Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 1:09 PMExperiments may dramatically underestimate how plants will respond to climate change in the future. That's the conclusion of an analysis of 50 plant studies on four continents, published this week in an advance online issue of the journal Nature, which found that shifts in the timing of flowering and leafing in plants due to global warming appear to be much greater than estimated by warming ... [News Source]
Study shows experiments underestimate plant responses to climate change
Climate impact on plants could be underestimated – study.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMExperiments that try to simulate global warming's impact on plants badly underestimate what happens in the real world, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings back up anecdotal evidence from farmers and gardeners, who say plants are stirring to life earlier. [News Source]
Review: Exxon’s ‘Private Empire.’
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMDid Exxon pervert the debate on climate change? Yes, successfully. Does Exxon involve itself with distasteful governments? Yes, with Uncle Sam's collusion. Does Exxon mint money? Yes, it is the most successful corporation in history. But I am nagged by the question of why: Could it be that we need Exxon as much as it needs us? [News Source]
Quebec’s front-lline forests.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMThe bill to protect 150 million acres of northern forest matters, not just to Canada but to the world: The boreal forests and tundra of northern Canada remain a relatively intact ecosystem, absorbing more carbon than the world’s tropical forests and providing a vital buffer against global warming. [News Source]
Federal environment auditor worries new budget bill restricts public input.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMThe federal government's new approach to the environment means the public will have far less input into natural resource development in Canada, says the federal auditor general for the environment. [News Source]
Climate, land, biodiversity face biggest cuts.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMSpending on environmental programs will be cut by $130.6 million next financial year - the biggest reduction for any department. [News Source]
Ecuador sharpens its campaign for aid to keep oil in the ground.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMEcuador is eyeing the international Green Climate Fund as a way to help pay for its plan to trade oil for forests, a top government representative said. [News Source]
Green targets being watered down for UN summit – observers.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMSome of the main proposals in a draft text for negotiation at a UN sustainable development conference next month are being watered down at informal talks in New York, observers said on Tuesday, heightening fears the summit will fail to deliver. [News Source]
Malta feeling heat on greenhouse gas.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMMalta is doing its best to comply with EU rules on fluorinated gases, which have a global-warming effect, but the island is finding it difficult to reach EU standards, according to the government. [News Source]
Australia lists the koala as a threatened species.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMThe Australian government has listed the koala as a threatened species in parts of the country for the first time, admitting that the species faces a "serious threat" from factors such as urban expansion and climate change. [News Source]
Food competition to leave poor hungrier by 2050, expert says.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMIn 2008, as world food prices soared as a result of drought-hit harvests, growing grain demand and high oil prices, South Korea had an uncomfortable glimpse of the future. [News Source]