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Arctic climate models playing key role in polar bear decision
March 12, 2008 09:32 AM - University of Wisconsin-Madison

MADISON - The pending federal decision about whether to protect the polar bear as a threatened species is as much about climate science as it is about climate change. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is currently considering a proposal to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, a proposal largely based on anticipated habitat loss in a warming Arctic.

EU leaders to set timetable for energy reform
March 12, 2008 09:23 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will set a tight timetable this week for adopting ambitious energy policy reforms and measures to fight climate change despite some sharp differences over how to achieve those goals.

Myanmar's nutty scheme to solve energy crisis
March 12, 2008 03:16 AM - Reuters

PYAW GAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - They may look leafless and lifeless, but Kyaw Sinnt is certain his nut-trees are the key to Myanmar's chronic energy shortage. Others are less sure, saying the junta's plan to turn the country into a giant plantation of biofuel-producing "physic nuts" is yet another example of the ill-conceived central planning that has crippled a once-promising economy.

UN: Climate danger for Middle East, North Africa
March 10, 2008 09:26 AM - , SciDevNet

Climate change is likely to cause agricultural losses in the Middle East and North Africa, threatening the food security of many countries, the UN has warned. A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released at a conference in Cairo, Egypt, last week (1—5 March), reviewed studies and models of predicted climate-change impacts over the period 1980—99 and for 2080—99 — including reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Could Arctic ice melt spawn new kind of cold war?
March 9, 2008 07:48 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With oil above $100 a barrel and Arctic ice melting faster than ever, some of the world's most powerful countries -- including the United States and Russia -- are looking north to a possible energy bonanza. This prospective scramble for buried Arctic mineral wealth made more accessible by freshly melted seas could bring on a completely different kind of cold war, a scholar and former Coast Guard officer says.

No way to fix climate without private sector: UNDP
March 7, 2008 04:39 AM - Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The private sector must be encouraged to help developing countries combat climate change now, before it becomes too severe to handle, the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said. Kemal Dervis said that while public transfers in form of official development assistance should be used to assist in "adaptation," or protection against potential catastrophes, the private sector should help finance long-term solutions.

China admits "high pressure" over weather
March 6, 2008 05:34 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing is seeking weather forecasters from home and abroad to provide hourly bulletins in three languages for every event of the Olympics in August, China's top meteorological official said on Thursday. More than 70 of the country's best provincial weather forecasters would come to Beijing to help out, said Zheng Guoguang, head of the China Meteorological Administration.

Carbon group seeks to open U.S. to global offsets
March 6, 2008 03:42 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A greenhouse emissions business group hopes to shape U.S. climate change legislation to include broad use of international carbon offsets, like wind and solar power farms in developing countries, that are not currently in the leading climate bill. In a letter sent on Wednesday to Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, the International Emissions Trading Association, a carbon business group, said clean project offsets encourage developing countries to participate in international carbon markets, leading to "greater climate protection at lower cost."

Warming climate may cause arctic tundra to burn
March 5, 2008 09:31 AM - Public Library of Science

Bozeman — Research from ancient sediment cores indicates that a warming climate could make the world’s arctic tundra far more susceptible to fires than previously thought. The findings, published this week in the online journal, PLoS ONE, are important given the potential for tundra fires to release organic carbon — which could add significantly to the amount of greenhouse gases already blamed for global warming.

Environmental safeguards affordable: OECD
March 5, 2008 08:36 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Tackling climate change, pollution and other environmental hazards is affordable and urgent action is needed to avoid irreversible damage, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday. "Climate change is mankind's most important long-term challenge," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria told Reuters after issuing a 520-page Environmental Outlook in Oslo.

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