Businesses promise climate change measures: Prime Minister Tony Blair joined with leading businesses on Monday to promise measures to help consumers reduce carbon dioxide emissions, though details will not be revealed until next spring. Reuters

How climate change will tip the balance sheets: The profits and assets of many of Australia’s biggest companies will be hard hit by climate change, with coal miners and oil companies among those most at risk, according to analysis published yesterday. In the first report of its kind in Australia, the stockbroker Citigroup also identifies companies that are likely to benefit from climate change… Sydney Morning Herald

An Arctic with no ice?: Ice is melting so fast in the Arctic that the North Pole will be in the open sea in 30 years, according to leading climatologists. Ships will be able to sail over the top of the world and tourists will be able visit what was, until climate change, one of planet’s most inaccessible landscapes. Times Online

Climate change affects outermost atmosphere: Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will produce a 3% reduction in the density of Earth’s outermost atmosphere by 2017, according to a team of scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Newswise

Plant a tree and save the earth?: Can planting a tree stop the sea level from rising, the ice caps from melting and hurricanes from intensifying? A new study says that it depends on where the trees are planted. It cautions that new forests in mid- to high-latitude locations could actually create a net warming. It also confirms the notion that planting more trees in tropical rainforests could help slow down global warming worldwide. SpiritIndia

De-carboning American lifestyles: In the ’60s and ’70s, America woke up to widespread pollution and took serious steps to curb it. Again, the nation is rubbing its eyes – this time over the specific issues of climate change and dependence on fossil fuels. But will it hit the snooze alarm, or jump out of bed? Christian Science Monitor

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