BHP commits $360m to climate change plan: BHP Billiton is committing $US300 million ($360 million) over the next five years to support emissions technology development. The world’s biggest miner today released a revised climate change policy, stating it believed accelerated action was required to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. The Australian

Native American tribes speak out about climate change: Native American leaders are speaking out more forcefully about the danger of climate change. Members of six tribes recently gathered near the Baker River in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for a sacred ceremony honoring “Earth Mother.” Talking Hawk, a Mohawk Indian who asked to be identified by his Indian name, pointed to the river’s tea-colored water as proof that the overwhelming amount of pollution humans have produced has caused changes around the globe. Boston Herald

A climate culprit in Darfur: Just over a week ago, leaders of the world’s industrialised nations met in Heiligendamm, Germany, for their annual summit. Our modest goal: to win a breakthrough on climate change. And we got it — an agreement to cut greenhouse gases by 50% before 2050 … This week, the global focus shifted. Tough but patient diplomacy produced another win … a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur. These events, though seemingly distinct, are in fact linked. Amid the diverse social and political causes, the Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change. Ban Ki Moon in Washington Post 

Global warming to multiply world’s refugee burden: Rising sea levels force the people of the Maldive Islands to seek new homes, who will look after them in a world already turning warier of refugees? The daunting prospect of mass population movements set off by climate change and environmental disasters poses an imminent new challenge that no-one has yet figured out how to meet. AlertNet

Rare songbird is returned to Cornwall: Europe’s first songbird reintroduction programme is celebrating after cirl buntings, one of Britain’s rarest and most attractive small birds, were found last week to be breeding in Cornwall — where they had been extinct for many years. The discovery of a nest with two chicks is a major landmark in efforts to restore populations of the birds to Britain’s farmland, where they have been devastated by agricultural intensification. Independent

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