Climate

Nobel Winner Gore: "Make Peace With The Planet"
December 10, 2007 07:52 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Climate campaigner Al Gore collected the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday and said it was time to stop waging war on the earth and make peace with the planet.

The former U.S. vice president shared the 2007 peace prize with the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change whose head, Rajendra Pachauri, urged leaders at a U.N. climate conference in Indonesia to heed the wisdom of science.

"Without realizing it, we have begun to wage war on the earth itself," Gore said in the prepared text of his speech. "It is time to make peace with the planet."

Finance ministers in Bali count climate costs
December 10, 2007 05:39 AM - Reuters

JIMBARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Forty nations held unprecedented talks about ways to slow global warming without derailing world economic growth on the margins of U.N. climate talks in Bali on Monday.

Deputy finance ministers met on the fringes of December 3-14 U.N. climate talks where more than 10,000 delegates are trying to lay the groundwork for a broader treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol global warming pact beyond 2012.

World needs robust climate pact for security: study
December 10, 2007 03:07 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Global warming could trigger mass migration, disrupt trade and lead to conflicts over farmland and water resources from Africa to Asia, a report released at climate talks in Bali said on Monday.

The report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change says time is running out for nations to agree on binding cuts of greenhouse gases before higher temperatures, rising seas, melting glaciers and more droughts and floods sowed chaos.

U.S rejects stiff 2020 greenhouse goals in Bali
December 10, 2007 02:40 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at U.N. talks in Bali on Monday as part of a "roadmap" to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009.

"It's prejudging what the outcome should be," chief negotiator Harlan Watson said of a draft suggesting that rich nations should aim to axe emissions of heat-trapping gases by between 25 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

U.S rejects stiff 2020 greenhouse goals in Bali
December 10, 2007 02:40 AM - By Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at U.N. talks in Bali on Monday as part of a "roadmap" to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009.

Al Gore sees hope in "people power"
December 9, 2007 01:40 PM - By John Acher and Wojciech Moskwa, Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore said on Sunday he was optimistic that a growing "people-power" movement would push the world's leaders to take action to stop global warming.

U.N. climate chief says science clear, move on
December 9, 2007 01:15 PM - By Wojciech Moskwa and John Acher, Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - The science on climate change is indisputable so the world must now act to limit greenhouse gas emissions or face "abrupt and irreversible" change, the head of the Nobel prize-winning U.N. climate panel said on Sunday.

New research may lead to better climate models for global warming, El Nino
December 8, 2007 09:14 AM - University of California - Los Angeles

One hundred fifty scientists from more than 40 universities in nine countries are starting a coordinated program aimed at gaining new insights about the Earth's climate and the complex, interconnected system involving the oceans, the atmosphere and the land.

The program will study the southeastern Pacific Ocean, the marine area off South America's west coast — a region where the interplay among low clouds, strong low-level winds, coastal ocean currents, surfacing of deep water, the Andes Mountains, aerosols and other factors shape the regional climate and affect global weather in ways that are poorly understood.

Greenpeace urges EU and Africa to end deforestation
December 7, 2007 03:38 PM - Reuters

LISBON (Reuters) - Greenpeace urged European Union and African leaders meeting in Lisbon over the weekend to take urgent measures to stop the destruction of African forests which cause carbon emissions responsible for climate change.

"Leaders in Lisbon have to exercise political muscle and immediately support a halt to deforestation in Africa," said Stephan Van Praet, coordinator for the Greenpeace International Africa Forest Campaign.

Trees soak up carbon dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- as they grow and release it when they rot or are burnt.

Noted forecasters see 7 hurricanes next year
December 7, 2007 11:36 AM - Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - The noted Colorado State University hurricane research team predicted on Friday that 13 tropical storms will develop in the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, of which seven would strengthen into hurricanes.

The team formed by forecasting pioneer William Gray, whose long-range forecasts have been wrong for the past three years, said that would make 2008 a "somewhat above-average" hurricane season. The long-term average is for 10 tropical storms and six hurricanes during the six-month season starting June 1.

Gray's team, now led by his protege Philip Klotzbach, said three of the hurricanes next year would be the most dangerous Category 3 or above storms, with winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km per hour).

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