Climate change speeds up Amazon’s destruction
December 6, 2007 09:19 AM -
A vicious cycle of climate change and deforestation could wipe out or severely damage nearly 60% of the Amazon forest by 2030, says WWF.
The WWF report, The Amazon's Vicious Cycles: Drought and Fire in the Greenhouse, reveals the dramatic consequences for the local and global climate as well as the impacts on people’s livelihoods in South America.
Communities Across the Globe Getting to Grips with Adapting to Climate Change
December 6, 2007 09:13 AM - UNEP
Bali/Nairobi, 4 December 2007 - The way farmers in the Sudan, flood-prone communities in Argentina and dengue-challenged islands in the Caribbean are beginning to adapt to climate change are distilled in a new report launched today.
The five-year Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change provides new and inspiring examples of how vulnerable communities and countries may 'climate proof' economies in the years and decades to come.
"Green jobs" to outweigh losses from climate change
December 6, 2007 06:31 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Climate change is creating millions of "green jobs" in sectors from solar power to biofuels that will slightly exceed layoffs elsewhere in the economy, a U.N. report said on Thursday.
Union experts at U.N. climate talks in Bali, Indonesia, said the findings might ease worries among many workers that tougher environmental standards could mean an overall loss of jobs for many countries.
Australia's PM offers to bridge climate gap
December 6, 2007 04:04 AM - Reuters
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has proposed to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that Australia act as a bridge between China and the West on the issue of climate change.
He made the offer during a 20-minute telephone conversation in Mandarin after Wen called to congratulate him on his decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.
Daimler AG Introduces New, Compact Vehicle to U.S. Market: "Smart fortwo"
December 5, 2007 11:24 AM -
NEW YORK, - They call it, "smart fortwo", the most compact vehicle currently in production, and set to launch in USA, January 2008:
The shortest, most compact automobile currently in production will soon be launched in the world's largest automobile market, when the "smart fortwo" debuts in the United States in January, 2008. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG will introduce this latest vehicle to the US market at a press briefing in Washington, DC on December 4th. The car starts around $11,500 dollars.
EPA Urged To Cut Pollution From Aircraft
December 5, 2007 10:25 AM -
Washington, DC – A coalition of state governments, including California, cities, regional governments and environmental groups filed petitions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today urging the agency to address the effects of vast amounts of global warming pollution from the world’s aircraft fleet.
The petitions are the first step in a process that requires the EPA to evaluate the current impacts of aircraft emissions, seek public comment and develop rules to reduce aircraft emissions or explain why it will not act.
Bali climate talks focus on Kyoto offsets
December 5, 2007 04:22 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rich nations have less than a month to go before they must start meeting emissions caps under the Kyoto Protocol that aims to fight global warming.
Yet 16 of the 36 industrialized nations bound by Kyoto limits are over their targets set for 2008-2012 and may have to buy carbon offsets to meet these, drawing criticism at a U.N. meeting in Bali.
Study: Hybrid Owners: Wealthy, Active, Educated and Democratic
December 4, 2007 05:44 PM -
NEW YORK - Democratic, wealthy, educated and active are four adjectives that describe today's hybrid vehicle owner, according to a recent analysis from Scarborough Research, a consumer and media research firm.
Like it or not, uncertainty and climate change go hand in hand
December 4, 2007 04:32 PM - Vince Stricherz, University of Washington Newswire
Seattle - Despite decades of ever more-exacting science projecting Earth's warming climate, there remains large uncertainty about just how much warming will actually occur.
Two University of Washington scientists believe the uncertainty remains so high because the climate system itself is very sensitive to a variety of factors, such as increased greenhouse gases or a higher concentration of atmospheric particles that reflect sunlight back into space.
Dueling videos focus on U.S. climate change bill
December 4, 2007 02:12 PM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dueling videos -- one starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the other featuring a "typical" U.S. family shivering in an underheated house -- are focusing debate on a Senate bill aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution.
Schwarzenegger, the action star-turned-Republican governor of California, stands in front of a redwood grove and intones, "Climate change: it's a test of leadership." He and two other governors, posed in natural settings, urge viewers to press their senators to approve the so-called Lieberman-Warner bill.