Tiempo Climate Newswatch
Week ending October 21st 2007
The Blue Carbon Portal brings together the latest knowledge and resources on the role of oceans as carbon sinks.
WalkIt provides walking routes between user-defined points in selected British cities, with an estimate of the carbon savings.
Joto Afrika is a series of printed briefings and online resources about adapting to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa.
The CoolClimate Art Contest presents iconic images that address the impact of climate change.
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In the aftermath of Typhoon Lekima, the Red Cross estimates that ten million people have been affected by recent storm damage and flooding in Vietnam. "We estimate that there are ten million people affected by floods in July, and ten million by the most recent floods," said Winnie Romeril, a spokeswoman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "A lot of people were displaced twice," she continued.
The flooding has been described as the worst in 45 years. More than 134,400 houses have been destroyed or damaged and more than 160,000 hectares of rice fields and other crops have been inundated. "The mountainous regions are facing killer flash floods while in the lowlands, standing water simply refuses to drain," said Joe Lowry of the International Federation.
Rachmat Witoelar, environment minister for Indonesia is confident that significant progress will be made at the climate negotiations in Bali in December. In particular, he reckons that the United States and Australia will reach a consensus on the way forward post-2012. Following talks with national representatives, he said that "it seems they don't mean any harm. They just want to have some things rearranged."
Meanwhile, Australia's environment minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has indicated that his government might ratify an amended Kyoto Protocol. "Australia is committed to a new, environmentally effective global agreement, and if it is global and effective and involves all the major emitters we would expect to sign it," he said. "Whether this new agreement is done by amending the Kyoto Protocol or by entering into a new protocol with another name remains to be seen - but that is a question of process only," he continued.
Computer modelling indicates that human activity is the likely cause of the observed rise in the amount of moisture in the air. The study, led by Kate Willett at Yale University in the United States, reveals that the starting point is an increase in evaporation as the world warms. Then, "warmer air can hold more moisture," says co-author Nathan Gillett of the Climatic Research Unit in Norwich, United Kingdom, where the research was conducted.
The study made use of humidity measurements over land and ocean for the most recent thirty years. The observed trends were compared with the results of a climate model simulation that took account of both natural and human factors. The work complements recent findings by Benjamin Santer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States. "Natural variability in climate just can't explain this moisture change. The most plausible explanation is that it's due to the human-caused increase in greenhouse gases," comments Santer.
General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half
Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme
Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones
The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles
El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources
The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom
The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa
SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families
The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation
The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions
At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil
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