The difficulty of stabilising emissions: The report by Sir Nicholas called for efforts to stabilise greenhouse-gas concentrations at 450-550 parts per million by 2050. By then, global emissions would have to be at least 25 per cent below current levels, even though the world economy may be between three and four times bigger. — The Australian

Finding a realistic strategy: From a political perspective, however, the major challenge at present is not to come up with a logically watertight answer to climate change, but a strategy that has a chance of succeeding in the real world. — Science and Development Network

The U.S. mid-terms and the environment: The (U.S. mid-term election results) prompted European backers of the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol at the Nov. 6-17 U.N. talks to speculate that Bush would come under pressure to ease opposition to Kyoto-style caps on emissions. — Reuters AlertNet

Icebergs approaching New Zealand: Scores of icebergs have floated to within about 300 km (186 miles) of New Zealand, with the largest measuring about 1.8 km (1.1 miles) in length and standing some 120 metres (360 feet) above water. — Reuters

Sharks in danger through overfishing: Over-fishing threatens 20 percent of the world’s 547 shark and ray species with extinction, the World Conservation Union — also known as IUCN — said earlier this year. – Environmental News Network

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