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Obama’s climate-change bill stymied by bipartisan quarrel

Obama’s climate-change bill stymied by bipartisan quarrel

Prospects for an early international agreement to tackle climate change have suffered a major setback, as a US plan to cut carbon emissions descended into partisan bickering. Senior American political figures had promised to introduce a “cap and trade” energy bill today, paving the way for the kind of substantial international talks that failed to […]

Like Sept.11, volcano plane ban may hold climate clue

Like Sept.11, volcano plane ban may hold climate clue

Plane-free skies over Europe during Iceland’s volcanic eruption may yield rare clues about how flights stoke climate change, adding to evidence from a closure of U.S. airspace after September 11, 2001, experts say. The climate effects of jet fuel burned at high altitude are poorly understood, partly because scientists cannot often compare plane-free skies with […]

Volcanic ash cloud ‘to move towards Arctic’

Volcanic ash cloud ‘to move towards Arctic’

The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is expected to change directions and head towards the Arctic when the weather changes later in the week, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday. “The current high pressure system with weak winds and slowly descending air in the centre of the high does not help very much to […]

High stakes for Obama at climate summit

High stakes for Obama at climate summit

As marathon talks open in Copenhagen on climate change, US President Barack Obama is investing heavily in their success but is walking a tightrope as he weathers criticism both at home and abroad. Obama abruptly changed his plans and will head to the Danish capital in the finale of the December 7-18 conference, hoping to […]

Was Russian secret service behind leak of climate-change emails?

Was Russian secret service behind leak of climate-change emails?

FSB accused of paying hackers to discredit scientists after stolen correspondence traced to server in Siberia The news that a leaked set of emails appeared to show senior climate scientists had manipulated data was shocking enough. Now the story has become more remarkable still. The computer hack, said a senior member of the Inter-governmental Panel […]

Ozone hole ‘protecting Antarctica’ from global warning

Ozone hole ‘protecting Antarctica’ from global warning

THE ozone hole may be boosting the risk of skin cancer, but it’s also protecting Antarctica from global warming, international researchers claim in an assessment of Antarctic climate change from the geological past to the present. But as the ozone layer gradually heals – through a global protocol to cut the use of ozone-depleting compounds […]

Civil disobedience has a role to play

Civil disobedience has a role to play

Perhaps the best way to understand the extraordinary transformation of Al Gore is to study the changing rhetoric of his enemies. A mere nine years ago, back when George Bush was just a cheeky rogue with an adorable line in malapropisms, presidential candidate Gore was famously derided as wooden and dull. Having failed to win […]

UK floats bank levy

UK floats bank levy

Britain pressed the G20 on Saturday to come up with a plan to make banks pay for any future bailouts but one idea of imposing a global financial transactions tax was immediately shot down by the United States. Meeting for the third time this year, Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers made little […]

Kenya PM blasts African tactics at climate talks

Kenya PM blasts African tactics at climate talks

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga Saturday criticised a walkout by African states during climate talks in Barcelona as “grandstanding,” and said it did not help developing countries’ case. “I believe for example that grandstanding … like walking out of meetings like African delegations did in Barcelona just doesn’t help. You cannot just run away from […]

Obama: US, Europe must push hard for climate deal

Obama: US, Europe must push hard for climate deal

President Barack Obama, second from right, listens as Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, second from left, speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. European High Council High Representative Javier Solana is at left, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is at right. (AP […]

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