Climate Change News Updates: 6 November 2013

Climate Change News Updates: 6 November 2013

1. Warsaw Climate Change Conference – November 2013
The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will take place from 11 to 22 November. The conference will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.
To read the schedule, agendas and annotations:

2. The Battle Against Climate Change: Does the World Need Saving?
Hardly a day goes by without someone writing or saying that we need to save the Earth. My geologist friends scoff at such language for semantic reasons. The coolish, rocky planet that we call Earth will be fine when humans are long gone, they say.

3. Who bears the cost of airline emissions?
The tenement blocks collapsed like sandcastles. Landmarks were swallowed up like Lego bricks. But most devastating of all was the massive loss of life — families torn apart by a disaster of frightening proportions. More than 5,700 people are missing and thought to have been killed as a result of  the monsoon floods, which tore through northern India earlier this summer. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Research in Germany has linked global warming to the extreme rainfall, bringing home the shocking consequences climate change can have on those least responsible for it.

4. Climate change ‘exaggerated’, Howard says
FORMER PM John Howard thinks there’ll never be a worldwide climate change agreement and admits he only backed emissions trading before the 2007 election because he faced a “perfect storm” on the issue. Mr Howard delivered the Global Warming Policy Foundation‘s annual lecture in London on Tuesday night.

5. Report: Door closing on easy climate solutions
A U.N. report on greenhouse gas emissions shows combating climate change requires an international effort, the European Union’s climate commissioner said.
The U.N. Environment Program published a report Tuesday saying the door is closing on an easy way out of the climate crisis.

6. Unchecked climate change to lower food production
Unchecked climate change, scientists warn, will slow down economic growth, impact poverty reduction, lower food production and drive up food prices.

7. Pouring fuel on the climate change fire
The signs of environmental damage are everywhere, but the corporate polluters are driving us ever faster toward climate change disaster, writes Nicole Colson.

8. Africa: Small Is Beautiful – African Small Island Development States and Climate Change
Of the world’s fifty-two Small Island Developing States (SIDS), six are in Africa. They include; Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe and Seychelles. These countries range in size from the smallest, Seychelles, which is composed of 115 small islands representing the largest number among African SIDS, to the largest, Guinea Bissau, which comprises close to 80 islands. For most, these countries trigger vivid images of tourist heavens characterized by tranquil beaches, palm trees, clear turquoise waters or colourful coral reefs.

9. Climate change affects Inuits
Velasquez talks Arctic ice melting. Carlos Velazquez, former director of natural resources and environmental affairs of the Southern Cherokee nation, spoke about the Inuit peoples of Nunavut, Canada, and how climate change is effecting their society and culture.

10. Private sector key to fighting climate change, Richard Branson says
British magnate Sir Richard Branson is a strong advocate of business solutions to tackle climate change. He told us about island economies offering a great chance for transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables.

11. Nature network hope for birds threatened by climate change
( —New research led by the British Trust for Ornithology and involving a University of York academic provides strong evidence that internationally important British bird populations are being affected by climate change, which could threaten their long-term conservation status.

12. COP 19 and Climate Change: The Path to Resolution
On November 11th, world leaders in business, industry, and NGOs will join representatives from nearly 200 countries to convene in Warsaw, Poland, for the nineteenth annual Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—an international environmental treaty established in 1994 to address the challenges of a warming planet.

PT George
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