EU urged to lead world on climate change: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former US vice-president Al Gore urged the EU to lead the fight against global warming ahead of a summit that is due to pledge to slash greenhouse gases but leave key details for later. Merkel, who will chair a 27-nation European Union energy summit opening on Thursday, appealed to fellow leaders to be pioneers in combating climate change by setting ambitious targets for reducing emissions blamed for heating the planet. Scientific American

Climate change bad for health: Children in rural Australia will face health problems as climate change starts to bite, and the impact on adults will go much further than the depression that is already affecting some drought-hit farming communities. A national rural health conference heard yesterday that health effects of climate change on rural communities would also include family stress, breathing and respiratory problems caused by more airborne dust and domestic hygiene and infection problems caused by poorer-quality drinking water. News.com.au

A cost of climate change that can’t be counted in dollars – survival: Doubts about the reality of human-induced climate change have largely dissipated, so now we must face the challenge. The primary and urgent task is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, since the climate change genie is already partly out of the bottle, we must also devise ways of adapting and lessening adverse effects. SMH

Australia’s longest river is drying up: Australia’s longest river has lost half its natural water and it is predicted to dry up by a further 20% due to climate change by 2030. The 2,739 km (1,700 miles) Darling River, the lifeblood for some major farmlands, loses the equivalent of four Sydney Harbours worth of water, or a quarter of its flow each year, through evaporation, according to a new report. Reuters UK

“Corporate hippies” seek their bliss in a new environmental economy: CHANGE once came slowly to the job market for people seeking careers focused on the environment. No more. There were signs as early as the 1980s, when the Rainforest Alliance began working with businesses to create a program for identifying environmentally sound wood products: more graduates were taking jobs outside traditional environmental arenas like engineering, waste management, policy development, law and resource protection. New York Times