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Methane escaping from the Arctic seabed could be evidence of a predicted “positive feedback” effect of climate change, say British and German researchers. They found plumes of gas bubbles rising from the ocean floor off Norway, the BBC reported.

Switzerland’s border has expanded by 150 metres into Italian territory after a watershed shifted because of melting glaciers and snow fields, the Associated Press said.

In a pilot project, German companies began scrubbing carbon dioxide from flue gases at a coal-fired power station at RWE’s Niederaussem lignite plant, according to Reuters.

Voters in the American city of Seattle rejected a proposed 20-cent fee for every paper or plastic bag they get from supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores, the Associated Press reported.

Trade unions support deep cuts in greenhouse gases as part of a new United Nations climate pact and want to ensure that jobs are preserved in a shift to a green economy, Reuters quoted a leader of the International Trade Union Confederation as saying.

Asia faces an unprecedented food crisis and huge social unrest unless hundreds of billions of dollars are invested in irrigation systems, The Guardian said, citing a United Nations report.

A Native American tribe has embarked on a project to make fuel from algae and reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases, The New York Times reported.

Australia’s parliament rejected a plan for the world’s most ambitious emissions-trading scheme, Reuters said.

Claims by western banks and supermarkets to be taking a tough line on landowners who plunder Asian rain forests are little more than “greenwash”, New Scientist reported, citing a study of palm-oil plantations by the Center for International Forestry Research.

Coal production in Britain has increased sharply following approval of dozens of new opencast mines, according to The Guardian.

Faced with the world’s most important oil discovery in years, the Brazilian government wants to step back from close cooperation with foreign oil companies and more directly control the extraction itself, The New York Times reported.

Pine Island glacier in western Antarctica – one of the largest on the continent -- is thinning four times faster than it was 10 years ago, the BBC quoted British researchers as saying.

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