Press Roundup Wednesday 23 September 2009

By Press Office
September 23, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Ecology & Environment

President Hu Jintao commits China to carbon-cutting deal
China pledged yesterday to slow the growth of its emissions despite the rapid expansion of its economy.

China's coal-fired power stations 'among the least efficient in the world'
Turning China into the world’s manufacturing centre has given us a bountiful supply of dirt-cheap goods but is proving an environmental disaster. Chinese industry is overwhelmingly dependent on coal for its energy and China’s coal-fired power stations are among the least efficient in the world.

Willie Walsh, BA chief executive, pledges to halve aviation emissions
The world’s airlines unveiled plans to halve emissions by 2050 yesterday, to fend off calls for new taxes on flying and criticism that they are failing to act quickly enough in the fight against climate change.

Comment: Can China make a great green leap forward?
The world’s most polluting country has pledged to end its energy-squandering ways. Beijing’s commissars have the power to do it.

Comment: Fixing the climate won't come cheap
China's willingness to curb emisisons is welcome. Now we need western countries to make a financial commitment.

Peace & War

UK plans to cut Trident fleet in nuclear overture
Gordon Brown is preparing to surrender one of Britain’s four Trident submarines to help to cut nuclear arsenals around the world.

'Deadlock' after Obama Middle East meeting
President Obama increased the pressure on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restart talks as he gambled on a landmark meeting to jolt the stalled peace process back to life.

Barack Obama opens rift with General McChrystal over Afghan strategy
A refusal by President Obama to heed an urgent call for more troops in Afghanistan has opened an increasingly bitter divide between the American military and the White House and exposed confusion in US strategy.

Comment: Obama may have lost some face in the Middle East, but don't write him off yet
The Bibi-Abbas photo-op said it all. If the US president is to turn things around, he'll need to press the reset button.

People & Power

Protests as children held in 'Jungle' migrants swoop
Refugee groups attacked today's "distressing" swoop on the Jungle camp in Calais as calls were made for Britain to consider taking in some of the dozens of detained child immigrants.

Comment: Europe needs to face up to the migration challenge
Governments cannot go on washing their hands of the problem.

Comment: The Calais 'jungle' has been cleared - but this tide of despair has only just begun
The desperate scenes at the Calais 'Jungle' have shone a grim light on Britain's immigration problem. But the ineffective policies and porous borders of the EU mean that much worse is to come, says Philip Johnston.

Comment: There will be no 'invasion' from 'jungle camps'
The persistence of camps appearing along the Normandy coast is a sympton of the failure of a wider European asylum policy.

Religion & Society

Mankind must curb greed or face planet-wide 'catastrophe' says Rowan Williams
The Archbishop of Canterbury says humanity needs to recover a sense of the "sacred" and of dependence on the Creator.

Church poster banned for suggesting that 'blessed oil' cured heart defect
A church poster implying that "blessed oil" cured a child's life-threatening heart condition has been banned by the advertising watchdog.

Comment: Anglicanism: more M&S than Aldi?
The Church of England might be a bit middle class, now you mention it. But to try to change would probably spell disaster.

Comment: Religion can succeed where the environment movement has failed
God isn't someone who scares people into action. His message is of hope, not fear.

Economy & Politics

Gordon Brown turns to Middle England to revive election hopes
Gordon Brown stakes his attempt today to revive Labour’s flagging election prospects on a pledge to protect the middle classes.

Comment: Dying days of the big parties
The voting system masks a fragmenting club of three. Calls for reform will go on, whoever wins.

Comment: Wake up, Liberal Democrats. Your moment is nigh
Soon the centre party could face unpopular Tories and a weak leftwing Labour Party. But can they seize the advantage?

Life & Death

Suicide rules 'will lead to Swiss clinics'
Campaigners fear that Swiss-style euthanasia clinics could soon be established in Britain after the publication today of new guidance which will protect compassionate carers from criminal prosecution.

Suicide rules protect kids and mentally ill
New rules on assisted suicide will protect children and the mentally ill, the top prosecutor promises.

Families may face assisted suicide charges, says DPP Keir Starmer
Family members who help loved ones to commit suicide when they are not suffering from a terminal illness are more likely to be prosecuted, Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, has suggested.

Community & Family

Comment: Why I loathe feminism... and believe it will ultimately destroy the family
Erin Pizzey set up the world's first refuge for battered women in 1971 - and went on to establish an international movement for victims of domestic violence. But what she has never made public before is that her own childhood was scarred by the shocking cruelty of both her parents.

Crime & Justice

Police changes target 'honour' crimes
Hundreds more so-called honour crimes could be recorded by police under a drive to bring offenders to justice.

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