Viet Nam News NEW YORK — UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday vowed to keep pressing global leaders to take greater action against human-caused climate change as temperatures rise and natural disasters wreak havoc around the world. "If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us," Guterres told an audience of diplomats, youth representatives and UN staff while announcing plans to convene a 2019 climate summit next September in New York. The Paris climate agreement, which went into effect in late 2016 as a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, aims to keep an increase in average world temperatures to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius -- and ideally closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius -- compared to pre-industrial levels so as to limit the occurrence of droughts, floods, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of global … [Read more...] about UN chief urges leaders to step up fight on climate change
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(VEN) - Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has been listed in the world's top 10 cities that are forecasted to be most affected by climate change. The city has been implementing a range of climate change response programs and plans. According to the climate change response plan from now to 2015 issued by HCMC's People Committee on May 15, the city's climate change response activities have mainly focused on improving the adaptability of the local people, agencies and organizations to climate variability. HCMC's Department of Science and Technology will coordinate with various sectors to carry out research on climate change to provide scientific and practical foundations and support solutions to the city's climate change response action plans. It will coordinate with the Architecture Planning Department to build and implement climate change response programs as parts of the city's urban and architecture planning and management. It will also supplement key planning (traffic, water drainage and … [Read more...] about HCMC: Many climate change response programs launched
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2010 (AFP) - The United States has to lead the global fight on climate change by breaking with business-as-usual and setting tough standards for the amount of greenhouse gases it emits into the atmosphere, US scientists said Wednesday. In one of three multi-hundred-page reports on climate change by the National Research Council, scientists said the United States should set a budget that would limit greenhouse gas emissions to a total of between 170 and 200 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent between 2012 and 2050. That limit would correspond to a reduction of US emissions from 1990 levels by 80 to 50 percent, depending whether the upper or lower "budgetary level" is chosen, and would require "a major departure from business-as-usual emission trends," the report said. US emissions have been rising at a rate of one percent per year for the past three decades, and in 2008 reached around seven gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Even if emissions stuck at the 2008 … [Read more...] about Tough US measures needed to beat climate change: experts
A leaden cloak of responsibility lies on the shoulders of UN scientists as they put the final touches to the first volume of a massive report that will give the world the most detailed picture yet of climate change. Due to be unveiled in Stockholm on September 27, the document will be scrutinised word by word by green groups, fossil-fuel lobbies and governments to see if it will yank climate change out of prolonged political limbo. The report will kick off the fifth assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an expert body set up in 1988 to provide neutral advice on global warming and its impacts. Six years ago, the IPCC's fourth assessment report unleashed a megawatt jolt of awareness. It declared that the planet was warming, that this was already starting to affect Earth's climate system and biosphere, and that there was overwhelming evidence that humans, especially by burning coal, gas and oil, were the cause. It earned the IPCC a share in the Nobel … [Read more...] about Can UN scientists revive drive against climate change?
Climate change threatens far more than our environment. It's already led to the spread of infectious diseases and respiratory ailments across the globe and contributed to thousands of deaths through heat waves and other extreme weather events. It's even fueled recent revolts in the Middle East and North Africa. That's according to Dan Ferber and Dr. Paul Epstein, the authors of a new book, Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It (University of California Press, April 2011). … [Read more...] about Climate change bringing infection, hunger, illness