Namibia's poor 'will be hit hard' by climate change
December 13, 2007 12:50 PM - Carol Campbell, SciDevNet

Namibia, Africa - Climate change is expected to dramatically alter the lifestyles of poor people in Namibia, say the authors of a study. Their findings were published by the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) this month (December).

Namibia is economically dependent on natural resources. Up to 30 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to be reliant on the environment. Climate change could increase temperatures by 2–6 degrees Celsius by 2100, and rainfall is expected to be lower and more variable.

2007 among top 7 warmest years: WMO
December 13, 2007 10:17 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - This year will be among the seven warmest on record, with extreme events including a precipitous thaw of Arctic sea ice, U.N. data showed on Thursday on the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference.

Al Gore lays blame for Bali stalemate on U.S.
December 13, 2007 09:50 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore drew cheers at 190-nation talks by saying the United States was the main block to launching negotiations in Bali on a new global climate treaty.

Efforts to start two-year negotiations on a pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol flagged on Thursday, the penultimate day of the December 3-14 talks, after the European Union accused the United States of lacking ambition.

Indigenous people fear double climate hit
December 13, 2007 09:12 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indigenous people already struggling to cope with a warming world risk losing their homes under rich-world schemes to tackle climate change by using forests as carbon sinks, activists said on Thursday.

Groups that have been custodians of forests for generations fear projects will undermine their ownership of traditional areas, enforce land-grabs by corrupt regimes, encourage more theft, undermine biodiversity and exclude them from management.

Climate change poses dangerous health risks
December 13, 2007 06:38 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Millions more people will be at risk from illnesses such as malaria and diarrhea in a warming world beset by heatwaves and water shortages, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Climate experts say rising temperatures and heatwaves will increase the number of heat-related deaths, while higher ozone levels from pollution will mean more people suffering from cardio-respiratory disease.

EU threatens boycott of U.S. climate talks
December 13, 2007 05:42 AM - Reuters

"It's true that if we would have a failure in Bali it would be meaningless to have a major economies' meeting" in the United States, Humberto Rosa, Portugal's Secretary of State for Environment, told a news conference on the penultimate day of the two-week talks.

High winds likely to spread S.Korea oil spill
December 13, 2007 05:05 AM - Reuters

TAEAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Strong winds on Thursday threatened to spread the devastation from South Korea's worst oil spill and cold weather hit already slow clean-up efforts by thousands of exhausted workers.

Six days after a crane barge punched holes into a huge oil tanker which then spewed 10,500 metric tons of its load into the sea, the government said it would make available more than 300 billion won ($325 million) in loans to help residents who say they face ruin.

Polar ice cap vanished at record clip
December 13, 2007 12:40 AM - Reuters

While in the summer of 1980 the North Pole was covered by an ice sheet about the size of the continental United States, this summer the ice would not have covered the states west of the Mississippi River, he added.

"It's a tremendous decrease, but of course, the mystery is how did it happen?" Perovich said.

Scientists said two principal factors are accelerating the vanishing of the polar ice pack, which helps cool the Earth by reflecting the sun's rays back into the atmosphere.


Satellite probes view auroral substorms, solar bowshock
December 12, 2007 04:55 PM - US Berkeley, Newswire

Berkeley, California -- Five satellites launched last February to probe magnetic storms around the Earth will move into prime observing position next month, but they already have produced important new information on the interactions between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field.

California greenhouse gas law may stand: judge
December 12, 2007 03:25 PM - Reuters

A spokesman for the auto industry, which had argued that California's law is unconstitutional, said an appeal is uncertain. "We're still reviewing the decision and a decision on whether or not to appeal hasn't been made yet," said Charles Territo, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

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