5 Things to Know about How Climate Change Impacts the World. Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast) Today leading science experts released the latest United Nations report on the impacts of climate change around the world.
As the Associated Press reported: “The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought. Www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/06/20/000456286_20140620100846/Rendered/PDF/889080WP0v10RE0Smart0Development0Ma.pdf. Tackling Climate Change Would Grow Global Economy. According to a new study by the World Bank Group, climate change action could add as much as $2.6 trillion to the global economy through ocean preservation, energy efficiency and other climate-smart policies.
The report focuses on five large countries – Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the United States – plus the European Union. It found that a shift to low-carbon transport and improved energy efficiency in factories, buildings and appliances could increase global growth in gross domestic product (GDP) by an extra $1.8 trillion, or 1.5%, a year by 2030. If financing and technology investment increased, global GDP could grow by an additional $2.6 trillion, or 2.2%, a year by 2030. These interventions should seem like no-brainers to governments around the world.
4 Climate Change Myths, Debunked. The issue of climate change has received so much attention in recent years that it has become difficult to separate facts from fiction.
This idea clears up some misconceptions about climate change. Myth 1: Scientists can’t agree. Most scientists agree that human activity is largely responsible for recent warming. The consensus is same as there is for the existence of gravity. Myth 2: It’s the sun. Changes in the Sun’s activity cannot explain the rise in global temperatures in recent decades.
Myth 3: It’s natural. Ghana, Burkina Faso and Kenya Wise-Up to Climate Change. THE climate change phenomenon and how best countries can mitigate the impacts or adapt to them continues to be a priority issue of concern worldwide.
Of particular concern to the international community is the high level of vulnerability of African countries to climate change. This is because their economies, which are mostly natural resources based (agriculture, mining, fishing, etc.) are highly sensitive to climate change and climate variability. Consequently, the United Nations, World Bank and other international organisations agree that Africa will be worst hit by climate change. They predict the phenomenon will bring about an increased incidence of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, mudslides; as well as a rise in infectious diseases. Bad Climate for Global Warming - Joshua Green - Politics. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies announced that 2010 had registered as the hottest year on record.
Nothing new here: nine of the last 10 years have been among the warmest ever. The news highlighted one of Washington's biggest failures over the last two years: its inability to advance climate legislation. It was also a grim reminder that things could get worse. Home.
Teaching Climate Change to Skeptics. A few years ago, Joseph B.
Lassiter traveled to San Francisco, Houston, and New York to hold discussions with Harvard alumni on the topic of business and the environment. Each time, he surveyed the audience about the touchy subject of climate change and how society should react to it. And while his presentations had been essentially identical and the audiences at first blush quite similar, the attitudes he encountered were disparate. Heaviest rains in 60 years kill 37 in Beijing. BEIJING Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:41pm EDT BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese capital's heaviest rainstorm in six decades killed at least 37 people, flooded streets and stranded 80,000 people at the main airport, state media and the government said on Sunday.
The storm, which started on Saturday afternoon and continued late into the night, flooded major roads and sent torrents of water tumbling down steps into underpasses. The Beijing city government said on its official microblog at least 37 people had died, including 25 drowned, six crushed in collapsing homes, five electrocuted and one struck by lightning. A campaign, a competition, and a community that cares about climate change. Reforestation. The Great Carbon Bubble – EoVadis Ltd. >> Feb 22, 2012 If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.
As yet—as we shall see—it’s unfortunately largely invisible to us.In compensation, though, we have some truly beautiful images made possible by new technology. THE FUCKING WEATHER. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Naomi Klein: Why Climate Change Is So Threatening to Right-Wing Ideologues. U.S.-China Collaboration on Sustainable Urbanization. This post originally appeared on the ChinaFAQs website.
A group of government officials from China traveled on a study tour in the United States last week. The tour, hosted by the World Resources Institute, focused on low carbon development. The delegation was led by Director General Su Wei of the Department of Climate Change from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), who is China’s chief negotiator on climate change and a key decision maker for low-carbon development initiatives. The tour passed through WRI’s office in Washington, D.C., to conduct a workshop on low-carbon development. The event began with a signing of a memorandum of understanding between NDRC, China’s main planning agency, and WRI to work together on low carbon city development and related issues.
China currently faces many environmental challenges, including mounting concern over air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and scarcity of water, energy and other resources. Global Warming, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Sustainable Markets, Good Governance & the Environment. City goes back to school on climate change » Local News.
NEWBURYPORT — Some city leaders went back to school this week in an attempt to learn skills in dealing with climate change — and working with each other.
A "Climate Change Exercise" was conducted at the high school Thursday and hosted by the city's planning department and a department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The two-hour event was facilitated by Professor Larry Susskind, who heads the Science Impact Collaborative at MIT. Close to two-dozen participants focused on an urban problem created by climate change.
The role-playing exercise did not reference Newburyport, but Susskind's opening remarks did have a ring of reality. "I was recently in Vermont and looked at the incredible damage created by river overflow after Hurricane Irene," Susskind said. "We can't predict what will happen in any community, but the data shows that extreme weather events are increasing as a result of climate change.