Global warming could melt Himalayas: Global warming could cause more hunger in Africa and melt most Himalayan glaciers by the 2030s, according to a draft UN report due on Friday which also warns that the poorest nations are likely to suffer most. The UN climate panel, giving the most authoritative study on the regional impact of climate change since 2001, also predicts more heatwaves in countries such as the United States, and damage to corals including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Age

Australian PM puts climate change on APEC agenda: Prime Minister John Howard said he is making climate change a key agenda item at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Sydney later this year. Howard said he has written to the other 20 APEC leaders outlining plans to make clean development and climate change a key agenda topic. Forbes.com

Britons unwilling to change despite climate threat: Few people are making significant changes to their lifestyle to counter climate change despite a widespread acceptance of its dangers, according to new research. A snapshot of attitudes for the Energy Saving Trust found that while 80 per cent of the public believed climate change was affecting Britain, almost half were doing nothing to halt its impact. Independent

Tropical losers, northern winners: Northern nations such as Russia or Canada may be celebrating better harvests and less icy winters in coming decades even as rising seas, also caused by global warming, are washing away Pacific island states. A draft UN report to be issued in Brussels on April 6 foresees unequal impacts from warming: tropical nations from Africa to the Pacific, mostly poor, are likely to bear the brunt but those nearer the poles, mostly rich, may briefly benefit. Reuters

Russia sees ill effects of ‘General Winter’s’ retreat: Experts have long feared that Earth’s warming climate would cause tropical diseases such as malaria to spread into more temperate zones, but a dramatic example of an apparently climate-related disease outbreak cropped up this winter in a cold place — Russia. More than 3,000 cases of infections caused by hantaviruses have been reported so far in Russian cities and towns, including many that are within a few hundred miles of Moscow, such as Voronezh and Lipetsk. Washington Post

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