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  • Climate change

    Latest projections indicate that the 15 States which were EU members before 2004 (EU-15) will only just reach their Kyoto Protocol target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The EU-15 are committed to reducing their collective emissions in the 2008-2012 period to 8% below the levels of the base year (1990 in most cases). The Commission's annual progress report shows that an 8% cut can be ...


  • As climate changes, will we change with it?

    In this podcast, Sir Mark Walport, chief scientific advisor to the UK government, and Nazia Mintz-Habib, from the Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge University, talk about climate change in relation to the challenges and possible solutions for the United Kingdom and the global South. Click ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Wildfires affected by climate change

    Recent data and model simulations have indicated that anthropogenic climate change can stimulate fire activity, but paleo records (indicators of past climate) also provide us with a view into the past. By using these records, an international team of scientists has discovered that abrupt climate change during a phase of forest expansion can trigger more wildfires. Their findings were recently ...


    By European Commission

  • Building the climate change regime

    Launch of New Paper Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches A month from now, countries will gather in Durban, South Africa to try to reach agreement on an ambitious programme for tackling climate change. The world’s aggregate level of effort on climate change mitigation is not in line with the science. In a call to do more, the ...

  • Financing the climate for change

    Seed Capital Assistance Facility helping investors provide early stage financing to clean energy entrepreneurs in the developing world. The United Nations Environment Programme, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility have launched a Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF) to help stimulate renewable energy and energy efficiency ventures in the ...

  • Fighting climate change

    Due to global climate changes we experience excessive rain, long periods of drought, heat, flash flooding and landslides, which can cause severe problems to nature, populated areas and ultimately also to humans. Pipelife already faces these problems by providing different solutions to limit the effects of such events and is now happy to announce extending its waste- and rainwater management ...


    By Pipelife International GmbH

  • Combating climate change

    Public support for more aggressive action against climate change is growing around the world. For example, environmental issues have historically taken a back seat in U.S. elections, but that appears to be changing as climate change moved to the front burner for the candidates vying for the presidency in 2008.  The Western Regional Climate Action Initiative (WCI), launched by several U.S. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Advancing the science of climate change

    A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems. As decision makers respond to these risks, the nation"s scientific enterprise can contribute both by continuing to improve understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change, and by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Advancing the science of climate change

    The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has published a short but informative report on advancing the science of climate ...

  • Climate change impact report

    The US Department of the Interior has released a report that assesses climate change risks and how these risks could impact water operations, hydropower, flood control and fish and wildlife in the western US. The report to Congress represents the first consistent and coordinated assessment of risks to future water supplies across eight major reclamation river basins. “Water is the ...

  • Counting the cost of climate change

    The report, Climate change: the cost of inaction and the cost of adaptation, looks at the economic costs of climate change (impacts) at a European level. These costs are increasingly shaping the climate policy debate but the report highlights the fact that methodological issues and uncertainties remain in cost estimation. Based on a review of existing information, the report also analyses the ...

  • 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 ...

  • A changing climate for the IPCC

    The publication of false claims by the IPCC has been compounded by its imperious attitude, says professor of climate change Mike Hulme. The incorrect statement in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the Himalayan glaciers could completely disappear by 2035 is remarkable in many ways. First, how could such a physically implausible ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate change and the integrity of science

    We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything. When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Water and climate change

    Water and climate change is one of the standing issues being discussed at this year’s World Water Week, whose focus is on sanitation in response to the UN International Year of Sanitation. Vahid Alavian, World Bank water adviser, is attending the conference and will report on progress and preliminary findings of a two-year Bank study on water and climate change. Worldbank.org talked with Alavian ...


    By The World Bank

  • A model for health and climate change

    The impacts of climate change on human health are projected to be severe and widespread. A reliable model or software tool is needed to help quantify these impacts so that policies can be developed to mitigate against them. A recent report suggests that newly developed systems-based models need to be further expanded to allow greater quantification of climate-health relationships. Most research ...

  • The malaria myths of climate change

    Contrary to oft-repeated claims, climate change is unlikely to cause a major rise in malaria, says medical entomologist Paul Reiter. Climate change is incriminated in a wide range of environmental and public health disasters. A contender for the top calamity is the idea that climate change is encouraging malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, and that this rise will become catastrophic in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Weather or Climate change?

    It's hard to know whether individual weather events are just random fluctuations, or whether they are growing signs of climate change. What we need to look for are patterns- is the weather changing? And how do the changes that are actually happening compare to those predicted for climate change? Three years ago, two federal government departments (Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada) ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Europe’s climate continues to change

    The period from 2004-2013 was the warmest decade on record in Europe. Many other changes significant for Europe have been observed across the climate system, including warming oceans, rising sea level and shrinking snow cover, ice sheets, sea ice and glaciers. In the last decade global near-surface average annual temperature was 0.75 - 0.81 °C warmer than the pre-industrial average. ...

  • Climate changes your business

    Six major industry sectors are in particular danger from climate change risks, claims professional services organization KPMG. Aviation, healthcare, tourism, transport, oil and gas and the financial services sector all feature in the "danger zone" in a report on climate change risks from KPMG - meaning that they score highly on the risks which face them yet score poorly in terms of their ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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