Press Roundup Thursday 10 December 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
Copenhagen talks break down as developing nations split over 'Tuvalu' protocol
Negotiations at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen dramatically broke down today after developing countries split between those who favour a new protocol and others who want to continue with the legally binding Kyoto agreement.
Top scientists rally to the defence of the Met Office
The Met Office has embarked on an urgent exercise to bolster the reputation of climate-change science after the furore over stolen e-mails.
'10 years remain to cut carbon'
Carbon emissions must start to fall within 10 years to limit the global temperature rise to the crucial 2C mark, experts at the Met Office have warned.
£150 to save Earth
Halting global warming could cost £150 a year for every human, experts said yesterday.
World is at its hottest for 160 years
The world is scorching through the record books, say weather experts.
UN admits to 'trust issues' between rich and poor countries
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has admitted to “trust issues” between rich and poor countries at the Copenhagen climate change conference.
Comment: Boycott Copenhagen
Any deal at the Copenhagen climate summit will be more about politics than science. President Obama should stay away.
Religion & Society
Time for Church to open door to rights for gays, says lesbian bishop
The lesbian bishop recently elected in the United States insisted last night that there would be no “closing of the door” on the question of equal rights for homosexuals.
Harriet Harman criticised by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali for ‘manoeuvres’ in damaging support for marriage
A prominent bishop has criticised Harriet Harman for her “manoeuvres” in undermining support for marriage.
Devout Christians cleared of abusing Muslim hotel guest
A devout Christian couple were cleared of insulting a Muslim guest at their hotel after a judge heard that she had claimed Jesus was a “minor prophet” and the Bible was untrue.
Comment: Common sense triumphs in Liverpool
The dismissal of the case against a Liverpool couple charged with insulting a Muslim guest is excellent news.
Globalisation & Development
Afghanistan: UK and US seek to cancel 2010 parliamentary election
Britain and America are seeking to cancel next year's parliamentary election in Afghanistan amid fears that it will distract from President Barack Obama's new strategy to bring security to the country.
Britain angers poor nations with plan to switch cash from health to climate
National aid budgets dedicated to reducing global poverty would be raided to establish a “climate fund” to help developing countries to adapt to climate change, under a British plan tabled yesterday in Copenhagen.
Peace & War
Law chief wasn't happy about Iraq war, says John Prescott
John Prescott cast new doubt on the legality of the Iraq War last night by revealing that former attorney general Lord Goldsmith 'wasn't happy' about the decision to invade.
Right-wing Israelis protest against West Bank settlement freeze
Several thousand right-wing Israelis have massed in central Jerusalem to denounce a Jewish construction freeze in the West Bank and brand Barack Obama an imperialist.
People & Power
Opposition supporters suffered torture and rape after Iranian elections, says Amnesty
Distressing accounts of torture, rape and brutal violence meted out to opposition supporters, before during and after the disputed June presidential elections in Iran, are detailed in a damning report from Amnesty International.
Brazil police 'kill 11,000 in six years'
Police in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have killed more than 11,000 people in the past six years, many in execution-style murders, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch.
Race & Identity
Comment: France and the Swiss minaret vote
Muslims must not face discrimination, but the French civic contract requires everyone to practise their religion discreetly.
Comment: Sarkozy is half right: all Europeans must understand the Swiss mistake
What really matters is not minarets, but that we all, Muslims included, commit to the essentials of a free society.
Community & Family
Britons are 'terrorised by spectre' of 70million population, admits Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson claimed yesterday that the public was being 'terrorised by the spectre' of the UK population hitting 70million.
Crime & Justice
Doctors urge end to child detention
Senior doctors have called for an immediate end to the "profoundly harmful" detention of children in immigration removal centres.
Economy & Politics
MPs' expense claims placed online
MPs are braced for further embarrassment over their expenses with the publication of their claims during the last financial year.
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