China, Norway and UN sign deal to combat climate change

Mon, 2007-03-26 10:17Bill Miller
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China, Norway and UN sign deal to combat climate change

The US$2 million project will be funded by Norway and is expected to be launched by mid-year. A UNDP statement said it will look at ways to help local governments address glacial melting in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Glaciers are the world's second largest store of fresh water and feed seven of the great rivers of Asia, but are receding at a faster rate than any other glaciers in the world.

The project will also look at ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the coal-producing provinces of Shanxi and Inner Mongolia by improving efficiency. In Ningxia and Gansu provinces, the project will work to develop crop adaptation techniques and increase water efficiency.

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In less than a decade, climate change-induced sea level rise could force thousands of people to migrate from some small island developing states (SIDS), according to the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program.

The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS) increasingly share sea level rise and other escalating environmental threats that are further aggravated by economic insecurities, Achim Steiner added.

What makes this situation even more grievous is that the climate...

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