'Obama move will lure India into climate change fight'
December 22, 2008 11:38 AM -

London (IANS): US president-elect Barack Obama's groundbreaking move to appoint two global warming specialists as his main scientific advisers is the first step towards persuading India, China and Brazil to join the fight against climate change, says a leading British scientist. Obama Saturday nominated Harvard physicist John Holdren as his scientific adviser and marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to head the US oceanic research body.

Abrupt climate shifts may move faster than thought
December 22, 2008 09:53 AM - The Earth Institute at Columbia University

San Francisco-- The United States could suffer the effects of abrupt climate changes within decades—sooner than some previously thought--says a new government report. It contends that seas could rise rapidly if melting of polar ice continues to outrun recent projections, and that an ongoing drought in the U.S. west could be the start of permanent drying for the region. Commissioned by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, the report was authored by experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and other leading institutions. It was released at this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Fiddling with words as the world melts
December 20, 2008 09:51 AM - The Economist

IMAGINE that some huge rocky projectile, big enough to destroy most forms of life, was hurtling towards the earth, and it seemed that deep international co-operation offered the only hope of deflecting the lethal object. Presumably, the nations of the world would set aside all jealousies and ideological hangups, knowing that failure to act together meant doom for all.

Obama's 'Green Dream Team' to Make Energy, Environment a Priority
December 19, 2008 09:48 AM - VOA News

President-elect Barack Obama has unveiled what is being called his "green team", the Cabinet secretaries and top officials that will deal with environmental and energy policies. While environmental groups have praised the choices, they also say the incoming administration will need to make major policy changes to meet the challenges of global warming and other environmental problems.

EU parliament approves climate change package
December 18, 2008 01:17 PM - Business & Sustainable Development News

The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU's climate change package, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, lifting the last hurdle to the ambitious plan. Six texts on the package, already agreed by the 27 European Union member states, were passed by a large majority of the MEPs present.

EU finalizes deal to fight climate change
December 17, 2008 09:22 AM - Reuters

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Union finalized plans for battling global warming on Wednesday, seeking to lead the way toward a broad alliance including other big polluters like China and the United States. The European Parliament approved cutting carbon dioxide emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, heeding warnings of severe weather, famine and drought as the atmosphere heats up.

No progress in Poznań on new emission cuts

UN climate talks in Poznań, Poland, last week failed to make progress on the development of new greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for developed countries. The two-week meeting closed on Saturday after a high-level ministerial segment. Observers had low expectations of a resolution as the conference entered its final stages on Friday night, and these proved well-founded — there were no last-minute surprises.

As ice melts, Antarctic bedrock is on the move
December 15, 2008 09:49 AM - Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As ice melts away from Antarctica, parts of the continental bedrock are rising in response -- and other parts are sinking, scientists have discovered. The finding will give much needed perspective to satellite instruments that measure ice loss on the continent, and help improve estimates of future sea level rise.

After dangerous lull, war on climate change faces crunch year

After a year in which it nearly lost its compass, the campaign against climate change heads into 2009 needing top-level political commitment, creative thinking and a deep well of money. Next year holds a big dream: by its end, the world will have forged a treaty in Copenhagen to shrink global warming from mankind-threatening juggernaut to manageable problem.

Climate change no fairy tale, says Sore
December 15, 2008 09:04 AM - Solomon Star

THE bad effect of climate change is not a fairy tale but an on-the-ground reality, the Solomon Islands told the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Poland. “On a daily basis, we are experiencing coastal erosions, we are fighting sea level rise and we are drinking brackish water,” said Rence Sore, the Permanent Secretary of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology.

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