European marine species displaced by warming climate: European marine species are feeling the effects of global warming, new research reveals. Atlantic species are beginning to inhabit the more northern seas where Arctic species have traditionally lived, and subtropical species are moving into southern waters, previously the habitat of temperate species. Environment  News Service

Garrett the choice on environment: Peter Garrett has emerged as the clear public favourite for the environment and climate change portfolio, according to a national poll by the Australian Research Group (ARG). The poll placed Mr Garrett, at 31%, ahead of Malcolm Turnbull, at 18%, as the preferred Federal minister for the environment. Village Voice

The greening of President Bush: The United States is usually regarded as an environmental laggard, with President George W Bush perceived as being little better than the head of a gang of willful polluters who do everything they can to obstruct global action to protect the environment. Of course, there is some truth in this characterisation of America (and quite a lot in that of Bush), but the picture is not uniformly bleak. Korea Herald

EU emissions targets provoke debate about costs: Targets for cutting carbon dioxide emissions in Europe will add economic costs in the short term, but these will be outweighed by the greater cost of doing nothing, the European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, said Monday. EU leaders will vote Thursday and Friday on new targets for cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 20% by 2020, promising to go further if other world regions join them. International Herald Tribune

Polar bear’s leap into the unknown: Not so long ago polar bears were a symbol of cold, but these days they are a symbol of warmth. In the past few weeks it has become difficult to open a newspaper or web page without seeing photographs of the beautiful yellowy-white animals leaping, or lying on sea ice in the Arctic, the newly helpless emblem of climate change. New Zealand Herald

Chinese inertia stalls green revolution: Prime minister Wen Jiabao issued an environmental wake-up call in his annual report to the Chinese parliament today but it is unlikely to be heeded until the country’s politics are reformed. Affirming his reputation as the greenest premier in the country’s history, Mr Wen warned delegates at the National People’s Congress that China’s growth was unsustainable, unless the country improves energy efficiency and cuts down on pollution. Guardian

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