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Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2012 - DARA “This second edition of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor is the splash of cold water we desperately need to awaken us from our climate change complacency.” Robert Glasser, Secretary-General of CARE International The Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2nd Edition reveals that climate change has already held back global development and inaction is a leading global cause of death. Harm is most acute for poor and vulnerable groups but no country is spared either the costs of inaction or the benefits of an alternative path. Commissioned by the world’s most vulnerable countries and backed by high-level and technical panels, the new Monitor estimates human and economic impacts of climate change and the carbon economy for 184 countries in 2010 and 2030, across 34 indicators. Watch the videos and view the photo gallery of the global launch of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2nd Edition, Sept 26th, Asia Society, New York > Use the worldmap to browse data by country or compare countries

Alaska on the edge: Newtok's residents race to stop village falling into sea | Environment What is a climate refugee? The immediate image that comes to mind of “climate refugees” is people of small tropical islands in the Pacific or of a low-lying delta like in Bangladesh, where inhabitants have been forced out of their homes by sea-level rise. The broader phenomenon is usually taken to be people displaced from their homes by the impact of a changing climate – although the strict definition of a refugee in international law is more narrow including people displaced by war, violence or persecution, but not environmental changes. With climate change occurring rapidly in the far north, where temperatures are warming faster than the global average, the typical picture of the climate refugee is set to become more diverse. Sea ice is in retreat, the permafrost is melting, bringing the effects of climate change in real time to residents of the remote villages of Alaska. "I dream about the water coming in," she said. In the dream, Warner climbs on to the roof of her small house. 1 of 20

The Burning Question | A book by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark | We can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit? Scientists warned the President about global warming 50 years ago today | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment Fifty years ago today, as the American Association for the Advancement of Science highlighted, US president Lyndon Johnson’s science advisory committee sent him a report entitled Restoring the Quality of Our Environment. The introduction to the report noted: Pollutants have altered on a global scale the carbon dioxide content of the air and the lead concentrations in ocean waters and human populations. The report included a section on atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate change, written by prominent climate scientists Roger Revelle, Wallace Broecker, Charles Keeling, Harmon Craig, and J Smagorisnky. The report noted that within a few years, climate models would be able to reasonably project future global surface temperature changes. You can read the details about this paper and Broecker’s modeling here and in my book Climatology versus Pseudoscience. The 1965 report also debunked a number of myths that climate contrarians continue to repeat to this day.

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