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Global Climate Change Archive - Government and Industry - Responses & Concerns

A collection of older (2005) news items related to steps taken by government and industry to control emissions and consequences of global climate change. All links take you outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

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    December, 2005

  • December 27, 2005 - - Turkish Press
    Most of Europe, which has criticized the United States over its stance on global warming, looks set to miss a set of goals to cut greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol.

  • December 12, 2005 - U.S. Isolated By Stance On Global Warming - CBS
    The results of global warming, such as melting glaciers and potential sea level rise, are of great concern to many countries and are hurting perceptions of the U.S. as many nations that believe the United States is not doing what it can to control emissions related to global warming.

  • December 12, 2005 - Climate Campaigners Claim Greatest Ever Success At Montreal - Independent
    The fight against catastrophic global warming scored its greatest success to date yesterday, when negotiators from more than 180 nations unexpectedly agreed to develop far-reaching measures to combat climate change. An interesting editorial on the conference and agreement from Newsday.

  • December 11, 2005 - Call 'Saved Climate Change Deal' - Scotsman
    US delegates had walked out of the UN climate change conference in Montreal. But they later returned and agreed to sign up to non-binding talks on long-term measures to tackle global warming. It appears the move came after the British Government made a call to the White House.

  • December 11, 2005 - Australia's Kyoto Stance 'Untenable' - ABC (Australia)
    Australian opposition leader, Anthony Albanse, says that Australia is using double-talk when dealing with climate change. "Australia, on the one hand, is saying it's important that there be global agreements, and yet we're walking away from the one global agreement (Kyoto Protocol) which is there."

  • December 8, 2005 - Arctic Peoples Seek UN Help To Slow Global Warming - Red Orbit
    As ice caps shrink around them, Inuit activists are making an international case out of Washington's alleged indifference to global warming. They say that global warming threatens their hunting culture. Similar story from IOL.

  • December 8, 2005 - US Resists 'Post-Kyoto' Push - ENN
    At the Environmental Summit being held in Canada, the U.S. said that formalized discussions with world leaders about control of greenhouse gases were not a productive strategy and that the U.S. would not participate in extending mandatory carbon emissions policies.

  • December 7, 2005 - Stark Warning On Climate Change - Turkish Press
    Warnings about climate change mingled with barbs aimed at the United States as the world's environment ministers wrestled on how to curb greenhouse-gas pollution. At the Environment Summit held in his country, Canadian Prime Minister said, "The time is past to debate the impact of climate change. We no longer need to ask people to imagine its effects, for now we can see them." Similar story from Australian Financial Review.

  • December 6, 2005 - ESA Presents Space Solution To Montreal Forest Conference - TerraDaily
    As the future of Earth's forests moved up the agenda at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the European Space Agency (ESA) and its national collaborators presented delegates with promising results from projects using satellites to identify wide-area forest retreat and expansion.

  • December 5, 2005 - Thousands Demand Action On Global Warming - Taipei Times
    Thousands of protesters marched in more than 30 countries to demand urgent action on global warming as delegates continued their work at an international climate change conference to review and update the Kyoto protocol.

  • November, 2005

  • November 23, 2005 - EU Presses U.S. On Gas Emissions, Global Warming - ENN
    The European Union ramped up pressure on the United States on Tuesday to do more to control greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change, saying U.S. reliance on new technology was not working.

  • November 23, 2005 - Aviation Fuel To Undermine Pledge On Global Warming - Independent
    An EU report says that allowing aviation fuel to be untaxed is a serious mistake. They cite the growing evidence that it is undermining international efforts to reduce the damaging gases that cause global warming.

  • November 22, 2005 - Investors Bet On Global Warming - Wired
    For investors, particularly those fond of waterfront property and carbon-emitting fossil-fuel guzzlers, climate change is a factor worthy of weighty consideration in assembling a portfolio.

  • November 22, 2005 - Nations Set To Feud Over New Global Warming Plan - The Star
    About 190 nations meet in Canada next week to try to enlist the United States and such developing nations as China and India in the U.N.-led fight against global warming beyond 2012.

  • November 21, 2005 - Fighting Global Warming Is Affordable - The State (SC)
    A plan being considered by nine northeastern states to reduce so-called greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming will not impose undue costs on businesses and governments, according to several new studies.

  • November 19, 2005 - Government Action Urged Over Global Warming - ABC (Australia)
    The Australian Greens have criticized the Australian Government for not doing enough to prevent global warming. A new report by the United Nations has found Australia's greenhouse gas levels rose by 23.3 per cent in 2003.

  • November 18, 2005 - India Takes Hard Line On Global Warming - MSNBC
    India is unlikely to agree to any emission caps in the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol because of its expanding energy-hungry economy, but analysts say developed nations will continue to pile pressure on the nation.

