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New website to monitor greenhouse gases

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian research institute on Monday launched a website that allows the public to monitor greenhouse gas emissions in the southern hemisphere. The government-backed Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) developed the site so people can see for themselves how climate-warming gases have increased as a…

China vows to cut energy, carbon intensity by 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) – China aims to cut the amount of energy and carbon dioxide emissions needed for every unit of economic growth by 16 to 17 percent from this year to the end of 2015, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Sunday. This was the first time a top Chinese…

High court will review climate change lawsuit

Supreme Court to consider dismissing lawsuit over power plant emissions In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by states to force cuts in power plant emissions. The court agreed Monday to consider ending…

UN official: Unprecedented heat waves ‘will seem like average summers’ in the future

Climate science chief: Unknowns of Arctic methane, acid oceans point to research shortfalls From the methane-laden tundra of the far north to the depths of the oceans, world governments need to spend more on cutting-edge research to “get a handle” on how much and how quickly the world will warm…

Greenhouse gases ‘rise to record levels in 2009′

Greenhouse gas concentrations reached record levels in 2009, the UN’s weather agency said Wednesday, warning that global warming could set off even greater methane emissions from the Arctic. “Greenhouse gas concentrations have reached record levels despite the economic slowdown. They would have been even higher without the international action taken…

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