Developing nations fear the effects of climate change as much as any of us - but ensure economic development does not aggravate the problem is a major hurdle for them to overcome.
Climate Change & Adaptation
Policies to increase food security in the global South focus too much on rural food production and not enough on ensuring poor people can access and afford food, especially in urban areas, says a report published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development.
New climate change adaptation system. Developing countries - Africa and South Asia - especially will benefit from the new systems that track the social impacts of efforts to adapt to climate change.
Deforestation causes huge social and environmental negative impacts. This happened in December last year in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. It happened again this year – also in December – in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.
Despite lavish promises in 2009, with over US$30 billion pledged to help mitigate climate change in developing countries, a shameful 20 percent of that amount is all that has been turned into action on the ground. Report by IIED.
Kyoto Protocol is referred to in this statement by The Gambia on behalf of the Least Developed Countries and the Alliance of Small Island States
The latest Environmental rankings are out. Many of the usual villians have changed little in their rankings, indicating personal pleasure and advancement is over-ruling sensible behaviour.
Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil, assessed 90 of the most important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four.
Surface mining that blasts away mountain tops to reveal the underlying coal has turned many small West Virginian communities into ghost towns, literally inverting their eco-systems. Emissions from old coal smokestacks in Chicago create thick layers of dust and are believed to cause asthma. The voices of women in these communities is being brought to the forefront during two Gender and Climate Justice Tribunals, the first in the North America organised by the Feminist Task Force of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty.
Scientists and coal miners have discovered a huge fossilised forest in the United States that existed tens of millions of years before the dinosaurs. Studying the remains of this ecosystem, which was wiped out by flooding over 300 million years ago, could provide clues about modern climate change.
The Green Disc – a great resource about innovative technologies for developing countries and small island states – is now available online. The site is meant to be a one-stop online location for researchers to post data and information about potential solutions to energy and environmental issues. Topics include space-based solar power, tidal energy, using algae as biomass and much more.
The public and private sectors need to collaborate more, according to the head of the UNFCC Christiana Figueres, to bring down the cost of clean energy technologies like solar and wind.
Which country has the largest carbon footprint in Asia-Pacific? The World Wildlife Fund has just released the answer . . . .
Top scientists are urging governments to replace GDP as a measure of wealth, end damaging subsidies and transform systems of governance to set humanity on a new path to a better future. Otherwise, we risk climate, biodiversity and poverty crises that will spawn greater problems worldwide.
Leading scientists and experts in sustainable development call for urgent changes to tackle environmental crises and improve human well-being. The group – all past winners of the Blue Planet Prize – are challenging governments ahead of the Rio+20 Summit later this year to limit human-induced climate change, stop the loss of biodiversity and halt ecosystem degradation.
The effect of a 4deg rise in temperature on the water-dependent Asian region could be catastrophic. The UK’s Meteorological Office has put together an interactive map that shows what the effects could be.
Climate Change is bad for the planet, most of us agree. But it also presents some serious and pressing issues when it comes to national security.
Climate Change is something that should transcend politics, says Arnie the Gubernator. He says it is time to stop arguing, and time to start doing something.
There is no doubt Climate Change is changing our weather. But the effects could lead to increasing poverty, starvation, fewer industry jobs, less investment and increased danger from natural Hazards. Our edited extracts from the Global Assessment report: “Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change” from Dr. Balgis Osman-Elasha, lead author for International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) help explain the potential problems.
Asian nations show the way as major powers dither and hesitate to commit at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico.