Call to ban petrol cars by 2040 – BBC News. Some aggressive proposals across the pond, where British Liberal Democrats are calling for carbon neutrality by 2050 in the UK.
Ethanol sparks food fight between corn growers and buyers – Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “The burgeoning ethanol industry is creating a wave of prosperity for rural towns throughout the Midwest, but the energy bonanza is also pitting farming groups against each other.” Many farming groups don’t like high prices for corn. The American Meat Institute plus dairy, egg and turkey lobbyists have launched a Web site called Balanced Food and Fuel that spells out “the seemingly dire consequences of the growing demand for biofuel.” Corn growers have responded in kind.
Grim outlook for poor countries in climate report — Guardian Unlimited. “Professor Martin Parry, a climate scientist with the Met Office, said destructive changes in temperature, rainfall and agriculture were now forecast to occur several decades earlier than thought.” The effect on Africa and Asia will be especially hard. “By 2020, the report warns, up to 250 million Africans may be left short of water.”