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Mon, 2007-10-29 12:43Bill Miller
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Legislation making UK first to put carbon cuts into law still 'inadequate'

The British government says new legislation will save four million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by 2020 and help spread responsibility for collaring climate change right across the economy. A key thrust, however, will be to expand carbon trading, which means paying others to clean up our mess.

Fri, 2007-09-14 13:30Bill Miller
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Link between beef production and global warming sparks denialist outburst

It didn’t take the denialist shock troops long to pounce on recent disclosures about the cattle industry’s role in global warming. An all-too-familiar diatribe, penned in Colorado, appeared as a guest editorial today in a Vancouver newspaper. The author, like others of his ilk, has discarded scientific research to pitch his own delusion.

Thu, 2007-09-13 11:36Bill Miller
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Eat less meat to stifle methane emissions and slow global warming, scientists say

A special series in The Lancet medical journal says if people eat fewer steaks and hamburgers it would cut the methane flatulence from cows, sheep and goats, which accounts for nearly a quarter of all emissions worldwide.

Thu, 2007-09-13 10:42Bill Miller
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Sinking Pacific island pleads for global warming action

Tiny Tuvalu, barely two meters above sea level, has summoned the rest of the world to take stronger action against climate change before it sinks. The alarm was sounded on the heels of a call from Britain’s chief scientific adviser for an international agreement on warming strategy.

Wed, 2007-09-12 10:18Bill Miller
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UK leader urges international agreement on climate-change strategy

Britain’s chief scientific adviser says global warming poses a greater threat than world terrorism and agreement must be reached within two years to mitigate global warming and minimize environmental catastrophe.

Mon, 2007-09-10 10:44Bill Miller
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UK Tory group plugs tax rebate for cutting energy use

A Conservative policy committee has proposed broad domestic tax rebates for those who improve energy efficiency on homes they purchase. The group also called for caps on the energy use of major appliances and a ban on goods that exceed restrictions. Britain’s ruling Labour Party, not surprisingly, has questioned the Tories’ calculations.

Wed, 2007-09-05 11:34Bill Miller
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Global warming could threaten rise in heart disease, doctors say

The most interesting discussions at a recent medical conference in Vienna took place on the sidelines, as cardiologists and other experts discussed the impacts of climate change on cardiovascular disease. In short, arteries harden faster in hot weather, and extreme events like recent wildfires in Greece likely exacerbate the problem.

Tue, 2007-09-04 11:21Bill Miller
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Squabble erupts over excessive ‘green taxes’ in UK

Instead of tailoring taxes to address the social costs of carbon emissions in Britain, a taxpayers group says government ministers have been using the levy as a cash cow, stuffing their own coffers rather than improving the environment.

Tue, 2007-09-04 10:36Bill Miller
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Climate change drives up greenhouse-gas emissions from UK peatlands

A new study has found that hotter summers and wetter winters could further destabilize the habitat already described as “the most severely eroded in the world,” making it a perpetrator of global warming instead of mitigating it through proper conservation.

Mon, 2007-08-13 10:29Bill Miller
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EU, UK carbon-reduction targets questioned, but Britain holds steady

Citing an internal briefing paper for ministers, the Guardian newspaper reported that under current policies it would be “challenging” for Britain to reach a target of 9% for energy renewables such as wind, solar or hydropower - well short of the EU's 2020 target of 20%, but up from the current 2%.

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