RedskyNews Category: Governments & Politics

Davos Grapples With Food Prices

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Petrol is already beyond the price range of many Africans while surging population levels should force governments in Asia to limit car use, political and business leaders said Wednesday. While economic gloom in the eurozone is the most immediate concern

Greeks Fell Trees For Fuel

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..Rising oil prices and chilly economic times are prompting increasing numbers of Greeks to chop down trees for winter warmth, a group of forest engineers warned Tuesday. Nikos Bokaris, a spokesman for the Panhellenic Union of Forest Engineers, said the

Food Aid Suspended In Somalia

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people in central and southern Somalia after Al Shabaab militants blocked deliveries in parts of the famine-hit country. The independent humanitarian

2,335 Wind Turbine Jobs Blown Away

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Wind turbine giant Vestas said Thursday it would slash 2,335 jobs, leaving Denmark’s government red-faced after it made “green technologies” a top priority of its just-launched EU presidency. Beyond those redundancies, another 1,600 people in the United States may be

Philippines Appeal For Flood Aid

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The United Nations is calling for about $28 million in funding to help those affected by last weekend’s devastating tropical storm in the southern Philippines. The UN has likened the scene in the region after tropical storm Washi to the

Disaster Losses Hit Record In 2011

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The disasters that plagued the globe this year will send 2011 into the record books as the most costly year for catastrophes on record. Japan’s powerful tsunami, earthquakes in New Zealand, floods in Thailand and a series of severe tornadoes

Canada Withdraws From Kyoto

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Canada became the first country to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, saying the pact on cutting carbon emissions was preventing the world from effectively tackling climate change. “We are invoking Canada’s legal right to formally withdraw from Kyoto,” Environment

Activists Unhappy At Climate Deal

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European ministers say they have made a significant step in securing a deal to draw up a new international climate treaty, but campaigners warned it would not be enough to tackle global warming. The deal, which was finally agreed as

U.S Denies Delaying Climate Deal

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DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – The United States denied on Thursday it was trying to delay a new global climate deal until 2020, saying it supported an EU proposal that aims to chart a path to a more ambitious pact

World Must Manage The Planet

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The Rio+20 summit next year should focus on reshaping the world economy to better “manage the planet,” the UN’s top environment official told AFP at climate talks in Durban. “Rio will help the world look at climate change in the

More Extreme Weather Expected

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The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a U.N. report released on Tuesday. The World

Climate Denial Still Strong In US

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..On the US political stage, skepticism and denial of climate change are as popular as ever, and experts say that world talks which opened Monday in Durban, South Africa are unlikely to turn the tide. But while a binding deal