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Fri, 2008-09-26 12:25Ross Gelbspan
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Are We Seeing Early Signs of a Planetary Croak?

Half of Europe’s amphibian species could be wiped out in the next 40 years. Scientists from the Zoological Society of London say that the combined force of climate change, pollution, disease and habitat loss and degradation has left many with “nowhere to run”.

After assessing the amphibians’ prospects, they predicted that more than 50 per cent of the 81 species native to Europe faced extinction by 2050.

Thu, 2008-09-25 08:36Ross Gelbspan
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It's Not Just Wall Street that Needs a Bail-Out!

The rapid rise in emissions means the world could warm faster than previously predicted, said professor Barry Brook, director of the Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He said CO2 concentrations could hit 450 ppm by 2030 instead of 2040 as currently predicted.
Tue, 2008-09-02 08:01Ross Gelbspan
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Nature to Palin: "I'm Hotter Than You!"

Researchers confirm that surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere were warmer over the last 10 years than any time during the last 1300 years, and, if the climate scientists include the somewhat controversial data derived from tree-ring records, the warming is anomalous for at least 1700 years.
Tue, 2008-08-12 10:57Ross Gelbspan
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A Burst of "Green" Power Courtesy of the World Bunk!

Once the new Tata Ultra Mega power plant in western India is fired up in 2012 and fully operational, it will become one of the world's 50 largest greenhouse-gas emitters. And the World Bank is helping make it possible. A year after World Bank President Robert Zoellick pledged to “significantly step up our assistance” in fighting climate change, the development institution is increasing its financing of fossil-fuel projects around the globe.

The $4.14 billion, coal-powered Ultra Mega plant will emit more carbon dioxide annually than the nation of Tunisia.

Fri, 2008-08-08 07:12Ross Gelbspan
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The Computer Models Are All Wet -- But the Skeptics are Wetter!

US and British researchers have confirmed the link between warmer climate and an increase in powerful rainstorms, according to a study that underscores one of the challenges of global warming.The researchers even found that the increase of extreme rainfall was higher than what has been predicted in current computer models, according to the study published in the journal Science.
Wed, 2008-07-09 14:00Ross Gelbspan
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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.

Tue, 2008-07-08 08:24Ross Gelbspan
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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.

Tue, 2008-07-08 08:06Ross Gelbspan
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G-8's Ultimatum To Nature: 50 percent Cuts Below Current Levels! Take it or leave it!

Pledging to “move toward a low-carbon society,” leaders of the world’s richest nations endorsed Tuesday the idea of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, but from current levels rather than 1990’s, as had been proposed.

And they refused to set a short-term target for reducing the gases that scientists agree are warming the planet.

Wed, 2008-07-02 11:52Ross Gelbspan
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CCS: An Idea Whose Time Is Way Behind Schedule!

Carbon capture and storage (CSS) is fast becoming the oil industry's favorite solution to the climate crisis, but the seductive simplicity of the idea masks a series of doubts about its viability.
Fri, 2008-06-27 06:50Ross Gelbspan
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Forget the Planet: Save the "Arbitrage Junkies"!

Carbon-trading systems will likely be a boon to lawyers, lobbyists and arbitrage junkies, a panel on emissions trading heard at the International Economic Forum of the Americas conference underway in Montreal.

But it is unlikely that the requisite global trading mechanisms will be in place and working quickly enough to rescue the planet from a climate catastrophe, Michael Dorsey, an environmental studies professor at Dartmouth College in the U.S., said.

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