Science turns sun, surf into green energy: Revolutionary technology that uses sunlight and sea water to produce an unlimited supply of clean, hydrogen fuel could be developed within a decade, Sydney researchers say. Leigh Sheppard, of the University of NSW, estimated that 1.6 million of the solar devices, installed on rooftops, would be able to produce enough hydrogen gas to supply Australia’s entire energy needs. The Age
Britain leading the way on climate change: The landmark Stern Report on the economics of climate change is setting a framework for environmental action – combining a call for personal and social responsibility with European and international co-operation, Chancellor Gordon Brown told MPs today. The Government has won support for a strengthened European carbon trading scheme on the road to a global scheme: a new agreement for 2020 on cutting European emissions by at least 20% and potentially 30%, he said. Independent
The next big thing in environmental law: Lawyers are looking at climate change and seeing visions of new business. They are showing up at meetings to discuss the legal implications of global warming, and a growing number of law firms are advertising expertise in climate change issues. The subject seems well on its way to becoming the next big thing in environmental law. International Herald Tribune
Czech leader Klaus fights global warming “religion”: Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Wednesday that fighting global warming has turned into a a “religion” that replaced the ideology of communism and threatens to clip basic freedoms. The right-wing president, a free-market champion, wrote to the US Congress that adopting tough environmental policies to fight climate change would have a destructive impact on national economies. AlertNet
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New carbon dioxide tracking developed: With concern growing about global warming, researchers said Wednesday they have developed a new system to track carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Being able to determine where and when this major greenhouse gas increases or decreases should help in projecting future climate change and evaluating efforts to reduce releases of carbon. Live Science