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UK pushes climate change for UN debate; US and China skeptical

Britain is trying to get climate change on the agenda of the UN Security Council for the first time. Diplomats have been lobbying for an unprecedented public debate on the issue when Britain takes over presidency of the 15-member council next month.

Oink! US Carbon Subsidies Exceed $37 Billion in 2007

If Congress were to cut $1.4 billion a year in subsidies, as House Democrats urge, the industry would still get more than $37 billion a year from government coffers, four times the amount spent on the nuclear industry and six times the am spent on ethanol.

US House To Tackle Warming

US Representative Edward J. Markey of Malden is in line to lead a new congressional committee on global warming, after the House of Representatives broke a weeks long logjam yesterday and voted to establish the new panel,

U.S. stifles officials from responding to global warming questions

Internal memorandums circulated in Alaska’s federal Fish and Wildlife Service appear to muzzle government biologists traveling abroad in Arctic countries from discussing climate change, polar bears or sea ice without official authorization. Only those who “understand the administration’s position” can talk to the issues.

Cowboy capitalists promote slime in your gas tank to curb carbon emissions

Spurred by high oil prices and mounting concerns over global warming, a growing contingent of venture capitalists and hedge funds is seeking to replace crude oil with algae, and other alternative schemes, as ways to clean up the planet and achieve energy independence. It’s going to require considerable cash, and some of the more adventuresome are committing their careers and personal fortunes to the quest.

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.

 

Long-awaited report shows continued rise in carbon emissions in U.S.

Not surprisingly, Bush Administration officials are putting a positive spin on the report, which sees an 11 per cent increase in emissions during the decade ending in 2012. But an assortment of experts on climate trends say the result is unacceptable given rising evidence of risks from unabated global warming.

U.S., Brazil looking to expand ethanol-use in Latin America, Caribbean

Agreement is expected this week on a program that could lead to substantial growth in the ethanol industry in Brazil as technology and manufacturing equipment developed there is exported to other countries in the region. The deal has already drawn fire, however, over the threat of expanding Brazilian output at the expense of American corn growers.

Bush to World: "Let Them Eat Carbon"

The Bush administration estimates that emissions by the United States of gases that contribute to global warming will grow nearly as fast through the next decade as they did the previous decade.

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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