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2009-07-16 13:05:00

Steven Chu, U.S. Energy Secretary, said on Thursday that he was "optimistic" about the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen after meeting with Chinese officials over the thorny issue of cutting carbon emissions. Chu said, on his second day of visiting there, that Beijing recognized the need to improve its energy efficiency and understood the seriousness of climate change. "I am optimistic about what is going to be happening in Copenhagen," Chu told reporters, after meeting Chinese Premier...

2009-07-15 14:25:00

Al Gore met with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday to discuss the future of the nation's role in the charge against global warming. Gore placed specific emphasis on Australia as a potential breeding ground for many revolutionary efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. "Australia is in the line of fire where the climate crisis is concerned, no nation is more vulnerable to the impact scientists have predicted," Gore said in a press conference where he was joined by the Prime...

2009-07-09 13:31:15

The Group of Eight top nations on Wednesday announced an agreement to keep the world's average temperature from reaching above 2C (3.6F) as well as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The announcement comes prior to a global agreement to be made in Copenhagen in December. "Today in Italy we have laid the foundations for a Copenhagen deal that is ambitious, fair and effective. The change from where we were two, three, four years ago is significant. The world...

2009-07-08 12:08:00

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This morning, 11 daring Greenpeace climbers hung a banner on Mount Rushmore challenging President Obama to show real leadership on global warming. The banner, measuring sixty-five feet high by thirty-five feet wide, features an unfinished portrait of Obama with the message, "America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming." The demonstration comes as President Obama meets other G8 leaders in L'Aquila, Italy today to discuss the global...

2009-07-07 10:25:00

Just months before world leaders are scheduled to meet to devise a new international treaty on climate change, a research team led by Princeton University scientists has developed a new way of dividing responsibility for carbon emissions among countries.The approach is so fair, according to its creators, that they are hoping it will win the support of both developed and developing nations, whose leaders have been at odds for years over perceived inequalities in previous proposals.The method...

2009-07-06 12:27:00

L'AQUILA, Italy, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of the world's top climate scientists today called on the leaders of the world's major economies to adopt strong measures to address climate change, including a peak in global emissions before 2020. In a letter addressed to Ministers and Heads of State attending this week's G8 summit and Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in Italy, the climate scientists, including several senior government climate science advisors, make...

2009-07-04 10:45:00

In a fervent attempt to resolve differences on issues of the world's carbon emissions, officials from a 17-member, majority comprised body are coming together on the eve of a July 8-10 summit of the G8 to hold critical discussions, Reuters accounted.The meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) was called to reduce the gap between wealthy nations and developing countries like India over long-term goals on global warming and emissions, a collection of eight diplomats and climate change...

2009-07-01 13:21:25

The green group WWF and the German insurance giant Allianz reported on Wednesday that Canada ranks last among the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations for tackling climate change while Germany is at the top of the list, AFP reported. The assessment criticizes Canada for greenhouse-gas emissions that are surging "far above" its obligations under the UN's Kyoto Protocol. The group said Canada's per capita emissions are among the highest in the world and its mid- to long-term greenhouse...

2009-07-01 12:37:08

On Tuesday, Denmark said negotiations on a new global climate deal were going "too slowly" and that the process needed to speed up in order to be prepared for the crucial UN summit less than six months away. "It is time for a frank and open dialogue so the participating countries can make clear their positions, their concerns," said Danish Climate Minister Connie Hedegaard. The United Nations is hoping to finish negotiations in Copenhagen by December for a new global warming treaty intended...

2009-06-26 15:22:48

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for a global fund on Friday worth $100 billion a year to help out the developing world with climate change. He warned that "the earth itself will be at risk" if the conference being helped in Copenhagen in December does not reach an agreement.  The conference goal is to strike a new agreement on rolling back global warming. "If we are to achieve an agreement in Copenhagen, I believe we must move the debate from a stand-off over hypothetical...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'