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May 24, 2011

Norway plans billion-dollar clean energy for poor

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway wants to channel billions of dollars to renewable energies in developing nations, building on a scheme to protect tropical forests to which Oslo has been the biggest donor, officials said.

With cash to spare as the world’s number six oil exporter, Norway wants governments and private investors to join a plan it calls Energy+ to promote green energies such as solar or wind power to combat climate change.

May 24, 2011

Norway plans billion-dollar clean energy initiative for poor

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway wants to channel billions of dollars to renewable energies in developing nations, building on a scheme to protect tropical forests to which Oslo has been the biggest donor, officials said.

With cash to spare as the world’s number six oil exporter, Norway wants governments and private investors to join a plan it calls Energy+ to promote green energies such as solar or wind power to combat climate change.

May 23, 2011

Electricity from microbes a step closer: study

OSLO (Reuters) – Microbes may be harnessed more easily to generate energy after a finding about how they naturally let off tiny electrical charges, scientists said on Monday.

The bacteria, found to have microscopic “wires” sticking through their cell walls, might also be used to clean up oil spills or uranium pollution, according to the report in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

May 18, 2011

Plant, animal extinctions often exaggerated: study

OSLO (Reuters) – A projected spate of extinctions of animals and plants this century may be less drastic than feared because the most widely used scientific method can exaggerate losses by more than 160 percent, a study said on Wednesday.

“Extinctions caused by habitat loss require greater loss of habitat than previously thought,” two experts, based in China and the United States, wrote in the journal Nature.

May 18, 2011

EU 2020 energy cuts may raise import share: Lomborg

OSLO (Reuters) – EU plans to cut energy use by 2020 risk raising the proportion imported from outside the bloc, partly due to domestic nuclear power curbs, Danish academic and environmental writer Bjorn Lomborg said on Wednesday.

The European Union, which imports half its energy, set a goal in 2009 of reducing consumption by 20 percent below projected levels by 2020 as part of a package to fight climate change that is also intended to boost security of supplies.

May 18, 2011

Third of amphibians said unknown; lurk in forests

OSLO (Reuters) – One in three of all types of amphibians may yet to be found by scientists and remote tropical forests should get extra protection as the likely homes of such “unknown” creatures, a study said on Wednesday.

Despite centuries of research by biologists, the report estimated that 3,050 types of amphibians — a group that includes frogs, toads, salamanders and newts — were still to be described, compared to 6,296 species known to science.

May 13, 2011

Trees may grow 500 km north by 2100 as Arctic greens

OSLO (Reuters) – Trees in the Arctic region may grow 500 km (300 miles) further north by 2100 as climate change greens the barren tundra and causes sweeping change to wildlife, a leading expert said.

A quickening melt of snow, ice and permafrost will enable more southerly species such as pine trees or animals such as foxes to move north.

May 12, 2011

Trees may grow 500 km further north by 2100

OSLO (Reuters) – Trees in the Arctic region may grow 500 km (300 miles) further north by 2100 as climate change greens the barren tundra and causes sweeping change to wildlife, a leading expert said.

A quickening melt of snow, ice and permafrost will enable more southerly species such as pine trees or animals such as foxes to move north.

May 12, 2011

World must curb resource use; China a test case-UN

OSLO, May 12 (Reuters) – The world must curb soaring use of
resources ranging from coal to copper to prevent consumption
from reaching ruinous levels by 2050, according to a U.N. report
on Thursday that says China’s economy will be a test case.

All countries should seek economic growth that does not rely
on increasing exploitation of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and
biomass — such as timber — as poverty declines and the world
population rises, it said.

May 11, 2011

New Arctic naval challenges seen as ice thaws

OSLO (Reuters) – The navies of Arctic nations will face big challenges under a treaty due to be agreed Thursday to carve up responsibility for search and rescue in the fast-thawing region, Norway’s foreign minister said.

Jonas Gahr Stoere also told Reuters foreign ministers of the eight-nation Arctic Council, set to meet in Greenland, looked unlikely to resolve a dispute about whether to give outsiders such as China or Italy seats as permanent observers.