Indonesia increases security for climate change meet
November 29, 2007 04:47 AM - Reuters
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will deploy 10,000 police and soldiers to guard a high-profile U.N. climate conference in the resort island of Bali, which has been the scene of deadly militant attacks in recent years, officials said.
Some 10,000 people from about 190 countries -- including ministers and senior officials -- are expected to gather in Bali from December 3 to 14 to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on cutting climate warming carbon emissions which expires in 2012.
Japan to propose new climate forum with U.S., China
November 29, 2007 04:12 AM - Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan wants to involve China and the United States in talks over a new pact on climate change by launching a working group that will bring together all countries, including the major emitters that oppose existing plans.
The foreign ministry said on Thursday that Japan would propose forming such a group at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, next month to discuss long-term climate targets, research and development of emission-reducing technology and other issues.
Climate change may cost Florida $345 billion a year: study
November 28, 2007 04:29 PM - Reuters
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - If nothing is done to combat global warming, two of Florida's nuclear power plants, three of its prisons and 1,362 hotels, motels and inns will be under water by 2100, a study released on Wednesday said.
In all, Florida could stand to lose $345 billion a year in projected economic activity by 2100 if nothing is done to reduce emissions that are viewed as the main human contribution to rising global temperatures, according to the Tufts University study.
That equals about 5 percent of what economists project the state's gross domestic product will be by the end of the century.
2007 set to be 6th warmest year on record
November 28, 2007 11:05 AM - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - This year is set to be the sixth warmest since records began 150 years ago, cooler than earlier predicted which means a slight respite for European ski resorts or bears trying to hibernate.
"2007 will likely be near equal with 2006, so joint sixth warmest year," Phil Jones, head of the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of East Anglia, told Reuters.
Global system could cut disaster toll by 2018
November 28, 2007 10:36 AM - Reuters
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A global satellite system should come on line next decade, potentially saving billions of dollars and thousands of lives by boosting preparedness for natural disasters, a top scientist said on Wednesday.
Monitoring changes in climate, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) should also help health officials prevent epidemics and guard against man-made environmental damage, said Jose Achache, head of the group behind the project.
U.S. Increasingly Isolated in Stance Against Kyoto
November 28, 2007 09:01 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute
Just a day after being elected to office, incoming Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd met with government officials on Sunday to discuss ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, the international pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Rudd’s promise to commit his country to the treaty leaves the United States as the only industrialized nation not to ratify the decade-old agreement. Rudd has also accepted an invitation to attend the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, which is expected to be a landmark global meeting on the issue.
Climate change to take heavy toll on Bangladesh: U.N.
November 28, 2007 08:00 AM - Reuters
DHAKA (Reuters) - Disaster-prone Bangladesh is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change, which could worsen water scarcity and force mass displacement, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
The U.N. Development Programme in its latest report warned that climate change will hit the world's poorest countries by breaking down agricultural systems, worsening water scarcity, increasing risks of diseases and triggering mass displacement due to recurring floods and storms.
Rich and poor gird for climate change
November 27, 2007 03:47 PM - Reuters
BRASILIA (Reuters) - People around the world are preparing for floods, droughts and other natural disasters in ways largely dictated by wealth and poverty as evidence of climate change mounts, a U.N. report said on Tuesday.
World must fix climate in less than 10 years: U.N.
November 27, 2007 12:58 PM - Reuters
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Unless the international community agrees to cut carbon emissions by half over the next generation, climate change is likely to cause large-scale human and economic setbacks and irreversible ecological catastrophes, a U.N. report said on Tuesday.
Brazil urges rich nations to curb climate change
November 27, 2007 12:32 PM - Reuters
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva urged rich countries on Tuesday to pay to help curb climate change by protecting tropical forests and reiterated criticism of the United States for its import duties on biofuels.
Lula's message came ahead of next week's United Nations climate change conference in Bali, Indonesia, which the world body hopes will lead to negotiations on a new global pact to reduce carbon emissions blamed for global warming.