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.

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.

EU credibility on climate-change fight at stake; UK’s Blair calls for leadership

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has made global warming one of the main challenges of his last months in office, has called on fellow European leaders to show real leadership on climate change when they gather Thursday in Brussels. Blair is especially keen on securing the framework of a post-2012 agreement on climate-change goals at the G8 summit in Germany this summer. Simultaneously, the European Commission has insisted on binding targets for future renewable energy reliance.

Britain experiencing its second warmest winter on record

The UK mean temperature reached 5.47C (41.8F) compared with the warmest winter on record in 1988-89, when the mean was 5.82C (42.5F). In southern England, winter warmth set a new high, reaching 6.53C (43.8F), beating 6.49C (43.7F) in 1989-90. And meteorologists say there’s more to come.

$350-million study of North, South polar changes set

Scientists from 60 countries will camp on drifting Arctic sea ice and trek to uncharted Antarctic mountains to clarify the role of greenhouse gases and global warming in the rapid changes already occurring at both poles. Called the International Polar Year despite its two-year timetable, it is the fourth such integrated Arctic and Antarctic science effort since 1881. The last ended in 1958.

Heritage Foundation goes nuclear

The oil money-backed and climate change denier lobby, the Heritage Foundation, will be holding an event later this month to discuss solutions to the impending US energy crisis. Guest speakers will include Craig Hansen, VP of Washington Operations, for the BWX Technology, a leading US nuclear energy company.

Sir David, could you give Bush a call?

This week, students from around the world will be gathering at UK's National History Museum's Student Summit 2006 to discuss different aspects of climate change.

Opening the Summit will be the UK's Chief Scientfic Advisor, Sir David King. “The latest scientific data confirm what many of us have long suspected: climate change is already happening, and human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, together with deforestation, are the culprit,” says King.


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