Climate

Could Kyoto Protocol use a touch of Montreal?
September 16, 2007 11:36 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Could the solution to global warming be as simple as a switch of cities? For those who think the Kyoto Protocol is not working to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are heating the planet, why not take some lessons from the Montreal Protocol, praised as the world's most successful climate treaty? Both the United Nations and the Bush administration plan to try out this idea this week as parties to the treaty gather in Montreal, 20 years after the pact to cut ozone-depleting chemicals was signed. Sunday, the anniversary of the signing, has been dubbed International Ozone Day.

Forest fires seen crucial as Greeks vote
September 16, 2007 11:31 AM - Michele Kambas, Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeks cast ballots on Sunday in an election expected to determine the fate of key economic reforms and turn fringe politicians into powerbrokers as voters angry with this summer's forest fires punish big parties. The election pits conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis against socialist leader George Papandreou, both heirs to prominent political dynasties, but opinion polls showed neither easily winning a majority in parliament. Karamanlis called the early vote confident he could secure an easy victory, but criticism of the government's response to the forest fires which killed 65 people in August and a series of scandals may have harmed his chances.

Businesses and Water Shortages: A Drought of Risk Management
September 15, 2007 09:41 AM - Anne Moore Odell, Green Money Journal

"It's raining it's pouring, the old man is snoring . . . " goes the old nursery rhyme. However, the "old man" in this case is the business community that is asleep over the consequences of not considering long-term water issues. A report from the newly launched Marsh Center for Risk Insights states that less than 20% of Fortune 1000 companies surveyed are prepared for a water shortage crisis.

Canadian summer was warmer than normal again
September 15, 2007 09:07 AM -

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Summer temperatures were 0.9 (C) degrees (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than normal in Canada this year, continuing a long-term trend, weather forecasters said on Friday. Environment Canada said the average summer temperature has also increased 0.9 (C) degrees since it began keeping national records in 1948, and five of the 10 warmest summers have occurred in the past decade.

Ingrid Moves Through Open Atlantic
September 15, 2007 08:39 AM - Associated Press

Tropical Storm Ingrid moved through the open Atlantic early Saturday, but the weak storm was not expected to pose a threat to land, forecasters said.

Alaskans Flee Village Under Flood Threat
September 14, 2007 07:13 AM - Jeannette J. Lee -Associated Press

More than half the residents of an isolated Arctic village were evacuated as storm surges threatened to flood their slender barrier island Thursday, the latest chapter in their losing battle against the sea. With no road system within hundreds of miles of Kivalina, about 100 people, mostly seniors and children, boarded small propeller planes to the regional hub city of Kotzebue.

Window to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change Closing.
September 14, 2007 07:06 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Consumption of energy and many other critical resources is consistently breaking records, disrupting the climate and undermining life on the planet, according to the latest Worldwatch Institute report, Vital Signs 2007-2008. The 44 trends tracked in Vital Signs illustrate the urgent need to check consumption of energy and other resources that are contributing to the climate crisis, starting with the largest polluter, the United States, which accounted for over 21 percent of global carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning in 2005

Gulf Coast Recovering From Humberto
September 14, 2007 07:03 AM - Juan A. Lozano -Associated Press

Some residents of Texas and Louisiana fired up generators to cut through the darkness after Hurricane Humberto sneaked up on the Gulf Coast, knocking out power to thousands and flooding streets before fizzling into a tropical depression.

Floods kill 15 in Rwanda, leave 1,000 homeless
September 14, 2007 06:49 AM - Reuters

Floods killed 15 people and left about 1,000 people homeless after torrential downpours in the hills of northern Rwanda, the government said on Friday.

Curbing Key Chemicals Could Beat Kyoto Climate Goals
September 13, 2007 08:36 PM - Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO (Reuters) - Curbs on chemicals that damage the ozone layer could have a side-effect of reducing far more greenhouse gases than the main U.N. plan for confronting climate change, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday. About 191 governments will meet in Montreal from September 17 to 21 to seek ways to speed up freezing on production and phasing out ozone-depleting HCFC gases, widely used in fridges and air conditioners, that also trap heat in the atmosphere. "If governments accept accelerated action on HCFCs, we can look forward to not only a faster recovery of the ozone layer, but a further important contribution to the climate change challenge," Achim Steiner, head of UNEP, said in a statement.

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