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2010 Amazon drought released more carbon than India’s annual emissions →  October 9, 2011

Amazon rainforest in Peru. Photo by Rhett A. Butler The 2010 drought that affected much of the Amazon rainforest triggered the release of nearly 500 million tons of carbon (1.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere, or more than the total emissions from deforestation in the region over the period, estimates a new […]

2010 Amazon drought released more carbon than India’s annual emissions →  October 9, 2011

Amazon rainforest in Peru. Photo by Rhett A. Butler The 2010 drought that affected much of the Amazon rainforest triggered the release of nearly 500 million tons of carbon (1.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere, or more than the total emissions from deforestation in the region over the period, estimates a new […]

Yemeni opposition doubts Saleh pledge to quit soon →  October 9, 2011

By Erika Solomon and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA | Sun Oct 9, 2011 7:00pm BST SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni officials rowed back from President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s statement that he would step down within “the coming days,” and opponents dismissed the offer on Sunday as yet another delaying tactic to try and stay in power.   […]

Merkel, Sarkozy promise new crisis package, offer no details →  October 9, 2011

By Noah Barkin and Sarah Marsh BERLIN | Sun Oct 9, 2011 7:17pm BST BERLIN (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and France promised on Sunday to unveil a new comprehensive package for solving the euro zone’s debt crisis by the end of the month, but offered no details and papered over differences on how […]

Immigrants fearing deportation make plans for kids →  October 9, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Terrified by Alabama’s strict new immigration crackdown, parents living in the state illegally say they are doing something that was unthinkable just days ago — asking friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances to take their children if they’re arrested or deported. Many illegal immigrants signed documents in the past week allowing others to care […]

Occupy Wall Street protesters running out of space →  October 9, 2011

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators said Saturday they are growing out of their lower Manhattan encampment and are exploring options to expand to other public spaces in New York City. Protesters complaining about what they view as corporate greed have been camped out near Wall Street in Zuccotti Park for three weeks, staging rallies and marches that […]

Government scales back child worker vetting scheme →  October 9, 2011

Plans to vet millions of people working with children and vulnerable adults are to be scaled back to “common sense” levels, the Government announced today Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said existing proposals risked alienating volunteers working with the young and elderly and would be put on hold while a review is carried out. The […]

Jova becomes hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast →  October 9, 2011

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Jova, deep out in the Pacific, became a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, with top winds reaching 75 miles per hour. The storm was 440 miles west-southwest of the port city of Manzanillo, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. Jova was moving slowly — near 3 mph — toward the east-northeast. […]

Libyan forces mount attack on southern Sirte →  October 8, 2011

By Rania El Gamal and Tim Gaynor SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Transitional Libyan government forces with heavy guns mounted on some 100 vehicles swept into Sirte on Saturday in one of the biggest assaults yet in the battle for Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown, but had to seek cover when they drew withering fire from his diehard […]

Germany, France split on bank aid before summit →  October 8, 2011

By Matthias Sobolewski and Paul Taylor BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Germany and France were split ahead of crucial talks on Sunday over how to strengthen shaky European banks and fight financial market contagion to prepare for a possible Greek default. Under strong U.S. and market pressure Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy will try to […]

Carbon deals mired in jungle of complexity →  October 8, 2011

Illustration: michaelmucci.com On paper, it looks like the perfect correlation of supply and demand. Australia, a developed economy, highly reliant on energy-intensive industry, is about to implement an emissions trading scheme. Its costings are based on the assumption that its businesses will buy about two-thirds of their emissions permits from cheaper, easier greenhouse-emission reductions overseas […]