Consumers distrust business on climate change: A wave of green initiatives to counter climate change will probably have limited impact because nine out of 10 consumers are sceptical about the information from companies and governments, according to a new survey out later this week. More than 40% of consumers distrust what they hear about global warming from businesses while a further 50% do not know whether to believe corporate claims or not. This contrasts with 60% who trust scientists and almost half who put the same faith in environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, according to the report from Consumers International and Accountability. Guardian

Subsidies on biofuel crops: The concern over global warming and climate change has suddenly become the main topic of discussion at all international fora. One of the key working sessions in the agenda of the recent G8 summit at Heiligendamm was on climate change and energy efficiency. With carbon emissions identified as one of the main culprits for global warming, and egged on by the dramatic rise in energy prices in the past few years, countries are focused on reduction of their dependence on hydrocarbons as a source of transportation fuel and energy. Economic Times

The Earth today stands in imminent peril: Six scientists from some of the leading scientific institutions in the United States have issued what amounts to an unambiguous warning to the world: civilisation itself is threatened by global warming. They also implicitly criticise the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for underestimating the scale of sea-level rises this century as a result of melting glaciers and polar ice sheets. Independent

Global warming brings early Arctic spring: Plants and animals in upper Greenland have adapted their lifecycles to the arrival of the Arctic spring several weeks earlier than a decade ago, according to a study released today. In a study that underscored the impact of global warming on the northern polar region, researchers discovered that plant, insect and bird life native to the High Arctic had made dramatic seasonal cycle adjustments to the region’s earlier snowmelt in the space of just 10 years. Herald Sun

Australia ‘must set emission targets’: The European Commission says Australia must adopt mandatory greenhouse targets before it can link up with Europe’s emissions trading market. The Australian government plans to have an emissions trading scheme operating by 2012 and hopes to link it with regional and global markets. The Age