Getting climate change off the ground: Air travel will be included in the European Union’s carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 2011 under plans announced by Brussels yesterday. The European Commission urged other countries to work with it on a global version of its programme for fighting climate change. Guardian

2006 – the year of the environment: The last 12 months have been a “tipping-point” in consumers’ interest in environmental issues, market research firm Mintel has claimed. A new report published today claims that growing numbers of consumers are deliberately choosing to prioritise environmental concerns when purchasing products, using electricity and disposing of waste.

Melting glaciers pose a threat to major rivers: The melting of Himalayan glaciers has posed a major threat to rivers — Ganga, Yamuna, Indus and Brahmaputra — threatening to reduce them into seasonal rivers within a few decades. This has prompted the planning of an Indo-Chinese joint expedition to study the problem. DNA – India  

Car industry needs hybrid to thrive: We are all becoming more aware of the impact of our actions on our natural environment. And, equally, we cannot help but be aware of the high costs of fuel every time we fill up at the pump. Two months ago, I became so fed up with the financial and environmental expense of petrol that I made the switch to a hybrid car. It’s easy to drive and consumes only 5.4 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres. Bill Shorten in The Age

Jack and the Beanstalk – A seasonally-adjusted contemporary Pantomime: “See here, Jack,” said Jack’s mother, one warm winter morning. “I have a job for you, son. Now listen carefully, because I don’t want you cocking it up like you do with absolutely everything else.” The Ecologist

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