Germany fights a losing battle to save its last glacier: The winds are cold at any time of the year on Germany’s highest mountain but the country’s last glacier is melting away despite Herculean efforts to counter the effects of climate change. Spreading giant anti-glare shields over the glacier each April after piling metric tons of loose snow upon it, workers at the Zugspitezebahn cable car operator are fighting a losing battle to keep their glacier alive. Economic Times

PM won’t revise Tasmania forest pact: Prime Minister John Howard has ruled out any further protection of Tasmanian old-growth forests, leaving any pre-election bidding on the contentious issue to Labor. Mr Howard said the 2005 forest deal struck with the Tasmanian Government over jobs and forest protection should not be disturbed. “I’m against any change to the existing deal, full stop.” The Age

Save our moths: A campaign to reverse the “catastrophic” decline in Britain’s moth population will be launched today by Sir David Attenborough, the wildlife broadcaster. The campaign, which is backed by an £806,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, follows a report last year that revealed that of the country’s 337 larger moth species, two thirds showed a decreasing trend over 35 years. Telegraph

EU urges developing nations to stop blaming rich countries for climate change: Developing countries should stop blaming rich nations for the Earth’s changing climate and take immediate action to avert the catastrophic effects of global warming, the European Union said … China, the world’s second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States, has said richer countries are responsible for global warming and should take the lead in cleaning up the problem. International Herald Tribune

Prince urges war to stop climate change: Prince Charles said Tuesday that urgent action is needed to fight climate change, likening the struggle to Britain’s battle against Nazi Germany in World War II. The environmentalist prince told a business conference at his St. James’s Palace residence that “the crisis of climate change is far too urgent and discussion simply isn’t enough.” “I do not want my children and grandchildren, or anyone for that matter, saying to me, ‘Why didn’t you do something when it was possible to make a difference and when you knew what was happening?”’ he said. Guardian

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