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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldhaveyoursay/peter_van_dyk/">Peter van Dyk | 09:17 UK time, Monday, 30 October 2006

Good morning, what would you like to talk about? Elections and environment loom large in the main stories this morning, so I'l start with the environment:

Here in Britain, the %3Ca%20href="http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/sternreview_index.cfm">Stern Review is published today. It says that %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2004/climate_change/default.stm">climate change represents the %3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6096084.stm">">greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen.

Do you agree with Sir Nicholas Stern's %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6096594.stm">stark warning of economic problems to compare with the Great Depression of the 1930s? Steve Milloy at %3Ca%20href="http://www.junkscience.com/">JunkScience.com certainly doesn't.

Britain's three main political parties seem to be coming to a kind of %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6045680.stm">consensus on the environment, particularly on the need for green taxes. %3Ca%20href="http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?threadID=4581&&edition=2">Can they help stop climate change? Or are they just a waste of time.

Another story here is the %3Ca%20href="http://environment.guardian.co.uk/travel/story/0,,1934891,00.html">arrival of Christmas, as the world's biggest ship heads for Britain with all we need for the festive season.

Vote vote vote

Of course we're building up to the US midterms - and %3Ca%20href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/midterms2006/story/0,,1934743,00.html">President Bush is now on the campaign trail - but elsewhere Brazil's %3Ca%20href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/brazil/story/0,,1934753,00.html">President Lula has been re-elected and %3Ca%20href="DR%20Congo%20votes%20in%20landmark%20poll%20%20%3C/2/hi/africa/6095754.stm%3E">people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have voted in their runoff presidential election - although results there will take a bit longer to come through.

Despite a peaceful election day, there are%3Ca%20href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/congo/story/0,,1934757,00.html"> fears of violence once the result is announced. The %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/6096544.stm">views of voters show how unpredictable the situation is.

As for the US midterms, The Independent says %3Ca%20href="http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1940786.ece">Republican candidates across the US are taking negative campaigning to new levels as polls indicate possible landslide gains for the Democrats next Tuesday. Is "going negative" a legitimate tactic to win votes?

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