Climate Change : Newsfile

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  • Billion hectares of forests with potential for restoration, study shows

    3 December 2009

    Land areas around the world, bigger than Canada, have been identified as having potential to be restored to good quality, healthy forests, a new study has found.

  • A cry for help from Ethiopia in face of climate change

    3 December 2009

    Climate change is hitting the world's poorest countries, the people least able to cope, according to a new case study on Ethiopia.

  • Mixed reaction to US and China emissions goals

    27 November 2009

    The announcement yesterday by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao that his country plans to cut carbon-emissions intensity 40 to 45 per cent by 2020 compared to 2005 levels and President Obama's earlier emission targets, have been generally welcomed, but not universally so. The details of China's position will be presented at the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark early next month.

  • Humanity now demanding 1.4 Earths

    26 November 2009

    It would now take nearly one and a half Earths to generate all the resources humanity consumes and absorb all our CO2 emissions, according to the latest Ecological Footprint and biocapacity calculations. These figures are based upon source data from 2006, the most recent year for which such data are available, and are released on the eve of the Copenhagen climate conference by the Global Footprint Network.

  • Global temperatures could rise 6C by end of century, say scientists

    18 November 2009

    Global temperatures are on a path to rise by an average of 6C by the end of the century as CO2 emissions increase and the and the Earth's natural ability to absorb the gas declines, according to a major new study.This report is by Alok Jha, Green technology correspondent of The Guardian.

  • Ocean sediments yield a warning message from the past

    17 November 2009

    A new historical record of carbon dioxide levels derived from ocean sediments going back 20 million years suggests to scientists that current political targets on climate may be "playing with fire", says BBC Environment correspondent, Richard Black. In a report for the on BBC News website, he writes:

  • Women must be enrolled in climate campaign, says UN

    17 November 2009

    Women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, droughts, melting glaciers and extreme weather, concludes The State of World Population 2009 report, released today.

  • No climate treaty deal in Copenhagen, Obama admits

    16 November 2009

    According to a report in today's Guardian newspaper President Barack Obama has acknowledged that time had run out to secure a legally binding climate deal at the Copenhagen summit in December. Instead he has thown his support behind plans to delay a formal pact until next year at the earliest.

  • TOWARDS COPENHAGEN 3: Food security is the fundamental climate issue

    12 November 2009

    For the 193 national delegations gathering in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference in December, the reasons for concern about climate change vary widely. For delegations from low-lying island countries, the principal concern is rising sea level. For countries in southern Europe, climate change means less rainfall and more drought. For countries of East Asia and the Caribbean, more powerful storms and storm surges are a growing worry. This climate change conference is about all these things, and many more, but in a very fundamental sense, it is a conference about food security.

  • Global climate deal unlikely at Copenhagen

    9 November 2009

    The last formal negotiations, in Barcelona, before the global summit on climate change in Copenhagen, concluded in disarray on Friday 6th November, though it now appears that many heads of state are likely to attend the Copenhagen conference, including Gordon Brown, in an effort to give more negotiating weight to the event. But, says John Vidal, in this dispatch to The Guardian, developing countries are threatening to walk out of the December conference unless rich countries commit themselves to far greater cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.