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Mon, 2008-04-14 20:13Mitchell Anderson
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Bjorn Lomborg’s Message Meets Reality

Bjorn Lomborg had an embarrassing encounter with truth this month. The Skeptical Environmentalist has made a lucrative career of jetting around the world on media tours telling the public that dealing with climate change will endanger the world’s poorest people.

The United Nations doesn’t see it that way. Last week the World Health Organization issued a statement for World Health Day recognizing that climate change will devastate populations in developing countries.

Fri, 2007-12-07 11:56Ross Gelbspan
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Congressmen to UN: Don't blame us -- We just live here!

The US might have earned global ire for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, but not every American is a climate villain, U.S. lawmakers say. Rep. Edward J. Markey and 10 House committee chairmen, in a letter to the U.N., highlighted what they said was the willingness of the U.S. Congress and voters to act against a policy of delay adopted by the administration of George W. Bush.

…[T]he world must know that President Bush's avoidance of action is not the status quo here in America,” said Markey, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.”

Mon, 2007-09-24 08:57Richard Littlemore
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Harper Approaches UN with "next to no credibility"

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who only stumbled upon the reality of climate change in the last year, is scheduled to address the United Nations today to boast about Canada's climate change plans.

Per the partial quote above, he goes with a disadvantage. According to Johanne Whitmore, a climate change policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, “We (Canadians) have next to no credibility on the international negotiation level.”

I actually think that Whitmore is overstating the case. Canada has less than no credibility on this issue.
Tue, 2007-08-07 11:48Emily Murgatroyd
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New UN Website on Climate Change

The United Nations has just launched a new comprehensive website to inform on its dealings with climate change. You can learn about the IPCC, UN global warming initiatives, latest news and much more.

I think it's worth noting as well, that the UN now calls the link between climate change and human activity, 'unequivocal'. Check out the site here.

Thu, 2007-06-07 12:01Bill Miller
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This just in: Europe and U.S. reach climate accord

President Bush apparently has softened his position at the G-8 summit by offering to “consider” a proposal by Germany to fight climate change with a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.

Wed, 2007-05-23 06:11Ross Gelbspan
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Tell Us When It Becomes An Emergency

Human activities are wiping out three animal or plant species every hour and the world must do more to slow the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs by 2010, the United Nations said.
Tue, 2007-05-22 08:07Ross Gelbspan
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Reality Swamps IPCC's "Worst Case Scenario"

Global emissions of carbon dioxide are growing at a faster clip than the highest rates used in recent key UN reports. From 2000 to 2004, CO2 emissions rates almost tripled to 3 percent a year – higher than any rate used in emissions scenarios for the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Fri, 2007-05-04 10:05Kevin Grandia
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Working Group III Summary: before and after

I am working on a comparison of the Working Group three report released to the public today, with a copy of the draft that was submitted by scientists. Should have it up soon.

In the meantime, attached is copy of the summary as submitted by scientists for negotiation and a copy of the final official summary released today in Bangkok.

Tue, 2007-04-10 17:05Kevin Grandia
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IPCC summary report culled and it's the deniers who claim censorship?

It's clear that the United States, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia flexed their collective United Nations muscle in negotiating the final version of the IPCC's summary for policymakers released in Brussels on Friday. But don't let the global warming deniers tell you that the report was somehow played up by the “alarmist” UN and “their socialist group of scientists bent on new world order.”

The exact opposite occurred.


Mon, 2007-03-05 12:19Bill Miller
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Global warming is an issue of “particular urgency” says UN chief

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a conference despite our best intentions and some admirable efforts, degradation of the global environment continues unabated, and the world's natural resource base is being used in an unsustainable manner. On the bright side, however, awareness is growing in industrialized countries.

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