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Sep 21, 2014

China drives world carbon emissions to record high

OSLO, Sept 21 (Reuters) – World carbon dioxide emissions
will hit a record high this year, driven by China’s growth and
keeping the world far off track from the deep cuts needed to
limit climate change, a study said on Sunday.

More than half of proven fossil fuel reserves may have to
stay in the ground if governments are serious about a promise
made in 2010 to limit a rise in average temperatures to 2
degrees Celsius (3.6F) above pre-industrial times, the Global
Carbon Project report by leading research institutes said.

Sep 18, 2014

Norwegian mass killer Breivik getting ever more extreme, father fears

OSLO (Reuters) – The father of Anders Behring Breivik, who massacred 77 people in central Oslo and at an island summer camp in 2011, said on Thursday his son’s fascist, anti-immigrant views seemed to be getting ever more extreme in jail.

“It’s not nice being the father of a mass murderer,” former diplomat Jens Breivik, 78, told a news conference to launch an autobiography entitled “My Fault?”. He said the discovery that his son was the killer exceeded a parent’s worst nightmares.

Sep 18, 2014

Green aid test for U.N. climate summit as poor seek $15 billion

OSLO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – A U.N. summit on climate change next week will test rich nations’ willingness to fill a near-empty fund to help the poor, but pledges are likely to be far short of developing nations’ hopes for $15 billion in 2014.

Emerging nations say that cash for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), meant to help the poor with projects to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to heatwaves, floods and rising seas, is vital to combat global warming.

Sep 16, 2014

Slowing climate change makes economic sense; cities to lead-study

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday.

    The study, by former heads of government, business leaders, economists and other experts, said the next 15 years were critical for a bigger shift to clean energies from fossil fuels to combat global warming and cut health bills from pollution.

Sep 14, 2014

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change-study

OSLO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Tiny marine algae can evolve fast
enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean
life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures
and acidification, a study showed.

Evolution is usually omitted in scientific projections of
how global warming will affect the planet in coming decades
because genetic changes happen too slowly to help larger
creatures such as cod, tuna or whales.

Sep 11, 2014

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

OSLO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent.

Antarctica is a key to sea level rise, which threatens coastal areas around the world.. It has enough ice to raise seas by 57 meters (190 feet) if it ever all melted, meaning that even a tiny thaw at the fringes is a concern.

Sep 9, 2014

Violence at home costs $8 trillion a year, worse than war: study

OSLO (Reuters) – Domestic violence, mainly against women and children, kills far more people than wars and is an often overlooked scourge that costs the world economy more than $8 trillion a year, experts said on Tuesday.

The study, which its authors said was a first attempt to estimate global costs of violence, urged the United Nations to pay more attention to abuse at home that gets less attention than armed conflicts from Syria to Ukraine.

Sep 2, 2014

Polar bear DNA found from tracks in snow, in conservation step

OSLO, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Polar bear DNA has been isolated
for the first time from footprints left in the snow on an Arctic
island, a breakthrough that could help scientists better protect
rare and endangered wild animals, experts said on Tuesday.

Scientists often spend days tracking rare animals such as
snow leopards or orangutans for samples of DNA, for instance
from hair or faeces, to understand their movements, monitor
their populations and propose ways to protect them.

Aug 28, 2014

Warming aids Arctic economies but far short of ‘cold rush’

OSLO, (Reuters) – Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a “cold rush” for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average.

A first cruise ship will travel the icy Northwest Passage north of Canada in 2016, Iceland has unilaterally set itself mackerel quotas as stocks shift north and Greenland is experimenting with crops such as tomatoes.

Aug 27, 2014

Roads expanding fast worldwide, better planning needed to aid food output -study

OSLO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – New roads long enough to girdle the
Earth 600 times are expected to be built by 2050 and better
planning is needed to protect the environment while also raising
food production, a study showed on Wednesday.

The study in the journal Nature showed that roads can aid
farmers, especially in developing nations where food production
is held back by a lack of access to markets or to fertilisers
and other technologies.