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30 December,2009

Can There Be Hope After Copenhagen?
By Javier Sethness

Perhaps the only practical call that can follow is the slogan Günther Anders conceived of in the 1950s while reflecting on the prospect of humanity’s collective suicide by means of nuclear war : “Imperiled of all lands, unite!”

Looking Back In Retrospect
By Marianne de Nazareth

I sat alongside fellow hopefuls in ‘planes heading for Copenhagen, who were convinced that there would be a solid new global agreement on climate change. It was an upbeat feeling as discussions went as we converged at the venue. So why did the summit end without one? Why did the world accept a weak Copenhagen Accord, essentially a deal struck by five nations, led by the US? Did the delegates finally leave Denmark without a binding agreement because they were worn down by attrition?

29 December, 2009

Climate Problem Is Really A Justice Problem
By Tom Athanasiou

Despite its disappointments, the climate summit in Copenhagen marks a turning point—the end of denial. What's next is recognizing that our climate problem is really a justice problem

28 December, 2009

Humanity's Right To Life
By Fidel Castro

To carry on with the battle against climate change and to claim in every meeting, particularly in those of Bonn and Mexico, humanity’s right to life, with the morale and the strength that truth provides, is in my opinion the only way to proceed

Climate Change (Optimistic) Activism in 2010
By Bill Henderson

You and I who understand the serious dangers of climate change, especially the increasing possibility of crossing a tipping point to runaway warming, are in a very small minority and still involved in a wrap up and blame game while the 50% or so of the world's population that did tune in to the Copenhagen circus have moved on to the latest news. What do we do now?

27 December, 2009

Copenhagen Has Given Us The Chance
To Face Climate Change With Honesty

By James Hansen

Last weekend's minimalist Copenhagen global climate accord provides a great opportunity. The old deceitful, ineffectual approach is severely wounded and must die. Now there is a chance for the world to get on to an honest, effective path to an agreement

COP15 Copenhagen: A Road To Ecocide
By Ghali Hassan

The only way to avert the threat of ecocide is for the rich and developed countries to recognise that reduction in greenhouse gas emissions based on economic development and protection of the environment is of paramount importance for the future of humanity

Israel/Palestine And Global Warming,
Two Catastrophes In-The-Making:
What Do They Have In Common?

By Alan Hart

On both fronts, global warming and Israel/Palestine, our leaders could say and do what I have suggested, but they won’t unless and until enough of us citizens demand that they do

23 December, 2009

Time For Better Ideas: James Hansen
By Madeline Ostrander

Look at the sacrifices the public made in World War II. Climate change is harder, because it's less visible. But many of us had hoped that President Obama would help press the world to make the right decisions. Now in the next several months, climate change needs to come to the fore, and people need to understand the actions that are really required

World Looks Ahead Post-Copenhagen
By Jeff Tollefson

A weak international climate agreement leaves room for science to shape the next round of negotiations

Climate Accord Betrays The Vulnerable
By Bhaskar Goswami

The climate deal hastily put together by the BASIC countries and the USA gives license to the rich countries to continue polluting the planet, thereby rewarding them instead of imposing penalty for their climate crimes

22 December, 2009

Venezuelan President’s Speech
On Climate Change In Copenhagen

By Hugo Chavez

We are capable of not making this Earth the tomb of humanity. Let us make this earth a heaven, a heaven of life, of peace, peace and brotherhood for all humanity, for the human species

If You Want To Know Who's To Blame
For Copenhagen, Look To The US Senate

By George Monbiot

Obama's attempt to put China in the frame for failure had its origins in the absence of American campaign finance reform

Copenhagen: Things Fall Apart
And An Uncertain Future Looms

By Bill Mckibben

James Hansen refused to come to Copenhagen, predicting it would be a charade. He was correct. On Sunday he predicted a greater than 50 percent chance that 2010 would be the warmest year ever recorded. If you want to bet against him, you can. If you want to argue that this non-agreement will help Obama get something through Congress, it’s possible you’re right. If you want to despair, that’s certainly a plausible option

For Obama, No Opportunity Too Big To Blow
By Naomi Klein

If Barack Obama had come to Copenhagen with a transformative and inspiring commitment to getting the U.S. economy off fossil fuels, all the other major emitters would have stepped up

Beyond Ecological Imperialism
By Jayati Ghosh

The row over climate change isn't just a battle between rich and poor, it illustrates the futility of obsession with economic growth

We're All Eco-Warriors Now
By James Garvey

Our political leaders failed to do the right thing: now it's up to us to push them into action or get on with it without them

After The Catastrophe In Copenhagen,
It's Up To Us

By Johann Hari

The time for changing your light-bulbs and hoping for the best is over. It is time to take collective action. For some people, that will mean joining Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth or the Campaign Against Climate Change and helping them pile on the pressure. But those who can go further - by taking non-violent direct action - should do so. Every coal train should be ringed with people refusing to let it pass. Every new runway should be blockaded. The cost of trashing the climate needs to be raised

Some Positives About Copenhagen
By Marianne de Nazareth

By agreeing to extend the AWG mandates for a further year, the Copenhagen COP has set the stage for a proper agreement to a second Kyoto commitment period, as well as an agreement on a mechanism that could, and indeed probably will replace Kyoto

21 December, 2009

The Truth Of What Happened
At Copenhagen Summit

By Fidel Castro

It is important now that Cuba and the world come to know as much as possible of what happened in Copenhagen. The truth can be stronger than the influenced and often misinformed minds of those holding in their hands the destiny of the world

Judgment Days In Copenhagen
By Rebecca Solnit

Time is running out for climate action

Copenhagen: A New Beginnning?
By Marianne de Nazareth

Looking below the surface, the Copenhagen Accord of 18 December 2009 could be considered the start of waking the world up to the crisis of climate change, no matter how ‘weak’ the outcome has been dubbed. For the iconic Polar bear, that 350 ppm request might not be met, but the world has woken up to the crisis and national measures will definitely help to kick in a change

Global Warming Hike May Be Steeper: Research
By Agence France Presse

Global temperatures could rise substantially more because of increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than previously thought, according to a new study by US and Chinese scientists released Sunday

20 December, 2009

Copenhagen - Historic Failure
That Will Live In Infamy

By Joss Garman

In a single day, in a single space, a spectacle was played out in front of a disbelieving audience of people who have read and understood the stark warnings of humanity's greatest scientific minds. And what they witnessed was nothing less than the very worst instincts of our species articulated by the most powerful men who ever lived

What Was Agreed At Copenhagen:
And What Was Left Out

By Jonathan Watts

National leaders and sleep-deprived negotiators thrashed out a text late last night that could determine the balance of power in the world and possibly the future of our species. The list below gives a breakdown of the key points

Weak Deal From Copenhagen
By Brooke Jarvis

Though some are defending the agreement as a first step, climate activists and residents of the Global South say that the precedent set by the agreement is a dangerous one

