Minister slammed for flying to climate change meeting: UK Environment Secretary David Miliband has been criticised for flying to India to discuss climate change. The Green Party accused him of “actively contributing” to aviation emissions and suggested he could have conducted meetings via videolink instead.

Green shoots will take time to flourish: Green is this year’s business obsession. American corporations have called for carbon emission schemes or standards so that they can plan ahead. Climate change is high on the agenda at the World Economic Forum. This year’s UPS Europe Business Monitor, which often reflects current moods, found that protecting the environment was the top political priority for 1,450 directors and senior managers in seven Western European nations. Times Online

Bush’s clean fuel move may cause more harm: Environmentalists are unimpressed with George Bush’s pledge to develop alternative sources of energy — accusing him of failing to confront the real issues driving climate change. In his address on Tuesday, Mr Bush called for a large boost in the production of alliterative fuels, along with an increase in efficiency standards for petrol-engine vehicles. Independent

Howard to control Murray in $2.5bn water grab: The Commonwealth will take control of Australia’s most precious water resource, the Murray-Darling river system, under the biggest reforms to water management ever seen. The takeover is designed to break through the slow progress on national water reform and slice through red tape caused by the present system. The Australian

WWF tips to help save energy: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched its two-year energy saving campaign, “20 Ways to 20 Percent” in China last weekend after the country flunked the first test to meet its ambitious energy-saving goal in the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-11). China Daily

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