Mount Everest becoming bare: Mount Everest is suffering the effects of climate change with a picture released for the first time showing devastating effects. The image taken last month shows a dramatically different landscape to photos taken in the same spot almost 40 years ago.  In a picture taken in 1968, the Middle Rongbu glacier skirts through the mountain valley with the peaks above thickly covered with snow. But almost exactly the same shot taken this year by a Greenpeace team reveals much barer peaks and a scarcely visible glacier. News.com.au

U.S. Rejects EU emission reductions: The United States rejects the European Union’s all-encompassing target on reduction of carbon emissions, President Bush’s environmental adviser said Tuesday. James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said the United States is not against setting goals but prefers to focus them on specific sectors, such as reducing dependence on gasoline and cleaner coal. Washington Post

International bank offers $100 million to fight climate change: The financial institution HSBC today announced a five year, US$100 million partnership to respond to the “urgent threat” of climate change worldwide. Four partner organizations will share in the funding – The Climate Group, Earthwatch Institute, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the global conservation group WWF. Environment News Service

World’s great apes face disaster, says Leakey: One of the world’s most prominent conservation experts yesterday issued a rallying cry to save the great apes, man’s closest biological cousins, which are under serious threat of extinction. Richard Leakey, former head of the Kenya wildlife service and now chair of Wildlife Direct, said apes across the world faced unprecedented threats from the combined effects of hunting, disease and logging. And he said efforts to tackle global warming through the use of biofuels could cause more damage to ape populations because of pressure to chop down their tropical forest homes. Guardian