Climate

Climate Costs
June 5, 2008 09:37 AM - Reuters

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Climate change presents a tough choice for governments determined both to fight global warming and tackle the rising cost of living. Climate measures inflate energy costs by putting a price on burning fossil fuels and also stoke food bills by using farmland and crops to produce renewable fuels.

Mexico City smog hurting people's sense of smell
June 5, 2008 09:18 AM - Reuters

Chronic pollution in Mexico City, which stains the sky yellow and can trigger government warnings to stay indoors, could be killing off residents' sense of smell, scientists say. Tests showed people in Mexico City -- a sprawling metropolis crammed with around 20 million people and 4 million cars -- struggled to sniff out everyday odors like coffee and orange juice compared to residents of a nearby town.

Eleven Major Corporations Urge Senate Passage Of Climate Change Legislation
June 5, 2008 09:10 AM - WWF

Eleven major corporations today urged the U.S. Senate to pass climate change legislation, saying the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 3036), which will be voted on this week, “represents a real effort to establish the regulatory framework that we need.” The companies backing the effort — Allianz of America; Catalyst Paper Corporation; FPL Group, Inc.; JohnsonDiversey, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Levi Strauss & Co.; National Grid, Nike, Inc; Novo Nordisk; Tetra Pak; and Xanterra Parks & Resorts — are working with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to reduce their carbon emissions. Many are members of WWF’s Climate Savers and PowerSwitch! programs.

World Environment Day calls for end to CO2 addiction
June 5, 2008 09:03 AM - Reuters

The United Nations urged the world on Thursday to kick an all-consuming addiction to carbon dioxide and said everyone must take steps to fight climate change. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said global warming was becoming the defining issue of the era and will hurt rich and poor alike.

Endangered Pacific islet facing mass relocation
June 5, 2008 08:59 AM - ABC News

World Environment Day is an opportunity for a diverse spread of countries, companies and communities to look at their environmental problems and try to find some solutions. But for the tiny Pacific nation of Kiribati, the environmental outlook is so grim the President, Anote Tong, has issued an appeal for Australia and other countries for help.

Climate change causes forced migration
June 4, 2008 09:27 AM - IOL

Johannesburg - Forced migration is to be discussed at a two-day Climate Change Summit starting on Monday, hosted by the City of Johannesburg in partnership with the SA Local Government Association. "The issue of the link between the way climate change will impact on Africa and the political implications thereof is a burning one.

U.K. Committee Supports Personal Carbon Trading
June 4, 2008 09:24 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

A House of Commons committee suggested last week that the U.K. Parliament create a personal carbon-trading scheme for all citizens of the United Kingdom. It was the strongest statement yet by any government in favor of an individual cap-and-trade system for buying and selling greenhouse gas emissions. Personal carbon trading would provide a set "carbon emissions allowance" to each citizen and establish a national carbon budget.

Desert is claiming southeast Spain
June 3, 2008 09:54 AM - International Herald Tribune

Lush fields of lettuce and hothouses of tomatoes line the roads. Verdant new developments of plush pastel vacation homes beckon buyers from Britain and Germany. Golf courses - 54 of them, all built in the past decade and most in the past three years - give way to the beach. At last, this hardscrabble corner of southeast Spain is thriving.

Brazil minister says Amazon trend worrying
June 3, 2008 09:30 AM - Reuters

Brazil's newly appointed environment minister drew a bleak picture of the Amazon rain forest's future on Monday, saying the latest figures for deforestation in April were worrying and that this year would likely be worse than last. "The worst is to come. Now is the test," Carlos Minc told reporters, noting the period with the highest deforestation was historically from June to September when farmers prepared for planting by burning ground cover.

Climate change could impact vital functions of microbes
June 3, 2008 09:12 AM - American Society for Microbiology

Global climate change will not only impact plants and animals but will also affect bacteria, fungi and other microbial populations that perform a myriad of functions important to life on earth. It is not entirely certain what those effects will be, but they could be significant and will probably not be good, say researchers today at a scientific meeting in Boston.

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