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GE's Immelt says banks need acquisitions to boost earnings
December 12, 2007 08:47 AM - Reuters

Immelt made his remarks during an appearance on CNBC, a cable television property owned by the sprawling industrial and financial conglomerate.

Greenspan: subprime "accident waiting to happen"
December 12, 2007 04:00 AM - Reuters

While acknowledging the low U.S. interest rates set under his leadership may have contributed to the bubble in U.S. home prices, Greenspan said he felt the roots of the subprime mortgage crisis actually lie with global economic expansion.

Bali gets a culture shock
December 12, 2007 03:13 AM - Reuters

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - With its manicured rice terraces, Hindu temples, and processions of women bearing Carmen Miranda-like mounds of fruit on their heads, Bali has successfully sold itself as a tropical paradise.

But the island resort, which attracts supermodels and rock stars as well as thousands of less famous economic migrants in search of a better life, may become a victim of its own success.

Australia's PM hands over Kyoto papers in Bali
December 12, 2007 01:31 AM - By Supriyatin, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister handed over documents ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations in Bali on Wednesday and said his own country was already suffering from global warming.

Climate change drying up Western Rockies
December 12, 2007 01:17 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - By 2040, climate change will have melted the glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana and the spring snowpack in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, scientists said on Tuesday.

"People talk about a tipping point, but we've been there and done that," said Tim Barnett, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California and speaker at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Climate change drying up mountains in Western U.S.
December 11, 2007 09:52 PM - Amanda Beck, Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - By 2040, climate change will have melted the glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana and the spring snowpack in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, scientists said on Tuesday.

Hitting Back, Nonviolently
December 11, 2007 09:32 AM - Ted Glick - U.S. Climate Emergency Council

This Tuesday morning, around 10 a.m., on the 99th day of my climate emergency fast, I'm going to the Senate office on Capitol Hill of Mitch McConnell, the top-ranking Republican in the Senate. And I'm going to stay there for a while, attempting to draw attention to the anger that a lot of us feel about this latest outrage by Republican leaders in Washington out of touch with even their own rank and file. According to a recent Zogby poll, 77% of Republicans agree that utilities should be required to produce some of their energy from clean sources such as wind and solar.

Pope urges prudence in environmental decisions
December 11, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - International decisions on the impact of environmental change should be made prudently, avoiding hasty conclusions, ideological pressures and unilateral stands, Pope Benedict said in a peace message on Tuesday.

The German pope also called for the dismantling of nuclear weapons and an effective demilitarization around the world, expressing concern that more countries seem to want to acquire nuclear weapons.

Rotterdam gives away energy-saving lightbulbs
December 11, 2007 05:36 AM - Reuters

The Dutch city said it will distribute more than 600,000 light bulbs and that the expected savings for its citizens -- 26 million euros ($38 million) over six years from lower electricity bills -- will far outweigh the costs of 4 million euros.

Cambodia plans hunting safaris for VIP tourists
December 11, 2007 05:35 AM - Reuters

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia is considering laying on hunting safaris for well-heeled foreign tourists in its remote jungle-clad northeast, to the consternation of green groups who say it could be a recipe for disaster.

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