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WHO traces rise in malaria cases, other health threats, to global warming

The warming planet is imperiled not only by rapidly changing and often destructive weather patterns, but also increases in disease-producing viruses threatening to humans. As a result, the World Health Organization intends to frame climate change as a public-health issue.

Eat less meat to stifle methane emissions and slow global warming, scientists say

A special series in The Lancet medical journal says if people eat fewer steaks and hamburgers it would cut the methane flatulence from cows, sheep and goats, which accounts for nearly a quarter of all emissions worldwide.

Sinking Pacific island pleads for global warming action

Tiny Tuvalu, barely two meters above sea level, has summoned the rest of the world to take stronger action against climate change before it sinks. The alarm was sounded on the heels of a call from Britain’s chief scientific adviser for an international agreement on warming strategy.

UK leader urges international agreement on climate-change strategy

Britain’s chief scientific adviser says global warming poses a greater threat than world terrorism and agreement must be reached within two years to mitigate global warming and minimize environmental catastrophe.

‘Skeptical environmentalist’ says best fix for global warming is to make everybody wealthy

Bjorn Lomborg, who recently claimed that polar-bear numbers were actually increasing and then had to abandon his claim when science intervened, says the best climate-change strategy is to “make the rest of the world as rich as New York” so all the people of the world can afford air conditioners.

A fresh voice sounds alarm over escalating threat of global warming

The Turkish Armed Forces says global warming will likely herald regional upheaval and wars in the near future.

With approximately five billion people facing clean-water shortages by 2025, Turkey could become a target – for Israel, Syria and Iraq, in particular – because of its plentiful clean water resources.

 

UK Tory group plugs tax rebate for cutting energy use

A Conservative policy committee has proposed broad domestic tax rebates for those who improve energy efficiency on homes they purchase. The group also called for caps on the energy use of major appliances and a ban on goods that exceed restrictions. Britain’s ruling Labour Party, not surprisingly, has questioned the Tories’ calculations.

U.S., China intransigence threatens global-warming pact at APEC

Leaders at the 21-nation APEC forum will enter their annual two-day summit this weekend in Sydney, Australia, hoping to agree on a statement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. With the world’s two largest polluters still at loggerheads, however, they might have accomplished more by staying home and not spewing CO2 to attend the conference.

Global warming could threaten rise in heart disease, doctors say

The most interesting discussions at a recent medical conference in Vienna took place on the sidelines, as cardiologists and other experts discussed the impacts of climate change on cardiovascular disease. In short, arteries harden faster in hot weather, and extreme events like recent wildfires in Greece likely exacerbate the problem.

Squabble erupts over excessive ‘green taxes’ in UK

Instead of tailoring taxes to address the social costs of carbon emissions in Britain, a taxpayers group says government ministers have been using the levy as a cash cow, stuffing their own coffers rather than improving the environment.

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