A Conference Without Compassion:
A Guarantee Of Mutually Assured Suicide

By John James

In the Copenhagen Accord there are no deadlines, no assurances, and talk of keeping below 2C makes no link between science and the reality of continued pollution. Nothing at Copenhagen gets even near what is needed if a meaningful attempt is to be made to avert runaway climate change. The IPCC states that this Accord guarantees that global temperature will in reality reach over 3 degrees. Even at 2 degrees the IPCC forecasts a 9m seal-level rise, and that could be in much less than the next 80 years

Tibetan Glaciers Are Retreating
At An Alarming Rate

By James Hansen

Tibetan glaciers have been melting at an accelerating rate over the past decade. Glacier changes depend on local weather, especially snowfall, so glacier retreat or advance fluctuates with time and place. Thus it is inevitable that some Tibetan glaciers advance over short periods, as has been reported. But overall, Tibetan glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate

19 December, 2009

Climate Deal Not Accepted By All,
But Copenhagen Conference Makes It ‘Operational’

By Keith Schneider

Seven countries, led by the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, this morning declined to accept the Copenhagen Accord that was reached late last night. But in a procedural move designed to put the agreement into effect, the conference decided to “take note” of the accord instead of formally approving it

The Truths Copenhagen Ignored
By Johann Hari

The world's worst polluters – the people who are drastically altering the climate – gathered here in Copenhagen to announce they were going to carry on cooking, in defiance of all the scientific warnings

Why Copenhagen Failed
By Shamus Cooke

To anybody interested in the future of the earth’s climate, the conclusion of the Copenhagen conference represents either colossal disappointment or profound rage. The financial pledges— if honored— that rich nations made to poor nations will do nothing to combat global warming. The few climate related agreements that were made were of zero substance, especially when compared to what the situation demanded

Who's Polluting The Climate Conversation?
By James Hoggan

Money, think tanks, and the scientists-for-hire behind the doubt and denial

Sea Level Rise May Exceed Worst Expectations
By Richard A. Lovett

Seas were nearly 10 metres higher than now in previous interglacial period

17 December, 2009

Developing Nations Must Urgently
Defend Themselves

By Gideon Polya

Developing Nations must urgently defend themselves from Australia-, US- and First World-imposed climate genocide

Copenhagen: The Price Of The Atmosphere
By Andrew Glikson

The EU pledges for fighting global warming US$10 billion is 0.5% of global entertainment and media spending, 0.7% of the US military expenditure for 2008 and 1.4% of the US banks bailout

Ian Plimer's Volcano Claims Vaporise
Under Questioning On Australian TV

By George Monbiot

Climate denier finally airs his weaknesses with inaccurate statements on science and 'bullying' among academics

Small Islands, Small Countries, Big Hearts
By Gillian Cook

The chief negotiator for Tuvalu choked back tears in the plenary session on Saturday. There was hardly a dry eye in the room when young Pacific islanders presented a side event called Pacific Voices, passionately urging negotiators ensure a deal for the survival of their people through dance, photos and poems

Global Warming, The U.S. Media,
And The Impending Catastrophe

By Ann Robertson & Bill Leumer

Given the media coverage, one can only marvel that any people in the U.S. are convinced that global warming is a threat and want their government to act aggressively to combat it

16 December, 2009

The Acidification Of Oceans
By Marianne de Nazareth

Immediate and substantial reductions in green house gas emissions are needed to reduce the impacts of climate change on the oceans.. These impacts including warming ocean temperatures sea level rise, ocean acidification and changing ocean currents will lead to major shifts in the diversity abundance and distribution of life in the ocean

15 December, 2009

This Is Bigger Than Climate Change.
It Is A Battle To Redefine Humanity

By George Monbiot

It's hard for a species used to ever-expanding frontiers, but survival depends on accepting we live within limits

No Time For Tears In Copenhagen
By Bill McKibben

Those damned shriveled ears of corn. I’ve done everything I can think of, and millions of people around the world have joined us at 350.org in the most international campaign there ever was. But I just sat there thinking: it’s not enough. We didn’t do enough. I should have started earlier

HowTo Break The Climate Stalemate Between
The Global South And The North

By Gopal Dayaneni & Mateo Nube

Rich and poor countries are in this together. If either fails to step up, the planet is in trouble. A climate deal must take into account the Global North’s responsibility for nearly 70 percent of greenhouse pollution and the Global South’s need to move out of poverty. The North must cut back sharply on emissions while the South leapfrogs over the industrial age to clean-energy prosperity

14 December, 2009

Protesters In Seattle Warned Us
What Was Coming, But We Didn't Listen

By Madeleine Bunting

Copenhagen must face up to the decade lost in curbing volatile finances, corporate power and the pillage of resources

Real Solutions To The Energy And Climate Crises
By Chris Nelder

Why has our economic theory failed us? Why is the reality of climate change so hard to accept? Why does climate change dominate public dialogue while the more proximate threat of peak oil remains far off the radar? Why do we have such resistance to change? Why would anyone ever think Dubai World was a good idea? Why is talking about population control — arguably the only real way out of our predicament — taboo?

The Human Ecology of Collapse
Part One: Failure Is The Only Option
By Michael Greer

Failure is always an option; when trying to prevent it will lead to highly unpleasant personal consequences, without actually having the least chance of preventing it, a strong case can be made that the most viable option for anyone in a leadership position is to enjoy the party while it lasts, and hope you can duck the blame when it all comes crashing down

December 12th Was A Tipping Point
By Saleemul Huq

I believe we have reached a tipping point. I truly believe that Copenhagen will be remembered in years to come, not for what happens on 18 December when world leaders meet here, but for what just happened on 12 December

Recent And Current Economic Costs Of
Climate Change To Australia

By Barrie Pittock & Andrew Glikson

Climate change impacts are already costing lives and billions of dollars. These costs will increase rapidly if we do not act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

12 December, 2009

Copenhagen Comes Down To A Numbers Game
By Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy on the battle over emissions cuts that is dividing the world

New Draft Agreements Released
By Osman Faruqi

Yesterday the two Chair’s of each negotiation “track” released new draft negotiation texts

India 'Ditches' The Developing World
At Copenhagen

By Devinder Sharma

India today stands isolated at Copenhagen. No wonder India’s Chief Negotiator, Shyam Saran, had to rush back to New Delhi to seek counsel and fresh instruction on how to get out of this mess. He is expected back at Copenhagen along with Minister Jairam Ramesh tomorrow

We Hold The Key To Copenhagen
By Sarah van Gelder

"We the People" will have to act up if we want a global agreement that averts climate chaos

