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  • Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

    Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, Parliament said in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its member states to step up contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund. "We'll be facing a ...


    By European Parliament

  • Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

    Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, said the Environment Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its member states to step up contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund so as to mobilise ...


    By European Parliament

  • Mayors `get it` on climate change

    Ironically, the most ambitious US action in the fight against global warming is coming from big cities and their mayors. It seems preposterous on its face. Each city’s emissions are only a tiny fraction of the global pie. Cities can’t force utilities to shift to renewables, or make Detroit produce smarter cars. Nonetheless, some of the biggest US mega-cities are stepping up in a big way on global ...

  • EU president on climate change

    The work of the European Union is sometimes seen as rather technical.  As cut off from daily concerns.  Interesting to specialists, but not relevant to people's daily lives. The action we are discussing today proves this theory wrong.  The struggle against climate change and the quest for secure, sustainable and competitive energy touches on every European, every day. That is why ...

  • Foreign Secretary on Climate Change

    Under this Coalition government, the Foreign Office has a renewed sense of mission. It is a mission to promote Britain’s national interest, while tirelessly working for a world which is more secure, more stable, more free and more prosperous. In no area is this more relevant than the fight against climate change. Today ministers from more than 20 countries will meet in London with the goal ...

  • Adapting to climate change in Bangladesh

    Floating gardens, raised homes, and reflections from the field. WRI’s Aarjan Dixit recently attended the 5th Annual Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change Conference in Bangladesh. As part of the conference, participants visited local communities to see ...

  • The challenge of reporting on climate change and health

    Reporting on how climate change affects health is a real challenge — screen your sources and find reliable experts, says Asefaw Getachew. When journalists communicate how climate change might affect the spread of insect-borne disease, they play an ambitious, yet pivotal, mediator's role. They must, in partnership with scientists, translate research results into plain English and present ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate Change Plan for SEPA published

    With the Climate Change Scotland Bill now in parliament, it is important that everyone starts thinking how they will contribute to the ambitious world leading targets set out in the Bill. As Scotland's environment watchdog, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has a key role in addressing climate change and has today (19 December) published its climate change plan for SEPA. This ...

  • EU poised for climate change legislation

    All eyes will be on Brussels this week where the European Commission will table legislative proposals - the 'energy and climate change package'- to achieve a 20% reduction in the bloc's CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020. Also expected are details on CO2 burden sharing, renewables, carbon capture and storage, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and state aids for environment. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Effects of ‘high-end’ climate change

    The impacts of climate change will be widespread across the globe. Emissions of greenhouse gases have already altered the Earth’s atmosphere and the climate is already changing. We will live with the consequences of these changes for the next few decades, regardless of the actions we take now to reduce our emissions. However, as Kirsty Lewis, Principal Climate Change Consultant, explains beyond ...


    By The Met Office

  • Big tick award for climate change

    We are delighted to announce that we have retained our Big Tick status for Climate Change in the Business in the Community"s (BITC"s) 2010 Awards for Excellence. We achieved the Big Tick in 2009 where we were described as "... making a significant and positive contribution to climate change, shaping strategy and growing in influence...they are leaders in this field...and they are influential in ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Turkey Moves to Address Climate Change

    ANKARA, Turkey (ENS) - Turkey is taking steps to respond to the threat of climate change. The Turkish Grand National Assembly Tuesday adopted a decision to set up a Research Commission on the causes and effects of global warming in the country. The new Commission is expected to consist of 14 members of Parliament who will provide input as the country attempts to adapt to climate ...

  • Making effective decisions in a changing climate

    A third of Thailand is under water. Epic floods have taken people’s lives, destroyed businesses and crops, and are now sweeping into Bangkok. As the capital braces itself, some people are beginning to point fingers at various culprits: the unusually heavy rains possibly linked to climate change, ineffective communications within government, and poor infrastructure decisions. It will ...

  • Smithsonian Institution Statement on Climate Change

    It was perhaps inevitable, but was significant nonetheless. The 160 year old Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and impacts of climate change. In a blog statement posted on ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Climate change impacts linked to ozone depletion

    "A warming world with violent storms holds many unpleasant surprises" said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD). "Recent research now suggests that this may include damage to the protective ozone shield, which protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancer, cataracts, suppresses the human immune system, and damages ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Climate change: Enough science, now for the politics

    Science can prove global climate change is happening, but it won't tell us what to do about it, says professor of climate change, Mike Hulme. Climate change raises many questions about development goals and practices. These can only be resolved through widespread social deliberation and hard political negotiation. Simply more or 'better' science won't be enough. The idea that humans are changing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Cities take the lead on tackling climate change

    Climate change may not have been on the official Rio+20 agenda, but that didn’t stop mayors from megacities around the world from making major headway on the issue. At the Rio+20 conference on Tuesday, the network of C40 city leaders announced a huge plan to address global climate change through local action: They will reduce 1.3 billion metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030. At the ...

  • UK plc getting to grips with climate change

    So it's official then – the Government has finally acknowledged what has been widely talked about for months – it will fail to meet its self-imposed targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent from 1990 levels. Some will argue that even though the ...


    By Faversham House Ltd.

  • Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

    Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists now ran an unprecedentedly comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields. The simulations were shown to reproduce the observed strong reduction ...

  • Cuba girds for climate change by reclaiming coasts

    After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles (5,630 kilometers) of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, ...


    By Associated Press

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