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Combating Climate Change Given Big Confidence Boost in Canada

Nations signed up to an accelerated freeze and phase out of substances known as hydrochlorflurocarbons (HCFCs) under the 20 year-old Montreal Protocol- the UNEP treaty established in 1987 to protect the Earth's ozone layer from chemical attack. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. wants North Korea nuclear questions answered

There are many questions that need to be answered about North Korea's nuclear programs, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday ahead of fresh talks this week on ending Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. >> Read the Full Article

10 Easy Pieces

The most inspiring thing I’ve read lately about the oceans is “10 Solutions to Save the Ocean,” a series of short, upbeat, and to-the-point essays in the latest issue of Conservation magazine. >> Read the Full Article

Rising Seas Likely to Flood U.S. History

Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting. >> Read the Full Article

Deal Will Speed Cuts in Greenhouse Gas

Governments of almost 200 countries have agreed to speed the elimination of a major greenhouse gas that depletes ozone, U.N. and Canadian officials said Saturday, describing a deal they said was a significant step toward fighting global warming. >> Read the Full Article

China to give tax sweeteners for green production

China is to announce tax incentives to boost energy saving and renewable energy sectors, and is drawing up details of resource tax reforms, a government official said on Sunday. >> Read the Full Article

Global warming meetings put focus on U.S. role

A trio of climate change meetings in the United States this week will focus attention on how Washington can deliver on its pledge to play a lead role in combating global warming.

The central issue is how to curb the emission of climate-warming greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants and petroleum-fueled vehicles, and whether to make the goals mandatory or "aspirational" as the White House has proposed.

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New tropical storm seen forming over open Atlantic

A subtropical depression formed over the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday and U.S. forecasters said it was expected to strengthen into a tropical storm later in the day. >> Read the Full Article

Ivo weakens to tropical storm near Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Ivo weakened to a tropical storm on Friday on its way to Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where it is due to make landfall in a sparsely populated desert area in the coming days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ivo had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kph), making it less than hurricane strength.

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Ozone deal called boost to fighting climate change

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A deal by 191 nations to eliminate ozone-depleting substances 10 years ahead of schedule is a "pivotal moment" in the fight against global warming, Canadian Environment Minister John Baird said on Saturday.

Delegates at a U.N. conference in Montreal struck the deal late on Friday. The agreement will phase out production and use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) for developed countries to 2020 from 2030 and to 2030 from 2040 for developing nations.

The United Nations also hailed the deal, saying it could cut billions of tones in greenhouse gas emissions.

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