Climate Change? Well, We'll Be Dead By Then
By Ben Goldacre

We're predisposed to undervalue adverse outcomes which are a long way off, especially if we might be old or dead soon. We're inherently predisposed to find cracks in evidence that suggests we should do something we don't want to do, hence the enduring appeal of stories about alcohol being good for you

Rescuing A Planet Held Hostage
By Frank Joseph Smecker

I urge people to follow what is happening in Copenhagen right now. The past week has proven that the world's elected officials are not going to be making any decisions that are in the best interests of the people and communities of the planet, human and nonhuman. The solutions presented thus far have included market-based mechanisms and more discourse. Clearly, our future is in the hands of powerful elite and private institutions unless we rescue it. And I believe we can, if only we awake from the nihilistic and apathetic haze of our times to act together

11 December, 2009

Leaders Of The Rich World
Are Enacting A Giant Fraud

By Johann Hari

The first week of this summit is being dominated by the representatives of the rich countries trying to lace the deal with Enron-style accounting tricks that will give the impression of cuts, without the reality. It's essential to understand these shenanigans this week, so we can understand the reality of the deal that will be announced with great razzmatazz next week

Three Tracks In Copenhagen
By Liam Phelan

The big question in Copenhagen is to ditch the Kyoto Protocol or not to ditch it

End Monopoly Capitalism To Arrest Climate Change
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison

To arrest climate change, we need to put an end to this systematic plunder of the environment for the superprofits of corporations in industrialized countries. To arrest climate change, we need to organize and defend our future against this parasitic and moribund system. To arrest climate change, we need to end monopoly capital's dominance over our lives and build a socialist future

Australia's Contrary Climate Plans
By Jacqueline Head

In a country that has suffered years of devastating droughts, catastrophic bushfires and soaring rates of skin cancers due to a gaping hole in the Ozone layer, one might expect a rising tide of popular and political pressure for the government to take steps to tackle climate change. But the country is home to the world's first Climate Sceptics party

10 December, 2009

High Drama In Copenhagen
By Stephen Minas

The spectrum of "developing" countries has long been stretching. The implications of this for climate negotiations are becoming apparent. The solidarity of the G77 and China bloc is set to be tested as never before

Will We Save Ourselves?
By Kofi Annan

At stake is whether our leaders can work to help us save ourselves from … well, from ourselves. The legacy of today's politicians will be determined in the weeks to come

09 December, 2009

Cold Spell In Copenhagen
By Marianne de Nazareth

Suddenly freezing Copenhagen has become even colder now for developing nations across the world. At a press briefing where HE Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus Di- Aping the lone speaker on the dais representing G77 and China spoke in measured sepulchral tones stating that the Danish proposed text is a ‘dangerous document’ for developing countries

Interview With Michel Jerraud,
World Meteorological Organization Chief

By Marianne de Nazareth

The World Meteorological Organization has been instrumental in facilitating and coordinating the contributions of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to assist Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to fulfill their obligations under the Convention. In an interview with Marianne de Nazareth during the Climate Change negotiations being held in Copenhagen, Michel Jerraud the secretary general of the WMO responds to questions on the problems of Climate Change

Copenhagen: Waiting In Anticipation
By Marianne de Nazareth

Difficult to speculate if COP15 will deliver at the end of 2 weeks

Take Me To Your Climate Leader
By Amy Goodman

Between sessions at the Bella Center, in the cafe area packed with thousands, a group of activists dressed as space aliens, in white spacesuits and with green skin and goggles, walked in. “Take us to your climate leaders!” they demanded. “Show us your binding treaty!” In the rarified diplomatic atmosphere of the summit, such antics stand out. But the calls from the developing world, both inside and outside the summit, to cut emissions and to compensate countries, from Africa to Asia and Latin America, for the devastating effects of global warming they did not cause are no laughing matter

Time To Refocus The C02 Battle
By Allan St Denis

We must use all the cards at our disposal to move people away from fossil fuels.The deniers are using anything they can to create doubt to confuse people. It is time to present to people all the reasons why we need to move away from the status quo. Focusing on one thing is allowing the deniers to control the debate, because all they have to do is continue to create doubt. If we loose this battle, it could mean the end of this civilization and the eventual end to the habitability of this planet. It is time to start fighting like our lives depend on it

08 December, 2009

Copenhagen Climate Summit In Disarray
After 'Danish Text' Leak

By John Vidal

Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN's negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol

Why We Left Our Farms To Come To Copenhagen
By La Via Campesina

Speech of Henry Saragih, general coordinator of Via Campesina at the opening session of Klimaforum

The Manufactured Doubt Industry
And The Hacked Email Controversy

By Jeff Masters

The fossil fuel industry outspent the environmental groups by $36.8 million to $2.6 million in the second quarter, a factor of 14 to 1. To be fair, not all of that lobbying is climate change lobbying, but that affects both sets of numbers. The numbers don't even include lobbying money from other industries lobbying against climate change, such as the auto industry, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, etc

The Climate Denial Industry Is Out To Dupe
The Public. And It's Working

By George Monbiot

Think environmentalists are stooges? You're the unwitting recruit of a hugely powerful oil lobby – George Monbiot presents the proofs

ClimateGate Is Watergate Redux
By Richard Graves

However, most journalists seem content to play into the false balance trap that has served the opponents of climate action so well over the years, by looking only at cherry-picked quotes and disinformation turned out by the climate denial industry. While the surface parallels between Watergate and ClimateGate may be strong, to uncover the truth will require a serious investigation by media, law enforcement, or even international security organizations

Rampaging Climate Deniers' Losing Battle
By Lorna Salzman

The recent tempest in a teapot over leaked emails in the UK that purportedly proposed silencing climate deniers has succeeded admirably in advancing the agenda of the deniers, who, absent any substantial credible evidence for their viewpoint, have moved into the realm of personal slander

Seven Answers To Climate Contrarian Nonsense
By John Rennie

Evidence for human interference with Earth's climate continues to accumulate

Competition Will BeThe End Of Us
By Lionel Anet

For the sake of our children, the first change we need to make is to see competition as destructive; this will release our real nature of cooperative activity and compassion to thrive

07 December, 2009

Copenhagen: Seize The Chance
The World Editorial

Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries took the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. But curiously, just one paper from USA and no paper from Australia featured this unique voice of humanity

Why Copenhagen May Be A Disaster
By Bill McKibben

Why politics-as-usual may mean the end of civilization

Remembering Seattle During Copenhagen
By Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond, author of Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation and director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society in South Africa, explains why what happened in Seattle a decade ago matters for the movement today

Cap And Fade
By James Hansen

The plans in Copenhagen and Washington have not been finalized. It is not too late to trade cap and trade for an approach that actually works

India Needs To Act, Atleast For Its Own Sake
By Suhail Masoodi

If India wants to meet first Millennium development goal “to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger,” it has to leave its static position and take a leadership in Copenhagen to combat Climate Change. At least for its own sake

