A new study has found that many of Alaska’s roads, runways, railroads and water and sewer systems will wear out more quickly and cost more to fix because of climate change. From now to 2030, rising temperatures, melting permafrost, reduction of polar ice and increased flooding are expected to boost repair and replacement costs by 20 per cent to as much as $6.1 billion US.
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.
I came across a surprising headline in the UK last night claiming that, “Three Quarters Believe Global Warming A 'Natural Occurrence.'” The “poll” was conducted by an UK publisher called Pocket Issue and their findings are in stark contrast to all of the polling data I have seen showing an ever-increasing number of people around the world convinced that global warming is caused by human activity, namely our reliance on burning fossil fuels, like oil, gas and coal, to produce energy.
In fact a recent BBC sponsored poll found the exact opposite, that 66% of the British population believe that global warming is a result of human activity.
A United Nations conference has been urged to protect six World Heritage sites, including Mount Everest and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, from global warming. Campaigners hope to persuade the group to reverse last year's decision to reject cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Ontario government set its climate targets Monday, promising to close the province's coal plants and reduce emissions to below 1990 levels. Premier McGuinty said to reach the proposed targets, Ontario's coal plants will shut down by 2014.
The premier estimated the closure of the plants will help to achieve 50 per cent of Ontario's proposed levels. The remaining 50 per cent will come from transit initiatives, improved energy efficiency and technology that helps fight climate change. The premier boasted the province is building hundreds of wind turbines to the replace the plants and a massive new clean energy tunnel project in Niagara Falls.