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Climate Crisis Daily Newsfeed (July 13, 2006)

Global Warming, Africa and the G8
 Andrew Grice,
The Independent (UK),
July 13, 2006.

"Climate change could have a devastating impact on Africa, wiping out all the benefits from the measures to help the continent agreed by the world's richest nations last year. The warning will be issued by the British Government today when it announces plans to bring poor countries into the next round of international discussions to combat global warmingS Tony Blair said he hoped Africa and climate change would be discussed by G8 leaders at their summit in St Petersburg this weekend. But there is little sign of major progress at a meeting likely to be dominated by energy supplies. Jacques Chirac, the French President, criticised the US for blocking progress on climate change. He said: "Global threats require global responses. We shall not solve the problem of global warming if we each go our own way or increase the number of unilateral or partial solutions. This is particularly true for global warming. I am concerned at the weakening of the international regime for climate change. We must reverse this trend."

Will New Pipeline Ease the West's Energy Woes?
By Nicholas Birch,
The Christian Science Monitor,
July 13, 2006.

"As global leaders prepare to tackle energy issues at this weekend's G-8 summit in Russia, dignitaries from 50 countries are gathering Thursday on Turkey's Mediterranean coast to inaugurate a key piece of the puzzle. Twelve years in the making, the $4 billion Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline will pump 1 million barrels per day of Caspian Sea oil toward Western markets when it becomes fully operational next year. Though that amounts to only 2.5 percent of global oil exports, analysts say the flow could significantly improve global energy securityS [But], the 1,094-mile Caspian oil duct...may not be as tangle-free as America had hoped."

Russia Wants to Store Nuclear Waste
By H. Josef Herbert,
The Associated Press,
July 12, 2006.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is maneuvering to take the nuclear waste the rest of the world shuns, hoping for a financial bonanza  . By Glenn Hess, Chemical  Engineering News, June 12, 2006. "Marathon Oil says it plans to team up with Andersons, an Ohio-based grain producer, to build and operate several large ethanol plants to help meet growingdemand for the gasoline additive. If the deal is approved by each company's board of directors, it would mark the first time in more than two decades that a major U.S. petroleum firm has invested in an ethanol plant."

San Francisco Power Plan to Reduce Emissions from Cruise Ships  By Becky Bowman,
The San Francisco Chronicle,
July 11, 2006.

"The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in an effort to keep diesel emissions in check, is going public today with plans for a project that could supply mostly green power to cruise ships docked at the city's new cruise ship terminal, officials said MondayS Plugging in would allow the ships to turn off their enginesS Cruise ships require a supply of about seven to 10 megawatts of power while in portSEnough electricity to power 7,000 to 10,000 homes."

Another Study Warns that the Alps Could Be Ice Free by 2100
By James Owen,
National Geographic News,
July 11, 2006.

"The European Alps could be virtually ice free by the end of this century, a new study warns, as rising air temperatures melt away mountain glaciersS The team, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, predicted the likely impact of rising temperatures on the European Alps using modeling experiments based on past rates of glacier loss and future climate-change forecastsS The total area covered by Alpine glaciers has shrunk by 50 percent since 1850 began to accelerate one percent of their volume per year since 1975, the study adds. Their volume shrank by fully 8 percent in a single year, 2003, followed by an estimated 3 percent loss in 2004, the researchers say. Total glacier volume is estimated at just a third of the 1850 figure."

Pearl Jam Donates Green to Offset Carbon Emissions
The Associated Press,
July 13, 2006.

"Pearl Jam has promised to donate $100,000 to several groups that focus on climate change, renewable energy and other environmental causes as part of an effort to offset carbon emissions the band churns out on tourS Cascade Land Conservancy and EarthCorps, which work to protect and replenish Puget Sound-area forests, are among nine organizations Pearl Jam picked to receive donations."

Setting the Record Straight: President Bush's Strong Record of Addressing Climate Change Press release,
The White House,
July 11, 2003.
The white house responds to the June 11th Washington Post Editorial: A Sorry Record

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