  • November 7, 2005 - Action On Warming - International Herald Tribune
    President George W. Bush has long argued that a nationwide program of mandatory controls on carbon dioxide and other global warming gases would saddle the country with crippling electricity costs. He may be surprised to learn that his own Environmental Protection Agency no longer believes that to be the case.

  • November 3, 2005 - South Africa: Focus On Global Warming - IRIN
    Every month, a few dozen people gather in Johannesburg to learn how to make a solar-powered stove at a workshop run by the GreenHouse People's Environmental Project. The group believes that teaching citizens how to use renewable energy will help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

  • November 2, 2005 - UK Holds Energy Summit To Tackle Global Warming - ENN
    Energy ministers from 20 countries met in London Tuesday to discuss how to tackle climate change through technology and persuade big polluters the United States, India and China to become involved in the fight.

  • October, 2005

  • October 28, 2005 - Officials Contradict Minister On Global Warming - The Australian
    Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell's view that global warming presents a "serious threat to Australia" is at odds with the stance taken by his own bureaucrats, who are talking down the impact of climate change in a Federal Court case.

  • October 28, 2005 - Japan Wants New Pact To Fight Global Warming - IOL
    Japan is hoping that all nations, including the United States and China will be bound by the next framework aimed at fighting global warming. Officials from 150 countries will meet to discuss taking the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

  • October 27, 2005 - Prince Charles Calls for Action on Global Warming - ABC (Australia)
    Prince Charles, in an interview for the BBC, said he was deeply concerned about global warming.

  • October 21, 2005 - Global Warming A Major Threat To Africa - ENN
    Deadly epidemics. Ruined crops. The extinction of some of Africa's legendary wildlife. The potential consequences of global warming could be devastating for the world's poorest continent, yet its nations are among the least equipped to cope.

  • October 18, 2005 - Climate Mash - Pickett
    A Flash presentation that uses the Monster Mash song to satirize the US oil and government denial of global climate change. It was recorded by the original Monster Mash artist, Bobby "Boris" Pickett.

  • October 18, 2005 - Experts Urge Awareness On Global Warming - ABC
    According to Bush's former director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, the reality of global warming lies somewhere between the catastrophe shown in the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow" and the bestseller, "State of Fear" which says global warming issue is nothing to be concerned about.

  • October 14, 2005 - Scientists In Nordic Region Call On Governments To Act Against Global Warming - ENN
    A report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers on Friday urged the region's governments to take joint action against global warming.

  • October 12, 2005 - Europe Ice Mission Failure Probed - BBC
    Space agencies are investigating why a rocket carrying a European mission to map polar ice fell into the ocean. European scientists mourned the loss of Cryosat, a unique satellite designed to monitor the polar ice for signs of global warming.

  • October 11, 2005 - Gore Paints Picture of Environment Crisis - China Daily
    Former vice--president Al Gore spoke recently at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He described environmental changes that were worrisome and what he felt China and the United States needed to do to offset these issues.

  • October 11, 2005 - November Global Warming Summit Unlikely - Guardian Unlimited
    The first meeting of a U.S.-led alliance (Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Energy Development) aimed at reducing greenhouse gases is unlikely to be held in November as promised, according to an Australian government minister.

  • October 9, 2005 - ESA Satellite Destroyed After Launch On Russian Missile -
    A European Space Agency satellite (CryoSat) that was to have collected data on polar ice broke up in flight after being launched on a converted ballistic missile, a Russian space agency official said Saturday. Similar story from News

  • October 6, 2005 - Satellite To Scan Ice Sheets -
    Cryosat, a European satellite that will study the ice, is scheduled to launch October 8. The satellite will give an unprecedented look at the polar ice sheets. Similar story from BBC

  • September, 2005

  • September 12, 2005 - Mexico Beats Deadline For Eliminating Ozone-Depleting Chemicals - ENN
    Mexico has stopped producing ozone-depleting chemicals (CFCs) four years before a deadline set by an international agreement, Mexican Environment Secretary Jose Luis Luege Tamargo announced Friday. It has made a 90% reduction in chloroflouorocarbon use over the last 15 years.

  • August, 2005

  • August 29, 2005 - Bruce Babbit Calls For More Dams To Cope With Global Warming's Effects - ENN
    Bruce Babbit, the Interior Secretary during the Clinton administration, has told the California government that the stateâ�,��"�s water resources will be sorely stretched by the effects of global warming. New reservoirs will be needed to offset the loss of snowpack, he warned.

  • August 28, 2005 - Global Warming Lawsuit Against US Gets Green Light - Forbes
    In a landmark ruling, a U.S. judge endorsed a lawsuit charging two federal agencies with wrongly funding international oil and gas projects that promote global warming, court documents showed.

