Consensus on climate change: International delegates reached an agreement early Friday on the best ways to combat climate change despite efforts by China to water down language on cutting destructive greenhouse gas emissions. The closed-door debate over everything from nuclear power to the cost of cleaner energy ran into the early morning hours with quibbling over wording. But consensus was eventually reached on a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN network of 2,000 scientists and delegates from more than 120 nations. International Herald Tribune

Mediterranean nations launch climate change study: The countries encircling the Mediterranean Sea launched a four-year study of climate change Thursday, the region’s first large-scale analysis of the impact of global warming and how to cope with it. The project, which unites more than sixty research institutes from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, aims to provide recommendations on how to confront the consequences of climate change. Africasia

Malaria fear as global warming increases: Global warming could lead to a return of insect-borne diseases in Britain such as malaria, and increased incidence of skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun, a government report warns today. With temperatures forecast to rise into the high 30s this summer, scientists fear Britain could be in line for at least one extreme heatwave before 2012. Tick-borne diseases are set to increase, along with the threat of other diseases associated with hotter climates. Independent

Melting NZ glaciers will never return: New Zealand’s famed Mt Cook glaciers are so affected by a warming climate they will never return to their former splendour, a New Zealand glaciologist has said. Trevor Chinn, who has been studying the Mt Cook structures since the 1960s, said some had already shrunk up to 5km, about 20%, and it was too late for any of them to completely recover. While some of the world’s glaciers would grow back if the climate cooled to its pre-global warming levels, those fronting lakes, like some at Mt Cook, would not. Canberra Times

Greening the Big Apple: The city is in pretty good shape. Unemployment is at a record low. It is safer now than it was when Kennedy was president. Tourism is thriving. The bond rating is high. After the September 11th 2001 attack, many expected the worst for New York. But the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has turned deficits into surpluses. He has also managed to make New Yorkers live healthier lives, banning smoking and trans-fats. Now, he has set his sights on the city’s long-term sustainability. Financial Express