PM talks with business leaders: Prime Minister John Howard is in talks today with business leaders that are the first steps towards setting up a joint government-industry taskforce to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. The Age

Birds facing extinction: Many bird species are already suffering from the effects of climate change all over the planet, a WWF report has said. The researchers estimate that bird extinction levels could be up to 72% in northeastern Australia and 38% in Europe unless global warming is checked. Environment News Service

Climate change report will offer more proof: A long awaited report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group that contains some 2000 climate and other scientists, is expected to provide much stronger evidence of the effects of man’s actions on the climate. Forbes

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Extreme weather losses to cost trillions: A UN climate conference was told today that losses from extreme weather could top $1US trillion in a single year by 2040. Although just one of many possible scenarios, the researchers felt comfortable it was a realistic one. Daily Telegraph

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