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Geologists back 'new era' proposal
Geologists from the University of Leicester have followed up the idea first suggested by Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, by formally proposing that humankind has so altered the Earth that it has brought about an end to one epoch of Earth�s history and marked the start of a new one. ... more

Ice melt accelerates around the world
by Frances C. Moore

With atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at new record highs and global average temperature now some 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the frozen regions of the earth are showing just how rapidly climate change can take effect. Arctic sea ice, in particular, disappeared at an astonishing rate last year. ... more

EU energy plan will cost 60 billion euros
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has announced "historic" plans, aimed at cutting the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. But UK environmental pressure groups said the EU plans were too weak and that Britain would need to do a lot more if it was to reach the targets it had been set. ... more

UK scientists call for tougher carbon curbs
Four of Britain�s leading environmental scientists have called on the Government to commit to tougher carbon emission cuts in the Climate Change Bill. The detaied Bill is expected to be published next month and could become law by next Easter. ... more

European car firms face efficiency fines
Green groups and European car makers have reacted strongly to new legislatuon proposed by the European Commission for reducing carbon dioxide emission from new cars. These latest proposals mark the start of a formal process, which will probably run until mid 2009. ... more

Bali delegates bite the bullet
After what the UK Environment Minister, Hilary Benn, called a 'hairy' night - punctuated by tears, boos and finally cheers - all the world's nations, apart from Burma, meeting in Bali agreed to launch negotiations towards a crucial and strengthened international climate change deal. ... more

Climate changes could destroy much of the Amazon
New predictions show that the destruction of the Amazon forest is speeding up, through a vicious feedback loop between climatic change and deforestation that could wipe out or severely damage nearly 60 per cent of the forest by 2030. ... more

China 'not to blame for climate change'
When the UK�s carbon emissions include imports from China, the average UK citizen�s carbon footprint increases by 10 per cent according to new research released today. ... more

Stern calls for 80 per cent emissions cut
Sir Nicholas Stern. who led the Stern review on climate change, says the climate meeting, now underway in Bali, must centre its efforts to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases - including a reduction in rich country emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050. ... more

World must cut carbon to save the poor, says UN
Climate change could have a disastrous impact for the world's poorest people and reverse any gains made in poverty reduction, nutrition, health and education, warns the latest United Nations Human Development Report just released. ENS reports: ... more

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