06 December, 2009

An Open Letter To Congress From US Scientists
On Climate Change And Recently Stolen Emails

By Climate Experts

As U.S. scientists with substantial expertise on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems, our built environment and human well-being, we want to assure policy makers and the public of the integrity of the underlying scientific research and the need for urgent action to reduce heat-trapping emissions. In the last few weeks, opponents of taking action on climate change have misrepresented both the content and the significance of stolen emails to obscure public understanding of climate science and the scientific process

A Direct Tax On Fossil Fuel Is
What The World Needs Urgently

By Devinder Sharma

A direct tax on fossil fuel will reduce the indiscriminate manner in which agricultural goods are being traded. I don't see any justification in importing Washington apples from America, while the US imports Chinese apples. I don't see any economic justification in importing oranges to India all the way from Chile, while the Indian oranges go rotting

03 December, 2009

Canada Is Now To Climate
What Japan Is To Whaling

By George Monbiot

Putting all caution to the winds canada is frantically developing the tar sands mines

30 November, 2009

The Atmosphere Is Not Waiting For
Human Decision

By Andrew Glikson

Having placed a man on the moon, split the atom, coded the DNA and created a World Wide Web, science and technology possess the ingenuity required for 11th hour attempts at climate change mitigation and adaptation, including bio-sequestration and CO2 down-draw techniques. However, the $trillion-scale funding needed to implement these methods continues to be poured into the military, casinos and games. A medieval state of mind appears to be manifest through a resistance to enlightenment and to science

Read James Hansen And Act
By John James

Now that Copenhagen is about to start, read James Hansen’s forceful statement and act

29 November, 2009

It's Possible To Avert The Climate Crisis
By James Hansen

Science reveals what is needed to stabilise atmospheric composition and climate. Geophysical data on the carbon amounts in oil, gas and coal show that the problem is solvable, if we phase out global coal emissions within 20 years and prohibit emissions from unconventional fossil fuels such as tar sands and oil shale

Climate Change: The Role Of Flawed Science
By Peter Laut

Peter Laut, Professor (emeritus) of physics at The Technical University of Denmark and former scientific advisor on climate change for The Danish Energy Agency puts to rest the hypothesis that solar activity dominates the global warming trend. It’s worth noting that he sent this letter to Realclimate.org before the “CRU email” controversy broke out, so his criticism of the IPCC for being too even handed, is ironic and timely

Climate Change's Impact In Arctic
Worse Than Thought

By University Of Manitoba

Arctic sea ice has duped satellites into reporting thick multiyear sea ice where in fact none exists, a new study by University of Manitoba researcher David Barber has found

25 November, 2009

Copenhagen Diagnosis Predicts 7 Degree Rise
By Copenhagen Diagnosis

Global ice-sheets are melting at an increased rate; Arctic sea-ice is disappearing much faster than recently projected, and future sea-level rise is now expected to be much higher than previously forecast, according to a new global scientific synthesis prepared by some of the world’s top climate scientists.Without significant mitigation, the report says global mean warming could reach as high as 7 degrees Celsius by 2100

Revolt Against Climate Change!
By Rebecca Solnit

The "we" that could win and needs to win in the climate change wars isn't the United States itself. The citizens of the U.S. need to revolt, again, against their nation's failure of vision and responsibility, in solidarity with the rest of the people of the world, and the animals, and the plants, and the coral reefs, and the coastlines, and the rivers, the glaciers, the ice caps, and the weather as we now know it, or once knew it. That's why November 30th is going to be a global day of action

Humanity Needs Five Earths To Maintain
Consumption Levels

By The Independent

Humanity would need five Earths to produce the resources needed if everyone lived as profligately as Americans, according to a report issued Tuesday. As it is, humanity each year uses resources equivalent to nearly one-and-a-half Earths to meet its needs, said the report by Global Footprint Network, an international think tank

Climate Scientist At Centre Of Leaked Email Row
Dismisses Conspiracy Claims

By Leo Hickman and agencies

Professor Phil Jones Director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich says charges of conspiracy over climate change are 'rubbish'

Put Farming First
By Thomas Rosswall

Agriculture generally, and farmers especially, are vital to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Farmers are willing to play their part by adopting new practices which deliver our growing food needs in a carbon-efficient manner, but they cannot do so without our support

24 November, 2009

Global Warming Rigged? Here's The Email
I'd Need To See

By George Monbiot

The leaked exchanges are disturbing, but it would take a conspiracy of a very different order to justify sceptics' claims

Greenhouse Gases Reach Record Highs
By Michael von Bülow

According to the World Meteorological Organization, the levels of atmospheric gases blamed for global warming were record high in 2008, with carbon dioxide levels increasing faster than previously

Pricking The Conscience Of The Rich
By Mihiri Weerasinghe

Actions and policies adopted by industrialized countries have included cutting emissions by only a few per cent, outsourcing most of the cuts to developing countries, waiting for carbon capture and storage technology to save the coal industry and continuing to pollute at high levels until that happens. This obviously doesn’t inspire confidence in vulnerable countries. Myopic leaders of rich countries who have a twisted notion of acting in their national interest could cause the deaths of millions in poorer countries

23 November, 2009

Antarctic Ice Loss Vaster, Faster Than Thought
By The Independent

The East Antarctic icesheet, once seen as largely unaffected by global warming, has lost billions of tonnes of ice since 2006 and could boost sea levels in the future, according to a new study

Climate Sceptics 'Put World At Risk'
By David Adam

Climate change sceptics and fossil fuel companies that have lobbied against action on greenhouse gas emissions have squandered the world's chance to avoid dangerous global warming

Global Warming To Have Heavy Impact
On Arab States

By Michael von Bülow

Global warming will have a severe impact on Arab states where water is already scarce, a regional report warned ahead of next month's Copenhagen environment summit. Some of the most feared effects include depletion of agricultural land, spread of disease and endangerment of many plant and animal species, the 2009 Report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development said

22 November, 2009

This Climate Email-Hacking Episode Is
Generating More Heat Than Light

By Bob Ward

Another skirmish has broken out in the long-running battle between climate scientists and so-called sceptics, with the hacking of email messages between some of the world's leading researchers on global temperature trends. But this episode is generating more heat than light and is likely to lead to more public confusion over the causes of climate change

The CRU Hack
By Realclimate.org

The timing of this particular episode is probably not coincidental. But if cherry-picked out-of-context phrases from stolen personal emails is the only response to the weight of the scientific evidence for the human influence on climate change, then there probably isn’t much to it

Last Train To Copenhagen
By Andrew Glikson

The rise in CO2 emissions by 41% since 1990 and continuing land clearing go counter to the urgently required measures at mitigation, massive reforestation, revegetation, application of biochar and chemical draw-down of atmospheric CO2. While governments vie to vested interests and economists calculate the price of the Earth, a denial syndrome underpinned by an ideology of human mastery over nature is enhanced by a massive disinformation campaign by contrarians who ignore the basic laws of physics and chemistry and falsify climate data

