Climate Change : Features

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  • Climate disasters hitting the poor

    24 July 2008

    In 2007, there were 950 natural catastrophes compared with 850 in 2006, the highest number recorded since the giant insurance company Munich Re started compiling annual disaster reports in 1974. How far this is due to climare change is unclear. But it is clear that the burden of such disasters falls most heavily on the poor who are least to blame for climate change, says Richard Waddington.

  • Glacier melt threatens future harvests

    20 March 2008

    The world is now facing a climate-driven shrinkage of river-based irrigation that poses a massivs and unprecedented threat to food supplies, says Lester Brown.

  • COMMENTARY: Stabilising population is a climate 'must'

    11 December 2007

    Human population continues to grow by more than 75 million people annually. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, global population and annual carbon dioxide emissions have both increased by about 70 per cent. As a result, per capita emission rates remain steady at about 1.2 metric tons (mt) of carbon per person per year.

  • World's addiction to coal growing

    2 November 2007

    While China is closing some of its older dirtier coal mines, there are plans for a coal-fired power plant to go on line in China nearly every week. It is part of a worldwide coal rush, pouring CO2 into the air, just as the dangers of global warming become ever-more insistent. This first-hand report is from Maine Today.

  • COMMENTARY: China could lead the way to climate cooldown

    23 October 2007

    Jonathan Porritt's revised and updated book,Capitalism as if the World Matters has been described as "The best account of where we are now and how we might move ahead". Here, in a specially commissioned article, he sets out a controversial view about the role that newly awakened China might play in combatting the climate crisis.

  • 20 years on Worldwatch finds progress slow and jerky

    23 October 2007

    World Watch magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary next year. To mark the event it has asked its original contributors to assess what has happened to their calls then for action over climate change, for more sustainable farming, for a swirch to renewable energy and a vote for politicians who inderstand what is at stake. The answer seems to be slow progress.

  • Bitter fight begins over climate

    7 September 2007

    The world meets in Bali in December to thrash out commitments to combat climate change after 2012, when the present phase of the Kyoto Protocol expires. But, says Martin Khor the recent preparatory meeting in Vienna shows what a long and complex struggle it will be - affecting not only the climate, but the economic wellbeing of rich and poor.

  • What future for climate talks after Bush meeting?

    22 August 2007

    President George Bush has invited a number of 'major economies' and the United Nations to a meeting in the United States in September to develop a framework on climate change. Although the meeting aims to complement the global agreement under the UN, the nature and timing of the meeting opens questions as to whether the US initiative will be a building block or stumbling block to the UN process, says Martin Khor.

  • Zerocarbonbritain - a new energy strategy

    13 August 2007

    Britain must eliminate all carbon emissions within 20 years by halving energy demand and installing massive renewable energy generation, according to a new report from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

  • One man's river odyssey in drought-stricken Australia

    8 August 2007

    Rain has been falling in South East Australia, filling reservoirs and recharging the water table, but but the worst drought on record still has a firm hold in southern Queensland, central New South Wales and South Australia - so no rain has fallen in the Murray-River catchment. Here Don Alcock tells the story of one man's travels along that river system in a bid to investigate the causes of this crisis, including climate change.