Paris Agreement - Negotiations and agreement One of the main sticking points of the negotiations was the issue of transferring funds from developed countries to LDCs, because developed countries did not want to be the only ones paying the costs. Moreover, even if the commitments of the countries were fulfilled, it was unlikely that temperatures would be limited to an increase of 2 °C (3.6 °F). Many countries, especially the island states threatened by rising sea levels, wanted to restrict warming to 1.5 °C (2.7 °F). See How the World’s Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City’s The floating particles on this page depict microscopic particulate pollution called PM2.5. The number of particles you see here represents the upper limit for “good” air quality, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency: 12 micrograms per cubic meter over 24 hours. We made our best guess for your location, or you can pick another.This is pollution in New York City on the worst air quality day this year. Particulate concentrations reached 41 µg/m3 during the highest hour, a level that would be considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans? To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here. Peering beyond scientific reticence. It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand.
Nature Climate Change 1, 35–41 (2011) The role of social and decision sciences in communicating uncertain climate risks In many nations, much of the public has long recognized the potential gravity of climate change1, 2. Nonetheless, few citizens or political leaders understand the underlying science well enough to evaluate climate-related proposals and controversies. As a result, it is hard for political leaders to generate and sustain broad public support for ambitious climate policies3 or for citizens to take effective personal action4. Conversely, it is relatively easy for a vocal, partisan minority to sow confusion, hoping to justify delay and inaction by amplifying uncertainties5, 6. Without basic scientific knowledge, lay people struggle to distinguish legitimate scepticism, which all sciences welcome7, from radical scepticism, an unwillingness to accept any evidence that might disprove the claims in question. Opinion polling in America shows how people became more sure that climate scientists believed in global warming over the period 1998–2006.
¿Qué es el diseño centrado en el planeta? - Creamos futuros I was recently asked to be on a panel about planet-centred design by New Zealand design platform, Design Assembly. The question for the panel was; Planet-centric design – What is the role and responsibility of the designer? Throughout its history, the design industry has predominantly been concerned with two things; Promoting industry through the design of products and services, and solving problems encountered by people in the consumption of products and services. There have been two critical contexts in which this has occurred; the age of the Anthropocene (where humans have been the dominant species on earth) and the capitalist economic system. From design came the concept of human-centredness, where designers placed the desires and needs of the human at the centre of their design project.
What is the Paris Agreement? At COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015, Parties to the UNFCCC reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and – for the first time – brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort. The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement opened for signature on 22 April 2016 – Earth Day – at UN Headquarters in New York.
Air Pollution by Country: How Air Quality Affects Humans, Climate Change Tiny particles suspended in the air contribute to millions of deaths a year. They also harm the climate. See which cities within sensor range have the unhealthiest air. Why this number Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people every year. Tiny soot and dust particles found in city air and biomass-fueled kitchens are the main culprits.
Extreme Weather Is Exploding Around the World. Why Isn’t the Media Talking About Climate Change? This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! GRIDA 01/07/08 Projected agriculture in 2080 due to climate change The GRID-Arendal Maps & Graphics Library is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development. There are currently 3022 graphics available in the database. Victims and affected people in Pakistan flood, August 2010 Seasonal fooding can occur along all the major watersheds in the Himalayan region (Figure 11–14). The largest problems occur in food prone areas with high population densities.
Proyecto Gaia The Clean Cook Stove with two pots, as found in a Nigerian household. Young girls walk miles to collect firewood. Once they have a sufficient load, they tie the bundles to their backs and walk the 6–8-hours back to camp. Ongoing research seeks to determine what types of health problems result from carrying these heavy loads, including a connection to low-birth weight in babies. Kebribeyah Refugee Camp, Ethiopia Awbarre refugee camp is situated next to a small town in the middle of the Ethiopian countryside, seven kilometers from the Somali border.
The Paris Agreement Paris Agreement: essential elements The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort. The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Eye-Popping View of CO2, Critical Step for Carbon-Cycle Science From the Arctic to the Mojave Desert, terrestrial and marine habitats are rapidly changing. These changes impact animals that are adapted to specific ecological niches, sometimes displacing them or reducing their numbers. From their privileged vantage point, satellites are particularly well-suited to observe habitat transformation and help scientists forecast impacts on the distribution, abundance and migration of animals.
Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature” The skyline of Manhattan at sunset in New York, May 23, 2018. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images This Sunday, the entire New York Times Magazine will be composed of just one article on a single subject: the failure to confront the global climate crisis in the 1980s, a time when the science was settled and the politics seemed to align. Written by Nathaniel Rich, this work of history is filled with insider revelations about roads not taken that, on several occasions, made me swear out loud. And lest there be any doubt that the implications of these decisions will be etched in geologic time, Rich’s words are punctuated with full-page aerial photographs by George Steinmetz that wrenchingly document the rapid unraveling of planetary systems, from the rushing water where Greenland ice used to be to massive algae blooms in China’s third largest lake. The novella-length piece represents the kind of media commitment that the climate crisis has long deserved but almost never received.
GRIDA - Climate impacts and tropical diseases in Colombia The GRID-Arendal Maps & Graphics Library is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development. There are currently 3022 graphics available in the database. Urban growth rate in Africa