Cheney wanted cuts in climate testimony
July 9, 2008 09:11 AM -

Vice President Dick Cheney's office pushed for major deletions in congressional testimony on the public health consequences of climate change, fearing the presentation by a leading health official might make it harder to avoid regulating greenhouse gases, a former EPA official maintains.

G8 papers over differences on climate change
July 8, 2008 10:32 AM - Reuters

G8 nations, papering over deep differences on how to set goals to combat global warming, said on Tuesday they would work toward a target of at least halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with other participants in U.N. talks. In a communique released during a summit in northern Japan, the Group of Eight leaders agreed that they would need to set mid-term goals to achieve the "shared vision" for 2050, but gave no numerical targets.

New bill passed cuts toxic ship pollution, praised by leading environmental group
July 8, 2008 10:19 AM - Environmental Defense Fund

Washington, D.C The U.S,. Senate passed (June 27,2008), by unanimous consent, legislation that will allow the U.S. to join an international treaty that could dramatically cut ocean ship pollution that causes tens of thousands of global deaths annually. “The Marine Pollution Prevention Act of 2008” (H.R. 802), was passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House of Representatives last year.

Global Leaders Need to Forge Consensus and Act Now, Climate Change Experts
July 8, 2008 10:06 AM - , Triple Pundit

Government leaders need to act quickly and establish clear, consistent, inclusive and long-term climate change policies, according to a global survey of key climate change decision makers and scientists conducted by GlobeScan.

India launches climate change action plan
July 7, 2008 09:16 AM - , SciDevNet

[NEW DELHI] India released its national action plan on climate change this week (30 June) with a focus on harnessing renewable energy rather than stringent emissions targets. India's prime minister Manmohan Singh released the plan ahead of his attendance at next week's (7–9 July) G8 summit in Japan where climate change is expected to be discussed.

Australian adviser unveils carbon trading scheme
July 4, 2008 09:03 AM - Reuters

Australia's leading climate guru on Friday laid out a draft carbon trading scheme to rein in rising emissions in the world's top per-capita greenhouse gas polluter. Economist Ross Garnaut, appointed by the government to design what will be the world's most extensive emissions regime from 2010, said Australia was critically at risk from climate change and urged deep cuts in emissions from the world's top coal exporter.

G8 could see climate deal and substance in doubt
July 3, 2008 10:56 AM - Reuters

G8 leaders could well cobble together some agreement next week on goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but bolder progress in climate change talks will probably have to wait until a new U.S president takes office.

Drivers on Canadian West Coast paying carbon tax
July 3, 2008 10:03 AM - Reuters

North America's first comprehensive carbon tax is now in effect in the Canadian West Coast province of British Columbia, greeted with complaints that some gasoline stations have used the tax as cover to raise prices more than necessary.

Condemned to single-sex life by climate change
July 2, 2008 10:54 AM - Nature News

All tuatara could be born male — and thus doomed to extinction — within decades.

World Bank approves climate funds before G8 summit
July 2, 2008 10:22 AM - Reuters

The World Bank on Tuesday agreed to establish two investment funds to help developing economies switch to clean-energy technologies to curb carbon emissions and help poor countries adapt to climate change.

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