Thursday 24 May 2012
Rapid coral death by a deadly chain reactionScienceDaily.com | 24 May 2012
Industrialization, deforestation and intensive farming in coastal areas are changing dramatically the conditions for life in the oceans. Now scientists have investigated how and why the corals die when exposed to sedimentation. According to their findings, oxygen depletion, together with an acidification of the environment, creates a chain reaction that leads to coral death.
Heartland Institute in financial crisis after billboard controversyGuardian Unlimited | 24 May 2012
Heartland president admits advertisment comparing believers in human-made climate change to psychopaths has taken a tollThe ultra-conservative Heartland Institute admitted it was in financial crisis on Wednesday, with the flight of corporate donors making it difficult to pay staff or cover the...
Global CO2 emissions hit record in 2011 led by China: IEAReuters | 24 May 2012
PARIS (Reuters) - China spurred a jump in global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to their highest ever recorded level in 2011, offsetting falls in the United States and Europe, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday.
Analysis - U.N. Doha climate talks risk sinking "like Titanic"Reuters | 24 May 2012
BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Hopes are fading that climate talks in Qatar late this year will make even modest progress towards getting a new globally binding climate deal signed by 2015, as preliminary negotiations in Germany this week have left much work to be done.
Germany puts deeper carbon cut back on EU agendaReuters | 24 May 2012
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany has asked for discussion on deeper EU carbon emissions cuts to be put on the agenda at a meeting of environment ministers in June, EU sources said.
Will.i.am arrives by helicopter to climate debateGuardian Unlimited | 24 May 2012
The musician's optimism is infectious, but can we make progress if green stars travel in vehicles that get one mile to the gallon?The giant sash windows of Oxford's spectacular Radcliffe Observatory were designed to provide astronomers the best possible view of the starry heavens. But on Monday I...
How a green investment bank really worksGuardian Unlimited | 24 May 2012
The German development bank KfW borrows freely and is transforming the energy efficiency of the nation's homes. The UK's fledgling equivalent will do neitherBusiness secretary Vince Cable, responsible for the UK's Green investment bank (GIB), visits the German development bank KfW today, a day...
United Nations chief calls Rio summit negotiations 'painfully slow'Guardian Unlimited | 24 May 2012
Ban Ki-moon and other United Nations officials think Rio+20 is unlikely to replicate breakthroughs of 1992 global summitThe United Nations chief, Ban Ki-moon, held out little hope on Thursday of an historic outcome at the Rio global development summit, now less than a month away, admitting...
Why we need Sustainable Development GoalsSCIDEV.NET | 24 May 2012
Rio+20 must launch SDGs to guide countries through complex development challenges, argues Colombian ministry official Paula Caballero Gómez.
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