20 November, 2009

We Are Running Out Of Time
To Save Humanity And The Biosphere

By Dr Gideon Polya

Humanity and the Biosphere (the ecosystems and species of the Planet) are acutely threatened by man-made global warming. However ignorant or corporate-funded climate denialism, the effective climate denialism of insufficiently responsive First World politicians and the growing enormity of what needs to be done lead scientists to say that it is probably too late to stop a climate catastrophe

19 November, 2009

End Times In Copenhagen
By Joel Kovel

These meetings will be a turning point. The question remains as to the direction taken, whether toward eco-catastrophe or hope for life. But we should do our best to non-violently impede the meetings so long as they serve capital. We can build a “movement of movements” from below, harbingers of a transformed world: a movement to reveal the murderous betrayal of life by the capitalist class, and centered around the principle of keeping the sources of carbon in the ground as we build ecologically socialist ways of production

18 November, 2009

World Heads For 6° Rise
By Steve Connor & Michael McCarthy

The world is now firmly on course for the worst-case scenario in terms of climate change, with average global temperatures rising by up to 6C by the end of the century, leading scientists said yesterday. Such a rise – which would be much higher nearer the poles – would have cataclysmic and irreversible consequences for the Earth, making large parts of the planet uninhabitable and threatening the basis of human civilisation

Climate Change: Do Something Ourselves
By Marianne de Nazareth

While the politicians of the world play politics with taking hard nosed decisions about caps and GHG emissions of their respective countries, let each one of us decide to do something to help our planet which is in trouble. It’s about time we made initiatives on our own, instead of waiting for the men at the top to stop playing around with our lives

17 November, 2009

Climate Rage
By Naomi Klein

The only way to stop global warming is for rich nations to pay for the damage they've done - or face the consequences

Obama Has Failed The World On Climate Change
By Christian Schwägerl

A world of flooded coasts, dried-up rivers and disappearing rainforests will lead to massive refugee movements and conflict. The Nobel Committee should postpone the award of the Nobel Peace Prize from Dec. 10 to Dec. 20. Only if Obama has achieved a convincing deal at the Copenhagen conference will there be a real reason to honor him

Australia Sabotages Copenhagen By Excluding
Huge Agriculture GHG Emissions

By Dr Gideon Polya

Having already helped the US sabotage the 2007 Bali Climate Change Conference and the 2008 Poznan Climate Change Conference, US lackey, climate criminal and war criminal Australia has now also effectively sabotaged the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference a few weeks before it has even begun

13 November, 2009

Greenland Ice Loss 'Accelerating'
By Richard Black

The Greenland ice sheet is losing its mass faster than in previous years and making an increasing contribution to sea level rise, a study has confirmed

11 November, 2009

The Choice Ahead: Entrenched
Fossil Fuel Dependence
Or Climate Change Management

By Emily Spence

Humanity needs to proactively come together to deal with climate change mitigation rather than remain separated along nationalistic lines to contentiously vie for control over the world's remaining fossil fuels. The rationale behind such a course of action is clear. Time is running out in terms of our surpassing climate change tipping points that would drastically alter life across the entire Earth for many centuries to come

The Links Between Food Security
And Climate Change

By Kanayo F. Nwanze

Recent reports indicate that the rains have failed once again across vast swathes of Eastern Africa, putting millions of people at risk. This current regional crisis is a stark reminder to all of us that the global food security crisis of 2007 and 2008, which was marked by a sharp contraction in food supplies and food price spikes, is far from over

10 November, 2009

Himalayan Blunder: The Perils Of
Denying Glacier Melting

By Devinder Sharma

Jairam Ramesh, India's environment minister released on Monday a paper entitled Himalayan Glaciers by V K Raina, a former deputy director general of the Geological Survey of India. The paper says that there is no conclusive evidence to prove that Himalayan glaciers are melting due to climate change

Pachauri Slams India's Glaciers Report
By Randeep Ramesh

IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri accuses Indian environment ministry of 'arrogance' for its report claiming there is no evidence that climate change has shrunk Himalayan glaciers

09 November, 2009

Climate Change Realism And Hope -
A Path To Success At Copenhagen

By Bill Henderson

Copenhagen is looking increasingly like failure to agree upon a world saving but presently impossible global plan for action on climate change. After getting your agreement on why Copenhagen is a crucial last chance and who or what is to blame for impending failure, I'll show you a possible path to global awakening just in time for the final meeting in December

08 November, 2009

Dark Clouds Gathering Over Copenhagen
By Sanjay Suri

It has been a bad week for the climate change summit in Copenhagen next month. During the week the last meeting in the formal round of pre- Copenhagen talks collapsed in Barcelona. Then, meeting here on the weekend, the G20 finance ministers put the seal on that failure by failing to agree a financial package

We Cannot Fight Climate With Consumerism
By George Monbiot

Small actions allow people to overlook the bigger ones and still claim they are being environmentally responsible

06 November, 2009

Climate Treaty Talks May Go On For Another Year
By Michael von Bülow

A global treaty to protect the world’s climate may need a whole extra year of negotiations, the United Nations’ top climate-change official, Yvo de Boer (photo above), said in an interview Thursday

04 November, 2009

We Only Have Months, Not Years, To Save
Civilization From Climate Change

By Lester Brown

International agreements take too long, we need a swift mobilisation not seen since the second world war

03 November, 2009

Climate Change Will Melt Snows Of Kilimanjaro
'Within 20 Years'

By Steve Connor

The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa – may soon be falling on bare ground following a study showing that its ice cap is destined to disappear entirely within 20 years, due largely to climate change

Africans Boycott Meetings At UN Climate Talks
By Michael von Bülow

African countries boycotted meetings at UN climate talks Tuesday, saying that industrial countries had set carbon-cutting targets too low for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions

Climate Change Deniers Are Not Skeptics -
They're Suckers

By George Monbiot

My fiercest opponents on global warming tend to be in their 60s and 70s. This offers a fascinating, if chilling, insight into human psychology

Our Common But Differentiated Responsibilities
By Kuupik Kleist

Kuupik Kleist , the Prime Minister of Greenland, explains the vision and strategies adopted by his country to tackle climate change

East Or West, Earth Is Best
By Abdul Basit

Let the materialistic west and the spiritualistic east blend together to build a balanced and sustainable global community that will safeguard the environment along with ensuring equitable distribution of wealth

02 November, 2009

The Lungs Of The Earth
By Andrew Glikson

The recent warning by Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact: “We are simply talking about the very life support system of this planet” is consistent with the lessons arising from the history of the Earth’s atmosphere/ocean system. A rise of CO2-e above 500 ppm and of mean global temperature toward and above 4 degrees C would transcend the conditions which allowed the development of agriculture in the early Neolithic

