RedskyNews Category: Governments & Politics

Tuna fishing to be cut by 30 pct over two years

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Bluefin tuna fishing will have to be cut by 30 percent over two years in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean under an international accord reached in Marrakesh, the European Commission said Tuesday. The total allowable haul

Groups Hope Obama Will Rebuild EPA

Environmentalists are eager for President-elect Barack Obama to take office so that he can reverse the troubled Bush administration legacy at the Environmental Protection Agency. They have watched with dismay–and often disgust–for eight years as the Bush White House took

Sarkozy to attend climate meeting in Poland

PARIS – French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet leaders of nine central European states on Dec. 6 to discuss their concerns about an EU timetable for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, Poland’s leader said Thursday. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said

Schwarzenegger to host climate summit

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is to host an international summit next week to discuss and develop strategies aimed at combating climate change, his office said in a statement Tuesday. Schwarzenegger will be among five US governors

Maldives saves for new homeland

LONDON (AFP) – The Maldives’ newly-elected president said in an interview Monday that his government will begin saving to buy a new homeland in case global warming causes the country to disappear into the sea. Beloved by tourists for their

Report: 4.2 million new ‘green’ jobs possible

WASHINGTON – A major shift to renewable energy and efficiency is expected to produce 4.2 million new environmentally friendly “green” jobs over the next three decades, according to a study commissioned by the nation’s mayors. The study to be released

Palin: Cause of global warming ‘doesn’t matter’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said Tuesday that global warming is “real,” but stressed that it “kind of doesn’t matter” whether or not humans are to blame for climate change. Human activity has “contributed to the

Floods, drought, mosquito disease aim at Europe

PARIS (AFP) – Climate change will amplify the risk of flooding in northwestern Europe, water scarcity and forest fires on the northern Mediterranean rim and bring milder winters to Scandinavia, the European Environment Agency (EAA) said on Monday. Higher temperatures

Scientists pressure Australian PM to step up carbon cuts

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s leading climate change scientists Monday pleaded with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to override his top adviser on the issue and drastically slash carbon gas emissions. Professor Ross Garnaut, commissioned by the government to review Australia’s response

Venezuela wants to work with Russia on nuclear energy

CARACAS (AFP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that he was interested in accepting Russia’s offer of help in developing a civilian nuclear power program. “We certainly are interested in developing nuclear energy, for peaceful ends of course —