Climate

Record breaking year for climate
December 4, 2007 10:03 AM - WWF - Climate Change

 Bali, Indonesia – The past year has seen more weather records smashed as extreme events take a firmer hold of the planet, says WWF at the start of the UN climate change conference.

The overview from the global conservation organization, Breaking Records in 2007 – Climate Change, shows record lows for sea ice cover in the Arctic, some of the worst forest fires ever seen and record floods.

Left out of the climate communication loop
December 4, 2007 08:29 AM - , Panos London

Climate change experts and governments are gathering in Bali to discuss the successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

Rod Harbinson wants those out of the communication loop to find out how climate change will affect them.

 

Bali talks won't agree carbon capture: U.N. official
December 4, 2007 07:26 AM - Reuters

But the talks may put the so-far unproven technology, carbon capture and storage, on the agenda for future backing, Yvo de Boer told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

Furnace Cities
December 3, 2007 05:46 PM - Bjorn Lomborg, Global Policy Innovations Program

It's possible to see, right now, what global warming will eventually do to the planet. To peek into the future, all we have to do is go to Beijing, Athens, Tokyo, or, in fact, just about any city on Earth.

Most of the world's urban areas have already experienced far more dramatic temperature hikes over the past few decades than the 2.6°C increase expected from global warming over the next hundred years.

Climate change predicted to drive trees northward
December 3, 2007 08:56 AM - American Institute of Biological Sciences

Ranges may decrease sharply if trees cannot disperse in altered conditions The most extensive and detailed study to date of 130 North American tree species concludes that expected climate change this century could shift their ranges northward by hundreds of kilometers and shrink the ranges by more than half. The study, by Daniel W. McKenney of the Canadian Forest Service and his colleagues, is reported in the December issue of BioScience.

U.S. says seeks new climate deal, rejects Kyoto
December 3, 2007 04:41 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it would seek a new global deal to fight climate change after Australia's move to ratify the Kyoto Protocol isolated it as the only developed nation outside the current U.N. pact.

"We're not here to be a roadblock," U.S. delegation leader Harlan Watson said on the opening day of a December 3-14 meeting of almost 190 nations in Bali, Indonesia, seeking to agree a roadmap to work out a successor to Kyoto which runs to 2012.

Bali meet must spur investment
December 3, 2007 04:38 AM - Reuters

BALI (Reuters) - Climate talks launched in Bali on Monday must assure investors of future government backing for climate-friendly energy and building projects, said the host of the meeting, Indonesia's Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar.

The talks in Bali, attended by some 190 countries, will try and lay the foundations for a new climate change deal in time to replace or extend the Kyoto Protocol from 2013.

A key challenge will be to entice business to invest in cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.

Australia steals show at Bali climate talks
December 3, 2007 03:42 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australia won an ovation at the start of U.N.-led climate change talks in Bali on Monday by agreeing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, isolating the United States as the only developed nation outside the pact.

Climate change may wipe some Indonesian islands off map
December 3, 2007 03:11 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Many of Indonesia's islands may be swallowed up by the sea if world leaders fail to find a way to halt rising sea levels at this week's climate change conference on the resort island of Bali.

p> Doomsters take this dire warning by Indonesian scientists a step further and predict that by 2035, the Indonesian capital's airport will be flooded by sea water and rendered useless; and by 2080, the tide will be lapping at the steps of Jakarta's imposing Dutch-era Presidential palace which sits 10 km inland (about 6 miles).

Asian stock rally pauses after Oil slides
December 2, 2007 09:43 PM - Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Oil bounced back above $89 a barrel on Monday, steadying from last week's near $10 slide, but Asian stock markets took a breather after posting their best weekly gain in more than three months.

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