Press Roundup Tuesday 24 November 2009

By Press Office
November 24, 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

Call for action on climate change
Three of the UK's leading scientific research bodies united to warn of the need for action to cut carbon emissions, as they said evidence for "dangerous, long-term and potentially irreversible climate change" was growing.

Tories pledge 10% cut in government emissions
The Conservatives will tomorrow make an ambitious pitch to win the environmental vote with a raft of measures including plans to pay the public to recycle and a promise to cut government emissions by 10% within 12 months of taking office.

US to present emissions target before Copenhagen
The US will present a greenhouse gas emissions target before the UN climate conference in Copenhagen next month, a White House official said.

Greenhouse gas concentrations at highest level since Second World War
Concentrations of greenhouse gases, the major cause of global warming, are at their highest levels since the Second World War and still climbing, the UN has warned.

Osborne: we will pay people to recycle
The Treasury would implement radical measures to ensure a "green recovery" if the Conservatives win the general election, George Osborne will pledge today.

China's middle-class rise up in environmental protest
China's burgeoning middle class has lodged its first mass challenge against the government by staging a large environmental protest in southern China.

Comment: The Treasury should lead the fight against climate change
Alistair Darling has not given a major green speech for two years.

Comment: Strip away the figleaf and reveal naysayers
Lord Lawson’s foundation claims it wants a ‘balanced’ climate change debate. But really it wants to disprove the science.

Religion & Society

Archbishop of York: good will come from the recession
The Archbishop of York, who has condemned the profiteering of financial traders, has predicted that the recession will bring some positive benefits.

Faith leaders call for calm as murdered priest is buried
A murdered Russian Orthodox priest was laid to rest in Moscow yesterday, amid fears of rising religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in the country. Father Daniil Sysoyev was shot dead inside his own church last week, in a killing that many suspect was by Islamic radicals.

Anglican bishops: wear Christian symbols at Christmas
Two prominent Anglican bishops have urged Christians to turn back the tide of political correctness by wearing religious symbols during the Christmas period.

Comment: Is it time to speak up for your Christian faith?
Two leading Anglican bishops are demanding that Christians turn back the tide of political correctness by wearing religious symbols during the Christmas period.

Comment: The personal cost of church division
A painful 'parting of friends' followed my Catholic conversion. As Rowan Williams meets the pope, we must pray for reconciliation,

Comment: Religion and science shouldn't mix
Islam and scientific theory occupy different realms, and should be kept apart. When they come into contact, both are debased.

Comment: Is the meaning of hajj being lost?
Hajj is meant to bring Muslims together in brotherhood. But in 2009, more than ever, security is getting in the way.

Peace & War

Obama troops decision 'at control'
Barack Obama could use an unusual war council session to make his long-awaited decision on whether to commit tens of thousands of new US forces to the stalemated conflict in Afghanistan.

Gulf arms race triggered by Iranian aggression
Tensions over Iran's nuclear programme have spurred an arms race in the Gulf with record defence deals being negotiated.

Comment: Obama's nuclear spring
An Israeli attack on Iran's atomic weapons plants rests on one thing – the US president's approval.

Comment: We can't buy peace in Afghanistan
The classic colonial practice of doling out cash to insurgents is even less likely to be effective in Afghanistan than it was in Iraq.

Comment: Orissa's forgotten victims
Victims of anti-Christian violence in Orissa are too fearful to return home while their tormentors remain at large.

Community & Family

Save the Children claims most 'orphans' have living parent
Many children in orphanages throughout the developing world have at least one parent who is alive, a charity claims today.

David Cameron says 'no' to married rights for live-in couples
David Cameron last night put the brakes on Tory plans to give cohabiting couples similar rights to those who get married.

Comment: Marriage should move with the times
A straight couple's application for a civil partnership highlights the discriminatory laws that segregate couples by their sexuality.

Economy & Politics

Expenses files handed to CPS
Four MPs and peers could face criminal charges after cops handed files on their expense claims over to Crown lawyers.

Time to reform traditional first-past-the-post voting system, says Jack Straw
Jack Straw last night called for Britain to ditch centuries of tradition and scrap the first-past-the-post voting system.

MPs 'should control Parliament'
MPs must be put back in charge of the House of Commons to restore the public's faith in Parliament in the aftermath of the expenses scandal, a major cross-party committee has urged.

Crime & Justice

Does this picture show British soldiers broke Geneva Conventions?
A photograph handed to The Independent claims to show Iraqi civilians captured in southern Iraq being mistreated by British soldiers in breach of international law and the Geneva Conventions.

'Police targeting people for their DNA'
Police forces have been arresting people simply to add them to the controversial DNA database as a result of lax rules that have developed with almost no public scrutiny, the Government's independent DNA watchdog warns today.

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