Plight of the possums: Spring arrived too early in Kosciuszko National Park last year, with one of the fastest snow thaws ever witnessed by alpine scientists conducting long-term research across the vast expanse of ancient granite boulderfields. Canberra Times

Untangling the global warming paradox: Here’s a strange thing. The global economy has been growing at its fastest rate in decades. China and India are booming, and the demand of the big developing countries for raw materials is even helping Africa to put on a spurt. In the developed world, there may be clouds on the horizon but policymakers don’t wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat worrying about double-digit inflation or an imminent slump. Guardian

How green is your journey?: Next week I’m flying to Europe. As I soar above the clouds, eating my in-flight meal of rubber chicken and watching movies, I’ll have the discomfort of knowing I am releasing 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I can almost hear the polar ice cracking and an awful gurgling sound as another small island nation disappears into the ocean. SMH

We must kick the coal habit: Last week the Prime Minister and state premiers met to discuss plans to save the Murray-Darling river system. But unless Australia helps tackle the worldwide pollution from burning coal, they will have wasted their breath. It’s not enough to treat the symptoms of climate change; we must tackle the causes as a matter of urgency. Bob Brown in The Australian

The man who tried to warn us all: It may be old hat now, but when published in 1932 the warnings of a changing world made headlines in The New York Times. Splashed across page four, the banner says it all – “Next great deluge forecast by science: Melting polar ice caps to raise the level of seas and flood the continents”. What is more remarkable than this first example of climate change entering the public consciousness, however, is the all-but-forgotten Australian scientist who inspired it. Daily Telegraph

Updating Bush’s spin on climate change: President Bush is widely considered one of the world’s most prominent skeptics of global warming. But to hear White House officials tell it, the world’s view of him is wrong. In recent days, White House officials have made a special effort to argue that Bush has always been concerned about climate change. Sun Sentinel

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