RedskyNews Category: Governments & Politics

Poor nations must repay British climate ‘aid’: report

LONDON (AFP) – Poor countries will have to pay back aid given to them by Britain in an international project to help them adapt to climate change, The Guardian newspaper said Saturday. The 800-million-pound (one-billion-euro, 1.56-billion-dollar) fund was announced in

Asia tourism, airlines ‘complacent’ on climate change

BANGKOK (AFP) – Asian airlines and tourist firms are too complacent about the urgent need to address global warming, industry leaders warned at a conference on climate change. Westerners rather than Asians dominated the first Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

Global warming expert raises concerns for tourism industry

BANGKOK (AFP) – Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rajendra Pachauri Tuesday warned tourism industry chiefs they need to reduce their impact on climate change as consumers become more environmentally aware. “The tourism industry, for its own sake, will have to adapt,”

US secretary concedes biofuels may spur food price rises

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Setting aside farmland to produce biofuels like ethanol may be partly to blame for driving up world food prices, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday. “There has been apparently some effect, unintended consequence from the

China calls for help on climate change

BEIJING – China called on the international community Thursday to increase the flow of technology to developing countries to help them fight climate change. Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang said developed nations “need to establish a mechanism for

The World War Threat of Climate Change

Climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars but lasting for centuries unless the problem is controlled, a leading defence think tank has warned. The Royal United Services Institute said a tenfold increase in energy

Response to climate security threats ‘slow and inadequate’

LONDON (AFP) – The international response to security threats posed by climate change has been “slow and inadequate”, according to a report published Wednesday. According to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British security think tank, a failure to

Germany hopes for car emissions accord with France by June

BERLIN (AFP) – France and Germany are close to an agreement on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars, as part of broader EU goals to cut down on greenhouse gases, according to a German government source. “On many principles we

Maldives president seeks help for ‘paradise drowning’

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom made an impassioned plea Tuesday for a cut in global greenhouse gas emissions, warning that rising sea levels could submerge his paradise island chain. He launched a book at the UN-backed Business

Greece to explain itself to UN on gas emissions

ATHENS, April 22, 2008 (AFP) – Greece will submit its gas emissions system to United Nations inspection after being found in violation of Kyoto Protocol guidelines, the junior minister in charge of the issue said Tuesday. “We have asked for