Climate

EU Struggles To Walk Its Talk On Climate Change
September 27, 2007 07:37 AM - Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - The European Union pressed world leaders this week to follow its lead in fighting climate change, but a battle looms at home over how to share the burden of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU in March agreed to cut emissions blamed for global warming by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels and 30 percent if the rest of the world joins in.   European leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged their counterparts at the United Nations to follow suit.

U.S. Climate Talks Draw World's Biggest Polluters
September 27, 2007 07:32 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON  - The world's biggest greenhouse gas polluters -- including the United States and China -- sent envoys to the U.S. State Department on Thursday for discussions on climate change and what to do about it.  The two-day meeting was called by President George W. Bush, whose administration has been criticized for its refusal to adopt mandatory limits for climate-warming emissions. The White House favors "aspirational" targets.

North America's northernmost lake affected by global warming
September 26, 2007 11:24 AM - Universite Laval

Analyses conducted by researchers from Université Laval’s Center for Northern Studies reveal that the continent’s northernmost lake is affected by climate change. In an article to be published in the September 28 edition of Geophysical Research Letters, the international research team led by Université Laval scientists Warwick Vincent and Reinhard Pienitz reports that aquatic life in Ward Hunt Lake, a body of water located on a small island north of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, has undergone major transformations within the last two centuries. The speed and range of these transformations—unprecedented in the lake’s last 8,000 years—suggest that climate change related to human activity could be at the source of this phenomenon.

Clinton Global Initiative Begins
September 26, 2007 10:45 AM - Associated Press

Across town from the United Nations General Assembly session, other world leaders, celebrities and scholars gathered Wednesday for the third annual Clinton Global Initiative conference to discuss subjects of global importance.

Storms pose no risk to U.S. oil rigs in Mexico Gulf: NHC
September 26, 2007 08:53 AM - Reuters

Despite a tropical storm and a tropical depression spinning in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, no storms currently threaten the U.S. oil and natural gas production in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.

Tropical Depression 13, however, could disrupt operations in the Cantarell Complex of Mexican oil fields beneath the Bay of Campeche in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

World energy revolution needed for climate: U.S.
September 25, 2007 07:56 AM - Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday the world needs a revolution on energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change."Ultimately, we must develop and bring to market new energy technologies that transcend the current system of fossil fuels, carbon emissions and economic activity. Put simply, the world needs a technological revolution," Rice told delegates at a special U.N. conference on climate change.

Climate shift is biggest security risk: Australia
September 25, 2007 07:50 AM - Rob Taylor -Reuters

Climate change, not war or terrorism, will be the century's biggest security challenge with China unlikely to be able to feed its vast and growing population as a result, Australia's top policeman has warned.

Japan weather seen warmer in Oct to Dec: forecaster
September 25, 2007 07:44 AM - Reuters

Japan will see mostly warmer weather from October to December, after having had higher-than-average temperatures since August, the official forecaster said on Tuesday.

U.N. chief sees major commitment to climate change
September 25, 2007 07:42 AM - Deborah Zabarenko -Reuters

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a one-day high-level meeting on climate change on Monday was a turning point in the battle against global warming. "What I heard today is a major political commitment for a breakthrough in climate change in Bali," Ban said.

Gore urges U.N. to "overcome paralysis" on climate
September 24, 2007 08:05 PM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore bluntly told a U.N. conference on Monday that the planet would be better off if people cared more about global warming and less about O.J. Simpson and Paris Hilton.

Gore, the star of the Oscar-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth," joined the head of the United Nations and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to speak with one voice to urge quick global action to stem emissions that heat the Earth.

But it was Gore, who has become a guru for environmentalists, who stole the show as the United Nations turned its attention to the global ramifications of climate change and the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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