Norway pledges up to US$1B for Amazon preservation

BRASILIA, Brazil – Norway will give Brazil US$1 billion by 2015 to preserve the Amazon rain forest, as long as Latin America’s largest nation keeps trying to stop deforestation, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

US lawmakers vote to end 26-year ban on offshore drilling

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers Tuesday sought to overturn a decades-old ban on offshore drilling voting in favor of a new energy bill which has been spurred by spiralling oil prices.

Climate change could devastate Philippines

MANILA (AFP) – Climate change could have a devastating impact on the Philippines, leading to widespread destruction of the country’s flora and fauna and flooding the capital Manila, a NASA scientist have warned.

World’s glaciers facing huge threat

GENEVA (AFP) – The United Nations said Monday that swathes of mountain ranges worldwide risk losing their glaciers by the end of the century if global warming continues at its projected rate.

Typhoon wreaks havoc in Taiwan

A powerful typhoon has killed at least four people and left seven others missing in central Taiwan. Rescuers have been searching for survivors after a section of a bridge over the Tachia River collapsed.

Bee mystery in Italy

The mysterious collapse of numerous bee colonies in Italy has led to growing concerns among beekeepers. It is thought that climate change may be to blame but the use of some pesticides is also being investigated. Frances Kennedy reports from

Time is Running Out -Climate chaos is inevitable

Mark Lynas (Climate chaos is inevitable. We can only avert oblivion, June 12) is correct to highlight the dire lack of urgency on action to cut climate-changing emissions, but he is wrong to suggest that we ditch the UN’s Kyoto

US envoy says no ‘G8 solution’ to climate change

TOKYO (AFP) – The US ambassador to Japan voiced doubt Monday on whether the upcoming Group of Eight summit would take action on climate change, saying that any solution must also involve developing nations.

Climate change threatens reef fish

SYDNEY (AFP) – Climate change threatens to devastate coral reef fish populations and increase the likelihood of fishery collapses, Australian researchers warned Monday.

Giant panda habitat devastated by China quake

BEIJING – A Chinese forestry official said Tuesday that giant panda habitat in China’s Sichuan province, the endangered animal’s main preserve, was devastated by last month’s massive earthquake.

Honda rolls out new zero-emission car

TAKANEZAWA, Japan – Honda’s new zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car rolled off a Japanese production line Monday and is headed to Southern California, where Hollywood is already abuzz over the latest splash in green motoring.

‘Scores die’ in Chinese floods

Heavy rain in southern China has caused major flooding and killed more than 170 people, state media says. Daniel Griffiths reports from Beijing.

As the Earth warms, is it starting to feel a little slow?

That’s one of the mysteries solved in this edition of “Ask AP,” a weekly Q&A column where AP journalists respond to readers’ questions about the news. See the answer AP gave followed by a shocking revelation from Redsky. The Earth

China biggest CO2 emitter last year

THE HAGUE (AFP) – China’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2007 were about 14 percent higher than the United States and accounted for two-thirds of the global rise, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) have said.

Drought worsens in Australia

MAJOR cropping regions of NSW are in “urgent need” of rain as a greater portion of the state slips into drought, the state government has warned.

Million flee south China floods

Chinese state TV pictures show the extent of the damage caused by floods that have left at least 55 people dead and forced more than one million to flee their homes.