Millions of jobs at risk from climate change: Millions of jobs worldwide could be casualties of climate change, though efforts to mitigate its effects will also create huge new waves of employment, United Nations officials said on Monday. The heads of the U.N. climate and weather agencies told diplomats that global warming could decimate the world fisheries sector, threaten the tourism industry and cause widespread job losses among those displaced by its impacts. At the same time, U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said scores of new jobs would be created in the environment technology sector as countries work to avoid and lessen the effects of climate change. Guardian
World body warns over ocean ‘fertilisation’ to fix climate change: Countries under an international accord on maritime pollution have warned against offbeat experiments to tackle climate change, by sowing the sea with chemicals to help soak up airborne carbon dioxide (CO2). Members of the London Convention and London Protocol declared they hold authority over such experiments. “Large-scale operations” of this kind “are currently not justified,” according to a statement issued on Monday. Several controversial experiments have been carried out or are being planned to “fertilise” areas of the sea with iron or urea to see if this encourages the growth of plankton. AFP
Gore turns to Silicon Valley in green fight: Al Gore, the former US vice-president and environmental campaigner, will join forces with Silicon Valley in an attempt to secure billions of dollars of new investment in “clean technology” to combat climate change. Generation Investment Management, the fund management company set up by Mr Gore and former Goldman Sachs banker David Blood has signed a deal with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the biggest names in technology venture capital. Financial Times
Brazil hailed as ‘quiet green giant’: Brazil is a “quiet green giant” leading the fight against climate change, but its pioneering use of biofuels should be studied carefully before being copied, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon has said. The UN secretary general praised the nation’s eco-initiatives in a speech at a factory producing ethanol from sugarcane in southeast Brazil, but stopped short of fully endorsing its policy of converting food crops into fuel. “Clearly biofuels have the potential for good and perhaps also for harm,” he said. The comment was a nod to a recent warning by one of his top envoys that the rush to biofuels as oil prices sit near record highs is a “disaster.” 7days
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Deceit and global warming: Greenwashing the palm oil industry: A new report from Greenpeace alleges that members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, an industry-driven initiative to clean up palm oil production, are using palm oil derived from clearing endangered rainforests and draining carbon-rich peatlands on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Tracing palm oil back to its source plantations in Riau, the report found that Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever are sourcing their palm oil from suppliers who are responsible for forest destruction. Palm oil is used in products as diverse as candy bars, cosmetics and biodiesel. Monga Bay