Knut The Polar Bear Gets His Own German Music Video. Even though Knut the polar bear is now a giant, 600lb creature that wants nothing more than to eat your family (I kid, I kid, I’m sure he’s still cuddly), we can still remember the good ‘ole days when he was a symbol of climate change and hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio. — Ecorazzi

Women Managers Make Greener Business Decisions. A new battlefront has opened on the struggle for equal employment opportunities for women. — Treehugger

Gore Calls for Carbon-Free Electric Power. Former US VP Al Gore has said Americans must abandon electricity generated by fossil fuels within a decade and rely on the sun, the winds and other environmentally friendly sources of power, or risk losing their national security as well as their creature comforts. — NYT

Fuel From Food Waste. Researchers have combined the efforts of two kinds of bacteria to produce hydrogen in a bioreactor, with the product from one providing food for the other. According to an article in Microbiology Today, this technology has an added bonus: leftover enzymes can be used to scavenge precious metals from spent automotive catalysts to help make fuel cells that convert hydrogen into energy. — Science Daily

The Green Paper – the world reacts

What did the world think of the Green Paper? Well the Kiwi’s are down with it, the global greenies think we’re rad for doing something at all –even if Aussie greenies think it’s not enough –and the multinational business community is delighted so far but wants more details.

Greenbang’s got a soft spot for Australia. Sure its capital city is dull. And Sydney is little more than a bridge. But you have to respect a country that evolved seven of the world’s 10 most deadly snakes. In addition to the country’s animals having the world’s greatest level of overkill its environmental credentials are also on the up. — Greenbang

Critical Questions Unanswered. Fitch Ratings says the Australian federal government’s carbon green paper provides some details of the design of the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), but has deferred decisions on critical elements required to determine the impact on the credit quality of Australian corporates. — Lloyds

Kiwi’s happy with our emissions. The Green Paper outlining the Australian Government’s thinking on emissions trading shows it is well aligned with New Zealand’s plans. The Green Paper will give little comfort to those looking for major differences between the two countries’ plans, in an effort to delay emissions trading here. — Infonews

Good news for business. The green paper released by Penny Wong brings good news to the business community since up to 30% of permits to be issued annually under the scheme could be given for free to industries such as aluminium smelting, cement production and steel manufacturing. — Financial Times

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