EU agrees to outlaw 'green' crimes
May 23, 2008 07:24 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
After eight years of negotiation, the European Parliament has reached an agreement with member states on legislation that will force national governments to apply criminal sanctions to those causing deliberate or negligent damage to the environment. The agreement will infuriate British Conservatives who have been fighting tooth and nail against what they called an "intrusion" into national criminal law.
Climate change does double-whammy to animals in seasonal environments
May 22, 2008 08:32 AM - Penn State
Plant-eating animals in highly seasonal environments, such as the Arctic, are struggling to locate nutritious food as a result of climate change, according to research that will be published in the 21 May 2008 online edition of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Led by Penn State Associate Professor of Biology Eric Post, the research, which focused on caribou, suggests that not only are these animals arriving at their breeding grounds too late in the season to enjoy the peak availability of food.
Radical Solution to Climate Change: Global Dimming through Sulphur
May 22, 2008 08:26 AM - , Triple Pundit
Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers and Australia’s best-known global warming expert, yesterday released a new climate forecast. Since his last major forecast in 2005, he has projected a direr outcome and in turn suggests consideration of radical solutions to the global warming phenomenon, including ”dimming’ through sulphur. Professor Flannery spoke at a business and sustainability conference at Parliament House in Australia on Monday.
Climate change having 'worldwide, widespread effects'
May 20, 2008 08:38 AM - , SciDevNet
[BEIJING] Many physical and ecological systems are being affected by the world's warming climate, researchers say. Scientists from across the world applied statistical models to published data on changes in 829 physical systems and around 28,800 plant and animal systems —on both global and continental scales — some with data going back to 1970.
Population and Climate Change: Can We Talk?
May 20, 2008 08:23 AM - Robert Engelman, Worldwatch Institute
ISTANBUL-The workshop I've been attending in this ancient city drew 31 people-ranging from a member of the British parliament to a Dutch women's rights advocate to a Hungarian environmentalist-to talk about whether it makes sense to bring population into the global debate on climate change.
Tropical Rainforests are Planet's Lungs
May 19, 2008 08:35 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
The resignation of Marina Silva as the environment minister of Brazil is a blow to the very future of the planet. Five years ago, she was appointed guardian of the Amazon but, in that time, she has fought an uphill battle against the loggers and ranchers of Brazilian agribusiness. Indeed, she often seemed a lone voice in the Brazilian government -- outvoted on the introduction of genetically modified grains, on the construction of a new nuclear power plant and on massive infrastructure projects, including two big hydroelectric dams and a major new road in the rainforest. She has finally quit, worn down by ill health and the appointment of a rival minister to speed the approval of energy projects.
Tokyo to propose cap-and-trade emissions plan
May 18, 2008 09:24 AM - Reuters
Tokyo aims to take a major step in meeting its pollution-reducing target by revising an emissions cutting bill. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will propose to the city assembly next month revising a bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions from big offices and factories in five years from April 2010, a city official said on Friday.
Brazilian Companies Announce Global Warming Game Plan
May 16, 2008 08:56 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The Brazil Greenhouse Gas Protocol Program was launched today and its 12 founding corporate members have voluntarily agreed to report their global-warming emissions. “The program provides options for sound measurement and allows members to take action to reduce their GHG emissions,” said Thelma Krug, secretary of climate change, Brazil Environment Ministry, at the launch event here in the IBAMA Auditorium.
An epidemic of extinctions: Decimation of life on earth
May 16, 2008 08:40 AM - http://www.independent.co.uk
The world's species are declining at a rate "unprecedented since the extinction of the dinosaurs", a census of the animal kingdom has revealed. The Living Planet Index out today shows the devastating impact of humanity as biodiversity has plummeted by almost a third in the 35 years to 2005.
Ignored warnings 'worsened' Myanmar cyclone disaster
May 12, 2008 09:02 AM - , SciDevNet
Experts say the inadequate response of the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) to scientists' warnings, coupled with large-scale destruction of protective mangroves along its coasts, aggravated the devastation wreaked by tropical cyclone Nargis. The cyclone has killed an estimated 22,980 people so far, with millions rendered homeless by the disaster, which struck the Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar last week (3 May).