Bush under EU pressure to sign up on climate change: George Bush was coming under strong pressure from the European Union and Japan last night to sign up to a G8 target for cutting Greenhouse gas emissions after the White House’s pledge to work through the United Nations on climate change failed to satisfy its summit partners. With officials from the G8 meeting late into the night in an attempt to secure a deal to check global warming, Mr Bush made it clear yesterday that the US opposed plans for a specific climate change cut to be agreed in Heiligendamm. Guardian

15 green actors: Grist shines its green spotlight on Hollywood to see who makes the environmental A-list. Topping it is Leonardo DiCaprio, whose aptly named Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been promoting environmental causes since 1998, but props also go to actor Ed Begley, who has his own range of eco-cleaning products.  Grist

‘Livable’ Sydney risks smog-choked future: For decades it has traded on its picture-postcard good looks, relying on its weather, beaches and harbour to be consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities. But Sydney is in danger of becoming a smog-choked sprawl crippled by water shortages and strangled by the effects of climate change, a report said yesterday. Australians are the world’s worst per capita emitters of Greenhouse gas emissions and the country’s de facto capital is feeling the effects of decades of over-consumption and poorly planned expansion. Telegraph

‘Dirty snow’ blamed for Arctic warming: As much as a third of the warming trend in arctic regions is caused by “dirty snow,” not by Greenhouse gases, UC Irvine researchers said Wednesday, a finding that could have implications for pollution control efforts across the northern hemisphere. In a study published in a science journal this week, climate researcher Charlie Zender and his team say that Arctic snow is being darkened by soot from tailpipe exhaust, smokestacks and forest fires. OC Register

Thunder? It’s the sound of Greenland melting: Atop Greenland’s Suicide Cliff, from where old Inuit women used to hurl themselves when they felt they had become a burden to their community, a crack and a thud like thunder pierce the air. “We don’t have thunder here. But I know it from movies,” says Ilulissat nurse Vilhelmina Nathanielsen, who hiked with us through the melting snow. “It’s the ice cracking inside the icebergs. If we’re lucky we might see one break apart.” Scientific American


UK supermarket giant is proving it cares for the globe by giving its 70,000 products carbon footprint labels. Greenwash, say critics.

Friends of the Earth seriously questions Tesco’s green credentials. As does Tescopoly.org which says Tesco’s stores are some of the most energy-inefficient buildings in the retail sector — one study found that it would take more than 60 corner shops and greengrocers to match the carbon dioxide emissions from one average-sized superstore.

 Meanwhile carbon footprint labelling of food is a bit of a con, writes Peter Madden at Grist:

I certainly don’t want people thinking that by buying one type of chips rather than another, they have done something meaningful on climate change. It would probably be a million times more effective for them to buy a fuel-efficient car instead of a gas guzzler or to change the way they heat their home.

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