British push on CO2 at security council: The British government is considering putting climate change on to the agenda of the UN security council for the first time to underline the urgency of the issue. UK officials are holding talks with the other 14 member states ahead of Britain taking over the council presidency for the month of April. Early soundings have met resistance from countries such as the US and South Africa. Britain would only propose bringing climate change into security council business if it had unanimous support. Guardian
A climate for change: When climate-change sceptics mock the fear about a rise of a “few degrees” in temperature, we should remind them of how it feels to have a 103° fever. A few degrees above normal can mean the difference between life and death, species survival and extinction. And a few actions on our part could make the difference between a healthy planet and one that falls into an environmental tailspin. The time has come for action. The earth’s future is in our hands. Time
Don’t discuss polar bears, scientists told: Polar bears, sea ice and global warming are taboo subjects, at least in public, for some US scientists attending meetings abroad, according to environmental groups and a top federal wildlife official. Environmental activists called it scientific censorship, which they said was in line with the Bush administration’s history of muzzling dissent over global climate change. Daily Telegraph
Baltic Sea region to warm sharply in 21st century: The Baltic Sea region is likely to warm faster than the world average this century because of climate change, disrupting fisheries and extending crop growing seasons. The study, by 80 scientists from Baltic nations including Russia and Germany, said temperatures were already rising more quickly than the global average, cutting the number of days when parts of the sea are clogged by winter ice. AlertNet
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New House panel to study global warming: Democrats in the House of Representatives, intent on making climate change a marquee issue, created a special panel Thursday to study and offer recommendations on how to deal with global warming. The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, advanced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat, was approved on a vote of 269-150. A majority of Republicans voted against it, arguing that the committee was unnecessary or that its budget could be used better by the ethics committee. International Herald Tribune
Born to die: Climate change disrupting life cycles with fatal results: The behaviour of Britain’s wildlife is raising alarm about the seriousness of climate change as animals’ breeding patterns are thrown into confusion. The second mildest winter on record has resulted in mammals, reptiles, birds and insects emerging from shelter far too early. They are getting caught out by cold snaps or wet weather and the young of many species are dying. Baby hedgehogs, baby squirrels, even baby grass snakes are being found in distress in many places. Independent