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Feb 23, 2014

Global warming won’t cut winter deaths as hoped: UK study

OSLO (Reuters) – Global warming will fail to reduce high winter death rates as some officials have predicted because there will be more harmful weather extremes even as it gets less cold, a British study showed on Sunday.

A draft U.N. report due for publication next month says that, overall, climate change will harm human health, but adds:

Feb 23, 2014

Sun-dimming volcanoes partly explain global warming hiatus-study

OSLO (Reuters) – Small volcanic eruptions help explain a hiatus in global warming this century by dimming sunlight and offsetting a rise in emissions of heat-trapping gases to record highs, a study showed on Sunday.

Eruptions of at least 17 volcanoes since 2000, including Nabro in Eritrea, Kasatochi in Alaska and Merapi in Indonesia, ejected sulfur whose sun-blocking effect had been largely ignored until now by climate scientists, it said.

Feb 20, 2014

Big Antarctic glacier to keep raising seas, even without warming

OSLO (Reuters) – A thawing Antarctic glacier that is the biggest contributor to rising sea levels is likely to continue shrinking for decades, even without an extra spur from global warming, a study showed on Thursday.

Scientists said the Pine Island Glacier, which carries more water to the sea than the Rhine River, also thinned 8,000 years ago at rates comparable to the present, in a melt that lasted for decades, perhaps for centuries.

Feb 18, 2014

Wild weather puts climate back on global agenda before 2015 deadline

OSLO/LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Bitter cold in the United
States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming,
but with Britain’s wettest winter and Australia’s hottest
summer, extreme weather events have pushed climate change back
on the political agenda.

A spluttering world economy had sapped political interest in
the billion-dollar shifts from fossil fuels that scientists say
are needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but rhetoric is
changing in 2014, one year before a deadline for a new U.N.
climate deal.

Jan 20, 2014

New guidelines seek to curb risks to whales from seismic tests

OSLO (Reuters) – Safeguards on seismic testing for an oil and gas project in the Pacific have shielded endangered whales from harm and are a model for managing the deafening blasts, the world’s largest environmental group said on Monday.

Conservationists working with Sakhalin Energy Investment Co Ltd in Russia from 2006-12 said the tiny population of endangered Western Grey whales had risen about 3 percent a year to 140, despite seismic testing near their feeding grounds.

Jan 8, 2014

All Norwegians become crown millionaires, in oil saving landmark

OSLO (Reuters) – Everyone in Norway became a theoretical crown millionaire on Wednesday in a milestone for the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund that has ballooned thanks to high oil and gas prices.

Set up in 1990, the fund owns around 1 percent of the world’s stocks, as well as bonds and real estate from London to Boston, making the Nordic nation an exception when others are struggling under a mountain of debts.

Nov 23, 2013

Rich versus poor deadlock broken at U.N. climate talks

WARSAW (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations kept a plan to reach a new U.N. climate pact in 2015 alive on Saturday when rich and poor countries reached a compromise on sharing out the efforts needed to slow global warming.

A two-week negotiation in Warsaw had been due to end on Friday, but was blocked over a timetable for the first U.N. climate accord that would set greenhouse gas emissions requirements for all nations. The pact is due to be agreed in 2015 and come into force after 2020.

Nov 23, 2013

Rich vs poor deadlock broken at UN climate talks

WARSAW, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations kept a plan to
reach a new U.N. climate pact in 2015 alive on Saturday when
rich and poor countries reached a compromise on sharing out the
efforts needed to slow global warming.

A two-week negotiation in Warsaw had been due to end on
Friday, but was blocked over a timetable for the first U.N.
climate accord that would set greenhouse gas emissions
requirements for all nations. The pact is due to be agreed in
2015 and come into force after 2020.

Nov 23, 2013

U.N. climate talks blocked over aid, steps to 2015 deal

WARSAW (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations were deadlocked on Saturday over how to step up aid to ease the impact of global warming on developing nations as part of the foundations of an elusive U.N. climate accord due in 2015.

The Warsaw meeting, which had been due to end on Friday but extended into Saturday morning, had little to show after two weeks except for a deal on new rules to protect tropical forests, which soak up carbon dioxide as they grow.

Nov 21, 2013

U.N.’s Ban wants Russia to show leniency over Greenpeace protest

PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Russia on Thursday to show leniency towards 30 people arrested during a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling, saying environmentalists played an important role in society.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the activists had acted wrongly and endangered lives. But seven have now been released on bail after two months in custody and most of the others have been granted bail.