Tiempo Climate Newswatch
Week ending July 6th 2008
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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"My friend went out hunting but never returned. He never returned because he fell through thin ice, ice that should never have been thin at that time of year," Jesse Mike, from Baffin Island, Canada, told the first annual meeting of the Global Humanitarian Forum. Mike, along with young people from other vulnerable regions, was a climate witness, documenting the threat posed by rising sea levels and the erosion of traditional ways of life.
"What is absolutely crucial is that we and people around the world measure and weigh the impact of climate change not just in scientific terms but by its social, economic and humanitarian implications," said Kofi Annan, the Forum's president, addressing the meeting. He called for "climate justice". "It is the industrialized and wealthier nations who must take responsibility for rising greenhouse emissions," he said, "and they have an obligation to help and enable developing countries to 'grow green'." Tackling adaptation "means empowering communities everywhere so that they have the knowledge and the tools available to prepare for the worst effects of climate change, not after its effects have already taken grip, but well before," he continued. The two-day meeting brought together senior government officials, leaders of international agencies and major corporations and global financiers.
The latest Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change held June 21st-22nd in Seoul, South Korea, was charged with drafting a declaration to be issued at the sidelines of the forthcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit. While participants agreed that major emission cuts are needed, it appears that no agreement was reached on the proposed long-term target of a 50 per cent cut by the year 2050. The G8 summit is being held in Toyako, Japan, July 7-9th.
Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, has called on the leaders of the major industrialized nations to reach agreement on mid-term greenhouse gas targets at the G8 summit. Yasuo Fukuda, prime minister of host nation Japan, had said previously that the G8 summit would not set medium-term targets, but would consider a longer-term goal. While it was "important to define the final destination of the journey," responded de Boer, he is "also very interested in what the first stop on that journey is going to be." The European Union has called for a specific mid-term goal to be set for the year 2020.
Global warming will cause "unprecedented" losses in agricultural production, "causing huge setbacks in the struggle against poverty and creating millions of impoverished environmental refugees," warns the latest report from the Africa Progress Panel. "This will only exacerbate the ongoing trend of rising food prices," the Panel concludes.
The Panel predicts a "sharp increase" in deaths amongst young children as a result of the current rise in world food prices. "Rising food prices are affecting tens of millions of Africans, especially those living in urban areas, and are threatening to wipe out [development] gains made over the last several decades," the report says. The food crisis "requires an immediate and thoughtful response on the best strategy... in order to enable rural populations to take advantage of the new level of agricultural prices and increase food production." The Africa Progress Panel, an independent group aiming to focus world leaders' attention on making the most of the growing number of opportunities for progress in Africa, was formed prior to the 2007 Group of Eight summit.
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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