Ethanol May Not Ease Global Warming, UN Says
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Andrea Welsh, Reuters
It's too soon to say whether ethanol will help slow global warming, the head of the United Nations Environment Program said Monday, ahead of a meeting by the world's two biggest ethanol producers to discuss building a world market in the biofuel.
Government Hears Concerns over Listing Polar Bears as Threatened Species
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Ann Sanner, Associated Press
Environmental activists, hunters and oil industry representatives spoke at a public hearing Monday night on whether the U.S. government should list polar bears as a threatened species. Some speakers said scientific evidence supports the listing and urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adopt protections so polar bears would be present for future generations.
EU Commission President Says That CO2 Cuts Will Add Costs to Economy
March 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Aoife White, Associated Press
EU targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions will add costs to the European economy in the short-term but these will be outweighed by the greater cost of doing nothing, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Monday.
Global Warming Is Human Rights Issue, Nobel Nominee Says
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
It sounds like a sick joke about global warming, with a series of horrible punch lines: How hot is it? So hot that Inuit people around the Arctic Circle are using air conditioners for the first time. And running out of the hard-packed snow they need to build igloos. And falling through melting ice when they hunt.
U.N. Climate Talks Stagnate Despite Public Worries
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Governments are making scant progress towards extending a U.N. pact to fight global warming despite mounting public concern about climate change and U.N. warnings it poses a threat as great as war, experts say.
Merkel Grabs Climate Change Baton from Blair
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Noah Barkin, Reuters
Angela Merkel has pushed global warming to the top of her international agenda in a bet that rising public awareness and her close ties to Washington can help deliver results that have proved elusive in past years.
Scientists Offer Plan to U.N. for Civilization to Rise to Climate Challenge
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press
To head off the worst of climate change, governments must pour tens of billions of dollars more than they are into clean-energy research and enforce sharp rollbacks in fossil-fuel emissions, an expert scientific panel reported to the United Nations on Tuesday.
Scientists Wary of Lake Superior Warming
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
For Jay Austin, who has made a career of studying the Great Lakes, the warming climate around Lake Superior is no mystery. But he was surprised to find the waters of the lake itself warming even more rapidly.
Oscars for Gore Film Could Spur Action on Climate
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
The double Oscar win for "An Inconvenient Truth," former Vice President Al Gore's expanded slide-show on global warming, could spur grassroots support for the fight against climate change, environmental advocates said Monday.
Global Warming Worries to Boost Renewables
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Three decades after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter experimented with solar panels on the White House roof, grim U.N. warnings about climate change may kick-start wider global use of renewable energy.