Climate change increases food security concerns: The developing world’s struggle for food security will increase unless new crop varieties are deployed to help poor farmers adapt to climate change, agricultural experts and climate scientists warned Monday. Environment News Service

Cross-party talks possible in NZ: Prime Minister Helen Clark says Labour will consider holding multi-party talks on climate change policy early next year. Miss Clark’s willingness to take part in an attempt to try and find some consensus on the issue came as Energy Minister David Parker announced the Government would reveal its draft energy policy on Monday.

A race to change the world: 44 years to create a completely different world. That was the challenge before the CSIRO researchers who have spent two years working on the Energy Futures Forum study with industry and community groups. At first glance, it looks like mission impossible. The Age

White House opens up energy agenda: The Bush administration is signaling new interest in promoting alternative energies and curbing greenhouse gases to ease increased political pressure on environmental policy at home and abroad, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. People’s Daily Online

Gas emission legislation considered: Legislation to dramatically reduce South Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next four decades will be introduced to state parliament today. Premier Mike Rann said that if passed, South Australia would become the first state to legislate targets to cut greenhouse gas levels. The Australian

 A license to carry on polluting?: Of all the schemes under discussion to stop or limit catastrophic climate change, one of those getting most attention is pollution trading. This popular but little-tried idea lies at the heart of some of the most prominent international approaches to the problem, including the Kyoto protocol and the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS). The trouble is, it won’t work. New Scientist

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