Wednesday, 8 February 2012

7 February 2012 .... What is making the World News

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Politics may be real climate hazard – experts. Climate change impacts may turn out to be a catalyst for worsening conflict. If so, keeping an eye on local politics and the quality of governance could be as important in heading off climate crises as breeding drought-resistant crops or protecting forests, climate security experts said at a recent meeting in London. Reuters

Keystone fractured union model. The labor movement traditionally allows unions with the most at stake on a project - in Keystone's case, the building trades - to take the lead. Keystone XL has disrupted this familiar pattern. Inside Climate News

Cuba on the road to clean-energy development. More than a decade ago, solar electricity changed the lives of several mountain communities in Cuba. Now this and other renewable power sources are emerging as the best options available to develop sustainable energy across the island. Inter Press Service

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Power grid updates left system vulnerable to cyberattacks, auditors say. A rush by the Energy Department to use stimulus money to modernize the country’s power grid has left the system vulnerable to cyberattacks, the agency’s internal watchdog found. Washington Post

E15 fuel, not quite legal yet, under new challenge. Pressure is rising from a surprising array of interests to delay or block the sale of so-called E15 fuel at service stations. USA Today

The quest for cheaper, better lights. A new entrant is emerging in the race to produce energy-saving, affordable lighting. Soraa Inc. plans to disclose the benefits of an unusual technology for manufacturing semiconductors known as LEDs. The goal is to generate more light from smaller chips, thus making LEDs more efficient and affordable. Wall Street Journal

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Low-lying Louisiana prepares for sea level to rise. A scientific report issued by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration predicts that the Louisiana coast could see about 3 feet of sea level rise along the already low and vulnerable Louisiana coast by 2100 — a prediction that leaves this Cajun coast drowning and under siege from storm surge for decades to come. Associated Press

Climate change to be key in Shoshone Forest plan. Predictions of larger and more frequent fires across the Shoshone National Forest and other possible consequences of a warming climate are expected to play a factor in the agency’s efforts to manage the forest in the coming years. Billings Gazette

Penguins flag changes in Antarctic environment. Human activity has put Antarctica's penguins on thin ice. Over-fishing, melting sea ice and pollution are threatening these iconic creatures. But one species is faring better than most – and researchers are using them to find out what's changing in this vast and fragile ecosystem. Australia ABC News

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Air sampling reveals high emissions from gas field. When U.S. government scientists sampled the air from a tower north of Denver, Colorado, they expected urban smog — but not strong whiffs of what looked like natural gas. They eventually linked the mysterious pollution to a nearby natural-gas field. Their latest evidence suggests that natural gas might not be much better than coal for the climate. Nature

Quebecers tough on environment, not themselves. A new poll suggests people don't recognize impact their actions have on climate. Montreal Gazette

Latest studies throw light on causes of climate change. If experts are to be believed, the better understanding of structure and reactivity of radical-molecule complexes can provide deep insight into various atmospheric phenomenons, including ozone depletion (global warming), acid rain and climate changes. New Delhi Times of India

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European Union carbon row grows. A split widened within the aviation industry on Tuesday over EU charges for carbon emissions, as Europe's low-cost carriers accused Chinese and US rivals of "gunboat" diplomacy against the system. Agence France-Presse

Ministers defend rapid cut to solar power subsidy. The government argued that it had to act quickly to slash subsidies to small-scale solar power because the cost of panels has dropped by nearly half in the past year, much faster than the previous government envisaged when it set up the scheme. The Guardian

Auditor's report on emissions errors a blow to green dream. Just months before the carbon tax is introduced, an auditor's report has found more than one in six major polluters has made "significant errors" when reporting its greenhouse emissions and energy use to the government. Sydney Morning Herald

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