Prince calls for emergency forest funds

Guardian: Prince Charles today urged world leaders to support an "emergency package" to save rainforests by diverting billions of pounds every year to tropical nations such as Brazil and Indonesia. The prince told senior figures – including the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and US secretary of state, Hilary Clinton – that they must "strain every sinew" to find ways to halt the destruction of forests across the world. He took advantage of the G20 meeting in London to convene his own …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Call to halt falling Oz food productivity

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Australia’s food productivity is declining along with agricultural r&d, undermining the country’s ability to help feed the world, says one expert. In the current issue of Australasian Science, agricultural economist Dr John Mullen, says the pattern is reflected in other developed countries such as the US and UK. "I’m pretty concerned about what’s happening," says Mullen, an adjunct professor at Charles Sturt University. "We’ve got to feed another 3 billion people in …

Indonesia should drop forest carbon credit plan: Greenpeace

Agence France-Presse: Environmental group Greenpeace called on Indonesia Wednesday to drop plans to tackle global climate change with credits for preserving forests, saying the measure could destroy carbon markets. The Southeast Asian nation, a key backer of "avoided deforestation" measures that would award tradeable carbon credits for conservation, should abandon the plan in favour of funds to preserve forests, campaigner Bustar Maitar said. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should use meetings on …

Australia urges new phase for climate talks

Agence France-Presse: Australia’s climate negotiator is urging nations to show their cards at ongoing Bonn talks, warning the fight against global warming will falter unless governments commit to clear — but realistic — goals. Climate Minister Penny Wong visited Washington, where she welcomed US President Barack Obama’s push on global warming along with new legislation introduced in Congress on curbing carbon emissions. In an interview with AFP late Tuesday, Wong said the talks in Bonn — part of …

Rich urged to make deeper CO2 cuts

Reuters: China, India and other developing nations joined forces on Wednesday to urge rich countries to make far deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than planned by 2020 to slow global warming. Many developing states at 175-country talks in Bonn, working on a new U.N. climate pact, urged the rich to cut emissions by "at least 40 percent" below 1990 levels by 2020 to confront what they said were worsening signs of climate change. The calls, part of negotiations on a new U.N. climate …

Germany clears way for climate change hope CCS

Agence France-Presse: The German government cleared the way on Wednesday for pilot projects to test the viability of siphoning off carbon dioxide churned out by coal power stations and storing it deep underground. The technology, known as Carbon Storage and Sequestration (CCS), aims to store the CO2 in geological chambers such as disused oilfields, rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming. Supporters say that with the large majority of the world’s …

US climate moves encouraging but relatively small: EU

Agence France-Presse: A US plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions is "very encouraging", EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said Wednesday, while admitting it falls far short of Europe’s plans. "This is really very encouraging," Dimas told reporters in Brussels as he unveiled a report on how Europe should adapt to climate change. "I am even more optimistic in getting an agreement in Copenhagen" in December at key global talks on battling climate change, he added. The US House of …