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Wed, 2007-03-28 10:45Bill Miller
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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.

Tue, 2007-03-27 10:52Bill Miller
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Climate change and poverty go hand in hand, expert says

British economists have urged India to battle climate change, saying vulnerability to the phenomenon goes hand in hand with poverty . Dimitri Zenghelis, lead author of the Stern Review, which examined the costs and benefits of climate change moderation, said there is 90 per cent recognition of climate change in the developed world compared with only 50 per cent by developing countries.

Mon, 2007-03-26 10:17Bill Miller
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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.

Fri, 2007-03-16 11:51Bill Miller
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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.

Thu, 2007-03-15 10:14Bill Miller
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International coalition takes aim at popular air-conditioner refrigerant in battle against climate change

Industrial and developing countries have joined forces to call for stringent limits on HCFC-22 , the world’s most popular refrigerant for air-conditioners, amid mounting evidence it depletes the ozone layer and contributes to global warming.

Wed, 2007-03-14 11:00Bill Miller
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Poll finds worldwide agreement climate change is a threat

An international poll of 17 countries found widespread accord that climate change is a problem, but division as to whether it is sufficiently urgent to require immediate, costly measures.
Wed, 2007-03-07 10:38Bill Miller
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Asia’s pollution hits global climate harder than previously realized, study finds

Scientists say an “Asian haze” of pollution from rapid industrialization is boosting storms in the Pacific and having profound impacts that may be felt as far away as the Arctic.

 
Wed, 2007-03-07 09:44Bill Miller
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Another EU leader joins bid to lead struggle against global warming

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has joined UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and EU commission president Jose Manuel Barroso in urging Europe to take the lead in the fight against climate change at this week’s European Union summit. As a first step, EU leaders are expected to endorse a 20 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 from 1990 levels.

Fri, 2007-03-02 12:21Bill Miller
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Tokyo having its first winter without snow in 131 years

The Japanese capital has just experienced its first-ever winter without snow since records began in 1876, but weather officials are playing down any link to global warming.
Fri, 2007-03-02 11:33Bill Miller
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UN draft: Climate-change impact worse than expected

An unpublished draft of the long-awaited second part of a United Nations report , obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, says global warming is happening faster than previously believed. No region of the planet will be spared, says the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and some will be especially hard-hit.

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