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Fri, 2007-07-20 10:12Bill Miller
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New study ties beef production to global warming

Japanese scientists have concluded beef production typically contributes more to climate change than cars do. The main source of greenhouse gas emissions is the methane released from an animal's digestive system.

Thu, 2007-07-19 12:03Bill Miller
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Businesses, worried about climate change, believe they must provide solutions

A survey of hundreds of businesses in Australia found 86 per cent of executives “overwhelmingly concerned” about global warming, and 77 per cent said companies are most responsible for curbing the threat.

Wed, 2007-07-18 11:23Bill Miller
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Human misery soars in step with rising carbon emissions, economic study says

The New Economics Foundation has found that reducing social inequality and energy consumption is crucial to improved well being, not increased consumption.

While Europe’s carbon emissions have risen markedly over the last 40 years, the report says, the extra burning has not made people happier.

Fri, 2007-07-13 12:02Bill Miller
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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.

Thu, 2007-06-28 10:44Bill Miller
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Encroaching deserts due to global warming the ‘challenge of our times,’ study says

A UN report has issued a desertification warning saying tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia.

Without action, 50 million people could be displaced within 10 years.

Wed, 2007-06-27 12:11Bill Miller
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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.

Wed, 2007-06-27 10:29Bill Miller
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World Heritage sites threatened by climate change; UN urged to seek carbon cuts

A United Nations conference has been urged to protect six World Heritage sites, including Mount Everest and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, from global warming. Campaigners hope to persuade the group to reverse last year's decision to reject cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions.

Mon, 2007-06-25 13:31Bill Miller
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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!

Thu, 2007-06-21 08:38Ross Gelbspan
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"Two Paths For The Planet"

The American Prospect, June 19, 2007 Two Paths for the Planet: Will we rewire the world with clean energy – or descend into political chaos, social disruption and climate hell?

And will Washington get with the program?

Tue, 2007-06-05 11:23Bill Miller
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Global warming to devastate economies, nature in ice-loss sweep

A new United Nations study says hundreds of millions of livelihoods will be affected by melting snow and ice due to climate change , and time is running out for political leaders to reach agreement on curbing emissions.

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