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.

Climate Change & Business: The Carbon Disclosure Project
November 27, 2007 11:26 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit

“greenwash” – painting an organization “green” through advertising, promotional and marketing campaigns – has risen along with the public, government, investor and media attention focused on climate change. That makes developing the means to monitor and assess corporate social and environmental responsibility an even greater necessity if investors, the public, national governments and international bodies are to make responsible and well-informed investment and capital allocation decisions.

Sarkozy urges Chinese climate help
November 27, 2007 09:35 AM - Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy wound up a state visit to China on Tuesday buoyed by record deals for French firms, but unable to shake more than a deadpan response out of Beijing on jitters over currencies and the environment.

Typhoon kills 12 in Philippines
November 27, 2007 04:18 AM - Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - At least four more people have been killed in floods and landslides in the Philippines due to a typhoon, taking the death toll from the storm to 12, relief officials said on Tuesday.

Typhoon Mitag swirled out to sea on Monday after ripping through the north of the archipelago.

Australia unlikely to sign Kyoto by Bali: analysts
November 27, 2007 12:52 AM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's new government is unlikely to sign the Kyoto pact in time for a U.N. climate summit in Bali, but will be welcomed next week as part of the Kyoto family, environment and legal experts said on Tuesday.

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