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Jan 25, 2011

Arctic short-cut shipping to leap in 2011 -Russia

TROMSOE, Norway, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Russia predicted on
Tuesday a surge in voyages on an Arctic short-cut sea route in
2011 as a thaw linked to climate change opens the region even
more to shipping and oil and mining companies.

High metals and oil prices, linked to rising demand from
China and other emerging economies, is helping to spur interest
in the Arctic and the route between the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans as an alternative to travelling via the Suez canal.

Jan 24, 2011

Despite Nobel, Norway favors China role in Arctic

TROMSOE, Norway (Reuters) – Norway reiterated support on Monday for China to have an observer role in Arctic affairs despite a slump in relations since the award of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident.

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said Oslo’s relations with Beijing would take time to recover after the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the prize in October to Liu Xiaobo, serving an 11-year sentence in China for subversion.

Jan 24, 2011

New shipping rules urged to avert “Arctic Titanic”

TROMSOE, Norway (Reuters) – The Arctic Ocean needs tough new shipping rules as a rapid thaw opens the remote, icy region and brings risks of disasters on the scale of the Titanic, politicians and experts said on Monday.

“We need to agree on a new binding polar code” for shipping, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told Reuters during a conference on “Arctic Frontiers” in Tromsoe, a city north of the Arctic Circle in Norway.

Jan 24, 2011

U.N. climate plans said too narrow to save forests

OSLO (Reuters) – World efforts to slow deforestation should do more to address underlying causes such as rising demand for crops or biofuels, widening from a U.N. focus on using trees to fight climate change, a study said Monday.

It said a series of projects to protect forests had had limited success in recent decades — U.N. figures show that 13 million hectares (32 million acres) of forest were lost every year from 2000-09, an area equivalent to the size of Greece.

Jan 23, 2011

Some Himalayan glaciers advance, despite warming

OSLO (Reuters) – Some Himalayan glaciers are advancing despite an overall retreat, according to a study on Sunday that is a step toward understanding how climate change affects vital river flows from China to India.

A blanket of dust and rock debris was apparently shielding some glaciers in the world’s highest mountain range from a thaw, a factor omitted from past global warming reports. And varying wind patterns might explain why some were defying a melt.

Jan 19, 2011

2010 was second hottest year on record – data

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the world’s second hottest behind 1998 in a temperature record dating back to 1850, the director of research at Britain’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Phil Jones said on Wednesday.

Jones’ unit, compiling data with the Met Office Hadley Centre, is one of three main groups worldwide tracking global warming. Last week the other two, based in the United States, said 2010 was tied for the hottest on record.

Jan 19, 2011

Exclusive – 2010 was second hottest year on record

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the world’s second hottest behind 1998 in a temperature record dating back to 1850, the director of research at Britain’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Phil Jones said on Wednesday.

Jones’ unit, compiling data with the Met Office Hadley Centre, is one of three main groups worldwide tracking global warming. Last week the other two, based in the United States, said 2010 was tied for the hottest on record.

Jan 19, 2011

Exclusive: 2010 was second hottest year on record – data

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the world’s second hottest behind 1998 in a temperature record dating back to 1850, the director of research at Britain’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Phil Jones said on Wednesday.

Jones’ unit, compiling data with the Met Office Hadley Center, is one of three main groups worldwide tracking global warming. Last week the other two, based in the United States, said 2010 was tied for the hottest on record.

Jan 17, 2011

Scandinavian sea may get too warm for cod – study

OSLO (Reuters) – Climate change could make a sea in southern Scandinavia too warm for Atlantic cod and rising water temperatures may be stunting the growth of young fish, a study showed on Monday.

The report, drawing on records since 1919 of more than 100,000 juvenile cod caught and measured in the Skagerrak area off south Norway, gives some of the most detailed evidence yet of how global warming may affect commercial fish stocks.

Jan 17, 2011

Scandinavian sea may get too warm for cod

OSLO (Reuters) – Climate change could make a sea in southern Scandinavia too warm for Atlantic cod and rising water temperatures may be stunting the growth of young fish, a study showed on Monday.

The report, drawing on records since 1919 of more than 100,000 juvenile cod caught and measured in the Skagerrak area off south Norway, gives some of the most detailed evidence yet of how global warming may affect commercial fish stocks.