Does the Cancún agreement show climate leadership?
13 December 2010
In the last hours before the final session of the Cancún climate change summit, the world's poorest countries tried to
remind the rich what was at stake. Bruno Sekoli, chair of the 54 nations in the least developed block, spoke for them all:
"The objective of these talks [has been] to mitigate climate change and help developing countries adapt [to climate
impacts]. The situation is extremely disappointing. Concentrations of greenhouse gases have risen at alarming rates and
it's worrying to think of the situation in just 10 years' time. Most of us are already fighting for survival I appeal to
developed countries to do what is right. They have shown economic, even military leadership. They must now show
Cancun: Are we running out of time on climate change?
December 13 2010
The 2010 UN climate change negotiations in Cancun have concluded, and the most optimistic view is that it wasn't a step
back, and that the steps forward, while miniscule compared to the challenges, represent progress of a sort. Members of
government, scientists, and leaders from 194 countries attended this 16th annual UN meeting on climate change,
following last year's much higher profile gathering in Copenhagen. In contrast, this year's meeting elicited few if any
mentions in the major U.S. news media. As in the past, farmers, peasants and citizen's organizations and their
demonstrations were kept far from the negotiations; a march of several thousand mainly agricultural workers was kept
miles from the meeting site.
Cancun signals a return to practical climate policies
December 14, 2010
COMPARED with the climate change circus in Copenhagen 12 months ago, the conference at Cancun was a propaganda
failure for the green extreme.
But a policy success for everybody who understands that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will occur only when nations,
and not NGO activists, agree to terms. Cancun delivered no breakthroughs. Global conferences that address the
aspirations of developed, developing and under-developed nations rarely do. But it did hammer out an agreement of sorts.
The meeting accepted the world must cut emissions, by anything up to the 40 per cent long called for by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for developed nations, and that all states must report progress
Cancun, une conférence pas si décevante que ça
14 décembre 2010
Cancun marque la fin de la lutte «par le haut» contre le réchauffement climatique. Ce nest pas mauvais signe: un marché
du carbone plus libre sera aussi plus efficace. De plus, dimportantes initiatives, de lAllemagne, de la Norvège sont
exemplaires en matière de préservation des forêts. Le communiqué officiel de la conférence de Cancun sur le changement
climatique ne peut masquer le fait quil ny aura pas de successeur au Protocole de Kyoto à son expiration fin 2012. Le
Japon, entre autres, sest soustrait aux efforts visant à reconduire le traité de Kyoto. Cela pourrait sembler une mauvaise
nouvelle, car cela signifie quun prix international du carbone ne sera pas fixé, et, sans un prix du marché, il sera difficile
dorganiser efficacement la réduction des émissions de carbone. Mais les apparences sont parfois trompeuses.
Argentina pierde sus glaciares a una velocidad inusitada
Retrocedieron más de 35 metros, en promedio, en los últimos diez años. Los expertos pronostican la crecida de los mares.
Y posibles inundaciones en zonas de Rosario, La Plata y en Puerto Madero. Somos vulnerables. A pesar de ser uno de los
países que produce menor cantidad de los gases contaminantes que provocan el efecto invernadero (América Latina
apenas contamina el 13% del total en el planeta), Argentina está padeciendo algunos de los efectos más graves del
cambio climático. Inundaciones, sequías, erosión de los suelos, deforestación y ahora sabemos que nuestros glaciares,
fuente de agua y energía imprescindibles para el país, se están derritiendo a mayor velocidad que cualesquiera otros en
New Climate Battle Looms In South Africa In 2011
The world's governments face a new battle in South Africa in 2011 between rich and poor about slowing climate change,
buoyed by some progress in Mexico but with faded hopes for a new treaty in coming years. In 2011, governments will try
to build on a deal in Mexico to set up a Green Climate Fund to help channel $100 billion in climate aid a year from 2020,
along with new systems to protect tropical forests and share clean technologies.
Adaptation to climate change is key
Dec 13, 2010
Right now it appears we may be facing a global temperature rise of between 4 and 6°C above the pre-industrial average
by the end of this century. Without mitigation, warming will only continue onwards and upwards from there. Even if all
nations manage to fulfil the pledges that they made at the Copenhagen conference in December 2009, emissions will still
peak in roughly 2035 and bring around 3°C of temperature rise
UN: Heavy snows in Europe underline need to prepare for climate hazards
Dec 13, 2010
The heavy snowfall that recently immobilised cities in Europe is an indication that the world may be ill prepared to cope
with unpredictable climate patterns, a senior United Nations said today, calling for greater efforts to improve readiness to
respond to extreme weather events. National meteorological services in Europe did well to issue warnings, but being
prepared goes beyond prediction, said Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-Generals Special Representative for Disaster
Risk Reduction. A complete and effective early warning system also requires planners to understand the risks they face,
so that they are able to respond appropriately, she said.
Over 2,500 homes damaged by floods in Panama
Dec 13, 2010
PANAMA CITY Civil defense authorities in Panama say more than 2,500 homes have been damaged and 10 people killed
in more than a week of flooding caused by heavy rains. The rains are continuing, and have washed out the access road
to one of the bridges crossing over the Panama canal. The National Civil Defense System says eight people died last week
in mudslides and two others drowned.
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