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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.

UK's Blair nudges Bush Administration to back carbon deal next month

The prime minister, speaking on BBC TV, said climate-change awareness is gaining momentum with Americans and it’s possible the U.S. may be willing to support an agreement at the G8 summit in June on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

You Made the Mess; You Clean It Up

It's hard to argue with the logic of this People's Daily Online editorial that says what we always thought China and India would say: The developed countries of the world have done the most to create climate change; they should do the most to fix it.

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.

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