Burnt and hostile: just what we need: This year there has been record-breaking weather on every continent, tens of thousands marching in the streets to protest government inaction on climate change, and the French talking of “carbon tariffs” on goods from countries that are not taxing carbon dioxide pollution. All of this should make it clear that the fossil fuel industry is on global notice: business cannot long continue as usual. Tim Flannery in SMH

Climate change: a heated debate: One of the unpleasant side effects of global warming is that it makes good weather seem faintly sinister. I enjoyed wandering around London without having to wear a coat this weekend, but should this really be happening in December? Fortunately, the weather today is foul. Financial Times

Climate change endangers sea life: Britain’s coastal marine species are moving northwards to cooler waters as a result of climate change, research has shown.
A four-year, multi-partner study has found “strong evidence” of changes in the abundance, range and population structures of intertidal species due to a rise of 1C in sea temperatures. InTheNews.co.uk

Extreme weather means paying more for what we eat: Until now images of melting icecaps and future sea-level rises submerging millionaires’ coastal properties have not cut through to the suburban hip-pocket voters who swing elections. Food price rises due to extreme weather events, however, are transforming the climate-change battleground and may leave Prime Minister John Howard vulnerable to those Aussie battlers who have been crucial to his electoral success. The Age

Vanishing islands at the ends of the earth: Blame it on global warming or a submerged volcano. Either way, the Carteret Islands seem doomed – and they’re not the only ones … The Carterets are a portent of catastrophe to come – not only for the other low lying atolls of the South Pacific, but for low-lying coastal communities across the world, from Bangladesh to New Orleans. Times Online

Spanish bears stop hibernating: Bears have stopped hibernating in the mountains of northern Spain, scientists revealed yesterday, in what may be one of the strongest signals yet of how much climate change is affecting the natural world. Independent Online

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