Exxon spends millions to cast doubt on warming: The world’s largest energy company is still spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund European organisations that seek to cast doubt on the scientific consensus on global warming and undermine support for legislation to curb emission of greenhouse gases. Independent Online

Carbon emissions up one-quarter since 1990: Global carbon emissions rose nearly 3% in 2005, up more than a quarter from 1990 levels despite many governments’ pledges of cuts to fight global warming, a scientist who provides data for the US Department of Energy said. AlertNet

UN downgrades man’s impact on the climate: Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there can be little doubt that humans are responsible for warming the planet, but the organisation has reduced its overall estimate of this effect by 25%. Telegraph

PM sure to put price on climate change: We are witnessing the end of the beginning of the debate on climate change in Australia. Next year, bringing a federal election, will be one of action. By polling day, John Howard will almost certainly signal or put a price such as a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, or at least have a plan to do so. The only question is what form it will take. News.com.au

Antarctic scientists fish for climate change clues: Scientists are literally fishing for clues to global warming’s impact on earthly life by drilling holes in the Antarctic ice. In these frigid waters under the ice at the bottom of the world, fish and water-dwelling invertebrates have lived with very little change in their environment for perhaps 11 million years … Reuters

Garrett vows swift action on greenhouse: Peter Garrett will be bounding out of bed when he wakes up this morning as Labor’s new spokesman on climate change and the environment. “I have had 25 years of strong commitment to the environment,” he told the Herald last night. “And I will be absolutely waking up [today] to roll my sleeves up to continue that work.” Sydney Morning Herald

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