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Apr 28, 2011

Oslo urges more forest aid despite corruption risk

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway urged rich nations on Thursday to take risks and pay to slow deforestation in poor countries, saying there would hardly be a tree left in Congo if donors first wait for corruption to be eradicated.

Environment Minister Erik Solheim also reiterated calls for Jakarta to impose a strict two-year moratorium on new forest clearing to help implement a delayed $1 billion deal to slow deforestation agreed with Oslo in 2010.

Apr 27, 2011

Recession briefly axed greenhouse gases in 2009

OSLO (Reuters) – Recession drove industrialized nations’ greenhouse gas emissions down 5.6 percent in 2009 but analysts said the plunge may be a brief, misleading sign of progress in slowing climate change.

Emissions by about 40 nations fell to the equivalent of 16.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2009 from 17.4 billion in 2008, and were a record 11.6 percent below the benchmark year of 1990, a Reuters compilation showed.

Apr 26, 2011

Rising seas scariest climate impact: Nauru’s Moses

OSLO (Reuters) – Sea level rise is the “most terrifying” impact of climate change and rich countries are showing scant leadership in addressing the threats, the incoming chair of a U.N. alliance of small island states said on Tuesday.

Marlene Moses, the U.N. ambassador of the Pacific island state of Nauru, the world’s smallest republic, urged developed countries to do far more to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and to provide climate aid to developing states.

Apr 25, 2011

Trade shifts help rich meet climate goals: study

OSLO (Reuters) – The shift in manufacturing to emerging nations is doing more to curb rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions than measures they are taking to meet the U.N. pact to fight climate change, a study showed.

Rich nations benefit from U.N. rules which record greenhouse gases — mainly from burning fossil fuels — as those coming from each country’s territory. Emissions to make a car in South Korea, for instance, remain South Korean even if the car is exported to the United States.

Apr 20, 2011

Recession cuts EU CO2 emissions by record 7.2 percent

OSLO (Reuters) – Recession drove European Union greenhouse gas emissions down by a record 7.2 percent in 2009, putting the bloc ahead of schedule in making promised cuts, EU data showed on Wednesday.

“The strength of the 2009 recession affected all economic sectors in the EU,” the Denmark-based European Environment Agency said in a report. “Consumption of fossil fuels fell compared to the previous year, mainly for coal.”

Apr 15, 2011

Recession cuts U.S. and Russia 2009 greenhouse emissions

OSLO (Reuters) – U.S. and Russian greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2009, according to data submitted to the United Nations, as economic decline cut the use of fossil fuels.

Other rich countries including Australia, Italy, Spain and France have also reported falls in emissions to the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, in final data on Friday that is used to judge compliance with U.N. treaties.

Apr 15, 2011

Governments pick U.N. green fund delegates, ending row

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 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.