Premiers call for emissions trading: State and territory leaders have urged Prime Minister John Howard to launch an emissions trading scheme by 2010 with an environmentally credible target to cut greenhouse gases. All eight Labor premiers and chief ministers signed the open letter to Mr Howard ahead of his emissions trading task force reporting on Thursday. The Age

How will climate change affect Arctic predators?: As part of the International Polar Year (IPY), four projects from the University of Tromsø have received funding from the Research Council of Norway (NFR) to start research which can contribute to a wider understanding of climate change in the Arctic. One of these project concerns the reduction in the population of several Arctic predators, including the Arctic fox, which is now classified as an endangered species. Science Daily

Victim of climate change, a town seeks a lifeline:The sturdy little Cessnas land whenever the fog lifts, delivering children’s bicycles, boxes of bullets, outboard motors and cans of dried oats. And then, with a rumble down a gravel strip, the planes are gone, the outside world recedes and this subarctic outpost steels itself once again to face the frontier of climate change …. The earth beneath much of Alaska is not what it used to be. The permanently frozen subsoil, known as permafrost, upon which Newtok and so many other Native Alaskan villages rest, is melting, yielding to warming air temperatures and a warming ocean. New York Times 

Travel industry set to launch climate-change lobbying group: A lobbying group chaired by former CBI boss Sir Digby Jones to represent the travel industry over climate change will launch by the middle of next month. Called Flying Matters, the coalition includes airports operator BAA, airlines British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic, as well as aerospace companies Airbus and Rolls-Royce. It will also represent trade unions, including T&G, and travel agents, and has appointed former energy minister Brian Wilson as vice chairman. Independent

Man aims to swim at North Pole: British adventurer Lewis Gordon Pugh is to take on his toughest challenge yet – swimming at the geographic North Pole, it was announced yesterday. He will be the first person to swim there, in water temperatures of -1.8C – the coldest waters in which a human has ever swam, a spokesman said. He is making the 1km swim in an area that should be frozen over, to demonstrate the impact of climate change. Scotsman

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