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U.N. says floods affect 100,000 Ethiopians

More than 100,000 people have been affected by floods in Ethiopia and 17 have died of waterborne disease, the United Nations said on Tuesday. "Approximately 103,000 people in Amhara, Tigray, South Sudan Nations and Nationalities Peoples State and Gambella regions have been affected by floods," the U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said in a report following days of heavy rains. >> Read the Full Article

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship - Guidelines Posted

The Skoll Foundation (created by Jeff Skoll, the first employee and first President of eBay) is now accepting new applications for its social entrepreneurship awards. These three-year awards "support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time: environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.... Skoll social entrepreneurs are innovators who have tested and proved their approach and are poised to replicate or scale up their work." >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Says Steep Climate Curbs May Not Be Needed

Curbs needed to fight global warming could be less drastic than a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 favoured by the European Union, the United States' chief climate negotiator said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Tunnels to Prevent Carnage of Canadian Salamanders

Canadian researchers know why the salamander crossed the road, and now they hope to fix things so it won't have to. The federal parks agency plans to install tunnels under a stretch of highway at a cost of about C$40,000 ($38,000) to end years of carnage among the long-toed salamander of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta. >> Read the Full Article

New Zealand Welcomes Iceland's Decision Not to Issue New Whaling Quotas This Year

New Zealand welcomed Iceland's decision to wind back its commercial whaling quota, saying Tuesday that the move reflects an increasing lack of demand for whale meat. >> Read the Full Article

Malaysia discovers "Singapore-size" water reservoir

Malaysia has discovered water caverns roughly the size of Singapore, a government official said on Tuesday, dispelling fears that Selangor, its most developed state, could run dry in three years. Initial studies reveal the existence of water-filled granite caverns in Batang Padang, a district in northern Perak state, which can be tapped for use as early as 2009, Energy, Water and Communications Minister Lim Keng Yaik told reporters. >> Read the Full Article

First death of a U.S. wind farm worker recorded

A man died over the weekend at a wind farm under construction in Oregon in what is believed to be the first death of a wind power worker in the United States, law enforcement and industry officials said on Monday. Chadd Mitchell, 35, was killed on Saturday afternoon when a 242-foot-tall tower he was working on toppled over, said a dispatcher for the Sherman County Sheriff's Department. >> Read the Full Article

China puts summer flood death toll at 1,138

Stronger relief efforts helped limit damage and loss of life from droughts and flooding in China this summer, but floods still killed more than 1,100 people, officials said on Tuesday. Torrential rain has inundated large swathes of China's east, south and southwest since June despite a smaller number of typhoons and tropical storms so far this year, while a prolonged heatwave and drought have afflicted several eastern provinces. >> Read the Full Article

Energy efficiency seen easy way to aid climate: U.N.

Energy efficiency for power plants, buildings and cars is the easiest way to slow global warming in an investment shift set to cost hundreds of billions of dollars, the United Nations said on Tuesday. A U.N. report about climate investments, outlined to a meeting in Vienna of 1,000 delegates from 158 nations, also said emissions of greenhouse gases could be curbed more cheaply in developing nations than in rich states. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesian peatlands seen playing key climate role

To the average person, they are just ordinary swamps or bogs. But peatlands across the world are more than just simple marsh land: they are one of the largest carbon stores on earth and play a significant role in the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change. Not for long, perhaps. >> Read the Full Article