• Kerry sells Democrats' green message in Bali

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Senator John Kerry swept into climate talks in Bali on Monday saying an administration run by the Democrats would mean the difference between night and day on policies to fight global warming.

    Kerry said the Democrats want to do everything President George W. Bush doesn't to fight climate change, namely back mandatory emissions targets and pass a bill to create a cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions.

    "I am convinced the politics of 2009 in the United States are going to be just night and day, different from where we have been before," he told a news conference.

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  • China hunts father-and-son bird flu link

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese health authorities said on Monday they were hunting for the causal link between a son and his father both struck by bird flu, but have found no evidence that the virus has mutated into a new strain.

    The 52-year old father was diagnosed with the H5N1 strain of bird flu late last week in the eastern province of Jiangsu, days after his 24-year old son died from the disease.

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  • Beijing turns on the heat on polluting kebabs

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing, wary of blowing its clean air target before next year's Olympic Games, will crack down on outdoor kebab sellers as part of a 20-day campaign against street-level polluters, local media said on Monday.

    Beijing's air pollution is a major concern for athletes and officials planning for next August, and Olympic chief Jacques Rogge said that some Games events would have to be rescheduled if air quality were not good enough.

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  • U.S rejects stiff 2020 greenhouse goals in Bali

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at U.N. talks in Bali on Monday as part of a "roadmap" to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009.

    "It's prejudging what the outcome should be," chief negotiator Harlan Watson said of a draft suggesting that rich nations should aim to axe emissions of heat-trapping gases by between 25 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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  • Lebanese dump has stench of environmental neglect

    SIDON, Lebanon (Reuters) - Every day bulldozers pile more garbage on to a mountain of waste on the Sidon seafront in a symbol of Lebanon's environmental problems, aggravated, activists say, by politics, mismanagement and greed.

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  • U.N. talks will not decide on new HFC incentives

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The biggest winners from a U.N. scheme to reward companies which cut emissions of potent greenhouse gases will have to wait until next year to see if the multi-billion-dollar rewards are extended.

    A 190-nation climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, failed to agree terms to allow companies to profit from destroying gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are a waste product from making refrigerants.

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  • South Korea's worst oil spill blackens coast

    TAEAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean workers using skimmers and containment fences battled on Saturday to clean up the worst oil spill in the country's history, as the slick washed ashore near a nature preserve on the west coast.

    Parts of about 17 kms (11 miles) of coastline about 100 km southwest of Seoul have already been blackened by oil, the coast guard said. More of the spill is expected on Sunday to hit the area that has marine farms and oyster beds.

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  • U.S. pork workers develop mysterous neorological condition

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eleven workers who removed brains from slaughtered pigs at a plant in Minnesota have come down with a mysterious neurological condition, company and U.S. health officials said on Friday.

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  • Jet-setting hockey players aim to slash emissions

    TORONTO (Reuters) - With 30 teams crisscrossing North America throughout the 82-game season, the National Hockey League takes its toll on the environment.

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  • Emissions cap for poor unlikely at Bali talks

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The chance that developing countries would accept firm emissions-cutting targets receded on Friday, as U.N.-led talks to launch negotiations on a climate pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol inched forward.

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