Adoption of Climate Treaty by 2009 in Doubt
November 17, 2008 07:37 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
Despite new leadership in the United States promising to cap the country's greenhouse gas emissions, some environmental leaders say it is unlikely that an international climate treaty will pass in the next year. During his campaign, U.S. president-elect Barack Obama supported a global cap-and-trade agreement for regulating his nation's carbon emissions. As a result, many international observers are hoping the United States will agree to binding emissions-reduction targets at thehigh-profile climate change negotiations scheduled for December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Australians march against climate change
November 15, 2008 08:57 AM - Reuters
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Australians took part in mass protests around the country Saturday to call for tough government action on climate change, organizers said. The demonstrations were held as Australia prepares to set national greenhouse gas emissions targets, expected around the end of this month. Environmentalists accuse industry of pushing for targets that are likely to compromise the environment.
California gets dire warning on global warming
November 14, 2008 10:18 AM - Mercury News
Global warming will have a broad and devastating impact on California's economy over the next century, according to a report released Thursday. Roads and bridges, the water supply, agriculture, public health and even winter skiing all will be affected by global climate change, said the report by University of California-Berkeley agricultural and resource economics professors David Roland-Holst and Fredrich Kahrl.
Science Proves Warming of Antarctica
November 13, 2008 08:42 AM - IPS
BOSTON, Nov 12 (Tierramérica) - The Antarctic holds the world’s largest amount of fresh water in its icy grip, and it is most certainly warming as a result of greenhouse gases, say new scientific studies. "We're able for the first time to directly attribute warming in both the Arctic and the Antarctic to human influences," said Nathan Gillett of the University of East Anglia, in Britain, who led the study.
2008 set to be about 10th warmest year: expert
November 12, 2008 09:55 AM - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - This year is on track to be about the 10th warmest globally since records began in 1850 but gaps in Arctic data mean the world may be slightly underestimating global warming, a leading scientist said on Tuesday.
IEA stokes doubts over world's climate fight
November 12, 2008 09:52 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - The world will have to bet on extreme measures to avoid serious global warming, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday, adding to growing worries that governments have under-estimated the problem.
Farmers should be paid to protect 'carbon banks', says National Trust
November 12, 2008 08:27 AM - guardian.co.uk
Hill farmers to be given financial incentive to conserve peatlands, Britain's biggest carbon store Hill farmers should be rewarded for protecting wildlife, landscapes, water and carbon stores as well as livestock, the National Trust said today.
More Earthly Advice for Obama
November 11, 2008 09:41 AM - NY Times
Former Vice President Al Gore and Paul and Anne Ehrlich, the prize-winning ecologists and authors at Stanford University, have weighed in with suggestions for President-elect Barack Obama. Mr. Gore gave his updated prescription for climate and energy policy in an op-ed article in The Times on Sunday
Himalayan glaciers may disappear by 2035
November 11, 2008 09:37 AM - Tribune India
The glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, a large number of them may disappear by 2035 because of climate change, warn Indian and foreign environmentalists and geologists.
Global investors urge action on climate change
November 11, 2008 09:31 AM - Reuters
Global institutional investors holding more than $6 trillion in assets pushed policymakers Tuesday to quickly hash out a binding agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean technology. More than 130 big investors, including London Pensions Fund Authority, want countries to agree to reduce the climate- warming emissions by 50 percent to 80 percent by 2050.