IPCC Chair: Severity Under-reported
October 24, 2008 09:41 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the news media are not sufficiently addressing the severity of climate change at a meeting of U.S. environmental journalists earlier this week. R.K. Pachauri, head of the 2,500-member IPCC, said that unless policies are enacted soon to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, the global perils from shifting weather patterns and sea level rise will become worse in the coming years.

Citing global warming, Gore renews call to cut use of oil
October 23, 2008 09:45 AM - Environmental Health News

Speaking yesterday at Harvard University, former vice president Al Gore renewed his call for an end to dependence on oil and other carbon-based fuels, blaming it for global warming and the United States' problems in the Middle East.

California Maps a Plan to Slow Down Global Warming
October 21, 2008 09:47 AM - US News

SAN FRANCISCO—The presidential candidates certainly paid lip service to tackling the problem of climate change during their debate last night. But what would it actually take to slow down—or even reverse—global warming?

Climate change outracing EU targets, WWF warns
October 20, 2008 10:29 AM -

Climate change is happening faster and its extent is wider than the world's leading scientists had predicted, according to a new report by pro-green group the WWF released on Monday (20 October), urging the EU to take ambitious action. "It is clear that climate change is already having a greater impact than most scientists had anticipated, so it's vital that international mitigation and adaptation responses become swifter and more ambitious," Jean-Pascal van Ypersele - a professor of climatology at the Louvain university in Belgium and newly elected vice chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - said, unveiling the study.

Global warming threatens Australias iconic kangaroos
October 16, 2008 09:45 AM -

A new study has found that an increase in average temperature of only two degrees Celsius could have a devastating effect on populations of Australias iconic kangaroos. Our study provides evidence that climate change has the capacity to cause large-scale range contractions, and the possible extinction of one macropodid (kangaroo) species in northern Australia, said study authors Euan G. Ritchie and Elizabeth E. Bolitho of James Cook University in Australia.

Greenpeace: Climate change threatens China's food safety
October 16, 2008 09:37 AM - China Daily

China is likely to face inadequate food supply by 2030 if the current climate change trend continues, warns a new Greenpeace report released Wednesday.

Scientists to probe Antarctica for sea rise clues
October 16, 2008 09:32 AM - Reuters

Scientists will visit a vulnerable part of an Antarctic ice shelf this year to work out if it will crack off in coming decades and perhaps trigger a rise in sea levels, they said Thursday.

Environment officials meet in Warsaw to address climate change
October 15, 2008 09:30 AM -

Environment ministers and officials from more than 30 countries held an informal meeting in the Polish capital this week to prepare for a major UN climate conference.

Climate deal to help overcome financial crisis: EU
October 14, 2008 08:20 AM - Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) - Tackling climate change will help, not hinder, governments' efforts to overcome the global financial crisis, the EU's environment chief said on Tuesday. The 27-nation European Union has set ambitious goals to curb carbon dioxide emissions by a fifth by 2020, compared to 1990 levels, partly by making power generators and heavy industry pay for permits to pollute in its emissions trading scheme.

Global warming getting political cold shoulder in U.S. amid economic woes
October 13, 2008 09:30 AM - metro

The global economic crisis has thrown a political chill over one of the main initiatives under consideration in the United States to combat global warming: the so-called cap-and-trade plan.

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