Environment Forum

Elections shape Brazil delegation at Copenhagen

December 17, 2009

 

BRAZIL-OIL/By Ray Colitt

Copenhagen summit attendees may be wondering why Brazil’s delegation to the U.N. climate meeting is being led not by its environment minister but by the president’s chief of staff. The answer is: elections next year in Brazil.

from Global News Journal:

Sarkozy’s tough message on climate – did it get through?

December 17, 2009

CLIMATE-COPENHAGEN/After one and a half days of mostly uninspired and often irrelevant speeches by world leaders, French President Nicolas Sarkozy walked to the podium at UN climate talks in Copenhagen and produced a seven minute rallying cry - focused, energetic and packed with more punch than the rest put together.

The strange spectacle of too many heads of government

December 17, 2009

COP15picThere are around 120 heads of government at the Copenhagen climate talks, so many that it’s hard to keep track of the exact number.

Auxiliary verbs at 10pm and the scarcest resource – sleep

December 17, 2009

CO2tonneThe issues are global and urgent, but the bureaucracy can sometimes be mind-bogglingly slow and petty.

The Poo run

By Reuters Staff
December 17, 2009

As I trudge toward the edge of the Antarctic ice shelf, the thought of tumbling over and down into the icy waters below is bad enough.

North American car, truck of year finalists include two from GM, Ford

December 17, 2009

U.S. automakers claimed four of the six finalist spots North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year as picked by 49 automotive journalists in the United States and Canada.

Can you trust the science?

December 16, 2009

Today we pose the question to our virtual panel of experts, “How far can we trust the science of climate change?”

from UK News:

Clashes and queues raise temperature in Copenhagen

December 16, 2009

climate talks protest

With the clock ticking for world leaders to clinch a climate deal in Copenhagen, the last place you want to be is stuck at the back of a long queue.

Lost in Detroit?

December 15, 2009
Ed Whitacre on July 10, his first official day as chairman of GM.

Ed Whitacre on July 10, his first official day as chairman of GM.

     For the past two weeks, GM Chairman and Chief Executive Ed Whitacre has been confined to the glass towers that house the automaker’s downtown Detroit headquarters and an adjoining hotel.

Rainy Taiwan faces awkward water shortage

December 15, 2009

jennings Chronically rainy Taiwan faces a rare water shortage as leaders ask that people on the dense, consumption-happy island of 23 million finally start changing habits as dry weather is forecast into early 2010.