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Oct 11, 2013

Chemicals weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (Reuters) – The global chemical weapons watchdog charged with overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile during a civil war won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a relatively small organization with a modest budget, dispatched its experts after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,400 people in August.

Oct 11, 2013

Chemicals weapons watchdog OPCW to win Nobel Peace Prize, NRK says

OSLO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing the
destruction of Syria’s chemicals weapon arsenal, it set to win
the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Norwegian public
broadcaster NRK said.

Set up in 1997 to eliminate all chemicals weapons worldwide,
its mission gained critical importance this year after a sarin
gas strike in the suburbs of Damascus killed more than 1,400
people in August.

Oct 9, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize glory also has a darker side

OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Alongside the glory, the Nobel Peace
Prize has a darker side likely to make the awards committee
think hard before honouring a Pakistani teenage activist shot by
the Taliban who is favourite to win on Friday.

The prize has changed the lives of presidents, freedom
fighters or humble human rights workers but some winners say it
is hard to be put on a lifelong pedestal where actions, flaws
and foibles can get judged against a yardstick of sainthood.

Sep 28, 2013

Scientists more convinced mankind is main cause of warming

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Leading climate scientists said on Friday they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report that a hiatus in warming this century, when temperatures have risen more slowly despite growing emissions, was a natural variation that would not last.

Sep 27, 2013

Scientists say more certain mankind causes global warming

OSLO, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Leading climate scientists said on
Friday they were more certain than ever before that mankind was
the main culprit for global warming and warned the impact of
greenhouse gas emissions would linger for centuries.

A report, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC), played down the fact temperatures have risen more slowly
in the past 15 years, saying there were substantial natural
variations that masked a long-term warming trend.

Sep 10, 2013

Anti-immigrant Norway party lays claim to government role

OSLO (Reuters) – An anti-immigrant populist party laid claim to a major role in oil-rich Norway’s government for the first time on Tuesday after a center-right alliance won a landslide general election victory to oust a Labour administration.

The Progress party, which once had among its members Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011 in a gun and bomb attack targeting Labour, came third in Monday’s poll, giving it a kingmaker role in coalition building.

Sep 9, 2013

Newsmaker: After softening, “Iron Erna” set to become Norway’s PM

OSLO (Reuters) – Erna Solberg, set to become Norway’s next prime minister, has transformed herself from a tough-minded “Iron Erna” into a softer Conservative more caring about voters’ jobs, health and schools.

Solberg, 52, even wrote a book in 2011 entitled “People, not Billions” that widened her appeal as leader of a right-wing party often criticised as more focused on tax cuts for the rich and businesses than on the welfare of ordinary Norwegians.

Sep 9, 2013

After softening, ‘Iron Erna’ set to become Norway’s PM

OSLO (Reuters) – Erna Solberg, set to become Norway’s next prime minister, has transformed herself from a tough-minded “Iron Erna” into a softer Conservative more caring about voters’ jobs, health and schools.

Solberg, 52, even wrote a book in 2011 entitled “People, not Billions” that widened her appeal as leader of a right-wing party often criticized as more focused on tax cuts for the rich and businesses than on the welfare of ordinary Norwegians.

Sep 6, 2013

Economic woes may mute impact of U.N. report saying warming manmade

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – The strongest scientific warning to date that global warming is man-made may have a muted impact when it is released later this month with many governments more focused on nursing weak economies than on fixing the planet.

Many are also still smarting from a failure to agree a global pact to fight climate change at a summit in Copenhagen in 2009 and wary of making bold promises under a new timetable meant to agree a global U.N. deal in 2015.

Aug 30, 2013

Special Report: Experimental climate fixes stir hopes, fears, lawyers

By Alister Doyle

(Reuters) – Last year the Haida, an indigenous group in Canada, set out to increase their salmon stocks and save the planet. Helped by American businessman Russ George, a group of villagers dumped 100 metric tons (110.23 tons) of iron dust from a boat into the Pacific Ocean.

They wanted to see if the iron would cause a bloom of algae that could promote fish numbers and absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.