30 October, 2009

Climate Change: Set That 110 Limit
By Julio Godoy

Every single person should set a cap of a total of 110 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next four decades to avoid irreversible and uncontrollable consequences of climate change, under a new proposal

29 October, 2009

Climate Change Is A Feminist Issue
By Mary Fitzgerald

Granting women control over their own reproduction would combat overpopulation and reduce carbon emissions

Climbing A 'Dead' Glacier
By Franz Chávez

The rapid disappearance of glaciers and the subsequent exhaustion of water sources are pushing indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands even further into poverty

27 October, 2009

The World At 4C By 2060
By John James

London Science Museum unveils climate change map showing impact of 4C rise

22 October, 2009

350 PPM CO2: The Uppere Limit Of
Human Habitats

By Andrew Glikson

The rise of atmospheric CO2 above 350 PPM at the current rate of about 2 PPM/year is transcending the conditions that allowed the development of human agriculture and civlization from about 8000 years ago

21 October, 2009

What To Expect In Copenhagen
By Michael McCarthy

The rich countries have to make clear commitments to cut their own CO2 significantly by 2020, and will have to agree massive financial help – billions and billions of dollars – for the poorer nations to continue their growth in a low-carbon way. For their part, the developing nations will have to agree some sort of numerical targets to cut their own CO2

Abandoning A Dream
By Guy R McPherson

It appears the good times won't last long. Not only did the boomers destroy the living planet for other cultures and species, but we turned the dynamite on ourselves. Soon enough, the jig is up for Homo sapiens

20 October, 2009

Baffin Island Reveals Dramatic Scale Of
Arctic Climate Change

By Steve Connor

Study delves back into 200,000 years of history to demonstrate the devastating impact of global warming

East Timor: Seasonal Changes Cause For Alarm
By Matt Crook

If you order a beer, sit back and relax at one of the expat bars dotted along the coastal Pantai Kelapa road in this capital, you cannot help but notice the view: the stony beach, the swimming children and the grounded fishing boats. But that view is morphing — a visible sign of how climate change could be affecting East Timor

Forests: Crucial And Vital Role To
Combat Climate Change

By Marianne de Nazareth

Tropical forests cover about 15 percent of the world’s land surface and contain about 25 percent of the carbon in the terrestrial biosphere. But they are being rapidly degraded and deforested like the Indian Ghats, which results in the emission of heat and trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Roughly 13 million hectares, an area the size of Nicaragua is deforested and converted into other land use every year in the world

19 October, 2009

Global Warming Accelerating
While The U.S. Backpedals

By Shamus Cooke

The industrial basis for an alternative energy superstructure needs to be created. Only by doing this can we seriously address the needs of the planet. Transforming our giant auto plants — many laying idle — into producers of solar panels, windmills, electricity–producing buoy’s, high-speed trains, electric busses and cars, etc., while massively investing in new research and technology to deal with climate change, is the only realistic way to drastically change direction in the time allotted

16 October, 2009

Most Arctic Sea Ice 'Gone In Decade'
By Tom Lowe

The Arctic Ocean will be an "open sea" almost entirely free from ice within a decade

Carbon Emissions Must Peak By 2015:
UN Climate Scientist

By Agence France-Presse

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , on Thursday urged a key conference on global warming to set tough mid-term goals and warned carbon emissions had to peak by 2015 to meet a widely-shared vision

14 October, 2009

Adopt A Negotiator By The Youth Of The World
By Marianne de Nazareth

In the halls of the imposing building of the UN in Bangkok the negotiations are lack luster and gloomy. The chasm between the developing and developed world seems to be deepening regarding coming to a common agreement and the journalists in the media room do not have very happy stories to tell. But, there is a team of youthful ‘trackers’ from all over the world who are from the Adopt-a-Negotiator group, who are busy running around the meeting, “lifting the veil and shining light on this diplomatic process.”

13 October, 2009

Climate Change, Poverty And ‘Natural’ Disasters
By Ben Courtice

People in the Philippines are struggling to rebuild after Typhoon Ketsana caused widespread flooding and landslides

Let’s Call The Bluff On Carbon Capture And Storage
By Marianne de Nazareth

The world is reeling under a climate crisis that requires urgent action. If current plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in coal plants are realised, CO2 emissions from coal will have risen by 60%, by 2030. Concerns about the feasibility, costs, safety, and liability of Carbon Capture and Storage make it a dangerous gamble

10 October, 2009

Four Degrees Of Devastation
By Stephen Leahy

The prospect of a four-degree Celsius rise in global average temperatures in 50 years is alarming - but not alarmist, climate scientists now believe

09 October, 2009

G8 States Could Face Class Actions
On Climate Change

By Frank MacDonald

The US and other G8 countries could face class actions on behalf of people in the developing world if they fail to take convincing steps to cut the emissions blamed for causing climate change, a Filipino environmental lawyer has warned

Climate Change: Hollow Rhetoric
By Marianne de Nazareth

At Bangkok one sees that the youth have decided to be more forceful in pushing for a deal which is more transparent and equitable. A declaration of “No Confidence in the Road to Copenhagen” was announced today by the International Youth Delegation attending the UN climate change talks

08 October, 2009

Climate Change: A Lack Of Urgency In Bangkok?
By Marianne de Nazareth

How much more death and devastation does the world need to sit up and realise that the catastrophic effects of Climate Change are already upon us? There has been heavy flooding in several states in India, typhoons devastating the Philippines, Vietnam and parts of Thailand. Asia seems to be bearing the brunt of climate change. And yet, here in the Bangkok negotiations, the developing nation representatives complain, that there is a lack of urgency in the stance of the developed nations, in coming to a quick and amicable solution

05 October, 2009

Arctic Seas Turn To Acid
By Robin McKie

Carbon-dioxide emissions are turning the waters of the Arctic Ocean into acid at an unprecedented rate, scientists have discovered. Research carried out in the archipelago of Svalbard has shown in many regions around the north pole seawater is likely to reach corrosive levels within 10 years. The water will then start to dissolve the shells of mussels and other shellfish and cause major disruption to the food chain. By the end of the century, the entire Arctic Ocean will be corrosively acidic

Food Supply Hangs In The Balance
By Stephen Leahy

The current devastating drought in East Africa, where millions of people are on the brink of starvation, is a window on our future, suggests a new study looking at the impacts of climate change

India Warms Up To Copenhagen
By Neeta Lal

With the clock ticking away on the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Committee summit in Copenhagen in December, the fractiousness between the developed and the developing nations on who ought to do more to control climate change is getting increasingly strident

23 September, 2009

No Agreement Between Major Powers
On Carbon Emissions

By Tom Eley

On Tuesday, government leaders representing about 100 nations gathered at the United Nations in New York to discuss global warming. The meeting was billed as an attempt to jump-start negotiations in advance of a December summit in Copenhagen at which a global treaty governing greenhouse gas emissions is to be produced

Climate Change And The 2010 Olympics
By Bill Henderson

But if climate change is really the humanity threatening emergency requiring urgent action that he knows, Gordon Campbell. the premier of British Columbia has a very special, unique opportunity to send a signal now, at this singularly crucial time in the run up to Copenhagen BY cancelling the winter Olympics

17 September, 2009

Global Warming - Can Self-interest
And Science Save Australia, US And The Planet?

