• Zhenhua Xie: China has no other choice than to pursue sustainable development Wed Jun 3 2009
    China is making huge efforts to combat climate change despite the fact that it remains a low-income developing country, writes Zhenhua Xie, the country's special representative on climate change China attaches great importance to tackling climate change.
  • Russia to step up military surveillance in Korean region - Summary Wed Jun 3 2009
    Moscow - Moscow said Wednesday it is going to step up its military surveillance activities around North Korea, amid the rising tensions over that state's nuclear and missile tests. A Defence Ministry spokesman, cited by the Interfax agency, said that...
  • China pans US over climate demands Wed Jun 3 2009
    A LEADING Chinese strategist on climate change has declared "there will be a deal at Copenhagen" to replace the Kyoto Protocol, but he has belittled the carbon-reduction proposals of the Obama Administration and the Rudd Government as inadequate.
  • Oil prices take centre stage at G8 meeting Wed Jun 3 2009
    G8 energy ministers meeting in Rome on 24-25 May called for continued investment in oil and discussed energy policies that will help weather the financial storm.
  • PM condemns North Korea nuclear test Wed Jun 3 2009
    Gordon Brown has strongly condemned an underground nuclear test in North Korea. The Prime Minister described the test, carried out on Monday, as “erroneous, misguided and a danger to the world”. He is among leaders across the world who have voiced concerns that the test will undermine peace prospects in the region.
  • AFRICA: Disaster preparedness “woefully inadequate” Wed Jun 3 2009
    NAIROBI Wednesday, May 06, 2009 (IRIN) - Ineffective disaster management systems, poor funding and lack of relevant data for planning risk-reduction activities have taken their toll on sub-Saharan African countries, specialists said.
  • NASA uses satellite to improve global crop forecasting Wed Jun 3 2009
    Washington, May 27 : NASA researchers are using satellite data to cultivate the most accurate estimates of soil moisture, which would improve global crop forecasting.Soil moisture is essential for seeds to germinate and for crops to grow. But, record droughts and scorching temperatures in certain....
  • Angola: Smart Relief Needed As Floodwaters Fall Wed Jun 3 2009
    The flood waters are starting to recede as the rainy season ends for another year, but while the emergency is over in southern Angola, the long term outlook is bleak.
  • Sri Lanka: UN raises issues of resettlement, reconstruction and reconciliation Wed Jun 3 2009
    Two top United Nations officials briefed correspondents at Headquarters today on the Secretary-General's recent trip to Sri Lanka and the steps that the United Nations will be taking to aid the country's reconstruction and reconciliation. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs....
  • WATER-ANGOLA: Smart Relief Needed as Floodwaters Fall Wed Jun 3 2009
    LUANDA, May 27 (IPS) - The flood waters are starting to recede as the rainy season ends for another year, but while the emergency is over in southern Angola, the long term outlook is bleak.
  • Emerging-market stocks drop on oil, North Korea missile tests Wed Jun 3 2009
    ( - Emerging-market stocks fell for the first time in three days as energy shares dropped on lower oil prices and concern North Korea may step up missile tests weighed on Asian markets.
  • Emissions trading stand-off presses Labor election trigger Wed Jun 3 2009
    THE Rudd Government'#039;s emissions trading scheme is headed for defeat as a result of a Senate stand-off, handing Labor a trigger for an early, double dissolution election. The scheme is set to be vote...
  • Large Firms Call for Carbon Cuts Wed Jun 3 2009
    Efforts to secure a new U.N. deal on climate change got a boost when around 500 business leaders issued a call for greenhouse-gas emissions to be halved by 2050.
  • Somali forces attack Islamic insurgents in Mogadishu Wed Jun 3 2009
    Somali government forces attacked rebel strongholds in Mogadishu on Friday starting battles across the capital that killed at least 45 people the highest daily death toll for months.
  • UN humanitarian wing assisting Tajik flood victims Wed Jun 3 2009
    The worst affected area is the south-western province of Khatlon, which is also Tajikistan?s most populous province, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA ) said. Around 300 displaced families are currently sheltered in two tented camps near the town of Uyali, while the rest are staying with friends and relatives.
  • Tamils seek missing family Wed Jun 3 2009
    MANIK FARM, Sri Lanka (AP) Of all the hardships in this sprawling displacement camp, people most bemoan not knowing what happened to relatives who disappeared in the chaos of the decisive battle that ended the prolonged war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels.
  • NASA uses satellite to unearth innovation in crop forecasting Wed Jun 3 2009
    ( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center ) NASA researchers are using satellite data to deliver a kind of space-based humanitarian assistance. They are cultivating the most accurate estimates of soil moisture -- the main determinant of crop yield changes -- and improving global forecasts of how well food....
  • UN wants to force poppy farmers to switch to legal crops Wed Jun 3 2009
    United Nations (Agencies): United Nations officials in Afghanistan are attempting to create a "flood of drugs" in the country intended to destroy the value ...
  • Progress Made in Paris Climate Talks Wed Jun 3 2009
    French minister says meeting agrees to set up $100 billion 'green fund' to help limit pollution in developing countries
  • International community condemns North Korea Wed Jun 3 2009
    North Korea faced international condemnation and calls for fresh sanctions tonight following the “provocative” launch of two short-range missiles and an underground nuclear test.
  • Russia makes major shift in climate policy Wed Jun 3 2009
    Russia's government has quietly made a drastic change to its policy on climate change, accepting that anthropogenic global warming poses severe risks and requires immediate action to limit carbon emissions. Policy analysts believe that the new climate 'doctrine', adopted in late April, marks a historic turning point.


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