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UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends

13/07/2009

From UNEP L’Aquila (Italy), 10 July 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agreement in Copenhagen Summit in December. Mr. Ban called for more […]

Climate change slowing China’s drive to end poverty

17/06/2009

From Reuters By Emma Graham-Harrison   BEIJING, June 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is making some of the poorest people in China even more destitute and undermining the development that has been a cornerstone of Communist rule, academics and campaigners said on Wednesday.   The most poverty-stricken parts of the country are often also the […]

The week ahead

15/06/2009

From The Economist The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China meet to discuss the economy, and other news • LEADERS of Brazil, Russia, India and China, known collectively as the BRIC countries, will gather for their first official summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Tuesday June 16th. China and India have continued to grow reasonably […]

Don’t break promises, help the poorest fight climate change – WWF tells G8 finance chiefs

13/06/2009

From WWF The G8 must stick to its past financial commitments to help the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) address the disastrous impacts of climate change, WWF said ahead of a meeting of the group’s finance ministers. The G8 must stick to its past financial commitments to help the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) address […]

World now at the start of 2009 influenza pandemic

13/06/2009

From WHO Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization Ladies and gentlemen, In late April, WHO announced the emergence of a novel influenza A virus. This particular H1N1 strain has not circulated previously in humans. The virus is entirely new. The virus is contagious, spreading easily from one person to another, and from […]

The future of the forest

13/06/2009

From The Economist THE tiny village, where naked Ticuna Indians live in wooden houses raised on stilts, looks out over one of the rivers that becomes the Amazon. No place seems farther removed from the ups and downs of the world economy. But this is misleading. The Ticuna, who now have a large reservation at […]

G8 considers how to move out of crisis mode

13/06/2009

From Reuters By Anna Willard and Patrick Graham LECCE, Italy (Reuters) – The world’s rich nations have started to consider how they will unwind emergency steps to rescue their economies once recovery is certain, according to a draft statement from a meeting of Group of Eight finance ministers on Saturday. The communique showed the group […]

Blood in the jungle

12/06/2009

From The Economist Oil and land rights in Peru FOR seven weeks tens of thousands of Amazonian Indians blocked roads and rivers across eastern Peru. They seized hydroelectric plants and pumping stations on oil and gas pipelines to try to force the repeal of decrees facilitating oil exploration, commercial farming and logging in parts of […]

Influenza A (H1N1): pandemic alert phase 6 declared, of moderate severity

11/06/2009

From WHO WHO/Europe outbreak update, 11 June 2009, 16:00 GMT Today WHO raised the level of influenza A(H1N1) pandemic alert to phase 6, as sustained community-level transmission of the virus is taking place in more than one region of the world. The term pandemic means that an influenza virus that is new to human beings […]

Scientists find whales more endangered in Exxon, BP and Rosneft oil areas

11/06/2009

From WWF Gland, Switzerland – Oil and gas exploration by energy giants Exxon, BP and Rosneft is seriously threatening one of the world’s most critically endangered whales, according to a panel of top scientists in a new report. The Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), composed of 11 scientists and representatives from Shell and Sakahlin […]