The world cannot afford to avoid a climate change revolution: The world is in the midst of a great political transformation, in which climate change has moved to the centre of national and global politics. For politicians in persistent denial about the need act, including US President George W Bush, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there is no longer any place to hide. Daily Star, Lebanon

Labor surprised at nuclear plant plans: Labor is demanding Prime Minister John Howard say whether his government has held discussions with a powerful group wanting to build Australia’s first nuclear power plant. News Limited newspapers reported that top businessmen Ron Walker, Hugh Morgan and Robert Champion de Crespigny have formed a private company and are examining the viability of building a nuclear plant in Victoria or South Australia. The Age

States beat Washington to renewable energy: In Texas, home to some of the world’s biggest oil companies, you might think the case for renewable energy would be tough to make. As it happened it was tough, but not impossible. Reuters

Africa sees the return of the elephant killers: The growing trade in ivory is fuelling an alarming rise in elephant poaching which could undermine attempts to save the world’s biggest land animal from extinction, according to a study published today. Scientists believe that poaching of African elephants has returned to a scale not seen in decades and that the number of animals being killed could cause some regional populations to become extinct.  Independent

Global warming at North, South Poles comes under microscope: The largest polar research programme in 50 years, with a major focus on global warming, gets under way this week with United Nations support as thousands of scientists from over 60 countries prepare to carry out 220 science and outreach projects in both the north and south polar regions.  UN News Centre

Green tips for Hollywood’s elite: Who would have thought Sunday’s black-tie and Armani-clad crowd at the Oscars would get the added bonus of tips on reducing their carbon admissions: take light rail when possible, install a programmable thermostat and insulate your home. LA Times

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