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UN links 13 weather events so far this year to global warming

The United Nations World Meteorological Association linked 13 extreme weather events around the world so far this year to global warming yesterday, saying that heat- and flooding-related catastrophes can be thought of as consequences of global warming — and signs of what is to come if nothing is done to stop the runaway climate change engulfing the globe due to greenhouse gas emissions.

 

A plague o’er both their houses: Business, governments lack resolve on climate change

The United Nations secretary-general has told business it must do more to reverse global warming and use its power to affect the world responsibly, while a new survey of British businesses has found widespread discontent over their government's weakness in providing the necessary framework for environmental decision making.

Encroaching deserts due to global warming the ‘challenge of our times,’ study says

A UN report has issued a desertification warning saying tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia.

Without action, 50 million people could be displaced within 10 years.

Developing nations have crucial, but unspecified, post-Kyoto role on climate change

China, India, Brazil and other emerging nations must be persuaded not to expect sustainable growth without taking environmental degradation into account, says an editorial in Asahi Shimbun. While developed nations such as the U.S. bear greater responsibility for fighting global warming, it is also necessary to pinpoint the “differentiated” role cited by the UN for developing countries.

Global warming to devastate economies, nature in ice-loss sweep

A new United Nations study says hundreds of millions of livelihoods will be affected by melting snow and ice due to climate change , and time is running out for political leaders to reach agreement on curbing emissions.

Remote Alaskan villages struggle with consequences of climate change

In Alaska and northern Canada, the once-permanently frozen subsoil known as permafrost, which many native settlements rest upon, is now melting due to warming air and ocean temperatures. And sea ice that would normally protect coastal villages is forming later in the year, allowing fall storms to erode the shoreline.

UK's Blair nudges Bush Administration to back carbon deal next month

The prime minister, speaking on BBC TV, said climate-change awareness is gaining momentum with Americans and it’s possible the U.S. may be willing to support an agreement at the G8 summit in June on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

Latest IPCC report calls for world social revolution, says author

The steps urged by the United Nations-sponsored scientific panel to curb carbon emissions signal changes as comprehensive as the journey from gaslight and the horse-and-buggy to light bulbs and automobiles 100 years ago.

Prominent newspaper highlights link between security and global warming

The New York Times says the climate-change debate took “a useful turn” this week as “persuasive connections” were drawn between national security and global warming, causing even those who customarily scoff at environmental issues to take notice.

Africa must act fast on climate change, IPCC says

African governments must take speedy action to prevent drought in the already semi-arid continent due to global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said. Major threats include severe food shortages due to decreasing fish populations in large lakes because of rising temperatures.

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