Melting Arctic, Afghanistan top general's concerns
November 25, 2008 09:29 AM -

OTTAWA - Global warming is melting Arctic ice faster than the military projected, posing greater challenges for Canadian Forces already facing a deteriorating security situation half a world away in Afghanistan, says Canada's top soldier. "Global warming is happening very quickly. I think any projection we have has been underestimated. Flying over Ellesmere Island and not seeing very much snow up there and seeing the Arctic Ocean as a blue water ocean was quite revealing to me," Gen. Walt Natynczyk, the chief of the defence staff, said Monday in a candid and sweeping assessment of the challenges faced by the military from the sun-baked deserts of Afghanistan to the not-so-frozen Far North.

Tibetan glaciers rapidly melting
November 25, 2008 09:25 AM -

Glaciers high in the Himalayas are dwindling faster than anyone thought, putting nearly a billion people living in South Asia in peril of losing their water supply. Throughout India, China, and Nepal, some 15,000 glaciers speckle the Tibetan Plateau. There, perched in thin, frigid air up to 7200 metres above sea level, the ice might seem secluded from the effects of global warming.

Downturn tests resolve at U.N. climate talks
November 25, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - The economic downturn will test the world's resolve to do more to fight global warming at 190-nation talks in Poland next week, but the election ofBarack Obama as U.S. president should temper the gloom. The December 1-12 meeting of 8,000 delegates in Poznan, Poland, will review progress in a two-year push to work out a sweeping new U.N. climate treaty by the end of 2009.

Southern Ocean changing but still major CO2 sink: study
November 24, 2008 08:55 AM - Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Southern Ocean has proved more resilient to global warming than previously thought and remains a major store of mankind's planet-warming carbon dioxide, a study has found. Oceans absorb a large portion of the extra CO2 released by mankind through burning fossil fuels or deforestation, acting as a brake on climate change, and the Southern Ocean is the largest of these "carbon sinks."

Fresh doubts raised over December EU climate deal

EU countries may agree before the end of the year on the basic principles and structure of an agreement on the European Commission's energy and climate package, but it is unlikely that a deal will be finalised, an ambassador of one of the bloc's 27 member states told EurActiv.

Global warming could lead to more Arctic energy
November 20, 2008 08:05 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Arctic offers new energy and fishing resources as a result of global warming and new technology, the European Union said on Thursday.

Obama climate pledge "very positive": U.N. official
November 20, 2008 07:43 AM - Reuters

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Barack Obama's pledge to work to reduce emissions sharply by 2020 is a "huge signal" of encouragement to countries negotiating a new climate pact, the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat said on Wednesday.

Experts warn of severe water shortages by 2080
November 18, 2008 07:41 AM - AP

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Half the world's population could face a shortage of clean water by 2080 because of climate change, experts warned Tuesday. Wong Poh Poh, a professor at the National University of Singapore, told a regional conference that global warming was disrupting water flow patterns and increasing the severity of floods, droughts and storms — all of which reduce the availability of drinking water.

Summit takes aim at climate change
November 17, 2008 08:22 AM -

Will the world's economic meltdown stall initiatives to curb global warming? World leaders in the campaign to address climate change will confront that question as they gather in Beverly Hills tomorrow and Wednesday to shape policies aimed at responding to the mounting threats to food production, public health and the environment.

Adoption of Climate Treaty by 2009 in Doubt
November 17, 2008 07:37 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Despite new leadership in the United States promising to cap the country's greenhouse gas emissions, some environmental leaders say it is unlikely that an international climate treaty will pass in the next year. During his campaign, U.S. president-elect Barack Obama supported a global cap-and-trade agreement for regulating his nation's carbon emissions. As a result, many international observers are hoping the United States will agree to binding emissions-reduction targets at thehigh-profile climate change negotiations scheduled for December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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