EU official urges more cooperation from US, Australia on combating climate change: The EU’s chief environmental official urged the United States and Australia to do more to cut greenhouse gases, at the start of a five-day UN climate change conference. A special scientist panel, meanwhile, started closed-door talks to complete a report set to be released later this week that warns global warming will have dramatic repercussions for humankind. International Herald Tribune

Foreign climate research will do: The Howard Government will base its response to climate change on overseas research. Peter Costello said yesterday there was no point getting Treasury to conduct modelling, given the surfeit of data internationally. The Treasurer said the science of climate change was well established but assumptions about its economic effect could be debated. The Australian

Who should foot the bill on climate change? As the human influence in changing the global climate has become clearer, identifying who should take the lead with action has become murkier. While the rich countries are responsible for the historic buildup in the stock of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, developing countries are increasingly responsible for the growth in emissions. They will also be the most affected by climate change. At the same time, these countries face a pressing need to raise their standard of living. AlertNet

Project aims to “seed” oceans to heal them: Trees may not sprout from the ocean, but that doesn’t stop one expert from talking about the need to save the ocean’s “forests”. That’s how Noel Brown, former head of the United Nations Environment Programme, refers to the oceans’ supply of plankton, the tiny plant life that is the base of the ocean’s food chain. It feeds most of the world’s marine life and also removes half of the world’s carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. USA Today

US Supreme Court overrules Bush’s refusal to restrict C02: The US Supreme Court yesterday issued a landmark ruling in favour of environmentalists and against George W Bush’s stance on global warming. The court judged that the federal Environmental Protection Agency had the power through a clean air law to restrict exhaust emissions, and told the agency to re-examine the issue. Guardian

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