Carbon rationing: a modern morality tale: It has become clear that any practical idea of how to cut carbon emissions will meet strong public opposition. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, in the wake of the climate-change bill, finds higher petrol taxes are opposed by 63%, road pricing by 69% and higher flight taxes by 60%. Similar proportions think politicians use climate change as an excuse for higher taxes. So why do all the main parties think they need to embrace greenery? New Statesman

Climate change must carry a social cost: The new millennium has seen unprecedented shifts in world politics and economics, and increasingly climate change is taking centre stage. Yet there are many aspects of global warming that we have barely begun to understand — such as its potential to exacerbate already existing social inequity on both the local and international level. The Age

Songbirds shun gardens to dine out thanks to mild winter: This year’s mild winter meant fewer songbirds visited gardens in Britain, according to survey results published today by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The RSPB says many birds found more than enough to eat in hedgerows and woodlands without having to supplement their diet from garden bird tables. But the numbers of blackbirds, song thrushes and robins were at their lowest for five years. Guardian

Britain invests $100M to protect Congo rainforest: Britain will invest nearly $100 million (£50m) in a initiative to protect the Congo rainforest, the second largest tropical forest in the world. Ten other countries are also supporting the project. Chancellor Gordon Brown said the funding will help fight deforestation while improving the livelihood for about 50 million people in Central Africa. Monga Bay

Water, water everywhere but … : When it comes to civilisation, a river runs through it. Whether it is the Euphrates and the Tigris, the vital supports of the cradle of civilisation, the Nile sustaining the flowering of Egyptian culture, the Ganges flowing through India, China’s Yangtze or the Mekong, rivers are inextricably linked to the progress of humanity. Dominion Post

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