By Dr Gideon Polya

The World is facing a Climate Emergency but you wouldn’t think so from the response by governments. Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere is 390 parts per million (ppm), well outside the range of 180-300 ppm over the last 600,000 years during which Man (Homo sapiens) finally evolved

10 September, 2009

Global Climate Change Summit:
Bumpy Road To Copenhagen

By Nava Thakuria

As the Asia Pacific region is in peril of the global warming and climate change, the western (and industrialized) countries should bailout the developing countries to cope up with the devastation of sea level rise, flood and drought and salination of surface water in those populous countries. More over, a consensus among the countries, which are affected by the climate change, becomes essential for a pragmatic culmination of the negotiation process that is leading to the final round of climate change negotiation in the forthcoming Copenhagen summit

12 August, 2009

21st Century Climate Blueprints
By Andrew Glikson

The severe disturbance of the energy balance of the atmosphere ensuing from the emission of over 320 billion tonnes of carbon since 1750 threatens a shift in the state of the atmosphere/ocean system to ice free greenhouse Earth conditions

11 August, 2009

US Military And Intelligence Agencies Identify Climate Change As “National Security” Threat
By Patrick O'Connor

US military and intelligence agencies are studying the strategic implications of global warming, including preparations for military interventions, the New York Times reported Sunday

Climate Change: Get Smarter:
Turbocharging Democracy Online

By Bill Henderson

Only a couple of months to Copenhagen and it's not looking hopeful. Real change must begin and be lead by the US and "( d)enial , mistrust and uncertainty are among the key psychological reasons that the American public is still resistant to serious action on climate change, according to psychologists"

28 July, 2009

World Will Warm Faster Than Predicted In
Next Five Years

By Duncan Clark

New estimate based on the forthcoming upturn in solar activity and El Niño southern oscillation cycles is expected to silence global warming sceptics

23 July, 2009

Global Cooling? Wish It Was True
By Dr Andrew Glikson

Recently Dr David Evans who worked for the Australian Greenhouse Office from 1999 to 2005 wrote an article " A new trend in climate alarmism" claiming that actually "global cooling" is taking place from about 2003. Here Dr Andrew Glikson, an Earth and Paleo-climate Scientist, Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Research School of Earth Science, the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Planetary Science Institute, and a member of the ANU Climate Change Institute gives a rebuttal to Dr Evan's article

16 July, 2009

Trapping Carbon Dioxide Or Switching To Nuclear Power Not Enough To Solve Global Warming Problem, Experts Say
By Science Daily

Attempting to tackle climate change by trapping carbon dioxide or switching to nuclear power will not solve the problem of global warming, according to energy calculations published in the July issue of the International Journal of Global Warming

14 July, 2009

Climate Change 'Will Cause Civilization To Collapse'
By Jonathan Owen

Authoritative new study sets out a grim vision of shortages and violence – but amid all the gloom, there is some hope too

The Rich Can Relax. We Just Need The Poor World
To Cut Emissions. By 125%

By George Monbiot

British and G8 climate strategy just doesn't add up. As soon as serious curbs are needed it turns into impossible nonsense

11 July, 2009

G8 Failure Means Climate Genocide
For Developing World

By Dr Gideon Polya

The grossly inadequate response of the G8 nations is effectively a statement of climate racism and a declaration of prospective climate genocide

09 July, 2009

Obama's Cap And Trade Carbon Emissions Bill -
A Stealth Scheme To License Pollution And Fraud

By Stephen Lendman

It's to let corporate polluters reap huge windfall profits by charging consumers more for energy and fuel as well as create a new bubble through carbon trading derivatives speculation. It does nothing to address environmental issues, yet on June 26 the House narrowly passed (229 - 212) and sent it to the Senate to be debated and voted on. More on that below

29 June, 2009

Betraying The Planet
By Paul Krugman

So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill. In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement. But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they rejected the whole notion that we have to do something about greenhouse gases

15 June, 2009

Climate Change's Challenge To India
By Mira Kamdar

Climate change is a weapon of mass destruction. Mitigating global warming by whatever means necessary should be the new Indian government's priority number one. The government should make a major push to develop low-cost alternative energy technologies that don't require finite, toxic fuel sources

29 May, 2009

Global Warming Causes 300,000 Deaths a Year
By John Vidal

Global Warming is already responsible for 300,000 deaths a year and is affecting 300m people, according to the first comprehensive study of the human impact of global warming.The report comes from former UN secretary general Kofi Annan's thinktank, the Global Humanitarian Forum. By 2030, the report says, climate change could cost $600bn a year

How To Save The Planet
By Gideon Polya

The World is acutely threatened by man-made global warming and many scientists now doubt that we can avoid further damaging temperature increases to over 2C above that in 1900. However resolute global action via an Accountability, Badge and Credo (ABC) protocol may yet save Man and the Biosphere

28 May, 2009

300.org Urges Reduction Of Atmospheric CO2
To 300 ppm

By Dr Gideon Polya

Australia-based 300.org was launched in May 2009 and will hopefully expand throughout the World. 300.org exists to inform people about the Climate Emergency and the need to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2 ) concentration to a safe and sustainable level of about 300 ppm

26 May, 2009

The Road To Two Degrees Celsius
By Andrew Glikson

Ongoing global warming may lead to the release of methane from permafrost, collapse of the North Atlantic Thermohaline current, high-energy weather events and yet little-specified shifts in atmospheric states

30 April, 2009

Climate Myths?
By Andrew Glikson

Responses by Andrew Glikson to Andrew Bolt’s article “10 climate myths”

22 April, 2009

From Marx To Climate Change
By M. Rajkumar

Leaders of the globe meet at summits – G8, G20 & G5. The context is the ‘global recession’. This is the softy label they have given for the impact of the capitalist economy. The more they meet the greater the drain of public money towards buttressing the crisis ridden globalized corporate economy. Everyone starts believing in the theory of TINA (there is no alternative). That is the sign of success for the decaying capitalism amidst its crises. Can there be any solution? Definitely yes!. And significantly India can withstand it and manage successfully without any further damage. How?

