Rudd defends uranium u-turn: Labor’s plan to expand uranium mining but oppose nuclear power is not hypocritical, Labor leader Kevin Rudd says. At its national conference on the weekend, Labor announced a plan to drop its long-held ban on new uranium mines and continue to oppose nuclear power. The Government accused Labor of hypocrisy, but Mr Rudd said that because Australia, unlike many countries, is abundant in energy resources, like solar, wind, geothermal and coal, there is no need to go nuclear. The Age
China dream a nightmare for climate change: At the age of 27, marketing executive Zack Chen is living the modern China dream. Holidays in Europe, modern appliances at home and a high-paying job with a foreign car company. The problem for the world as it tries to tackle climate change is that more than one billion other Chinese want to be just like him. Peninsula Online
In a mosquito, a small tale of climate change: In a woodsy bog on the road between Millinocket and Baxter State Park, a mosquito that can barely fly is emerging as one of climate change’s early winners. The insect, which lives in the carnivorous purple pitcher plant, is genetically adapting to a warming world. By entering hibernation more than a week later than it did 30 years ago, the Wyeomyia smithii mosquito is evolving to keep pace with the later arrival of New England winters. Boston Globe
The hottest April since records began: Much of Britain will bask in scorching 22C temperatures today as the Met Office confirmed last night that April 2007 will be the warmest since records began in 1659. London and most of the south will be scorching in temperatures nearly 10 degrees above the average for this time of year, while weather experts said the average central England temperature for April was 11.1C, beating the previous record of 10.6C set in 1865. Independent
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Dutch plan restricts biofuels that damage environment: The Netherlands has proposed a system to reduce the environmental impact of biofuels production. The country becomes the first in the world to establish such guidelines. Environmentalists have expressed increasing concern for the establishment of energy crops in biodiverse and carbon-rich ecosystems like the peatlands of Indonesia and the Amazon rainforest. Monga Bay