Turnbull, Garrett debate climate change: This is the third decade we’ve been hearing about scientific fears of a climate change phenomenon described as a greenhouse effect, caused largely by greenhouse gas emissions, with carbon dioxide as the main culprit. But for governments, for big business, in some cases for whole populations, the stakes have never been so high. The 7.30 Report, ABC

“Pirates” attack Japanese whalers: The hardline anti-whaling activists of Sea Shepherd have found and attacked the Japanese whaling fleet off Antarctica. After weeks of unsuccessfully searching the Ross Sea for the whalers, the two Sea Shepherd vessels, Robert Hunter and Farley Mowat, appear to have taken the fleet by surprise. The Age

Raising the climate stakes: Consider the case closed on global warming. The assessment released this month by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded for the first time that evidence of the earth’s rising temperatures was “unequivocal” and that this warming was more than 90% likely to be the result of human activity. Time

Designers are reflecting climate change: Sustainable development and caring about the environment might seem an unlikely crusade for the consumer-oriented fashion industry. But when a hip crowd gathered at the Industria Super Studio in downtown Manhattan to support former vice-president Al Gore’s project, climate change was on everybody’s mind. International Herald Tribune

First offshore combined wind/gas farm: The energy minister has announced the first hybrid wind and gas energy farm will open off the Cumbrian coast. Lord Truscott unveiled plans for the dual development, which will consist of 30 wind turbines and two gas fields, and the windmills alone will power around 70,000 houses. politics.co.uk

Inuit accuse US of destroying their way of life with global warming: A delegation of Inuit is to travel to Washington DC to provide first-hand testimony of how global warming is destroying their way of life and to accuse the Bush administration of undermining their human rights. The delegation, representing Inuit peoples from the US, Canada, Russia and Greenland, will argue that the US’s energy policies and its position as the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases is having a devastating effect on their communities. Independent

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