RedskyNews Category: Governments & Politics

Response to Pakistan flood disaster ‘pitifully slow’

Delegates at a United Nations conference in Melbourne have called for the international community to do more to help Pakistan deal with its flood crisis. Non-government organisations (NGO) from 70 countries are attending the conference to work on ways to

Review calls for UN climate shake-up

A major report handed to the United Nations in New York overnight recommends a big shake-up of the way the international body’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is run. The UN’s climate panel has been under enormous scrutiny in

Russian seed bank in danger of being sold

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Climate aid hits $30 bln, really?

Aid promises from rich nations to help poor countries slow global warming are reaching the $30 billion goal agreed in Copenhagen but analysts say much of that is old funding dressed up as new pledges. Officially, the promises total $29.8

BP scraps plans to drill in Arctic due to Gulf spill

BP has scrapped plans to drill in the Arctic, where a new oil rush is expected, amid fears such a move would be “political madness” after the Gulf oil spill, Britain’s Guardian daily said Thursday. The energy giant said it

EU calls for overhaul of UN carbon credit mechanism

The European Union’s top climate official called on Wednesday for a major overhaul of the UN’s carbon credit mechanism amid concerns from environmental groups. The Clean Development Mechanism “has been successful in some aspects but has also given rise to

12 Arrested after bank climate demo

A day of mass action by climate protesters has led to 12 arrests and caused disruption in Edinburgh. An estimated 500 activists set up a Camp for Climate Action behind the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) headquarters in the city

Greenpeace in Arctic to stop British Co. drilling for oil

Greenpeace said Monday its activists had arrived in the Arctic on board one of its ships to pressure Britain’s Cairn Energy to stop oil operations off Greenland’s fragile coast. Cairn Energy is drilling two wells off the west coast of

Fund for those hurt by BP Gulf spill up and running

A 20-billion dollar fund to compensate people who suffered financial damages from the BP oil spill got up and running Monday, amid worries from some potential claimants that the new system will pay them less than the money they’re due.

Mexico City bans plastic shopping bags

Shops in Mexico City risk being fined up to 90,000 dollars if they give customers plastic shopping bags in defiance of a new environmental law that has come into effect, officials said Friday. The law, adopted in August 2009 and