Press Roundup 25 November 2009

By Press Office
November 25, 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

Decade of record-breaking temperatures ahead, the Met Office warns
At least half the years in the next decade will be warmer than the previous record year for global temperatures and next year could be the warmest to date, according to the Met Office.

Climate money 'unaccounted for'
Vast sums promised by rich nations including the UK to help developing countries tackle climate change cannot be accounted for, according to a study.

Tree planting urged over emissions
Planting enough trees to cover an extra 4% of the UK in woodland could lock up a tenth of the country's predicted greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century, according to researchers.

China calls for 'serious soul-searching' on climate
China laid out its stall with just days to go before climate change talks in Copenhagen, saying it was time for some serious soul-searching by developed nations and stressing it would not be pushed around.

Scientist in climate change 'cover-up' storm told to quit
The scientist at the heart of the climate change scandal was under growing pressure to quit last night.

Comment: Why I'm warming to Lord Lawson
Liz Hunt is repelled by the behaviour of both sides of the climate change argument, and hopes that Lord Lawson's review can inject some sense.

Comment: To save the planet, strike a deal with Big Oil
A breakthrough on Copenhagen is quite simple. It depends on four US senators and a wave of new rigs off the Gulf coast.

Economy & Politics

Tories believe Brown will go to the country in March
Senior conservatives believe that Gordon Brown may call a general election next March to head off the prospect of bad economic statistics scuppering his claim that he had guided Britain safely out of recession.

Rupert Murdoch 'dictating on media' says Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw
David Cameron has been accused of making a deal with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch to get his support.

Third MP told to quit sleaze watchdog after claiming expenses for mortgage payments
A third member of the committee which punishes rogue MPs was facing calls to quit last night after paying back more than £14,000 in mortgage interest payments.

Comment: Bring on a hung parliament – and the drama that goes with it
Labour's 1997 landslide turned out tobeacurse on the Government.

Peace & War

Afghan troop surge to be announced
The long-awaited announcement of a US troop surge into Afghanistan is expected to be made next week by President Barack Obama.

US expects Nato to join troop buildup, Pentagon says
The US expects Nato allies to send more troops to Afghanistan if President Barack Obama decides to order reinforcements, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

No change to US land mine policy
The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention that bans land mines.

The illegal toppling of Saddam: As the 'drums beat' for war, Foreign Office ruled against ousting dictator
British officials considered a plan to topple Saddam Hussein two years before the Iraq War but ruled it would be illegal just months before Tony Blair signed up for the American invasion.

Crime & Justice

UK intelligence 'knew of terror suspects torture'
Pressure for a public inquiry into alleged British collusion in the torture of terror suspects was raised today with the publication of a fresh report on the treatment of five UK nationals.

Details of civilian abuse probe
Details of a new public inquiry into allegations that British soldiers murdered and abused Iraqi civilians are to be revealed.

Congolese 'warlords' deny slaughtering entire villages
Second trial at permanent court hears militia leaders raped and killed scores.

Globalisation & Development

Aids: the pandemic is officially in decline
The HIV pandemic which started 28 years ago is officially in decline, two of the world's leading health organisations said yesterday.

Commonwealth offer for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe will be offered a seat back in the Commonwealth within two years as long as it agrees to political and economic reform.

Life & Death

Briton Joshua French facing death in Congo pleads for help
In a grimy cell in Kisangani prison, Joshua French, a former British soldier, sits on a plastic chair, an electric fan stirring the humid air above his head.

China executes two managers for poisoned milk scandal that killed six children and left 300,000 ill
Two people were executed in China today for their role in a tainted milk scandal that killed at least six children.

Religion & Society

Who are the creationists?
The first scientific study of British creationist reasoning shows people too confused to be a movement.

Comment: Without religion, the human race will work out its own rules for right and wrong
With Rome and Canterbury at loggerheads over doctrinal trivialities - in reality over power - now is a good moment to make a heartfelt plea for atheism.

Sex & Gender

Heterosexual couple begin legal fight after being refused civil partnership
A couple who want to become the first heterosexuals in Britain to have a civil partnership said they would begin a legal challenge after a council refused their request today.

Comment: I'm backing straight civil partnerships
This segregation based on sexuality is just as reprehensible as a legal apartheid based on race.

Race & Identity

Will the Swiss vote for a ban on minarets?
Minarets could be banned this weekend as Swiss voters go to the polls for a controversial referendum.

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