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Apr 15, 2011

Governments pick U.N. green fund delegates

OSLO (Reuters) – Governments have agreed on a list of 40 delegates to design a “Green Climate Fund” to channel billions of dollars to poor nations, the United Nations said on Friday, ending disputes that delayed the first talks by a month.

Asian and Latin American groups had been unable to agree who should attend the first meeting, originally due in March and put back until April 28-29 in Mexico City, because of internal rivalries. Other regional groups picked members on time.

Apr 5, 2011

Scientists call for new atomic risk strategy

OSLO (Reuters) – New ways need be found to communicate to the public the true risks of radiation from crises like the one at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant without fanning overblown fears of an “apocalypse,” scientists say.

Communication has to get across statistics about risks and at the same time address peoples’ real fears, especially when they concern atomic power which has associations with the Cold War and the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Apr 5, 2011

New atomic risk strategy needed after Fukushima

OSLO (Reuters) – New ways need be found to communicate to the public the true risks of radiation from crises like the one at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant without fanning overblown fears of an “apocalypse”, scientists say.

Communication has to get across statistics about risks and at the same time address peoples’ real fears, especially when they concern atomic power which has associations with the Cold War and the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Apr 5, 2011

Analysis: New atomic risk strategy needed after Fukushima

OSLO (Reuters) – New ways need be found to communicate to the public the true risks of radiation from crises like the one at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant without fanning overblown fears of an “apocalypse,” scientists say.

Communication has to get across statistics about risks and at the same time address peoples’ real fears, especially when they concern atomic power which has associations with the Cold War and the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Apr 4, 2011

“Peak Everything” may mute Fukushima backlash

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore oil, despite the Fukushima and Macondo disasters, as decision-makers confront climate change and dwindling domestic energy reserves.

A theory of “Peak Everything” suggests we are running short of vital assets such as clean water, carbon-free air, some minerals, fish stocks or the cheap fossil fuels which have powered the world economy and helped curb the price of food.

Apr 3, 2011

Analysis: “Peak Everything” may mute Fukushima backlash

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore oil, despite the Fukushima and Macondo disasters, as decision-makers confront climate change and dwindling domestic energy reserves.

A theory of “Peak Everything” suggests we are running short of vital assets such as clean water, carbon-free air, some minerals, fish stocks or the cheap fossil fuels which have powered the world economy and helped curb the price of food.

Apr 1, 2011

Governments face climate test of resolve at Bangkok talks

SINGAPORE/OSLO (Reuters) – Governments face a test of their pledges to fight climate change next week when almost 200 nations meet in Bangkok to try to build on a modest deal reached last year that includes a new green fund and rising aid.

The April 3-8 talks are the first since environment ministers agreed a package last December in Mexico that put the U.N. negotiations back on track. Japan’s nuclear crisis is likely to overshadow the 2011 sessions about low-carbon energies.

Mar 30, 2011

Analysis: Radiation fixes may help Fukushima exclusion zone

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – People evacuated from a danger zone around Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant may need to stay away for many months, but experts say there are ways to make their return swifter and easier.

Radiation levels in the area now are higher than normal and could increase risks to long-term health, but so-called remediation methods, such as deep-plowing the soil, removing topsoil altogether and choosing crops and ways of farming that don’t pick up much radioactivity, can cut the risk of harm.

Mar 29, 2011

Aircraft contrails stoke warming, cloud formation

OSLO (Reuters) – Aircraft condensation trails criss-crossing the sky may be warming the planet on a normal day more than the carbon dioxide emitted by all planes since the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, a study said on Tuesday.

It indicated that contrails — white lines of vapour left by jet engines — also have big knock-on effects by adding to the formation of high-altitude, heat-trapping cirrus clouds as the lines break up.

Mar 28, 2011

“Greener” corporate accounts urged to aid nature

OSLO (Reuters) – Companies should do more to report their impact on nature to help curb damage that drains trillions of dollars a year from the world economy, a leading U.N. expert said on Monday.

Pavan Sukhdev, head of the U.N. Environment Programme’s Green Economy Initiative, said it could take five to 10 years to develop rules that would enable comparisons about which firms were best or worst in protecting the natural world.