Climate

Ozone hole weakens oceanic carbon sink
December 10, 2008 09:58 AM - naturenews

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica may be impairing the Southern Ocean's ability to mop up carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere, according to work presented at a meeting in France today.

The Financial Proposals At Poznan
December 10, 2008 08:42 AM - , Triple Pundit

The ongoing global climate negotiations in the Polish town of Poznan are all about financing, insiders say. So what proposals are on the table? A roundup of some headline generating plans: The future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is at the heart of the discussions. New projects in this mechanism, which allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to sell credits to industrialized countries wishing to meet their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol, are worth $25 billion. Last year alone, $82 billion worth of carbon credits were traded globally. The certificates are aimed at boosting technology transfer to developing countries.

Sarkozy urges Poland not to block EU climate deal
December 6, 2008 09:35 AM - Reuters

GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy sought to persuade Poland on Saturday to drop a threatened veto to new European Union climate goals with a compromise likely to center on coal concessions. Sarkozy, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, met Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the start of a summit that will also include leaders of seven other ex-communist nations in an effort to thrash out a deal ahead of a December 11-12 EU summit.

India loses more people to climate change than any other country
December 5, 2008 09:13 AM - http://www.thaindian.com

Poznan (Poland), Dec 5 (IANS) Between 1998 and 2007, India has lost more people due to extreme weather events caused by climate change than any other country, with an average of 4,532 people killed every year, a well-known German NGO has calculated.The monetary losses were an average of $12 billion a year in terms of purchasing power parity, representing 0.62 percent of India’s GDP, added Sven Harmeling of Germanwatch here Thursday.

Indonesia eyes regional role with tsunami warning system
December 4, 2008 09:07 AM - , SciDevNet

[JAKARTA] Indonesia has launched its Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS) and hopes to become the Indian Ocean tsunami warning provider by 2011. The new system can warn of an impending tsunami within five minutes of an earthquake and uses new technologies that differ from previous systems, according to its developers.

Climate action
December 4, 2008 09:00 AM - Fincancial Times

Sometimes deferring pain simply makes matters worse. We can only hope this point is not lost on the government delegates currently gathered at the United Nations climate change conference in Poznan, Poland. There to continue negotiations for a new treaty to replace the Kyoto protocol, the representatives of some 190 countries are finding that progress, even on this burning concern, can be tortuously slow.

Obama climate goals not enough: China, India
December 4, 2008 08:43 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama's goals for curbing greenhouse gases to 2020 are inadequate to fight global warming, Chinese and Indian delegates told Reuters at U.N. climate talks on Wednesday. Developing nations welcomed Obama's plan for tougher goals than President George W. Bush but said Obama's target of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020 was not enough to avoid dangerous global warming.

Island states seek tougher U.N. climate deal
December 3, 2008 10:08 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - A group of 43 small island states called on Wednesday for tougher goals for fighting global warming than those being considered at U.N. climate talks, saying that rising seas could wipe them off the map. "We are not prepared to sign a suicide agreement that causes small island states to disappear," Selwin Hart of Barbados, a coordinator of the alliance of small island states, told Reuters at the 187-nation meeting.

Ice beetles impacted by climate change
December 2, 2008 09:16 AM - California Academy of Sciences

In the summer of 1968, Dave Kavanaugh set off on a hike that would change the course of his life. As a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado, he had joined a climbing club with a few members of the biophysics department, and the group had set their sights on Gray's Peak—the ninth highest mountain in Colorado. Kavanaugh, who has never been able to do anything slowly, scampered up to the top of the peak in record time and sat down to wait for the rest of the group.

U.N. climate boss warns of "cheap, dirty" energy fix
December 1, 2008 09:35 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - The world must avoid a "cheap and dirty" fix for the economy that could undermine the fight against global warming, the U.N.'s top climate official said on Sunday. Yvo de Boer said the world risked a second financial crisis if governments reacted to economic slowdown by building cheap, high-polluting coal-fired power plants that might then have to be scrapped as climate impacts hit.

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