All News Articles for 2008-07-08

Tuesday, July 8, 2008
G8 Leadership Questioned by Civil Society Leaders
WASHINGTON - A powerful coalition of civil society groups is demanding that world leaders gathered for the G8 meeting Jul. 7-9 in Japan urgently address such key issues as hunger, climate change, and energy. The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) ran an ad in the International Financial...
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A Climate Threat From Flat TVs, Microchips
A synthetic chemical widely used in the manufacture of computers and flat-screen televisions is a potent greenhouse gas, with 17,000 times the global warming effect of carbon dioxide, but its measure in the atmosphere has never been taken, nor is it regulated by international treaty. The chemical,...
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Cheney Reportedly Wanted Cuts In Climate Testimony
WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney's office pushed for major deletions in congressional testimony on the public health consequences of climate change, fearing the presentation by a leading health official might make it harder to avoid regulating greenhouse gases, a former EPA officials...
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Did the Army 'Steal' FARC's Hostage Release?
QUITO - A source close to the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) told IPS that the Jul. 2 rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages by the Colombian military "intercepted their liberation, planned for this weekend (Jul. 5-6) or the next," by the FARC rebels. IPS has not...
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Iraq Insists On Withdrawal Timetable For US Troops
BAGHDAD - Iraq's national security adviser said Tuesday his country will not accept any security deal with the United States unless it contains specific dates for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces. The comments by Mouwaffak al-Rubaie were the strongest yet by an Iraqi official about the deal now...
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Police Crack Down On Cyclist Group's Traffic Tactic
After years of looking the other way, Atlanta police recently cracked down on a monthly bicycle ride through the city streets that includes blocking cars and flouting traffic laws. At least 10 officers, eight on motorcycles and two in patrol cars, followed more than 300 bicyclists through downtown...
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G8 Leaders Agree on Halving Emissions by 2050
TOYAKO - The Group of Eight major powers agreed Tuesday to at least halve global carbon emissions by 2050, in what leaders hailed as a breakthrough but environmentalists called toothless. After a night of tough negotiations in the Japanese mountain resort of Toyako, leaders of the world's eight...
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Asking to Reconsider Tasers
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Community members asked the city council Monday to pull the plug on new police taser purchases. The debate comes after police officials received a $30,000 federal grant to add 40 tasers to their arsenal. While police say the tasers are a valuable tool, members of the community...
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Lockheed: US Must Pay for Rocket-Test Cleanup
Lawsuit Filed Over Toxins
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Oilsands Image Fight Targets US Politicians
CALGARY - Alberta has launched a full-court press on U.S. lawmakers -- including camps of the two presidential candidates -- to sell the importance and sustainability of the oilsands before the province is backed into a corner. Premier Ed Stelmach met Monday, following his annual Stampede breakfast...
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High Food Prices May Cut Opposition to Genetically Modified Food
ZURICH - Like many stores in Europe, the Coop chain of supermarkets in Switzerland does not specify whether goods are genetically modified - because none are. But a wave of food-price inflation may help wash away popular opposition to so-called Frankenstein foods. "I think there's a lot of...
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The Security Dimensions of Environmental Policy
ELLESMERE ISLAND - On April 13, a patrol of Canadian Rangers arrived at Eureka, a remote weather station in the southwest part of Ellesmere Island. For more than two weeks the patrol had been trekking across Canada's northern archipelago as part of Operation Nunalivut ("this land is ours"), a now-...
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US Cluster Bomb Plans Meaningless, Say Campaigners
WASHINGTON - US plans to respond to international pressure over the use of cluster bombs by phasing out the amount of unexploded bomblets they contain, were today branded as "meaningless" by campaigners. A three-page Pentagon memo pledges that after 2018, more than 99% of the explosives in cluster...
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