Environment Forum

Sue world leaders $1 billion for global warming?

November 28, 2008

In a global stunt, a U.S. environmental activist is poised to lodge a $1 billion damages class action lawsuit at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against all world leaders for failing to prevent global warming.

California: Man the lifeboats!

November 15, 2008

California’s already in the vanguard on U.S. carbon reduction (well, planning so far), and now Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to be ready for rising sea levels.

Of fingerprints and polar bear whiskers

November 14, 2008

 What do human fingerprints and polar bear “whisker prints” have in common?

You probably guessed — both give away identity.

Jane Waterman, a Canadian biologist at the University of Central Florida, is asking any tourist who takes a photo of a polar bear around Churchill, Canada, to send it to her to help study the bears. Here’s her website.

Greenhouse gases: saints, villains or future saviours from an Ice Age?

November 13, 2008

 It’s not often that greenhouse gases spewed out by human activities get praise as potential saviours of the planet in a leading scientific journal — they’re normally viewed as villains for causing global warming.

2008 to be 10th hottest year: warming trend up, or stalling?

November 12, 2008

This year is set to be about the 10th warmest since records began in the 19th century, according to Phil Jones, a leading British climate scientist — see story here.

“Post 2012″ strikes fear in carbon market players

October 30, 2008

No pun intended but for the world’s carbon community, times are looking a little black.

Baa baa green sheep, have you any grass?

October 29, 2008

Farming often gets a bad wrap for causing global warming but at least two sheep in Norway are doing their bit to go green.

Smoke and mirrors to slow global warming?

October 27, 2008

With worries about recession in many countries, does it make sense to try out some more radical ideas for fighting global warming, like placing mirrors in the sky to block the sun or fertilising the oceans to soak up greenhouse gases?

Cyclones’ silver lining: they may slow global warming

October 20, 2008

A Filipino resident wades across a flooded area after Typhoon Mindulle hit Baguio City, north of Manila, July 1, 2004. At least 16 people were killed when Typhoon Mindulle hit the country on Wednesday, packing peak winds of 190 km per hour near the center and gustiness of 230 kph, cut power and telecommunications lines. REUTERS/Tito Zapata RR/FAA cyclone slamming into a tropical island in the Pacific or the Caribbean sounds like unmitigated bad news — flattening homes, destroying crops, flooding towns or washing away coastlines.