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

New Zealand’s largest glacier will disappear: scientists

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand’s largest glacier is shrinking fast due to climate change and will eventually disappear altogether, scientists said Thursday. The 23-kilometre (14.3 mile) long glacier in the South Island’s Southern Alps is likely to shrink at a

Pine beetle outbreaks turn forests into carbon source

DENVER – An outbreak of mountain pine beetles in British Columbia is doing more than destroying millions of trees: By 2020, the beetles will have done so much damage that the forest is expected to release more carbon dioxide than

Russian forest fires spreading

Russia is experiencing its worst forest fires in thirty years. Two people have been killed and hundreds of families evacuated from their homes. Catherine Loft reports. Report courtesy of

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

U.S.-Brazilian venture to turn cane into biodiesel

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – U.S. company Amyris Biotechnologies and Brazilian sugar and ethanol group Crystalsev have formed a joint venture to produce and sell the first commercial diesel made from sugar cane instead of oilseeds like soy and canola., both

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

Drought exposes sunken town

Water levels are so low in Spain that a medieval village that was flooded to make a reservoir, has been exposed. Report courtesy of

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