Diplomats begin work on climate accord: Developing countries called for more money and expertise to help them fight the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming, as more than 1,000 diplomats began work Monday on a new accord to control greenhouse gases. The 166 countries and organizations at a two-week meeting of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn are to negotiate key elements of a treaty to succeed the 10-year-old Kyoto Protocol, which set binding targets on industrial countries to cut emissions of  carbon dioxide and other gases believed to cause global warming. Washington Post

As rainfall changes, tropical plants may acclimate: Tropical plants may be more adaptable than commonly thought to changing rainfall patterns expected to accompany a warming climate, new research shows. A University of Florida scientist and other researchers have found that plants in Hawaii have the ability to acclimate to big changes in rainfall in at least one important respect – how they get nutrients. The plants largely rely on one form of the vital nutrient nitrogen in moist areas. But in the still wetter terrain that characterizes some rainforests, they switch to another form of nitrogen that becomes more available in those conditions. EurekAlert

Who is funding the climate change sceptics?: It is often said that to find someone’s true agenda or motivations all one needs to do is follow the money. So, the question is where does the money trail lead when it comes to the skeptics of climate change? … The answer is a disturbing page from the tobacco industry’s playbook to discredit the science around the health hazards of smoking. So, who is funding what? Environmental Chemistry

CSIRO “biased against solar”: Two of Australia’s leading energy researchers have accused the CSIRO of using push-polling tactics to undermine public confidence in solar energy during a two-year research survey … Their accusations follow the recent release by the CSIRO and the Centre for Low Emission Technology of the joint report on public perceptions, and support for, low greenhouse gas emission technologies including solar, wind, biomass, nuclear and clean coal in NSW and Queensland. Canberra Times