  • August 25, 2005 - Nine States Break With Bush On Greenhouse Gases - Planet Ark
    Nine northeastern U.S. states are working on a plan to cap and then reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the first U.S. deal of its kind and one which would see the region breaking with President George W. Bush who refused

  • August 2, 2005 - City Experts Team Up To Fight Global Warming - Scotsman
    Scottish scientists propose to develop methods of locking harmful emisssions under the sea in an effort to combat global warming. This procedure, as designed, will also help make diminishing oil reserves more accessible.

  • July, 2005

  • July 29, 2005 - U.S. Climate Plan Met With Cautious Praise - Woodland Daily Democrat
    An alternative plan to the Kyoto protocol has apparently been discussed over the past year and brings together the U.S., Australia, India, China, South Korea and Japan. This plan depends on investing in the development of technologies that range from "clean coal", wind power and next-generation nuclear fission to control global warming. Some of the nations involved view it as a complement to the Kyoto Protocol, rather than a replacement. But some nations outside of this pact worry that it is a ploy to undo the Kyoto Protocol.

  • July 27, 2005 - Kyoto Pact Alternative To Be Unveiled - Aljazeera
    The Australian Minister of Environment has announced that an alternative pact to combat greenhouse emissions has been discussed and may be ratified among Australia, the U.S., China, India and South Korea. Details of the alliance and the pact should be available soon. This initiative was led by the United States.

  • July 22, 2005 - Senators Struggle to Act On Global Warming - Washington Post
    U.S. senators are convinced that action needs to be taken to combat global warming, but are having trouble coming up with a solution all can support.

  • July 12, 2005 - Richardson: Local Leaders Must Lead Fight on Global Warming - ENN
    Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson urged mayors from across the nation Monday to take the lead in fighting global warming.

  • July 8, 2005 - Bush Concedes Ground on Climate Change - Guardian Unlimited
    The G8 unveiled a programme for action on climate change, including the need for greater energy efficiency and technology transfer. The communique referred to the urgency of the situation, admitted that humans had a role in climate change and paved the way for a possible post-Kyoto framework that would involve the leading developing countries.

  • July 5, 2005 - Poll Finds Americans Want Action Against Climate Change ... - Oneworld
    A poll of 812 Americans, conducted by the Program on International Policy Attitudes, found that the majority of those surveyed feel that the U.S. should be willing to do as much as other nations to reduce emissions and felt that such efforts would benefit the economy.

  • July 4, 2005 - Schwarzenegger Urges Global Warming Action - The State
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging governments, including the U.S., to begin planning for emissions reductions while increasing renewable energy.

  • June, 2005

  • June 17, 2005 - Bush Still Can't Pronounce "Global Warming" - Spiegel
    A leaked document from papers leading up to the early July meeting of the G8 indicated that the United States is unwilling to sign anything that says the world is getting hotter.

  • June 13, 2005 - The Debate's Over: Globe is Warming - USA Today
    Don't look now, but the ground has shifted on global warming. After decades of debate over whether the planet is heating and, if so, whose fault it is, divergent groups are joining hands with little fanfare to deal with a problem they say people can no longer avoid.

  • June 9, 2005 - White House Official Altered Climate Data - International Herald Tribune
    A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down the links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal U.S. government documents.

  • June 7, 2005 - Science Academies Urge Action on Climate - Scientist
    Science academies from the world's leading nations today called on their governments to take urgent action over climate change. The eight institutions, representing the scientific establishment of the developed world, said there was now clear evidence of the harmful effect of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • May, 2005

  • May 31, 2005 - Hurricane Season Could Renew Global Warming Debate - ENN
    If several serious hurricanes hit the U.S. again this year, you can expect a renewed debate about the role of global warming in their occurence. Most hurricane experts believe last year's pounding was the result of a natural cycle, but some climate experts disagree.

  • May 26, 2005 - Arctic Leaders Appeal Over Global Warming - ENN (AP)
    Inuit leaders from Arctic regions around the world met with leaders of the European Union and asked them to do more about global warming and to consider giving aid to indigenous groups that are being harmed by it.

  • May 26, 2005 - Blair Struggles to Win Backing For G8 Plan - The State
    UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has 6 weeks to get the world to back his plan to increase aid to Africa and address global warming. Resistance from George Bush may test Blair's alliance with the U.S.

  • May 23, 2005 - Corporate U.S. Wakes Up To Climate Change - Taipei Times
    Leaders of major US companies, such as General Electric, have decided that global man-made climate change is real, must be controlled, and that business must play a constructive part in the process.

  • May 11, 2005 - Investors See Growing Risks From Climate - International Herald Tribune
    State treasurers and other financial gurus met at the United Nations to talk about the potential economic impact of global climate change and to discuss ways to pressure more US companies into opening talking about, and dealing with, climate change.

