Climate change is not a global crisis — that’s the problem: Here is another inconvenient truth. Global warming is good news for parts of the world. This is truly awkward. A “planetary emergency” that affected everyone equally would be much easier to tackle. However, climate change that hurts some places but helps others opens the way for dangerous political conflicts. Financial Times

Death in the rainforest: A protected rainforest in one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots has suffered an alarming collapse in amphibians and reptiles, suggesting such havens may fail to slow the creatures’ slide towards global extinction. Conservationists working in a lowland forest reserve at La Selva in Costa Rica used biological records dating from 1970 to show that species of frogs, toads, lizards, snakes and salamanders have plummeted on average 75% in the past 35 years. Guardian

More proof of global warming?: Amateurs who began collecting data on fungi in the 1950s started a process that is helping us to understand climate change. The St George’s mushroom, found everywhere from “fairy rings” to grassland, woodland, old cemeteries and roadside verges, was so named because it very occasionally popped up on the saint’s day (April 23), although according to one mycologist’s bible it was more usually found a week or two later. Telegraph (UK)

Climate change warning on coast: Australians’ love affair with the coast could make us more vulnerable to the damaging consequences of climate change. A high-level report, prepared by senior officials for last week’s Council of Australian Governments meeting, predicts an alarming range of possible effects from global warming, from increased rates of mortality and disease, droughts, water scarcity and storm surges, as well as economic damage to key industries. The Age

Trade-off looms for arid US regions: water or power?: The drive to build more power plants for a growing nation — as well as the push to use biofuels — is running smack into the limits of a fundamental resource: water. Already, a power plant uses three times as much water to provide electricity to the average household than the household itself uses through showers, toilets, and the tap. The total water consumed by electric utilities accounts for 20% of all the non-farm water consumed in the United States. Christian Science Monitor