Climate

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.

Africa left behind in Kyoto carbon offset trade: experts
November 10, 2008 08:57 AM - AFP

Administrative and technical problems mean that Africa cannot profit from schemes to tackle climate change through projects to cut carbon emissions in developing countries, climate specialists meeting in Dakar said.

UN climate chief seeks Obama input in December talks
November 10, 2008 08:41 AM - AFP

The UN climate chief said Wednesday he was "very encouraged" by Barack Obama's stance on global warming, and said he hoped the US president-elect would join in key talks in December before taking office. "It is impossible to advance on this important topic without the full engagement of the United States," Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told AFP by phone.

Obama climate policy caught in Democratic tussle
November 8, 2008 11:25 AM - AP

A fight within the Democratic Party over control of the House Energy and Commerce Committee could influence the outcome of President-elect Obama's efforts to limit the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.

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