  • May 10, 2005 - Glacier Keeps Its Cool Under Hi-Tech Blanket - SwissInfo
    A ski-lift company in Switzerland is trying to preserve 2,500 square feet of a glacier that was melting due to higher temperatures. They are experimenting with a high-tech blanket of reflective polyester and polypropylene to cover the glacier.

  • May 2, 2005 - Environmental Threat Aggravating - Islamabad News
    Dr. Ishfaq Ahmed, addressing a conference on Global Change, says that global warming is the biggest threat to global security and the health and well-being of billions.

  • April, 2005

  • April 24, 2005 - Let Logic Join The Global Warming Debate - USA Today
    Environmental activist, Laurie David, hopes to stimulate a logical discussion between those who believe global warming is a serious threat and those who believe it is a hoax. He is organizing a "march" through the 50 states over the next year to talk about the issues.

  • April 24, 2005 - Seabed Supplies A Cure For Global Warming Crisis - Guardian Unlimited
    Some scientists have proposed a scheme to bury millions tons of carbon dioxide from power stations under the North Sea to reduce emissions. An added benefit would be that the C02 would "flush out oil reserves".

  • April 4, 2005 - Adaptation The Key To Surviving Climate Change ... - ABC
    Several scientists at a climate change conference in Canberra, Australia have said that Australia needs to focus monetary efforts on helping adapt to climate change rather than trying to stop global warming.

  • March, 2005

  • March 22, 2005 - Science Minister Confirms Korea's Commitment to Nuclear Energy - Korea Times
    The Korean government has committed to continuing to develop nuclear energy as a way to address global warming issues.

  • March 21, 2005 - The Biggest Challenge Of Our Time - Independent
    A new study from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom (Defra) shows that while people acknowledge the threat posed by climate change, they tend to see it as remote - a problem for the developing world, for future generations, for industry and Government rather than individuals.

  • March 12, 2005 - Kyoto Treaty Exploits Poor, Some Say - MSNBC
    Some advocates feel that the ability of rich nations to avoid making some of their mandated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by buying "credits" from nations that pollute less, or by investing in eco-friendly projects in poorer nations smacks of colonialism and exploitation of poor people.

  • March 7, 2005 - Climate Change Caused By The Rich, But .. Felt By The Poor - Taipei Times
    This writer shows how poverty in Africa is linked to global climate change. Drought and changes in the amount of groundwater available and changes in rainfall are affecting many villages negatively.

  • March 4, 2005 - Forests Could Be Key To Curbing Global Warming - Planet Ark (Reuters)
    Effective control of forest fires may prove crucial in the fight against global warming since blazes from Alaska to Indonesia spew out vast amounts of heat-trapping gases, Canadian foresters said on Thursday.

  • February, 2005

  • February 18, 2005 - US Criticized for Rejecting Kyoto Treaty - VOA
    The United States was opening criticized at a United Nations event marking the start of the Kyoto climate treaty.

  • February 16, 2005 - Kyoto Protocol Kicks In Today - Seattle Times
    The Kyoto Protocol, which goes into effect today, commits 35 industrialized countries to reducing their emissions by 5% of six greenhouse gasses by 2012.

  • February 10, 2005 - Clouds Could Clear Way To Saving Planet - Guardian Unlimited
    Some atmospheric scientists and an engineer have begun to think about designing a device that could increase reflectivity of clouds, bouncing more sunlight back into the atmosphere to give us more time to address global warming.

  • February 9, 2005 - Armageddon Isn't The Only Option - TimesOnline
    Corporations are beginning to shift their focus, proposing that we would be better off economically if governments would focus on finding ways to adapt to a warming world instead of spending money on rescuing the environment.

  • January, 2005

  • January 23, 2005 - NASA Expert Wages Global Warming Fight - Post-Gazette
    Climatologist, James Hansen, who heads NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York says that scientists know enough to conclude that global climate change poses a threat to the world and that efforts to get the word out are being blocked by the U.S. administration.

  • January 3, 2005 - Trade In Global Warming Credits Includes Pigs - MSNBC
    Nations trying to reduce their emissions as part of the Kyoto protocol have turned to a barter system of credits between industries. This has resulted in some interesting "credit" trades, such as a Chilean pork producer eliminating methane fumes from animal waste and selling the "credits" the Japanese and Canadian utilities.

  • December, 2004

  • December 17, 2004 - Crichton's Climate Fear Contention - BBC
    Michael Crichton has written a new book, State of Fear in which he argues that global warming is nonsense. He notes that his work is fiction, but is based on his research into the topic where he found the data weren't as strong as he expected them to be.

  • December 15, 2004 - U.S. Faces Legal Fights On Climate - International Herald Tribune
    Representatives of poorer nations and Inuit communities plan to seek a ruling from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the United States, claiming that the U.S. contribution to global warming has caused a situation that threatens the Inuit and other nations' existence.




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