MUMBAI (Reuters) - Most firms in India, one of the world's
worst polluters, are yet to plan for the impact of climate
change on their businesses, do not measure emissions or have
deadlines to curb them, a study said on Thursday.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The European Union and Southeast
Asian leaders called on Thursday for enhanced economic
cooperation and the release of political detainees in
military-ruled Myanmar, but set no timetables.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight unusual examples of a burned-out celestial object known as a white dwarf detected in our Milky Way galaxy represent a previously unknown category of stars, astronomers said on Wednesday.
White dwarfs mark the end point in stellar evolution for all but the most massive of stars in the universe, with about 97 percent of stars, including our sun, destined to finish their existence this way, according to astronomers.
GENEVA (Reuters) - A new global earth observation system being constructed will help reduce deaths in cyclones like one which just ravaged Bangladesh, a scientist at the heart of the program said on Wednesday.
Cyclone Sidr, which struck a week ago, killed around 3,500 people, but the casualties were far fewer than in 1991 when about 143,000 people died or in 1970 when the death toll was some 300,000 in similar disasters.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia will limit oil
products shipments by river in 2008 after a fuel oil spill from
a river barge in the Kerch Strait this month caused damage
estimated at $267 million, officials said on Wednesday.
Hydroelectric reservoir levels fell to 49.4 percent from
50.3 percent of capacity a week earlier. As little as four
months ago, Spain's hydro reservoirs were more than 80 percent
Presenting a joint biofuels strategy agreed between the
government, the automobile industry, oil companies and the
farming sector, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said
Germany planned to raise the level of biofuels blended into
fossil diesel and gasoline to 10 percent from 5 percent now by
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - EU rules to cut CO2 emissions drew a
range of views from industry figures at the Reuters Autos
Summit, but all said it would be costly to a sector already hit
by pricier raw materials, a strong euro and nervous consumers.
ORME, Tennessee (Reuters) - A small town tucked away in the
mountains of southern Tennessee is getting by on just a few
hours of water a day because its spring has run dry in the
drought sweeping the Southeast.
The link will help European companies buy cheap carbon
offsets from developing countries and former communist nations,
helping to cut the cost of meeting greenhouse gas emissions
limits set under the emissions trading scheme (ETS).
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