Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

05 February 2007

Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study

Scientists and economists have been offered $10 000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published on Friday. Read more ...

Tankers May Ship Water to Parched Cities of Future

Fleets of supertankers could one day ply the world's oceans laden not with oil but fresh water.

Sound far-fetched?

In Paris on Friday the world's top climate scientists issued the strongest warning yet that human activity was heating the planet. They forecast temperatures would rise by between 1.1 and 6.4 degrees Celsius this century.

By 2100, water scarcity could impact between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people, says a leaked, related UN climate study due to be published in April.

China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States would face critical water shortages, it says.

Maritime experts say shipping water by tanker is one of the least eccentric ideas raised of late to counter acute shortages. Read more ...

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