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The US changed its mind after this was uttered (via): We ask for your leadership. We seek your leadership. But if for some reason you’re not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way. — Kevin Conrad, Papua New Guinea. For background: After two weeks of intense […]

Just over three years after Russia ratified the Kyoto Protocol and in effect, bringing it into force, Australia ratifies it. SYDNEY (Thomson Financial) – Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Monday he has ratified the Kyoto Protocol on climate change in his first official act after being sworn in as leader. ‘Today I have signed […]

When I saw this…: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Carbon emissions in Malaysia have increased by 221 percent since 1990, the highest growth rate among the world’s top polluters, the United Nations said Thursday, as it urged the government to control climate-changing gases more vigorously. Malaysia, which has rapidly transformed from an agricultural economy to an industrialized […]

The new Rudd administration vows to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. As far as environmental policy is concerned, I am quietly celebrating the fall of the Howard administration in favor of the incoming one. Nevertheless, I doubt Australian ratification of the Protocol will directly affect global greenhouse gases emissions. That however does not mean having Australia […]

OSLO (Reuters) – Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N. climate panel shared the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for work on global warming, and the award committee urged action “before climate change moves beyond man’s control.”Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won “for their efforts to build up […]

One of the main themes of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly is climate change but it is clear that the issue is receiving token attention and nothing more. The real debate on climate change is occurring outside of the four walls of the United Nations and it revolves around the effectiveness of two economic […]

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APEC agrees to a climate change pact: SYDNEY, Australia – Pacific Rim leaders on Saturday said the world needs to “slow, stop and then reverse” greenhouse gas emissions, and adopted modest goals to curb global warming. Thousands of demonstrators rallied to demand stronger action. Some experts and activists dismissed as ineffective the program adopted by […]

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A recent observation in Australia suggests that cloud formation is related to vegetation: A fence built to prevent rabbits from entering the Australian outback has unintentionally allowed scientists to study the effects of land use on regional climates. The rabbit-proof fence — or bunny fence — in Western Australia was completed in 1907 and stretches […]

Anthropogenic climate change is a contentious issue in the international arena; it is a tragedy of the global commons. The latest high profile debate took place at the Germany-hosted G8 summit in the week of June 6 2007. The discussion stayed true to the current trend that no longer doubts the existence of human-induced climate […]

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