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New York summit could be the turning point

Tuesday - A United Nations chief dismayed at the lack of resolve toward the climate crisis; a daunting deadline for negotiating a new treaty; 125 or so heads of state; a sprawling agenda of fossil fuels, food, forestry and finance; a train of think tanks hauling gigabytes of green data; countless teach-ins, press conferences, art shows - plus tens or even hundreds of thousands of activists marching through midtown Manhattan, demanding action now.

Stage set for the biggest climate march of all

Tuesday - Activists next week will try to seize an opportunity to put the climate movement alongside the Civil Rights and the Vietnam anti-war movements.

WORLD WEB ... Richard Branson fails to deliver on $3b climate change pledge, says author

The world in their hands ... Richard Branson and Al Gore.

Tuesday - * More than 500 Korean firms face CO2 emissions cap * Carbon markets gaining momentum in the US * Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says * France aims for ‘energy positive’ public buildings * Do we tax carbon emissions or trade them? Economists dig into the problem * Solar-powered ambulances awarded Government funding

Drought bites as Amazon’s ‘flying rivers’ dry up

Tuesday - The unprecedented drought affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the “flying rivers” - the vapour clouds from the Amazon that normally bring rain to the centre and south of Brazil.

Healthy diet guidelines hard to swallow for greenies

Tuesday - By TIM RADFORD.- The news is enough to make climate campaigners choke on their high-fibre breakfast cereal: if Americans adopted the dietary guidelines suggested by their own Department of Agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions would actually go up by 12 per cent.

Island states celebrate $2 billion conference

Seychelles President James Michel addresses the Apia conference.

8 Sep 14 - With nearly $2 billion pledged in sustainable development partnerships, the United Nations last week wrapped up its small island developing states conference in Samoa and kicked off a drum roll of action on climate change.

Doors open at Ban Ki-moon's Last Chance Saloon

Ban Ki-moon ... wants action.

8 Sep 14 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is attempting to prevent world leaders sleepwalking into disaster by asking them to make new pledges at his climate summit this month on cutting greenhouse gases.


WORLD WEB: China eyes ETS launch in 2016

8 Sep 14 - * Clinton: America can be clean-energy superpower * High-level shale gas study calls for moratorium on fracking * Chile set to pass Latin America’s second carbon tax * Judge rules BP was grossly...

New book exposes Malaysian logging crimes

Abdul Taib Mahmud ... timber fortune.

8 Sep 14 - An explosive new book about logging is about to rock Malaysia’s corridors of power.

Is the Mosul Dam start of the water wars?

8 Sep 14 - Exactly a year ago, the world was wrestling with the possibility of another US-led military assault on an Arab state, following the horrific gas attacks in Damascus, Syria.

Scientists give Australia the really bad news

8 Sep 14 - The Australian government has just received a vitally important report to guide its decisions on the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target.

Change the way you wee ... and help to save the world

8 Sep 14 - The energy-water nexus between water, sanitation, and our global consumption of energy – the “energy-water nexus" - are more obvious than ever before. But how many of us will take direction at the...

WORLD WEB ... news from the world of carbon

1 Sep 14 - * Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution * Renewable energy investments create larger returns than pension funds * Researchers say this year's ecological...

Business gleans ideas at small islands forum

1 Sep 14 - Small island states offer opportunities for genuine and sustainable business partnerships, according to executives and officials at United Nations private sector forum in Samoa.

Water levels rank with soccer scores in drying Brazil

1 Sep 14 - Outside the semi-arid area of the north-east, Brazilians have never had to worry about conserving water. Year in, year out, the summer has always brought rain.

WORLD WEB ... news from the world of carbon

Tidal generator for the MeyGen project in Scotland.

25 Aug 14 - * World's largest tidal energy project gets £50m funding boost * 'Grand bargain' may secure enough support for Direct Action to pass Senate * Global climate inaction will mean economic turmoil for...

UN expects big things from Samoa conference

Downtown Apia

25 Aug 14 - The United Nations expects more than 300 initiatives to be announced next week at a major world conference in Samoa aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing states.

Study holds out little hope for climate solutions

25 Aug 14 - An effective treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will probably remain elusive, according to a new research study, because the steps likely to win political agreement would be ineffective, while...

Media clashes raise questions of news bias

25 Aug 14 - It’s tempting to view The Australian’s latest broadside at the ABC as just another salvo fired between the nation’s two biggest media organisations.


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You'll never run out of printer paper

25 Aug 14 - A printer which reuses the same paper over again has won Toshiba two awards

Canon offers environment prizes

18 Aug 14 - Canon New Zealand is calling for Kiwis to get creative and apply for its annual...

CRL Energy wins environment award

1 Aug 14 - CRL Energy is the winner of the 2014 Minerals West Coast Environment...

Evolution show home opens in the south

20 Jun 14 - Award-winning Rilean Construction this week unveiled its first energy-efficient...

Sustainability graduates make their mark

7 Mar 14 - Now in its fourth year, Otago Polytechnic’s Graduate Programmes in Sustainable...

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