Developing Countries to G-8: "You Lead, We'll Follow!"

China, India and other energy-guzzling developing nations on Wednesday rejected key elements of a non-binding global warming strategy embraced by President Bush and leaders of wealthy nations. And the U.N's top climate official dismissed the G-8 goals as insignificant.

The G-8 leaders invited their counterparts from fast-growing, pollution-emitting nations to sideline talks on the topic, but the session merely showcased a widening rift over the best approach.

Carbon Capture and Storage: An Expensive Dead End

Check out Andrew Nikiforuk in Canadian Business, offering a devastating analysis of carbon capture and storage - and a corresponding “solution” for trapping waste methane and CO2, an easier, cheaper and technologically proven option for making immediate progress in improving Canada's (under-)performance on the greenhouse gas front.

Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax

In a surprising exception (an interesting article in the National Post ), Jonathan Kay makes what he calls a “conservative” argument for a carbon tax.

Reading the piece, there seems no reason to define the Carbon Tax defence in a partisan way. It's just a good idea.

Cheney Censored CDC On Health Impacts of Warming

Members of Vice President Cheney's staff censored congressional testimony by a top federal official about health threats posed by global warming, a former Environmental Protection Agnecy official said yesterday.

World Bank's Dirty Little Secret: Biofuels Make the World Hungrier -- By 75 Percent

Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian. The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.

The figure emphatically contradicts the US government's claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises.

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