We’ve heard the sceptics. Now let’s act on climate change: Never before has an environmental issue received greater media, political and business attention than climate change. In the past year it has moved from the environmental pages to the front pages. At last count, in the past 12 months five covers of The Economist magazine have focused on the climate problem. And here in Australia, so long with an openly sceptical Prime Minister, not a day seems to pass without some story focusing on the issue. The Age

Survey finds indifference in Europe and the US: Fatalism and indifference about climate change is widespread in Europe and parts of the United States, while people in some developing economies in Asia and Latin America are far more optimistic that the problem can be tackled, according to a survey released Thursday by HSBC. The findings were so striking that the bank is considering offering a range of “green” financial services in countries like India and Brazil first, rather than in Europe as originally planned, said Jon Williams, the head of group sustainable development for HSBC. Indifference to climate change in the developing world was “an absolute myth and that’s what surprised us,” Williams said. International Herald Tribune

Too big for the planet?: Should we all be stopping at two? A report this week by the Optimum Population Trust – a thinktank dedicated to reducing population growth and its effects on the world – argues that families should restrict themselves to two children, because it is no longer responsible, or environmentally friendly, to bring three, four or more into the world. According to John Guillebaud, co-chairman of the Manchester-based thinktank and an international family planning expert, a voluntary stop-at-two guideline would allow couples to choose a greener lifestyle. Guardian

Can organic farming feed the world?: Contrary to popular belief, organic farming can produce enough to feed the world, reports a new study published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that in developed countries, organic yields were almost equal to those from conventional farms, while organic methods could double or triple food production in developing countries. Monga Bay

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