Back to the future with ad blitz: In the next fortnight just as Parliament has risen for winter a $23 million climate change campaign will be broadcast, mailed, and plastered in newspapers. It’s not the first. In May 2001, the viewing public enjoyed a six-week “burst” of ads on the greenhouse effect featuring gardening guru Don Burke. It cost almost $5 million. Canberra Times

Will water slake a thirst for profits?: For investors who wish their capital could be tackling important global problems while generating handsome returns, water looks quite refreshing. That’s because experts say the stage is set for water-related goods and services to experience strong demand in coming years. In the United States, aging systems for delivering drinking water will require $250 billion to maintain and upgrade over the next 30 years … Worldwide, more than 1.1 billion people lack safe drinking water, according to the United Nations, and needs are sure to increase with a global population on course to reach 8 billion by 2025. Christian Science Monitor

Industrialized countries outsource CO2 emissions to China: Facing criticism as it surpasses the U.S. as the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide, China says that industrialized countries are hypocritical for criticizing its greenhouse gas emissions while buying its products, according to the Associated Press. China argues that developed countries are effectively outsourcing emissions by shifting manufacturing to its factories. Monga Bay

Fragile Galapagos environment in danger, says Unesco: The Galapagos Islands may be listed as “in danger” by the world’s top cultural body because tourism is threatening the environment of the islands that helped shape Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Unesco’s World Heritage Committee begins a weeklong meeting in New Zealand today and will consider an application from the territory’s ruler, Ecuador, to further protect the Galapagos, said the organisation’s chairman, Tumu te Heuheu. Independent

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