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Global energy experts urge green energy options

Energy experts convened by the world's scientific academies Monday urged nations to shift swiftly away from coal and other fuels that are the main source of climate-warming greenhouse gases and to provide new energy options for the two billion people who still mostly cook in the dark on wood or dung fires.

UN chief calls for action on global warming

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, told a meeting of world leaders that scientific evidence of the damaging global impact of climate change was sound and that the moment to act decisively was now.

Satellites witness lowest Arctic ice coverage in history

The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage – a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable.

Satellites witness lowest Arctic ice coverage in history

The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage – a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable.

US Hybrid Sales Up 49 Percent: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

U.S. sales of new hybrid vehicles were up 49 percent in the first seven months of this year, due largely to a boom in sales in the Midwest, an auto information and marketing company said Monday.

Lack of Ice Astounding

China opposes efforts by U.S. and Australia to move away from the Kyoto Protocol - International Herald Tribune

An effort by Australia and the United States to forge a new post-Kyoto consensus on how to tackle climate change ran into opposition from China on Thursday.

Vatican agrees to a carbon offset scheme - International Herald Tribune

This summer the cardinals at the Vatican accepted an unusual donation from a Hungarian start-up called Klimafa: The company said it would plant trees to restore an ancient forest on a denuded island by the Tizsa River to offset the Vatican's carbon emissions.

Arctic ice shrinks to record low, melting faster than computers predicted - International Herald Tribune

Arctic sea ice reached its lowest extent on record Friday, and the melting is continuing, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported."Today is a historic day," said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist at the center. "This is the least sea ice we've ever seen in the satellite record, and we have another month left to go in the melt season this year."

What we can learn from the biggest extinction in the history of Earth

Approximately 250 million years ago, vast numbers of species disappeared from Earth. This mass-extinction event may hold clues to current global carbon cycle changes, according to Jonathan Payne, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences.