Technology called available
By Beth Daley, Globe Staff | May 5, 2007
Technologies are available to significantly reduce greenhouse gases but nations must adopt them far more aggressively to avert the worst consequences of global warming, the leading scientific authority on climate change said yesterday.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said temperature increases that began more than a century ago could be capped at 3.6 degrees if nations level greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade and then reduce them between 50 percent and 85 percent by 2050. Continue reading
UNITED NATIONS – NATIONS UNIES
FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE – Secretariat
UNFCCC Executive Secretary says significant funds needed to adapt to climate change impacts (Brussels, 6 April 2007) – On the occasion of the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment of present and future impacts of climate change, the UN’s top climate change official has pointed to the potential danger of climate change triggering conflicts over water, the spread of diseases and an increase in world-wide migration unless adequate adaptation measures are developed and integrated into long-term development planning. Continue reading
New York Times
Science / Environment
Panel Issues Bleak Report on Climate Change
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL and ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: Paris, February 2, 2007
In a bleak and powerful assessment of the future of the planet, the leading international network of climate change scientists has concluded for the first time that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.
They said the world is already committed to centuries of warming, shifting weather patterns and rising seas, resulting from the buildup of gases in the atmosphere that trap heat. But the warming can be substantially blunted by prompt action, the panel of scientists said in a report released here today. Continue reading
I sincerely hope that the 2008 presidential election brings climate change/global warming to the forefront of US policy issues. The story below doesn’t surprise me one bit, but it does disturb me. This is no longer an issue up for debate, its an issue that needs to be addressed immediately and effectively for our future and for future generations. Continue reading
Or, if I had my way, bluer. Because we need to keep the ocean blue in a “green” way as much as we need to keep the earth green.
I am absolutely thrilled at the outcome of this week’s election. Rumsfeld’s ousting was icing on the, um, wheat grass (sticking with the green theme.) Continue reading
Groundbreaking climate report inspires predictable political responses
World reaction to yesterday’s U.K. report linking climate change with possible economic ruin has been swift — and painfully predictable. Continue reading
As usual, the US sidesteps its responsibility to the planet:
By Roger Harrabin
Environment analyst, BBC News, Monterrey
Climate talks between the world’s top 20 polluters have ended with an unusual level of agreement on the urgent need to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.
But delegates at the Mexico talks also stressed the massive gap between the politics and science of climate change. Several said they had never known such a positive atmosphere [at the climate talks]. Nobody doubted the reality of climate science anymore. Continue reading
What a wonderful thing Sir Richard Branson has done and how eloquently he’s gone about it. Not only is he financing the search for solutions to global warming he’s brought greater attention to the issue, which is quickly becoming a topic frequently discussed in the media. It’s about time. Over the past few days, Branson has said what many of us fear, but rarely talk about – the fact that we’re destroying this planet at an alarming rate. Quoted from a New York Times article: “Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents,” Sir Richard said. “It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same world. We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment.” I believe that statement is what truly drives his generosity, but he has created a win-win situation through his commitment of $3 billion over 10 years, which is very smart. His empire benefits because the money will be invested in Virgin Group companies already exploring options for alternative aviation fuels for Virgin Airline. It’s also a sorely needed investment in our environmental future, one that will benefit us all. Continue reading
Well if you still don’t believe global warming is real, read this article published today in the San Francisco Chronicle titled “Greenland’s ice cap is melting at a frighteningly fast rate” – it reports more evidence that the planet is warming faster than ever and, if it continues unabated, the consequences will be severe: Continue reading
Global Warming – Boiling Point by Gelbspan
David recently posted in the Plankton Forums about this book — I haven’t read it yet, but am planning to on our upcoming expedition. He says it’s a quick read and it’s not as depressing as it sounds so everyone interested in the future of civilization should read it. He pulled a few quotes from the book, that all occur before page 33: Continue reading