Climate

Group Asks SEC To Force Climate Risk Disclosure
September 18, 2007 07:35 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON  - A group of institutional investors, state officials and environmental groups called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to force publicly-traded companies to disclose climate-related risks along with other factors that affect their business.

Powerful Typhoon Heads For China's Financial Hub
September 18, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

SHANGHAI - A powerful typhoon targeted China's booming eastern province of Zhejiang and financial hub Shanghai on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people as ships and boats were called back to port. Typhoon Wipha was 440 km (270 miles) southeast of the former foreign treaty port of Wenzhou in Zhejiang at 0300 GMT. With gusts of up to 198 km per hour, it was moving northwest at 20 km per hour, Xinhua news agency said, putting it on a course to skirt Taiwan.

Calif. Suit On Car Greenhouse Gases Dismissed
September 18, 2007 07:09 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. federal judge tossed out a lawsuit by California's attorney general on Monday seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from six automakers for damaging the state with climate-changing greenhouse gases. Martin Jenkins, a federal judge in the Northern District of California, said the issue of global warming should be decided in the political rather than legal arena.

Arctic Ocean Sea-ice Getting Thinner: New Study
September 17, 2007 09:23 AM - Alfred-Wegener Institute

Bremerhaven - Large areas of the Arctic sea-ice are only one metre thick this year, equating to an approximate 50 percent thinning as compared to the year 2001. These are the initial results from the latest Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association lead expedition to the North Polar Sea.   50 scientists have been on board the Research ship- Polarstern for two and a half months, their main aim; to carry out research on the sea-ice areas in the central Arctic. Amongst other things, they have found out that not only the ocean currents are changing, but community structures in the Arctic are also altering.  Autonomous measuring-buoys have been placed out, and they will contribute valuable data, also after the expedition is finished, to the study of the environmental changes occurring in this region.

 

Greenspan Says Iraq War Is Largely About Oil", Creates Political Storm
September 17, 2007 08:04 AM - JoAnne Allen, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Clarifying a controversial comment in his new memoir, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he told the White House before the Iraq war that removing Saddam Hussein was "essential" to secure world oil supplies, according to an interview published on Monday.

Indonesian quake spurred greater volcanic activity
September 17, 2007 07:29 AM - Reuters

A massive earthquake that shook Indonesia's Sumatra island last week triggered more activity in three volcanoes in the area, but all have since calmed down, the head of the country's volcanological survey said on Monday.

Weather Aids Crews Fighting SoCal Fires
September 17, 2007 07:22 AM - Associated Press

Aided by cooler weather, firefighters in Southern California were gaining ground on two wildfires that raged through brush left dry by high summer temperatures.

Typhoon hits S.Korea, Six dead, four missing
September 16, 2007 11:40 AM - Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Six South Koreans died and four were missing in South Korea on Sunday after a typhoon hit the country's southern coast, an official from the government emergency agency said. Five were killed and four were missing in the resort island of Cheju as it was battered by typhoon Nari, whose name means a lily in Korean language, an official at South Korea's National Emergency Management Agency told Reuters by telephone.

Could Kyoto Protocol use a touch of Montreal?
September 16, 2007 11:36 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Could the solution to global warming be as simple as a switch of cities? For those who think the Kyoto Protocol is not working to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are heating the planet, why not take some lessons from the Montreal Protocol, praised as the world's most successful climate treaty? Both the United Nations and the Bush administration plan to try out this idea this week as parties to the treaty gather in Montreal, 20 years after the pact to cut ozone-depleting chemicals was signed. Sunday, the anniversary of the signing, has been dubbed International Ozone Day.

Forest fires seen crucial as Greeks vote
September 16, 2007 11:31 AM - Michele Kambas, Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeks cast ballots on Sunday in an election expected to determine the fate of key economic reforms and turn fringe politicians into powerbrokers as voters angry with this summer's forest fires punish big parties. The election pits conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis against socialist leader George Papandreou, both heirs to prominent political dynasties, but opinion polls showed neither easily winning a majority in parliament. Karamanlis called the early vote confident he could secure an easy victory, but criticism of the government's response to the forest fires which killed 65 people in August and a series of scandals may have harmed his chances.

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