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Australia's PM goes green, opponents see red

Australia's prime minister, facing a tough re-election fight and under pressure over his climate credentials, has pledged new "clean energy" targets in a move environment groups said would not sway green-leaning voters. >> Read the Full Article

Australia's drought may cut wine vintage by half

Australia's drought could cut the 2008 wine grape vintage by more than half, industry groups said on Monday, cutting into a A$3 billion ($2.6 billion) a year export business and possibly forcing hundreds of winemakers out of business.

The 2008 vintage is likely to fall to between 800,000 tones and 1.3 million tones, compared with a normal seasonal crop of about 1.9 million tones, according to Wine Grape Growers and Winemakers' Federation of Australia.

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Schwarzenegger, UN Chief, Call For Fast Action On Climate

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Vice President Al Gore are set to join world leaders for a U.N. meeting on Monday aimed at spurring global negotiations on how to cool a warming planet.Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder and movie star who has pushed for environmental reforms in California, acknowledged that rich and poor countries have differing responsibilities when it comes to global warming, but said it is time to stop the blame game. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesia's Sumatra hit by new quake

An undersea earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rattled Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday, close to the area that was shaken by a powerful quake nearly two weeks ago, the meteorology agency said. >> Read the Full Article

PETA’s Behind-the-Scenes Fight Against Animal Experimentation

PETA's most visible anti-animal experimentation campaigns have focused on stopping the use of animals in cosmetics laboratories, agricultural research, dog and cat food trials, weapons tests, aerospace studies, and car-crash simulations. We've had tremendous victories in these campaigns and ensured that millions of animals have been spared from suffering and death in experiments. >> Read the Full Article

Deal Reached to Phase Out 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

Global corporate climate change report released

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a collaboration of over 315 institutional investors with assets under management of more than $41 trillion, releases its 5th annual global report, providing the largest and most comprehensive database of strategies from the world's largest corporations regarding the impact of climate change on shareholder value. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Hopeful Despite Climate Signs

Climate scientist Michael Mann runs down the list of bad global warming news: The world is spewing greenhouse gases at a faster rate. Summer Arctic sea ice is at record lows. The ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica are melting quicker than expected. >> Read the Full Article

Beaked Whales Focus of Navy Sonar Study

Robin Baird's research team members stare at the horizon for hours, searching for rarely seen beaked whales.

The small, gray marine mammals have been at the center of the dispute over the Navy's use of high intensity sonar ever since several washed ashore with bleeding around their brains and ears during naval exercises in the Bahamas seven years ago.

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More than 100 Bangladesh fishermen missing in storm

DHAKA (Reuters) - More than 100 Bangladeshi fishermen were missing after at least 15 fishing boats sank in a storm in the Bay of Bengal, witnesses and officials said on Sunday.

The Chittagong port authority issued an international maritime alert advising all ships and fishing boats to remain in shelters until further notice, said Syed Farhad Uddin, the secretary of Chittagong port.

Bangladesh's meteorological department said in a special weather bulletin that the monsoonal deep depression, which hit the Bay of Bengal on Thursday night, was moving north-north-west and had reached India's eastern coastal state of Orissa.

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