Crikey intern Olly Perkins writes:

News briefs from across the planet:

Snake oil to fish oil. Fish, full of healthy things like protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, recommended by doctors the world over as part of a health and balanced diet, and now with added cures to  “high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression.”

msnbc reports that researches in the US have found that fish caught near water treatment plants serving five major US cities contain trace amounts of Pharmaceuticals use to treat the above aliments. Co-author of the study Bryan Brooks, a Baylor University researcher told msnbc

The average person hopefully will see this type of a study and see the importance of us thinking about water that we use every day, where does it come from, where does it go to? We need to understand this is a limited resource and we need to learn a lot more about our impacts on it.

Stepping forward. India, the world’s fifth largest primary energy consumer, has become  signatory to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

The 77th  state to join IRENA since it’s conception in January, India is to date the largest energy consumer to sign up. Yet opponents of IRENA in the US doubt whether it will in fact help India expand its renewable energy capacity. Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute:

“Experience proves that such agencies almost always quickly become bureaucracies that are effective only at perpetuating themselves and that often become obstacles to progress.”

More at World Changing.

Trading plans. A leading Chinese think-tank has developed an international emissions trading scheme based on the “different historic emissions of rich and poor nations” reports Reuters.

Yale University’s e360 environmental blog says the plan will benefit developing countries and place stricter limits on developed nations, such as the United States.

The plan, put forward by the State Council Research Development Center, would set emissions limits for each country based on the historic accumulation of CO2 and then allow nations to trade those emissions rights on an international market.

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