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Universe`s first star born tiny, grew huge: study PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- The first object to brighten the dark, primordial universe after the Big Bang was the tiny seed of a star that rapidly grew into a behemoth 100 times more massive than the sun, scientists said on Thursday.

This first generation of stars apparently lived hard and died quickly. While our sun may live 5 billion years, this first generation of stars likely lasted only a slim fraction of that -- about 1 million years, the researchers said.
New data reveals Mars' wet and balmy past PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2008

AFP, PARIS - Water bathed the surface of southern Mars for millions of years, helping to create an environment theoretically capable of nurturing life, according to a new study into the planet's mysterious oceans.

Scientists at Brown University in Rhode Island used an instrument aboard a US spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, to hunt for traces of phyllosilicates, or clay-like minerals that preserve a record of water's interaction with rocks.
Wildfire forces 10,000 to evacuate California town PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2008

REUTERS, SAN FRANCISCO- Authorities ordered more than 10,000 residents of Paradise, California, to leave their homes on Wednesday as a stubborn wildfire threatened to jump a river and spread into town where a blaze destroyed 74 homes in June.

A message on Paradise's Web site by the town manager urged a speedy exit: "Citizens need to immediately evacuate by gathering personal belongings that will fit in your vehicle."
Big polluters agree deep emissions cuts needed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2008

REUTERS, TOYAKO, Japan - The world's biggest polluters agreed on Wednesday on the need for `deep cuts' in greenhouse gas emissions, but differences between developed and emerging economies kept them from setting specific targets.

Climate change has been the most contentious topic at this year's Group of Eight summit in Japan, which the heads of big emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil were invited to join on the third and final day.

Cars and toilets go green at eco-friendly G8 summit PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 July 2008

Reuters, Tokyo, Japan- Toilets that take on a life of their own, eco-cars coming sooner than you might think and security on Segways have cast this year's G8 summit in a decidedly green hue.

Japan has made climate change awareness the overarching theme of this year's meeting of rich nations and reminders to be environmentally aware are everywhere, down to the summit logo depicting a sprouting plant.
Prospects dim for G8 climate change deal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 July 2008

Reuters, Tokyo, Japan- Prospects that the G8 would reach a meaningful agreement to fight global warming at their annual summit dimmed on Sunday as leaders began arriving in northern Japan with a raft of global problems on their minds.

Climate change is high on the agenda of the July 7-9 summit of rich nations at a luxury hotel in Toyako, Hokkaido, and of a Major Economies Meeting on July 9 that brings the G8 together with eight other countries including China, India and Brazil.
Eastern EU states unite for overhaul of CO2 curbs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 July 2008

Reuters, Paris- The European Union geared up on Friday for deep cuts in greenhouse gases as eight ex-communist states sought help in overhauling their infrastructure for a low-carbon future.

France, which took over the EU's rotating presidency this week, has made climate change its top priority and hosted a meeting on the outskirts of Paris to identify the main areas of disagreement.
Indigenous people ask G8 for climate talk inclusion PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 July 2008

Reuters, Sapporo, - Indigenous communities from around the world urged G8 rich nations on Friday to help them participate in global climate change talks, saying they contributed least to but are most affected by global warming.

Clad in colorful traditional robes, 26 representatives from countries including the United States, Canada, and Japan, along with some 400 students, activists, and academics, met on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
US must move on climate change at G8: Barroso PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 July 2008

Reuters, Brussels- The United States must take another step towards a global climate change pact when major industrialized countries meet in Japan next week, the head of the European Union's executive said on Friday.

"In this G8 summit we will expect the United States to show more ambition than they have shown so far," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters.
Eco-tourism: Where green and greenbacks come together PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

AFP, PARIS - Flip through a travel brochure, and you're likely to see pictures of sun and sand in Southeast Asia, of luxury lodges in the Serengeti, of scuba diving in the bejewelled coral reefs of the Caribbean, but what the brochure won't reveal is the environmental cost of your trip.

That beach in Thailand may once have housed precious mangroves, which were ripped up to make way for your hotel.
Drenching weather to last till weekend PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Dark skies, flooding streets and wet feet will have to be suffered until week's end as the drenching weather caused by an active monsoon front is expected to continue countrywide until Saturday, the met office said Tuesday morning, reports

Rainclouds generated by the monsoon weather system caused downpours all over Bangladesh starting Saturday night.
Experts propose climate change fund PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Bangladesh Tuesday proposed creating a fund to help SAARC countries adapt to climate change caused by global warming, reports

Dr Asaduzzaman, research director of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, made the proposal at the technical session of a climate change conference in Dhaka.
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