Climate Change News Updates: 7 November, 2013

Climate Change News Updates: 7 November, 2013

1. The Cabinet in the Indian Parliament to decide on climate talks parameters today
The Union Cabinet is likely to decide the non-negotiables for the upcoming climate change negotiations on Thursday. The Cabinet will take a call on the shape of the new global agreement that India would push for at these talks and over the next two years till the pact is signed in 2015.

2. The whopping climate change footprint of two Australian coal mining projects
Over the past two years in the US, concerned citizens have been galvanised to march, rally, campaign and get arrested to block the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline – a project to pump a reported 830,000 tonnes of one of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels from Canada to Texas.

3. Record level of greenhouse gases raise concern over climate change. (You Tube)

4. China is willing to work with the U.N. to fight against Climate Change
China is willing to work with U.N to fight against climate change and it wants to establish a new global deal about this issue.  However, the country’s top climate change official, Xie Zhenhua, has said that the key to progress is getting rich nations to keep pledges to fund mitigation steps by poorer countries.

5. Climate change conference: delegates prepare to travel to Warsaw
Michel Jarraud, the secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organisation, pulled no punches when he spoke about the “devastating consequences” for humanity and the planet if the growth in greenhouse gas emissions is not curbed soon.

6. Humanity must adopt effective policies against climate change
From November 11 to 22, Warsaw will host the 18th UN Climate Conference. It will follow the usual bureaucratic agenda that allows for little time to deal with the essentials. This time, moreover, it will spend more time on “climate adaptation”, a sign that the organisers have increasing doubts about Man’s ability to mitigate climate change.

7. Climate change talks: no minister to represent Australia
Australia will have no government minister at the main United Nations climate negotiations next week, for the first time since the Kyoto accord in 1997. Diplomat Justin Lee, Australia’s ambassador for climate change, will represent the country at international talks in Poland, which are seen as vital to laying the groundwork for a global agreement to cut carbon emissions.

8. You think you know about climate change. You don’t.
Listen carefully to what the world’s climate experts are saying. Their latest report on global climate change is — quite literally — a list of climatic calamities. Here’s a sample, with italics added for emphasis: “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia.”

9. Framing the bigger picture: climate change in SE Asia
One thing is clear – thrashing out the big picture on climate change is not easy. Day one of the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program’s Southeast Asian workshop: “Scenarios for Future Food Security, Environments and Livelihoods in Southeast Asia,” is over, and culminated in some heated debate.

PT George
Intercultural Resources
Twitter: @icr_india



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