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Sep 10, 2012

Twenty more “Niles” needed to feed growing population-leaders

OSLO (Reuters) – The world needs to find the equivalent of the flow of 20 Nile rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to feed a rising population and help avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a group of former leaders said on Monday.

Factors such as climate change would strain freshwater supplies and nations including China and India were likely to face shortages within two decades, they said, calling on the U.N. Security Council to get more involved.

Sep 7, 2012

Drilling to lakes under Antarctic may give clues to sea rise

OSLO (Reuters) – A British plan to drill into a sunless lake deep under Antarctica’s ice in December could show the risks of quicker sea level rise caused by climate change, scientists said on Friday.

Sediments on the bed of Lake Ellsworth, which is several hundred meters (yards) below sea level and buried under 3 km (1.6 miles) of ice, may include bits of ancient seashells that could be dated to reveal when the ice sheet last broke up.

Sep 7, 2012

African farmers must do more to beat climate change: study

OSLO (Reuters) – African farmers are finding new ways to cope with droughts, erosion and other ravages of climate change but need to develop even more techniques to thrive in an increasingly uncertain environment, scientists said on Friday.

Smallholders have started to plant more drought-resistant and faster-growing crops to keep the harvests coming in, according to a survey of 700 households in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania.

Aug 2, 2012

Greenland ice said more resistant to climate change than feared

OSLO (Reuters) – Greenland’s ice seems less vulnerable than feared to a runaway melt that would drive up world sea levels, according to a study showing that a surge of ice loss had petered out.

“It is too early to proclaim the ‘ice sheet’s future doom’” caused by climate change, lead author Kurt Kjaer of the University of Copenhagen wrote in a statement of the findings in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.

Aug 1, 2012

Nature soaks up more greenhouse gases, brakes warming

OSLO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Oceans and land have more than
doubled the amount of greenhouse gases they absorb since 1960 in
new evidence that nature is helping to brake global warming, a
study showed on Wednesday.

“Even though we have done very little to decrease our
emissions, the Earth continues to lend us a helping hand,” lead
author Ashley Ballantyne of the University of Colorado told
Reuters.

Jul 24, 2012

Cut air pollution, buy time to slow climate change: U.S.

OSLO (Reuters) – Cutting soot and other air pollutants could help “buy time” in the fight against climate change, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday as seven nations joined a Washington-led plan.

Air pollution, from sources ranging from wood-fired cooking stoves in Africa to cars in Europe, may be responsible for up to six million deaths a year worldwide and is also contributing to global warming, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said.

Jul 23, 2012

Three nations do least to halt trade in animal parts: WWF

OSLO (Reuters) – Vietnam, Laos and Mozambique are the countries that do the least to crack down on an illegal trade in animal parts that is threatening the survival of elephants, rhinos and tigers, the WWF conservation group said on Monday.

In its ‘Wildlife Crime Scorecard’ report, it said 23 countries surveyed mostly in Africa and Asia, the main sources and destinations of animal parts, could all do more to enforce laws banning a trade that WWF said was increasingly run by international crime syndicates.

Jul 18, 2012

Fertilising oceans with iron dust helps sink carbon-study

OSLO, July 18 (Reuters) – Dumping iron in the seas can help
transfer carbon from the atmosphere and bury it on the ocean
floor for centuries, helping to fight climate change, according
to a study released on Wednesday.

The report, by an international team of experts, provided a
boost for the disputed use of such ocean fertilisation for
combating global warming. But it failed to answer questions over
possible damage to marine life.

Jul 29, 2011

Norway to hold first funeral after killings

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway will hold the first funeral on Friday for a victim of Anders Behring Breivik’s massacre of 76 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labour Party that was his main target.

Flags around the nation flew at half mast to mark the day a week ago when Breivik set off a bomb in central Oslo that killed 8 people followed by the shooting of 68 people, mostly youth members of the Labour Party at an island summer camp.

Jul 26, 2011

Norway police see attacker as probably alone

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s police believe Anders Behring Breivik probably acted alone in killing 76 people last Friday, and Norwegians united in revulsion against the worst attack in the Nordic nation since World War Two.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters of Breivik’s talk of other cells: “We feel that the accused has fairly low credibility when it comes to this claim but none of us dare to be completely dismissive about it either.”