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  • Bloomberg: Cities key to confront climate change

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his new U.N. job, said Tuesday that cities hold the key to confronting climate change because they account for 75 percent of the heat-trapping gases and their mayors have executive powers to reduce emissions. The three-term mayor and billionaire businessman was a keynote speaker at the opening of a ...


    By Associated Press

  • U.S. and Mexico hold border environmental forum to help confront climate change

    This week, the U.S. and Mexico are holding their first Border States Climate Change Workshop in Monterrey, Mexico to continue collaborative efforts to address climate change. The workshop brings together representatives from the EPA and its Mexican counterpart, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), along with its science arm Instituto Nacional de Ecologia (INE), and ...

  • US presidential hopeful McCain outlines his plan to confront climate change

    Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Senator John McCain of Arizona has offered his plan to combat global warming. Speaking at the Vestas wind turbine factory in Portland, McCain said what America needs is market-based cap and trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, mobilize innovative technologies, and strengthen the economy. McCain envisions a cap and trade system that would ...

  • New EPA guide to help businesses confront climate challenge

    EPA is releasing a new resource, A Business Guide to US EPA Climate Partnership Programs, for businesses committed to addressing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The guide features profiles on 35 EPA climate-change related partnership programs, as well as a handy table so companies can look up programs most appropriate for their industry and business objectives. Each ...

  • From Potsdam to Pakistan: Confronting vulnerability by building national climate research capacities

    “As a risk-prone country, Pakistan is recognizing the signs of the time,” said Jürgen Kropp of PIK’s research domain ‘Climate Impacts and Vulnerability’ on his return from Islamabad. “We feel honoured by the fact that our fellow researchers asked us to support them in this endeavour.” Besides attending the official signing of the cooperation agreement, he ...

  • Confronting the new normal: World Bank launches PIK climate report

    Weather extremes such as heat waves that up to now were highly unusual are likely to become the new normal, according to a report by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now launched by the World Bank. Climate Change impacts are already being felt today and will grow even if warming is limited below 2 degrees. However, with unabated warming of probably 4 degrees within our ...

  • New EPA toolkit to help municipal governments confront recycling challenges

    EPA Region 4 is releasing a new Municipal Government Toolkit (MGTK). The MGTK provides a centralized web-based resource for recycling-related information designed specifically to assist local government leaders and recycling program coordinators. The MGTK provides a key resource to help elected officials and decision-makers identify information to develop, evaluate, support, and/or expand their ...

  • Getting to Effective Climate Change Governance

    When a crisis develops, what sort of governance is best? Crises have traditionally resulted from situations of social turmoil, such as military invasion, revolution, or corruption, but expectations are that modern-day emergencies are more likely to arise from disturbances due to climate change and other environmental disruptions. Rising sea levels and severe weather patterns are predicted to ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • To Protect Public Health, Many Major Cities Confront Urban Heat Island Effect

    A survey of North American cities by the ACEEE and the Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) finds that confronting the challenges of extreme weather, adapting to a changing climate, and improving the health and resiliency of urban populations are driving cities to develop and implement strategies to reduce excess urban heat. Nearly two thirds of the ...

  • Global leaders set to convene at World Water Week to confront growing water and food insecurity

    Over 2500 politicians, business leaders, and representatives of 200 international organisations are set to meet at the World Water Week in Stockholm, August 26-31 2012, where they will forge solutions to meet rapidly escalating demands for limited water and land from all sectors of the economy. In over 100 seminars, workshops and events spread throughout the week, participants will meet ...

  • US, China unveil Ambitious Climate Change Goals

    The United States and China unveiled ambitious targets Wednesday to reduce greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of a make-or-break treaty to be finalized next year. President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would move much faster in cutting pollution, with a goal to reduce by ...


    By Associated Press

  • With Climate Change, a Terrifying New Normal for Western Firefighters

    This week Yale Environment 360, presents an e360 video that focuses on the massive wildfires — fueled by a hotter, drier climate — that have become a regular occurrence in Colorado. Produced by The Story Group, the video goes onto the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • Migration due to climate change demands attention

    Governments in Asia and the Pacific need to prepare for a large increase in climate-induced migration in the coming years, says a forthcoming report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Typhoons, cyclones, floods and drought are forcing more and more people to migrate. In the past year alone, extreme weather in Malaysia, Pakistan, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka has ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Climate change will erode the foundations of health, says UN

    Scientists tell us that the evidence the Earth is warming is 'unequivocal.' Increases in global average air and sea temperature, ice melting and rising global sea levels all help us understand and prepare for the coming challenges. In addition to these observed changes, climate-sensitive impacts on human health are occurring today. They are attacking the pillars of public health. And they are ...

  • New campaign launched to fight Climate Change

    Research published today from the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals that over 50% of people questioned don’t believe climate change will affect them and only 1 in 5 (18%) respondents think that climate change will take effect during their children’s lifetime. The results showed that a big motivator for people to take action on climate change is the knowledge that it will impact on ...


  • Climate change causing species disappearance in mountain areas

    Higher temperatures are affecting mountain ecosystems and their populations, as melting glaciers increase short term water availability but also raise the likelihood of flooding, species migration and long term water shortage, FAO warned today during the commemoration of the International Day of Mountains. “As glaciers disappear and snowlines move upwards, river flows are likely to change and ...

  • Climate change responses to shape Asia`s future

    Challenges such as extreme weather, rising seas and worsening scarcity of drinking water are forcing many Asian governments to confront the changes being wrought by a warming planet even as some point to rich Western nations as major culprits. Millions of people in the region have already been displaced by floods and droughts thought related to global warming, a United Nations scientific panel ...


    By Associated Press

  • Whither America - the war on climate change falters

    Eric Pooley, author of "The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth", stated recently that when U.S. President Barack Obama chose health care reform before energy and climate change, he doomed the latter. He  said that by leaving the climate issue to the U.S. Senate, green groups, and the power bosses of industry - all of whom were sorely in need of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Strong evidence on climate change underscores need for action

    As part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council today issued three reports emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The reports by the Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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