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The University of Tromso's research vessel Lance follows U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Stoere's tour of a fjord onboard the Arctic research vessel Helmer Hanssen off the coast of Tromso June 2, 2012. The top U.S. diplomat took the unusual step of visiting Tromso, a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle, to dramatize U.S. interests in a once inaccessible region whose resources are up for grabs as the sea ice melts with climate change.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

Norway follows EU with CO2 compensation scheme

Norway said some elements in its guidelines, which will affect some 80 companies mainly operating within aluminum, chemicals, ferroalloys and paper production, were still undecided.

A farmer samples some sunflower crops lost to the heat at Ergelija village 100 km (62 miles) east from capital Skopje August 31, 2012. The western Balkans has been hit by an ongoing heat wave that has seen temperatures over 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit), triggering hundreds of wildfires. The Miller and Farmer Association in Macedonia says the country had to import more than 60 percent of their agriculture needs this year, resulting in economic losses from higher bred prices, according to local media. Picture taken August 31, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

In U.S., 2012 so far is hottest year on record

“We’re now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.,” Crouch said.

Delegates react during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

11 Sep 2012

Evolution of Democrats’ platform on climate, energy

The political realities of the past four years have likely curbed the Democrats’ ability to pursue the kind of energy and environment agenda they outlined in 2008.

Corals are seen at the Great Barrier Reef in this January 2002 handout photo. Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is under imminent threat from industrial development and may be considered for listing as a world heritage site "in danger" within 2013, a U.N. report said this week.Credit: REUTERS

10 Sep 2012

IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems gains speed

This can be a basis for landscape and economic analysis, which then forms the basis for action, leading, for example, to ecosystem restoration and improved governance.

A 2012 Chevy Volt electric car is seen at the sixth annual Alternative Transportation Expo and Conference (AltCar) in Santa Monica, California in this September 29, 2011 file photograph. Shares of Polypore International Inc fell as much as 10 percent on reports that General Motors Co plans to temporarily halt production of Chevrolet Volt, which uses the filtration products maker's lithium battery separators.Credit: REUTERS

10 Sep 2012

Insight: GM’s Volt: The ugly math of low sales, high costs

Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts.

A girl cools off in the water fountains at Yards Park along the Anacostia River in SE Washington July 3, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

9 Sep 2012

AlertNet’s “Battle for Water”- a set of stories on water scarcity issues around the world

AlertNet has launched a special report at what will arguably be the big story of the 21st century – the battle for water.

Andean people march during a protest against Newmont's proposed $4.8 billion Conga gold mine, near the Cortada lagoon, in the Andean region of Cajamarca in this November 24, 2011 file photo. Peru's troubles with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights aren't limited to cases stemming from the country's counterinsurgency. The commission's authority has expanded over the years to include environmental and indigenous rights disputes, frustrating South American countries that export grains, oil, and minerals to fuel their economies. Community groups have asked the commission for an injunction that would halt the country's largest-ever mining project, the $4.8 billion gold mine of U.S. company Newmont Mining Corp which opponents of the Andean mine, called Conga, say should be stopped because it would cause cultural and environmental harm by replacing a series of alpine lakes with reservoirs. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has said the project is crucial for extending Peru's economic boom.Credit: REUTERS

31 Aug 2012

Peru may give environment ministry more power over new mines

President Ollanta Humala has sent a bill to Congress that would give the environment ministry more power to approve or reject new mines in Peru, an overhaul that critics say is long overdue.

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington, August 29, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

31 Aug 2012

Obama order targets industrial efficiency, emissions

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020.

A fishing sign in at one of the dry pools at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Hudson, Kansas August 7, 2012. Rain and cooler temperatures in the drought-stricken U.S. Midwest crop belt will provide relief for late-season soybeans, but the change in the weather is arriving too late to help the already severely damaged corn crop, an agricultural meteorologist said on Wednesday.Credit: REUTERS

30 Aug 2012

Climate change poses risks to food, beyond U.S. drought

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | August 2012 (Reuters) – Downpours and heatwaves caused by climate change could disrupt food supplies from the fields to the supermarkets, raising the risk […]

Guar crop is seen growing in a field at Shinoli village in the western Indian state of Gujarat April 3, 2012.  Credit: REUTERS/Amit Dave

13 Aug 2012

Frackers in frantic search for guar bean substitutes

Oil and gas companies are racing to find a new substitute for India’s guar bean, a key ingredient used in hydraulic fracturing

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