Climate

How Can Carbon Trading Save Peatlands and Rainforests?
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Gill Murdoch, Reuters

The U.N. is due to report on proposed carbon-trading schemes that would make it more rewarding for countries to preserve their forests rather than cut them down. The report on "Reduced Emissions from Deforestation" (RED) will be presented at a climate change meeting in Bali, Indonesia, in Dec. 2007.

China Bans Production and Import of Two Ozone-Depleting Substances
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China has banned the production and import of two ozone-depleting substances, honoring an international commitment to phase them out by 2010, state media reported Monday.

EU Paper Shows Options on Warming Europe
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Aoife White, Associated Press

Water shortages in the Mediterranean, flash floods along the Rhine and summers so hot that nuclear power stations can't cool down. This is what Europe can expect as its climate warms over the next decades.

Live Earth Concerts To Deliver Climate SOS, Gore Says
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

Former Vice President Al Gore Thursday urged people worldwide to pressure their governments to cut global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide by 2050.

A Tale of Two Tahoes: Tourists on Beaches; Elsewhere, Destruction
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Scott Lindlaw, Associated Press

A measure of normalcy began to return to this resort community Thursday, even as crews battled an unpredictable mountain wildfire for a fifth day. Sunbathers ventured to some beaches, and the smoke lurking in the mountains largely cleared.

Desertification a Threat, According to UN Report
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Desertification represents one of the "greatest environmental challenge of our times" and could set off mass migrations of people fleeing degraded homelands, a United Nations report warned Thursday.

Wildlife, Crops Hit by Southeast Europe Heatwave
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Karolos Grohmann, Reuters

A heatwave that has killed more than 30 people in parts of southeast Europe has hit wildlife and crops, from the humble toad in Greek lagoons to grain across the region, while fruit is ripening weeks early in Italy.

U.S. House Passes Bill Affirming Global Warming Exists
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Richard Cowen, Reuters

The House of Representatives Wednesday, aiming to put an end to the debate over whether global warming is actually occurring, passed legislation recognizing the "reality" of climate change and providing money to work on the problem.

Canada Must Charge Firms a Lot for Emissions, Panel Says
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada's government will eventually have to charge companies a much higher price than anticipated for polluting the atmosphere if it is to stand any chance of meeting promises on cleaning up the environment, a panel said Wednesday.

Researchers Say Antarctic Ice Sheet Stable
June 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

An ice sheet in Antarctica that is the world's largest -- with enough water to raise global sea levels by 200 feet -- is relatively stable and poses no immediate threat, according to new research.

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