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?
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WASHINGTON - All nations will suffer the effects of a warmer world, but it is the world's poorest countries that will be hit hardest by food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought, the World Bank said in a report on climate change. The Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, is seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica, in this NASA handout photo. A new NASA/British Antarctic Survey study examines why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change over the past two decades. Photo: Reuters … [Read more...] about No nation immune to climate change – World Bank
The World Meteorological Organization reported that globally, 2010 was the hottest year on record. Nine of the ten hottest years ever recorded were in the first decade of this century. A foreign tourist wades down a flooded street in the tourist town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam in 2009. … [Read more...] about Climate change – what does it mean for Vietnam?
Jointly organised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) and the Singaporean Government, the functionaimed to share thelatest research findings on climate change and its impact on SoutheastAsia to boost dialogue between parties involved in a bid to reducegreenhouse gas emissions and adapt to latent impact of this phenomenon.Addressing the event, Singaporean Minister forthe Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan stressed theneed to update information about the climate system and its impact onthe livelihood of the people and the region’s security as Southeast Asiais extremely vulnerable to climate change. Experts agreed that climate change can bring in big business opportunities, including investment in solar energy. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organisationand the UN Environment Programme. It has provided policy-makers withassessments on all aspects of climate change and its impact, with a viewto formulating realistic … [Read more...] about Singapore hosts SEA climate change workshop
LIMA: United Nations (UN) members pressed ahead on Sunday (Dec 15) with a vision for a historic pact to defeat climate change by adopting a format for national pledges to cut Earth-warming greenhouse gases.At a marathon conference in Lima, they also approved a blueprint to guide negotiations for the deal due to be sealed in Paris in December 2015. But agreement came after a bitter dispute flared anew, requiring major compromise that campaigners said pointed to a mountain of work ahead."The document is approved," Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal announced in the small hours, to wild cheers from exhausted delegates.The annual round of talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had been scheduled to end on Friday evening, after 12 days. Instead, it overran by 32 hours, an exceptional delay even in the tradition of the notoriously fractious UNFCCC meetings.The hard-fought agreement - dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action - sets down the foundations … [Read more...] about UN pushes ahead on 2015 climate deal after marathon
Scientists freely acknowledge they don't know everything about how global warming affects hurricanes like the one pummelling southeast Texas. But what they do know is enough to keep them up at night. The amplifying impact of sea level rise, warming oceans, and hotter air -- all incontrovertible consequences of climate change -- is basic physics, they say. Likewise accelerated shifts in intensity, such as the sudden strengthening that turned Harvey from a Category 2 to a Category 4 hurricane -- on a scale of 5 -- just as it made landfall Friday. What's missing is a detailed track record of hurricanes past, the kind of decades-long log of measurements that climate scientists need to discern the fingerprint of human influence. Starting in the 1970s, satellite data allowed for a better tally, but even that wasn't enough. "It is awfully difficult to see climate change in historical data so far because hurricanes are fairly rare," Kerry Emmanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at MIT in … [Read more...] about Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots
At a seminar on supplying the press with information on climate change held in Hanoi on June 3, Associate Professor Dr Tran Thuc, head of the Vietnamese Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) said consequences of the climate change to Vietnam are very serious and the existing risk threatening the implementation of the country's goal on poverty reduction because the poorest is living in hardest-hit areas by the climate change. It will also impact the realization of millennium goals and the country's sustainable development. The seminar is co-organised by the United Nations (UN) and the Vietnamese Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in response to the World Environment Day [June 5]. The sectors and localities which are highly vulnerable by the climate change include water resources, agriculture, and foodstuff security, health, flat country and coastal areas. The climate change in Vietnam is obviously reflected by the … [Read more...] about Climate Change Heavily Impacts Vietnam
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam HA NOI (VNS) — Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, promised to stand side by side with Viet Nam in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change at a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Ha Noi yesterday. He underlined that if nothing is done about current emission levels, the sea level could rise by 98cm by 2100. Even a rise of half the predicted level would have severe consequences for many countries, including Viet Nam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Pachauri that Viet Nam considers the response to climate change, rising sea level and natural disasters as crucial to achieving a path of sustainable development. The country established a National Steering Committee on Climate Change to be led by the PM and an advisory council. The committee is … [Read more...] about UN official pledges climate change help
AFP | A Pakistani Muslim man cools down at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015 "Climate change is a medical emergency," said Hugh Montgomery, a University College London professor of health who co-chaired a commission set up by The Lancet journal. Tackling the carbon emissions which cause the problem would yield many benefits for health, the panel said. It would reduce air pollution that causes respiratory disease and cardiac stress. Peripheral measures such as encouraging cycling and walking would also cut deaths from road accidents and rates of obesity and diabetes. The review coincides with UN negotiations supposed to culminate in a global carbon-cutting deal in Paris in December. "The implications of climate change for a global population of nine billion people threaten to undermine the last half-century of gains in development and global health," the experts said. "The direct effects of climate change include increased heat stress, floods, drought and … [Read more...] about Climate change may destroy health gains: panel
Saleemul Huq, senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), spoke to Viet Nam News about climate change. What were the major outcomes of the conference? This was a successful conference in terms of sharing knowledge. More than 300 people came from all over the globe, most of them from countries in the developing world hardest hit by climate change. They gathered here to discuss various aspects of climate change adaptation, particularly at the community level. This dialogue is very important because if we are going to adapt successfully to climate change, we have to work together. For example, coastal communities in different countries may learn from Viet Nam how to grow and maintain mangrove forests in flood-prone areas. The results of this conference will also be used as the output for the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, scheduled to be released in 2014. This year's theme was climate change … [Read more...] about Communication, co-operation key to climate change response