Small island states urged the United States to lead the way in using the Montreal Protocol to reduce “super greenhouse gases” known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the Environmental News Network reported. HFCs replaced hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which cause both ozone destruction and climate warming.
The American Meteorological Association will endorse research into geoengineering as part of a three-pronged approach to coping with climate change, according to New Scientist.
Fearing that two rivers in Bangladesh could dry up, a Bangladeshi political party asked India to cancel a dam project, Reuters reported.
Asserting that international treaties have been violated, Brazilian authorities demanded that more than 1,400 tonnes of hazardous British waste found in three ports be returned to the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.
The United States interior department released more than 1,000 intelligence images of Arctic ice to help scientists study the impact of climate change in the region, Reuters reported.
Fish have lost half their average body mass and smaller species are making up a larger proportion of European fish stocks as a result of global warming, according to a French study cited by Agence France-Presse.
Environmental police in Vietnam seized the frozen body of a young tiger and 11 kilogrammes of tiger bones, Agence France-Presse reported, quoting the Traffic network, which monitors wildlife trading.
Mega-cities may prove to be “surprisingly important” sources of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, according to New Scientist.
A United Nations protocol requiring governments to publicly identify sites of environmental pollution will come into force in October, the Associated Press said.
The European Union and Canada signed an agreement ending a dispute over genetically modified crops that Canada had taken to the World Trade Organisation, Agence France-Presse reported.
Given the rapid spread of swine flu, the World Health Organisation said it would stop counting individual cases but continue to track the global epidemic, according to the Associated Press.