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Feb 21, 2011

Tougher EU climate goal could boost GDP: study

OSLO (Reuters) – A tougher European Union goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions could create jobs and boost economic growth by 2020, rather than slow it down as many EU governments fear, a study said on Monday.

A shift to emissions cuts of 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, from the EU’s existing 20 percent target, would help spur innovation and investment in a low-carbon economy after the financial crisis, it said.

Feb 18, 2011

Curbing soot could slow climate change: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) – Strict curbs on soot and ozone air pollution would limit global warming by 0.5 degree Celsius (0.9 F) in a step toward achieving tough world climate goals, a U.N.-backed study showed on Friday.

Stricter limits on “black carbon” soot and tropospheric ozone — a greenhouse gas that is a big component of smog — would also clear the air and so reduce human deaths and improve crop yields, especially in Asia, it said.

Feb 18, 2011

Saudi Arabia seeks share of $100 billion climate aid fund

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is a special case in need of climate aid if the world shifts to clean energy, the world’s top oil exporter told the United Nations ahead of a Monday deadline for proposals about slowing global warming.

Almost 200 nations agreed in Mexico in December to a package of measures including a new fund to help poor nations, due to be worth $100 billion annually from 2020, find ways to adapt to climate change and protect tropical forests.

Feb 17, 2011

U.N. biodiversity panel could guide on trade, farms

OSLO (Reuters) – A U.N. scientific panel meant to help safeguard animal and plant species should help guide governments with practical studies of issues such as trade, farming or energy, experts said on Thursday.

They said the panel, whose role has not yet been clearly defined, should also do more to value nature. Past studies have estimated, for instance, that the world’s coral reefs provide annual services worth $172 billion, from fisheries to tourism.

Feb 17, 2011

Analysis: Governments to debate Kyoto climate dilemma

OSLO (Reuters) – Governments are looking at ways to keep the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol going beyond 2012 in some form to defuse a standoff between rich and poor nations that threatens efforts to tackle global warming.

Negotiators from almost 200 nations will meet in Bangkok from March 3-8, after side-stepping the Kyoto issue at their last meeting in Mexico in December.

Feb 17, 2011

Governments to debate Kyoto climate dilemma

OSLO, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Governments are looking at ways to
keep the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol going beyond 2012 in some form to
defuse a standoff between rich and poor nations that threatens
efforts to tackle global warming.

Negotiators from almost 200 nations will meet in Bangkok
from March 3-8, after side-stepping the Kyoto issue at their
last meeting in Mexico in December.

Feb 9, 2011

Past Antarctic cooling may help global warming study

OSLO (Reuters) – Sea temperatures off the Antarctic Peninsula have cooled over the past 12,000 years, according to a study on Wednesday that may help scientists understand the impact of modern global warming on the frozen continent.

Scientists want to learn more about Antarctica because even a thaw of the fringes could raise sea levels and swamp low-lying coasts. The continent, discovered only in 1820, contains enough ice to raise world sea levels by 57 meters (187 ft).

Feb 8, 2011

Analysis: Greenland of 1770s gives clues to chill winters

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – The icy winters suffered by Europe and North America for the last two years contrast with unusually mild weather in the Arctic, in a pattern first noted by a Danish missionary in Greenland in the 1770s.

Some scientists suggest climate change may be intensifying a natural oscillation. Others say that verdict would be premature and the pattern appears to be the same old natural one.

Feb 8, 2011

Greenland of 1770s gives clues to chill winters

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – The icy winters suffered by Europe and North America for the last two years contrast with unusually mild weather in the Arctic, in a pattern first noted by a Danish missionary in Greenland in the 1770s.

Some scientists suggest climate change may be intensifying a natural oscillation. Others say that verdict would be premature and the pattern appears to be the same old natural one.

Feb 7, 2011

“Green” job creation risks backfiring: Lomborg

OSLO (Reuters) – Investments to create new jobs in clean energies risk backfiring by curbing employment in other parts of the economy, a study commissioned by Danish “Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg said on Monday.

The report also said that jobs in green energies were often based on over-optimistic projections of a fast shift from fossil fuels in coming decades toward cleaner sources such as wind, solar or hydro power.