Faster action is needed to keep global warming to agreed limits and delays until 2030 could force reliance on technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air, a UN report said on Sunday. The study, drawing on the work of more than 1,000 experts, said a shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power was affordable and would shave only about 0.06 percentage point a year off world economic growth. "We have a window of opportunity for the next decade, and maximum the next two decades" to act at moderate costs, said Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of a Berlin meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "I'm not saying it's costless. I'm not saying climate policy is a free lunch. But it's a lunch worthwhile to buy," he said. The report, endorsed by governments, is meant as the main scientific guide for nations working on a U.N. deal to be agreed in late 2015 to rein in world greenhouse gas emissions that have hit repeated highs, … [Read more...] about Act fast to curb global warming, or extract CO2 from air: U.N.
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The dead of winter - especially this winter with its massive snow storms in the eastern United States - is not the easiest time to make the case for global warming. Short-term weather events and long-range climate change are not the same thing, of course, but it's hard to separate them in the public's mind. But it's even harder these days to convincingly argue that climate change is a reality. "Gloomy unemployment numbers, public frustration with Washington, attacks on climate science, and mobilized opposition to national climate legislation represent a 'perfect storm' of events that have lowered public concerns about global warming even among the alarmed," says Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change. Yale and George Mason University recently polled on the question. Since 2008, the number of people who don't believe global warming is happening has more than doubled to 16 percent. At the same time, those "alarmed" at the prospect of climate change has … [Read more...] about How do you convince people of global warming in a snowstorm?
Unis urged to equip students to tackle global challenges (10-11-2009) HCM CITY — University education in the 21st century should have students move from passive observation to interactive participation, experts said at a conference in HCM City yesterday. Dr Jay Thomson of the Northwestern Polytechnic University in the US said student-centered education would increase learning efficiency and offer lifelong learning capabilities. Academics from Chile, the US, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, China and hosts Viet Nam stressed that students should be equipped with attitudes and skills needed to confront new challenges facing the world, including global warming. "Students need not only be geared up for healthy competition but also for responsibilities they have to society," said Dr Nguyen Van Sau, chancellor of the Sai Gon Institute of Technology (Saigontech). He said his university would co-operate with institutions from other countries to guide students on effectively using … [Read more...] about Unis urged to equip students to tackle global challenges
Leaders of the world's richest countries arrived in northern Japan on June 6 for a summit that aims to handle the soaring prices of crude oil and foodstuffs as well as climate change. They will also discuss international assistance to African development and the dual threats to world peace posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. The leaders of the G8 will be joined by those of some 15 other countries including China, India, Brazil, Australia and eight African states for expanded sessions on global warming and poverty alleviation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G8 leaders would agree on steps to fight the soaring prices of food and to guarantee supplies. According to Japanese press, the G8 is likely to set up a task force on the food crisis or create a system of food reserves much like oil reserves. Climate change will top the agenda when an expanded group of nations meets on Wednesday and the leaders are expected to spearhead efforts to halve … [Read more...] about G8 nations to tackle global immediate dangers
Hanoi Times - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that global warming is unequivocal and could cause irreversible damage to the planet. Launching the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on November 17, Secretary General Ban said that slowing and even reversing the effects of climate change "is the defining challenge of our age," according to news reporters. Ban said the report from the IPCC, which brings together hundreds of scientific experts, will assist in advancing world efforts to tackle climate change. He emphasised that work to find new and improved production, consumption and disposal methods must continue. He also said environmentally-friendly industries that spur development and employment must be promoted. The report, released in Valencia, Spain, is the combination of three IPCC reports issued earlier this year that examine the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and ways to mitigate and … [Read more...] about UN report defines global warming as greatest challenge