Climate

U.S. 2005 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 0.6 Percent
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

The amount of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming that were released into the air increased 0.6 percent last year, but fell in intensity when based on economic output, the government said on Tuesday.

Disasters Losses May Top One Trillion Dollars Per Year by 2040
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

Losses from extreme weather could top $1 trillion in a single year by 2040, a partnership of the United Nations Environment Programme and private finance institutions (UNEP FI) warned on Tuesday.

Global Warming Could Wipe Out Most Birds, WWF Says
November 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

Unchecked climate change could drive up to 72 per cent of the world's bird species into extinction but the world still has a chance to limit the losses, conservation group WWF said in a report on Tuesday.

French Prime Minister Proposes Taxing States that Shun Kyoto
November 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin proposed on Monday introducing punitive taxes on imports from countries that refused to sign the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, which is aimed at curbing global warming.

Ice-Melt Isolates Remote Communities in Canada
November 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Jonathan Spicer, Reuters

Aboriginal communities in Ontario's far north are becoming increasingly isolated as rising temperatures melt their winter route to the outside world and impede their access to supplies.

Sweden Tops Climate Change Efforts, U.S. Near Bottom, Environmentalists Say
November 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Elizabeth A. Kennedy, Associated Press

Sweden, Britain and Denmark are doing the most to protect against climate change, but their efforts are not nearly enough, according to a report released Monday by environmental groups.

Kids Walk to Moon and Back in Climate Campaign
November 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Children in nine countries have walked further than to the Moon and back as part of a campaign to cut the use of cars widely blamed for stoking global warming.

U.N. Climate Fight Seen More Flexible after 2012
November 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N.-led fight against global warming is likely to be more flexible after 2012 in hopes of enlisting outsiders such as the United States and China, delegates at U.N. climate talks say.

Canada Faces U.N. Grilling over Kyoto Abandonment
November 13, 2006 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

This is likely to be another rough week for embattled Canadian Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, who must explain to a summit on global warming why Ottawa has effectively abandoned the Kyoto protocol on climate change.

El Nino May Spell Trouble for Indonesian Orangutans
November 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Achmad Sukarsono, Reuters

Indonesia's orangutan population, under threat from smog-producing forest fires this year, could be in graver danger in 2007 when dry El Nino conditions are expected to intensify in the region, an ecologist said on Monday.

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