NEW DELHI] Crops in South Asia and Southern Africa are likely to be worst hit by climate change and need greater investment in agriculture development and adaptation strategies, say US scientists. The conclusions, reported today (1 February) in Science, are based on an analysis of climate risks for crops in 12 food-insecure regions.
Scientists see looming water crisis in western U.S.
January 31, 2008 02:04 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A water supply crisis is looming in the western United States thanks to human-caused climate change that already has altered the region's river flows, snow pack and air temperatures, scientists said. Trends over the past half century foreshadow a worsening decline in water, perhaps the region's most valuable natural resource, even as population and demand expands in western states, researchers led by a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography wrote in the journal Science on Thursday.
Antarctic ice riddle keeps sea-level secrets
January 31, 2008 08:22 AM - Reuters
TROLL STATION, Antarctica (Reuters) - A deep freeze holding 90 percent of the world's ice, Antarctica is one of the biggest puzzles in the debate on global warming with risks that any thaw could raise sea levels faster than U.N. projections. Even if a fraction melted, Antarctica could damage nations from Bangladesh to Tuvalu in the Pacific and cities from Shanghai to New York. It has enough ice to raise sea levels by 57 meters (187 ft) if it melted, over thousands of years.
Canadian provinces eye carbon-trading plan
January 30, 2008 03:21 AM - Reuters
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Many of Canada provinces are pursuing a carbon-trading plan to fight climate change, saying on Tuesday it was inevitable the country would adopt a such system, even if the current federal government is cool to the idea. British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba have been discussing adopting carbon trading, or emissions credit trading, in conjunction with the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) in the United States, an idea championed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Russia clears way for carbon profits
January 29, 2008 08:22 AM - Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's government on Tuesday opened the door to applications from entrepreneurs and big polluters to profit from greenhouse gas emissions cuts by selling these to Western countries. The U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol puts limits on greenhouse gases from 36 rich nations but softens the restrictions by allowing governments to fund emissions-cutting projects in poor and former communist countries and count the cuts as their own.