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Canada: Oil sands development: A health risk worth taking?

Environmental Health Perspectives: As traditional petroleum supplies dwindled and prices soared over the past few years, oil companies have shifted their attention to oil sands, a mix of sand, water, and a heavy, viscous hydrocarbon called bitumen that can be converted to oil. With the plunge in oil prices in fall 2008, many producers began canceling or postponing plans to expand oil sands development projects, but this turn of events could yet reverse, as Canada’s vast oil sands deposits are lauded as a secure source of …

United Kingdom: NGOs slam emissions trading policy

Business Green: The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is in urgent need of tighter caps on carbon emissions if it is to deliver even modest reductions in Europe’s long-term carbon footprint, NGOs warned the Environmental Audit Committee yesterday. The scheme — which puts a cap on the amount of carbon dioxide firms are allowed emit and requires them to purchase carbon allowances to cover emissions above that cap, in Europe — has been heavily criticised in recent months as falling levels of …

Rainforests may pump winds worldwide

New Scientist: THE acres upon acres of lush tropical forest in the Amazon and tropical Africa are often referred to as the planet’s lungs. But what if they are also its heart? This is exactly what a couple of meteorologists claim in a controversial new theory that questions our fundamental understanding of what drives the weather. They believe vast forests generate winds that help pump water around the planet. If correct, the theory would explain how the deep interiors of forested continents get as …

Australia: Concerns for jarrah welcomed

West Australian: Green groups have welcomed calls for more scrutiny of climate change effects on WA’s eastern jarrah forests. Conservation Commission chairman John Bailey raised the possibility of more logging curbs in releasing the forest watchdog’s audit of the 2004-13 forest management plan on Monday. The report called for renewed focus on the eastern jarrah forest around Dwellingup and Collie because of the commission’s fears that declining rainfall was slowing …

Hundreds of protesters set up ‘climate camp’

Press Association: Hundreds of people today set up a "climate camp" in the City of London to protest against economic measures which they say will not tackle climate change. Live from our man at the Bank of England protest Jerome Taylor: Live with the climate change protestors Protests at ‘cradle of the crunch’ Demonstrations turn violent Protesters who had gathered in small groups around the City descended on carbon trading body the European Climate Exchange on Bishopsgate, shutting off a …

Analysis: Dems punt hard choices on Obama budget

Associated Press: President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in Congress are taking only baby steps with his budget, putting off crucial decisions on his ambitious plans to expand health care, curb global warming and raise taxes on the wealthy. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and both Bushes all got far stronger assists from Congress on their first budgets. Nonetheless, Obama, is counting on votes approving budget outlines this week to give him some semblance of momentum. "If we don’t …

U.S. says climate plans do not signal protectionism

Reuters: U.S. plans to step up the fight against climate change and revive the economy will not mean a slide toward protectionism, Washington’s delegation told United Nations climate talks on Wednesday. Developing nations at the 175-nation U.N. meeting in Bonn say that exports, of everything from Chinese steel to African flowers, would suffer if rich states put up import barriers to penalize their emissions from burning fossil fuels. "We certainly do not see it that way," U.S. deputy …

Underground water absorbs CO2 emissions: study

Reuters: Water deep below ground has safely trapped carbon dioxide for millions of years and may one day help absorb emissions of the greenhouse gas to help slow climate change, researchers said Wednesday. The finding shows that such carbon capture and storage is possible provided scientists find an area where the geology is suitable, said Chris Ballentine, a researcher at the University of Manchester, who worked on the study. This means locating ancient deep water systems thousands of …

Brussels prepares full light bulb ban

Business Green: Fresh from banning energy-efficient light bulbs, legislators in Brussels are considering imposing a ban on all light bulbs. According to sources at the European Parliament, MEPs have become so frustrated with the extent to which even energy-saving light bulbs are left on unnecessarily that they are considering legislative action to tackle the problem. "Banning incandescent bulbs has worked very effectively, so why not ban those bulbs that are being left on all the time wasting …

Bishop backs Kevin Rudd on climate change at bushfires service in London

Australian: AN Anglican Bishop has used a memorial service to victims of February’s Victorian bushfires to lavish praise on Kevin Rudd for acting on climate change. George Browning, the former Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, told more than 2000 people gathered in London’s Westminster Abbey that human activity was causing climate change and extreme weather conditions. In a sermon in the presence of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornnwall, as well as the Prime …