Judge deals blow to Blair’s nuclear plans: Tony Blair’s plan to pave the way for a new generation of nuclear power stations by the time he leaves office was in disarray yesterday after the high court ruled the government had carried out a “misleading” and “seriously flawed” consultation on its energy review. The Guardian 

Scientists sound alarm over melting Antarctic ice sheets: The long-term stability of the massive ice sheets of Antarctica, which have the potential to raise sea levels by hundreds of metres, has been called into question with the discovery of fast-moving rivers of water sliding beneath their base. Scientists analysing satellite data were astonished to discover the size of the vast lakes and river systems flowing beneath the Antarctic ice sheets, which may lubricate the movement of these glaciers as they flow into the surrounding sea. Independent

Live Earth: Sydney will host one of a series of worldwide concerts announced by former US vice-president Al Gore to focus worldwide attention on the threat of climate change. The 24-hour event on July 7 is part of a campaign, “Save Our Selves – The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis,” that promoters hope will trigger a broad movement to address what Gore calls a global climate crisis. The West Australian

Bad news for one night parrot, good for species: One “dead” parrot in Queensland has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, as another has been given its last rites. The Australian has learned that National Parks and Wildlife Service officers have found a dead night parrot in the state’s far west, confirming the survival of Australia’s rarest bird. The Australian

Global leaders reach climate deal: A meeting in Washington of global political leaders has reached a new agreement on tackling climate change. Delegates agreed that developing countries will have to face targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions as well as rich countries. BBC News

Amphibian Ark to save frogs: Ponds and swamps are becoming eerily silent. The familiar melody of ribbits, croaks and chirps is disappearing as a mysterious killer fungus wipes out frog populations around the globe, a phenomenon likened to the extinction of dinosaurs. PhysOrg

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