Australians are “carbon amateurs”: Most Australian companies, including those already acting to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution, are far from ready for the introduction of emissions trading, according to consultancy group Ernst & Young. Companies emitting more than 125,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent annually are required to begin annual reporting by July 1 next year. Rules affecting companies emitting as much as 50,000 tonnes are to be phased in over the following two years. The Age

Green food shopping possible on a budget: Supermarkets’ policies on sustainable and ethical buying have become so mainstream that “green shopping” is no longer the preserve of an affluent elite who can afford high prices, a report claims today. But not a single supermarket got the top rating for the proportion of UK seasonal produce on sale, according to the research by the National Consumer Council (NCC), while it also uncovered large amounts of unnecessary packaging. Guardian

Nobel prize puts environment back on Democrats’ agenda: Al Gore may have shown no sign that he intends to run for President, but his Nobel prize should ensure that the issue of climate change is taken more seriously in the race for the White House. The Nobel committee has at least boosted Al Gore’s leverage with his party’s presidential candidates and, should a Democrat win, the White House. His Global Warming agenda should command more attention in the 13 months remaining in the campaign. Independent

Endangered China tiger caught on camera after 30 years: A South China tiger has been caught on camera by a hunter-turned-farmer, the first confirmed sighting for 30 years of a sub-species experts had feared was extinct in the wild, the Xinhua news agency said on Friday. Zhou Zhenglong took over 70 snaps of the young tiger lying in the grass near a cliff in a mountainous part of central China. Experts confirmed the images showed one of the elusive cats. Reuters