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India leads world in climate-change concern, study finds

The surprise finding, announced by HSBC, the world’s fourth-largest corporation, showed India leading both the developed and developing worlds – far ahead of the UK, France, Germany and the US. HSBC said it shatters the widely held myth of the industrialized world leading the pack on global warming.

Where global leadership means stalling and heel-dragging

A spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environment Quality told BBC today that, “the US continues to lead the global effort on climate change.”

Apparently “lead the global effort” somehow means culling language from a draft G8 summit document that would see member nations getting tough on greenhouse gas emissions. The BBC has obtained a document outlining plans for the US to, yet again, water down tough global action on climate change.

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.

Population growth cited as key driver of climate change

Controlling population growth is a crucial factor in reducing global warming, a California group says, and America had better get a grip. Americans are already the most voracious consumers and greatest producers of greenhouse gases per capita of any nation on earth, it said, and its population “has been doubling every 40 years and is headed for one billion before the end of this century.”

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.

Global warming may land U.S. in hot water

As the world turns warmer, water will become a major domestic and national-security problem for the U.S., a scientific report says, with states clashing over control of rivers at home, and shortages and floods worsening conflicts and terrorism abroad.

UN Security Council launches landmark debate on global warming

For the first time in its 60-year history, the UN Security Council today began discussing how climate change could trigger conflicts and famine. It is a milestone event in UN history in that global warming has taken center stage away from politics and government mismanagement as the usual culprits behind conflicts and human miseries.

Russia embraces hunting to protect imperiled polar bears

Driven to areas where people live by shrinking ice due to global warming, polar bears have become a prime target for poachers, both for meat and the thousands of dollars their pelts can fetch. Russia’s government hopes a legal hunt can rein in the rampant poaching.

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.

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