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New technology means coal can be both clean and reliable, UK think tank says

Coal has long been seen as a dirty fuel due to high carbon emissions, a key cause of climate change.

But a new report says clean technologies already in hand can reduce the environmental damage. Moreover, unlike some renewable energy, coal can be stored and provided on demand.

Rebuffed at UN, Britain continues world climate-change crusade

Accused of scaremongering for taking climate change before the UN Security Council last week, Britain is standing firm in insisting it’s a global challenge that must not be allowed to degenerate into regional bickering.

Prominent newspaper highlights link between security and global warming

The New York Times says the climate-change debate took “a useful turn” this week as “persuasive connections” were drawn between national security and global warming, causing even those who customarily scoff at environmental issues to take notice.

Britain and China lock horns in UN global-warming debate

The British government, which had initiated the first-ever climate-change discussions before the UN Security Council, pushed the issue because of its potential to cause wars. China, however, said the 15-member body had no authority to deal with it.

New analysis: Chinese and Saudi Diplomats Water Down Global Warming Estimates

This is a DeSmogBlog release sent out to media this morning:

ANALYSIS OF LEAKED DOCUMENTS SHOWSINAPPROPRIATE AND UNJUSTIFIEDPOLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT

Chinese and Saudi Diplomats Water Down Global Warming Estimates

Go here for the full release and a copy of the analysis report.

Kerry, Gingrich at odds over global-warming strategy

Massachusetts Senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich are advocating separate approaches to climate change, with Kerry calling for government regulation and Gingrich touting voluntary change fuelled by government incentives.

Running out of oil could worsen climate change, author says

While many think declining oil production would be good for the climate, a new book suggests a chilling scenario of environmental and economic catastrophe. Oil is the biggest single source of greenhouse gases, it argues, but coal and gas are bigger still, and the inevitable growth in their emissions would overwhelm any reduction from oil.

Large coastal cities in perilous path of climate-change juggernaut

A new study says the 643-million, or one-tenth of the world’s population, who live in low-lying coastal areas are at greater risk from rising sea levels and more intense storms due to global warming. The 10 countries with the largest number of people living in this vulnerable zone are China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Egypt, the United States, Thailand and the Philippines.

China, Norway and UN sign deal to combat climate change

The two nations and the UN Development Program have agreed to attack the effects of global warming in China’s rural areas, including the melting of glaciers in Tibet. Programs will be developed as a tool for provincial governments to assess potential risks and develop responses.

G8 to gauge cost of species loss from climate change

Environment Ministers from the G8 have agreed to study the world economic impact of species being driven to extinction by global warming. The ministers have agreed to conduct the review along the lines of last year’s report by economist Sir Nicholas Stern.

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