‘Skeptical environmentalist’ says best fix for global warming is to make everybody wealthy

Bjorn Lomborg, who recently claimed that polar-bear numbers were actually increasing and then had to abandon his claim when science intervened, says the best climate-change strategy is to “make the rest of the world as rich as New York” so all the people of the world can afford air conditioners.

U.S., China intransigence threatens global-warming pact at APEC

Leaders at the 21-nation APEC forum will enter their annual two-day summit this weekend in Sydney, Australia, hoping to agree on a statement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. With the world’s two largest polluters still at loggerheads, however, they might have accomplished more by staying home and not spewing CO2 to attend the conference.

China's harvests face decimation due to global warming

China, the world’s most populous nation as well as its biggest greenhouse-gas emitter, is forecast to experience as much as a 10 per cent cut in its annual grain harvest due to global warming.

UN chief says U.S. is finally listening to urgent call to arms on climate change

UN leader Ban Ki-moon says global warming is the biggest struggle facing mankind, and that the Bush administration, a strong opponent of the Kyoto Protocol, has finally awakened to the seriousness of the issue.

Developing nations have crucial, but unspecified, post-Kyoto role on climate change

China, India, Brazil and other emerging nations must be persuaded not to expect sustainable growth without taking environmental degradation into account, says an editorial in Asahi Shimbun. While developed nations such as the U.S. bear greater responsibility for fighting global warming, it is also necessary to pinpoint the “differentiated” role cited by the UN for developing countries.

Rich nations blamed for global warming, but not for all the right reasons

As forecast, China has overtaken the U.S. in carbon-dioxide emissions due largely to China’s heavy reliance on coal. Another factor is its well-publicized population of 1.3 billion. But per-capita emissions are much higher in developed countries, where populations are exploding due to immigration. The U.S. already releases four times the carbon per-capita each year as China. And the U.S. population, which has been doubling every 40 years, is headed for one billion by the end of this century!

Carbon ranching pushes rainforest preservation in global-warming battle

Carbon ranching is a way to protect rainforests, which inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen to help cool the planet. At present, these woodlands are threatened by logging, mining, cattle production and, increasingly, sugar and palm oil plantations to fuel growing demand for ethanol. In fact, destruction of the world’s tropical forests now contributes more to global warming than China’s well-publicized industrial-pollution surge.

A pledge to help poorer nations reduce carbon emissions caused by slashing and burning their forests was in the final communiqué issued at the Group of 8 summit in Germany. The Bush administration has financed some tropical forest conservation projects in the past. Now, as Congress energetically debates new climate-change legislation, greater incentives for carbon ranching are advocated. As usual, the solution is simple economics.

This just in: Europe and U.S. reach climate accord

President Bush apparently has softened his position at the G-8 summit by offering to “consider” a proposal by Germany to fight climate change with a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.

Bush Administration derails Germany’s climate-change initiative at G-8 summit

Global warming has taken center stage at the meeting – whose theme is “growth and responsibility in the global economy” – and Bush risks alienating his German counterpart , a former physicist who has made climate change her signature issue.

Mum Harper seen backing Bush effort to undermine international climate-change pact

The Prime Minister is under fire from both Liberals and New Democrats for remaining non-committal on whether Canada will back a proposal by Germany for a post-Kyoto agreement when G8 nations meet in Germany next week. China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa will also be part of the discussions.


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