Climate change doubters need to have a closer look: Scientists now agree it is 90% certain that most of the global warming since 1950 is due to human activity. Des Moore from the Institute for Private Enterprise has tried to cast doubt on this conclusion, which is from the latest summary report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is supported by 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers, along with the Stern review released last year. The Age

Australia’s first wave power plant ready to roll: Australia’s cities are drought-parched and its desert outback drenched by floods, but climate change has not yet killed the country’s famed surf beaches, or their promise of clean eco-power. Australia’s first commercial wave-generated power station will in weeks begin supplying homes south of Sydney with electricity and fresh drinking water, courtesy of the sea. Reuters

Climate change to blame for wild weather: Climate change is partly to blame for the spate of severe storms that has hit Canberra recently, an Australian National University scientist says. Canberra has been struck by seven severe storms in two months the last of which hit on Tuesday night and covered Civic in hailstones. This is not normal weather, according to ANU paleoclimatologist Dr Bradley Opdyke. Canberra Times

Blair backs EU renewable energy targets: Tony Blair will next week complete a British U-turn over green energy and support an ambitious 20% mandatory target for renewable power as a share of European generation capacity. The British prime minister has overruled his industry minister and will argue at an EU summit that Europe needs binding targets for renewables to show it is serious in fighting climate change. Euro2day

Global warming could trigger temp rise and drought in the Amazon: The Brazilian government announced the release of a series of scientific studies, including one by the national space agency (INPE) that projects a 4-8 degree-Celcius rise in temperatures in the Amazon Basin by 2100 if nothing is done to combat global climate change. MongaBay

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