The global surface (land and ocean surface) temperature was the second warmest on record for March in the 129-year record, 0.71Â° C above the 20th century mean of 12.7Â° C. The warmest March on record, 1.33Â° C occurred in 2002.
China overtook United States as the world's second exporter of goods in 2007, while Germany remains top of the ranking according to the latest data from the World Trade Organization, WYO.
A United Nations-backed group of over 400 scientists are calling for a radical change to the way the world grows food to better serve the poor and hungry and to protect the planet's resources.
China has spent a billion pounds buying a 1% stake in BP, the UK's largest company by market value. The investment was made by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, a unit of the Central Bank managing 1.6 trillion US dollars in foreign exchange reserves.
Japan blamed the failure of its whaling fleet to net little more than half its target catch this year to relentless interference from environmentalists and described the situation as regrettable.
Massive production of bio-fuels is a crime against humanity because of its impact on global food prices, said on Monday United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food, Jean Ziegler.
The G7 group of most industrialized nations, meeting in Washington, approved a plan Saturday aimed at easing the continuing crisis in the global credit markets.
Including calls for more oversight of financial firms and greater financial transparency, G7 members have committed themselves to its implementation
The credit crisis is still sending shockwaves around the world and leading banks have now accepted much of the blame for the current turbulence in the financial markets. At a meeting of the Institute of International Finance in Frankfurt, senior bankers acknowledged that weaknesses in business practices, including bankers' pay and the management of risk, may have contributed to the crisis, reports the BBC.
An earthquake magnitude 7.1 struck Saturday in the vicinity of Macquarie Island, which lies about halfway between Australia and Antarctica and 2.000 kilometers south from the New Zealand capital Wellington, said the US Geological Survey.
The rapid rise in food prices could push 100m people in poor countries deeper into poverty, the head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, has said.
His warning follows that from the leader of the International Monetary Fund, who said hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of starvation.