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(CNN) -- As newspapers around the world continue to discuss the potential effects of climate change following the publication of the Stern report on Monday, The Guardian in the UK says "there's precious little" in Stern's findings that are new, and so there is little cause for confidence that urgent action will result.

"We are in danger of witnessing the triumph of rhetoric over reality on a truly global scale. There is nothing in the broad conclusions of the Stern report which Blair would not already have known, yet we have seen precious little positive action from him to date ... There might not be much that's truly new in the Stern report, but it does create a new political imperative to do something about it.

Let's hope Blair -- and his colleagues in the EU, U.S. and across the developing world -- rise to the challenge. If they don't, it'll become an argument about survival rather than economics."

India's Hindustan Times says "Global climate change is a fight that all countries, rich and poor, have to take up, and now."

"[Stern's report] puts greater onus for reduction in energy consumption and emissions on developed countries -- between 60 and 80 per cent. But that by no means absolves the developing world from responsibility. If anything, countries like India and China will have to expend greater effort to create a consensus regarding the need to tackle climate change, as it is often assumed, incorrectly, that growth and ecological responsibility cannot go together."

On a related note, Japan's Asahi Shimbun recommends changes in Japan's energy policy, hoping for a quick shift towards more use of natural sources of power.

"The cost needed for these measures should be shouldered not only by power companies but also by society as a whole. If we sit back and do nothing, natural energy will remain a poor resource. It is up to the government to come up with ways to bolster the supply of natural energy."

Chile on trial

The Los Angeles Times says former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's upcoming trial on charges of torture and human rights abuses may force Chile itself to confront its past.

"Whatever happens in these proceedings, it is clear that Pinochet, at this late stage in his life, is unlikely to be held accountable for his actions. What is more dismaying is the degree to which many in Chile continue to defend the general's brutal actions when he ran the country from 1973 to 1990.

"We can only hope that the latest round of proceedings against Pinochet will allow some of his victims to testify against him, and thus may offer up a mirror for all of Chilean society to come to terms with its dark past."

Dreams of peace in Gaza

In an article in The New York Times, a Palestinian writer discusses Hamas' proposal of a "hudna" -- Arabic for truce -- during which the Israeli and Palestinian people can try to negotiate a lasting peace.

"Typically covering 10 years, a hudna is recognized in Islamic jurisprudence as a legitimate and binding contract. A hudna extends beyond the Western concept of a cease-fire and obliges the parties to use the period to seek a permanent, nonviolent resolution to their differences ... There can be no comprehensive solution of the conflict today, this week, this month, or even this year.

"A conflict that has festered for so long may, however, be resolved through a decade of peaceful coexistence and negotiations. This is the only sensible alternative to the current situation. A hudna will lead to an end to the occupation and create the space and the calm necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.

"Few in Gaza dream. For most of the past six months it's been difficult to even sleep. Yet hope is not dead. And when we dare to hope, this is what we see: A 10-year hudna during which, inshallah (God willing), we will learn again to dream of peace."

Game over?

With the recent U.S. ban on online gambling, The Times of London says the UK is headed in "exactly the opposite direction."

"[The British Government] believes that the dangers of driving the industry underground (and losing tax revenue) outweigh any potential reduction in the number of addicts. The UK online industry argues that it can self-regulate, because it holds so much data on individual players. Web sites can spot people who are repeatedly chasing losses, for example ... Yet the Government must not underestimate how repeated losses may affect many families in the years to come. Nor should it be naive in dealing with this industry about where its true interests lie."

Where's the saving in daylight saving?

The Sydney Morning Herald says people in the southern hemisphere were "cheated again of an hour of sleep" for a "utopian view of late evening daylight."

"If only the night would arrive when it's meant to, homes would have the chance to cool down sooner. The suggestion that daylight saving reduces energy consumption seems less valid now than it might have been when it was first introduced.

"Even though many who feel this way have made the long journey north, into what many may consider the perpetual twilight zone, there are some of us left who continue to wait patiently but eagerly throughout the long, hot summer for that extra hour of sleep on the last weekend in March."


Human rights activists demonstrate in Santiago, Chile.

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