19 April, 2009

Toward Climate Geoengineering?
By Andrew Glikson

That global climate change has reached an impasse whereby the “powers-to-be” are entertaining climate geoengineering mitigation, instead of the urgent deep reduction of carbon emissions required by science, represents the ultimate moral bankruptcy of institutions and a failure of democracy

17 April, 2009

President Obama Announces
Climate Change Investigation

By Bill Henderson

Aspeech President Obama should give on climate change

15 April, 2009

Climate Risks: Lessons From The Financial Crisis
By Robin Hahnel

Since both the probability of a climatic black swan and the magnitude of the damages are far greater, the rational choice is to pay our precautionary premiums to insure ourselves against climate change. Arguments that the expected value of our insurance policy may be negative are beside the point. There are times to maximize expected value and there are times to buy insurance. Now, as we are deciding how to respond to climate change, is surely a time to buy a life insurance policy for our planet. Haven't we learned our lesson yet?

07 April, 2009

Climate Warning As Antarctic Ice Bridge Shatters
By Alister Doyle

An ice bridge which held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place shattered at the weekend and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming

03 April, 2009

Earth's Atmosphere Tracking Toward
A Mid Pliocene Like State

By Andrew Glikson

Another warning from a top earth/paleo-climate scientist

02 April, 2009

Solution To The Carbon Problem
Could Be Under The Ground

By Steve Connor

Hope for the fight against climate change as study finds greenhouse gas can be buried without fear of leaking

01 April, 2009

How To Tackle Climate Change:
The Maldives Example

By Simon Butler

The tiny Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives will become carbon-neutral within 10 years. This was the pledge made by Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on March 15

31March, 2009

Arctic Meltdown Is A Threat To Humanity
By Fred Pearce

Arctic melting will release huge quantities of fresh water flowing into the Arctic Ocean. This can slow down or even shut down the ocean conveyor current. Even a slowdown in the conveyor could produce dramatic changes.The biggest consequence, says Buwen Dong of the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at the University of Reading, UK, is likely to be a disruption, and quite probably a complete collapse, of the Asian monsoon, causing severe droughts in south Asia

24 March, 2009

Climate "Skeptics" Renew War Against Science While Rome Burns
By Andrew Glikson

With carbon cap-and-trade legislation now on Washingtons agenda, companies and interest groups have been hiring lobbyists at a feverish pace. For every member of Congress, there are now four climate lobbyists, many of them hoping to derail or water down the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

20 March, 2009

A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
By George Monbiot

If you think preventing climate change is politically difficult, look at the political problems of adapting to it

17 March, 2009

In Search Of A Green Economic Stimulus
By Stephen Leahy

The high-level scientific climate conference that concluded last week in Copenhagen warned that humanity is rapidly approaching an irreversible, 1,000-year-long climate catastrophe

Message To Cathy And Repower America:
Green Power Is Not A Climate Change Solution

By Bill Henderson

I keep getting these e-mails from Cathy Zoi. They are all the same: green power is good, green power is jobs; clean electricity within 10 years; you can make a difference by joining our petition for clean cars or the green stimulus package or cap and trade, etc. But she always implies that green power, clean cars, or cap and trade are solutions to climate change and although I tried to e-mail her back asking why she is mis-educating Americans at such a crucial time she never replied

16 March, 2009

Ten Ways To Save The World
By Geoffrey Lean

We get the message. The planet's doomed unless we get our act together PDQ. We even know some of the measures needed to give ourselves a chance. But which less orthodox proposals could stave off disastrous climate change?

13 March, 2009

Global Warming Even Worse Than
Previously Thought

By Michael McCarthy

Lord Stern, the economist who produced the single most influential political document on climate change, says he underestimated the risks of global warming and the damage that could result from it. The situation was worse than he had thought when he completed his review two-and-a-half years ago, he told a conference yesterday, but politicians do not yet grasp the scale of the dangers now becoming apparent

Severe Global warming Will Render Half Of
World's Inhabited Areas Unliveable

By David Adam

Severe global warming could make half the world's inhabited areas literally too hot to live in, a US scientist warned today. Parts of China, India and the eastern US could all become too warm in summer for people to lose heat by sweating - rendering such areas effectively uninhabitable

UN Warns Of Widespread Water Shortages
By Martin Mittelstaedt

The world faces a bleak future over its dwindling water supplies, with pollution, climate change and rapidly growing populations raising the possibility of widespread shortages, a new report compiled by 24 agencies of the United Nations says

12 March, 2009

Fate Of The Rainforest Is 'Irreversible'
By Michael McCarthy

A third of the Amazonian 'carbon sink' is doomed whether or not emissions are cut, Copenhagen conference is told

14 February, 2009

Global Warming Impacting Humanity
By Gideon Polya

Australia’s State of Victoria (capital Melbourne), has just suffered record-breaking heat wave temperatures and a tragic bushfire disaster (over 180 people dead, over 1,000 homes destroyed, over 300,000 hectares burnt). This tragedy has occurred on top of a background of sustained drought, man-made global warming and global government inaction

04 February, 2009

It Is Now Or Never
By Aditi Munot

Climate change is no longer a difficulty to be faced by our children or grandchildren. It sure is going to happen in our lifetimes. If we do not change today, correct our lifestyles and consumption patterns now…. There will be no tomorrow. We, the entire global community have to make a choice today, to be able to live tomorrow. Each one of us, every individual, every country, the whole world needs to take it upon ourselves to keep this planet liveable…. For us, our children, all other species with whom we share this planet

02 February, 2009

Australia Faces Collapse As Climate Change Kicks In
By Geoffrey Lean & Kathy Marks

On Friday, Melbourne thermometers topped 43C (109.4F) on a third successive day for the first time on record, while even normally mild Tasmania suffered its second-hottest day in a row, as temperatures reached 42.2C. Two days before, Adelaide hit a staggering 45.6C. After a weekend respite, more records are expected to be broken this week

27 January, 2009

Global Warming Effects To Last 1,000 Years
By Agence France Presse

Global warming may create "dead zones" in the ocean that would be devoid of fish and seafood and endure for up to two millennia, according to a study published on Sunday

23 January, 2009

Antarctic Ice Shelf Set To Collapse Due To warming
By Alister Doyle

A huge Antarctic ice shelf is on the brink of collapse with just a sliver of ice holding it in place, the latest victim of global warming that is altering maps of the frozen continent

Ecologists Warn The Planet Is
Running Short Of Water

By Leo Lewis

A swelling global population, changing diets and mankind's expanding "water footprint" could be bringing an end to the era of cheap water. The warnings, in an annual report by the Pacific Institute in California, come as ecologists have begun adopting the term "peak ecological water" - the point where, like the concept of "peak oil", the world has to confront a natural limit on something once considered virtually infinite

14 January, 2009

Good And Bad Climate News
By Dr Gideon Polya

The World is acutely threatened by man-made climate change and it may already be too late to stop catastrophe – however there is good news as well as bad news