Articles Tagged "COP18"
Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 5:34 PM EST
Saturday, December 1st 2012, 12:43 PM EST
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The United Nations climate chief is urging people not to look solely to their governments to make tough decisions to slow global warming, and instead to consider their own role in solving the problem.
Approaching the half-way point of two-week climate talks in Doha, Christiana Figueres, the head of the U.N.'s climate change secretariat, said Friday that she didn't see "much public interest, support, for governments to take on more ambitious and more courageous decisions."
"Each one of us needs to assume responsibility. It's not just about domestic governments," she said.
Her comments came as negotiators from nearly 200 countries were struggling to prepare draft agreements on how to move forward on greenhouse emissions cuts and climate aid for poor countries.
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Sunday, November 25th 2012, 2:06 PM EST
“Global warming” just isn’t as cool as it used to be. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference opens Monday for the 18th time to a world far less enthusiastic about grand wealth redistribution schemes meant to buy a chilled climate. When money is tight, smart folks sit on their wallets.
The conferees’ private jets have landed in Doha, Qatar, where expectations are subdued. For the past three years, purveyors of the global warming theory have urged the 194-nation body to hammer out a mechanism for establishing a $100 billion Green Climate Fund by 2020 so that “rich” countries can pay Third World nations to mitigate the supposed warming caused by carbon-dioxide emissions. However, a global economic slowdown has left the formerly wealthy United States and European Union strapped. The previous gatherings concluded with pledges but no cash. The current strategy seems to be to temper hopes and reach a funding agreement by 2015.
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which laid the framework for a pact limiting man-made carbon dioxide expires at the end of this year with no new agreement signed to replace it. The United States as the world’s foremost industrialized nation never signed the original treaty, and newly emerging economic titans like China, India, South Africa and Brazil have rejected a new deal that would hamper their industrialization.
Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 10:29 AM EST
The effects of climate change are already evident in Europe and the situation is set to get worse, the European Environment Agency has warned.
In a report, the agency says the past decade in Europe has been the warmest on record.
It adds that the cost of damage caused by extreme weather events is rising, and the continent is set to become more vulnerable in the future.
The findings have been published ahead of next week's UN climate conference.
They join a UN Environment Programme report also released on Wednesday showing dangerous growth in the "emissions gap" - the difference between current carbon emission levels and those needed to avert climate change.
"Every indicator we have in terms of giving us an early warning of climate change and increasing vulnerability is giving us a very strong signal," observed EEA executive director Jacqueline McGlade.
Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 1:13 PM EST
Sea levels are rising far faster than the latest estimates given by international climate change researchers, a new study has warned. Rising tides have the potential to threaten the homes of billions of people living in coastal areas across the world and could spell disaster for low-lying megacities like Tokyo and London.
The new findings suggest that the oceans are rising around 60 per cent more quickly than the latest best estimates from the International Panel on Climate Change. However the research found that the panel, which is derided by some as alarmist, was generally correct in its estimates of rising temperatures.
Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said that while global temperatures were rising within expectations, the 'more complex' problem of sea-level rises had outstripped predictions.
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Friday, November 16th 2012, 6:23 PM EST
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will not be attending the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) in Doha, chairman Dr Rajendra K Pachauri has said.
“For the first time in the 18 years of COP, the IPCC will not be attending, because we have not been invited,” he told Gulf Times in Doha.
COP18 is to be held from November 26 to December 7.
The IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, former vice president of the US and environmental activist, is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. Currently 195 countries are members.
Dr Pachauri first hinted about his ‘anticipated absence’ at COP18, while speaking at the opening session of the International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) on Wednesday at Qatar University.
Later, he told Gulf Times he did not know why the IPCC has not been invited to COP18, something that has happened never before.
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