Climate

Global warming may cause world crop decline
September 12, 2007 02:09 PM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Global warming could send world agriculture into serious decline by 2080 with productivity collapsing in some developing countries while it improves in a few rich nations, a study reported on Wednesday. India, Pakistan, most of Africa and most of Latin America would be hit hardest, said economist William Cline, the study's author. The United States, most of Europe, Russia and Canada would probably see agricultural gains if climate change continues on its current course, the study found.

Global warming impact like "nuclear war": report
September 12, 2007 10:47 AM - Jeremy Lovell -Reuters

Climate change could have global security implications on a par with nuclear war unless urgent action is taken, a report said on Wednesday. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) security think-tank said global warming would hit crop yields and water availability everywhere, causing great human suffering and leading to regional strife.

Tsunami warning issued after quake hits Sumatra
September 12, 2007 10:45 AM - Ahmad Pathoni -Reuters

A powerful earthquake measuring 8.2 struck Indonesia's Sumatra region on Wednesday, triggering tsunami warnings in the Indian Ocean and sparking panic in coastal areas across southeast Asia. About 2-½ hours after the quake hit, Indonesia's meteorological agency lifted its tsunami warning and said via a telephone text message that there had been no tsunami.

Support builds for carbon cash to save forests
September 12, 2007 07:48 AM - Michael Szabo -Reuters

The use of carbon offsetting as a way to fund tropical forest protection drew backing from a range of environmental and research groups this week, ahead of international climate change talks in December. Demand for carbon offsets is growing from large Western businesses. Companies want to be seen to be green by paying others to cut emissions of greenhouse gases on their behalf.

Top polluters to discuss hard climate goals
September 11, 2007 02:35 PM - Sylvia Westall -Reuters

Twenty of the world's top polluting nations have agreed to discuss binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Germany's environment minister said on Tuesday. Sigmar Gabriel told a news conference during climate talks in Berlin that all involved, including the United States, had shown willingness to discuss targets proposed by the United Nations special envoy on climate change.

Global campaign tackling greatest environmental challenge: climate change
September 11, 2007 07:56 AM - UNEP

Community-based action on climate change involving an estimated 35 million people across the planet in 2007 will culminate in the Clean Up the World Weekend on 14-16 September. More than 650 non-government organisations, community groups, local councils and other agencies in 115 countries are currently working on projects in 2007 to improve the health of the environment.

Oil Prices Near $78 Ahead of OPEC Meet
September 11, 2007 07:34 AM - Gillian Wong -Asspciated Press

Oil prices extended gains from a late rally in the previous session, driven by expectations OPEC will maintain current output at a meeting later Tuesday. Light, sweet crude for October delivery added 22 cents to $77.71 a barrel in Asian electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by midafternoon in Singapore, after rising earlier Tuesday as high as $78.32. Monday, the Nymex crude contract gained 79 cents to settle at $77.49 a barrel.

Flooding leaves 3.5 million people homeless in India
September 11, 2007 07:19 AM - Reuters

Soldiers in motor boats rescued thousands of marooned people and helicopters air-dropped food as the number of people made homeless after some of the worst flooding in years in India's northeast rose to 3.5 million.

World likely to pass dangerous warming limits
September 11, 2007 07:17 AM - Reuters

The world will probably exceed a global warming limit which the European Union calls dangerous, scientists at Britain's MetOffice Hadley Centre said on Tuesday, presenting a new, 5-year research program. But not all scientists agree, demonstrating a shift in debate from whether climate change is happening -- on which where there is near consensus -- to how bad it will get and what to do about it.

Replacing Kyoto With Something Better Will Take Time, Germans Say
September 10, 2007 09:24 AM - Sylvia Westall, Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A global deal to combat climate change must be decided by the end of 2009 as it will take about two years to ratify, Germany's environment minister said on Monday. World leaders said at the G8 summit last June they would pursue a new deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. "We must have an agreement by the end of 2009, and then it will probably take about two years to reach a mandate," Sigmar Gabriel said, opening a two-day meeting of environment and energy ministers from 20 countries.

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