The poor will suffer most: The world’s poor, who are the least responsible for global warming, will suffer the most from the effects of climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told global environment ministers on Monday. Economic Times

Climate change strategies dominate parliament: The Government and the Opposition were playing leapfrog over climate change today as each tried to surpass the other’s responses on water and global warming. The Prime Minister welcomed the New South Wales Premier’s offer to hand over his State’s powers over the Murray Darling Basin, regardless of whether the other Premiers did the same. ABC Online

India urged to be responsible:  As one of the world’s top polluters and a country likely to be severely hit by global warming, India needs to develop a clear policy on climate change, the head of a UN panel said on Monday. AlertNet

Germany under fire for climate change hypocrisy: The new UN report on climate change has increased pressure on governments around the world to act on global warming. However the German government is being criticized for resisting EU moves to reduce car emissions. Spiegel

PM must aim for radical emissions cuts: The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) wants the prime minister’s inquiry into a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to recommend pollution cuts of up to 90% by mid-century. The taskforce is expected to release a discussion paper on Wednesday, and the ACF says it must come out in favour of severe and early cuts to emissions in Australia. SMH

Compost can help in the war on waste: Shoppers are being encouraged to solve the problem of excess packaging by taking direct action and dumping trays and wrappers in their gardens. Supporters of The Independent’s campaign against waste say compostable packaging helps the environment by using plants such as corn rather than scarce resources such as oil, and returns the goodness to the soil. Independent

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