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  • 'Life on planet at stake', France warns as climate ministers meet

    11/08/2015 11:58:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/8/15 | Mariëtte Le Roux, Joshua Melvin
    Paris (AFP) - France's top diplomat, who will preside over a year-end Paris summit tasked with inking a climate rescue pact, warned Sunday of looming planetary "catastrophe" if negotiations fail. "It is life on our planet itself which is at stake," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told journalists as ministers and climate envoys from 70 countries met for pre-summit talks to iron out tough political questions. With the key UN conference just three weeks away, he also announced that Russia's President Vladimir Putin would attend the November 30 opening. Russia, a major oil producer, is seen as a deal-maker or -breaker...
  • Robert Redford sees 'last chance' to fix climate

    06/29/2015 4:50:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 6/29/15 | AFP
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Robert Redford told the United Nations on Monday that negotiations on a global deal to tackle climate change could be the world's "last chance" to save the planet. "This December, the world must unite behind a common goal," said the American actor and producer. "Because look, this is it. This is our only planet, our only life source. "This may be our last chance." World governments will try to forge a new global accord to address climate change at a UN climate conference in Paris in December, with both developed and developing countries committing...
  • U.N.: Pope's encyclical may have 'major impact' on climate talks

    06/11/2015 7:27:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/11/15 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Francis is likely to have a major impact in spurring U.N. negotiations on global warming with an encyclical on the environment next week, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Thursday. "Pope Francis is personally committed to this issue like no other pope before him," Christiana Figueres told a news conference at June 1-11 talks on a deal to combat climate change due to be agreed in Paris in December. The encyclical, a letter sent to bishops, due next Thursday would add a moral dimension to work on climate change for many believers, who would view...
  • Worldwide study finds high concern about fixing climate change (UNIPCC Pantsuit load Alert!!)

    06/11/2015 7:22:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/11/15 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Almost 80 percent of people worldwide are perturbed about global warming and most want tough action to fix the problem, according to a new study that the United Nations touted as a spur to an international climate deal later this year. The report, based on consultations with 10,000 people in 75 nations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, also showed that 66 percent viewed measures to tackle warming, such as more wind or solar energy, as a chance to improve their quality of life. Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, said the findings were "important...
  • Kerry Warns US Ambassadors They Will Be Dealing With ‘Climate Refugees’ In Not-Too-Distant Future

    03/27/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 59 replies
    CBS DC ^ | March 26, 2015 | CBSDC
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Secretary of State John Kerry warns U.S. ambassadors that they will be dealing with “climate refugees” in the not-too-distant future. Kerry told U.S. ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday about the threat climate change poses around the world. “There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point, if not now, in the not-too-distant future,” Kerry said. “Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a...
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Physicist: Computer Models Used by U.N. Overstate Global Warming

    03/19/2015 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A scholarly paper explaining why predictions made by climate computer models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tend to exaggerate global warming has ignited a political firestorm. Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, came under attack by environmentalists after co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper explaining “the widening discrepancy between prediction and observation” in climate change models, and members of Congress soon took sides. The scientific paper, entitled “Why Models Run Hot,” concludes that the computer models overstated the impact of CO2 on the climate: “The impact of anthropogenic global...
  • UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

    11/19/2014 3:17:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/19/14 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees. The two-degree level is a goal that world leaders set in 2009. "The time window (for reaching that goal) is closing, closing," said United Nations undersecretary for environment Achim Steiner. And the...
  • UN(IPCC) panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous (MaXiMoose Barfitus Alert!!)

    08/26/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/26/14 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn't in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil...
  • 'Time running out' as CO2 levels hit new high: UN (We'Re Doomed Alert XXXXXXIIIIIYIYII!!)

    05/26/2014 2:41:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/26/14 | AFP
    Geneva (AFP) - Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN's weather agency said Monday, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse gases. In April, for the first time, the mean monthly CO2 concentration in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, which pollutes more than the south, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. "This should serve as yet another wakeup call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change," WMO chief Michel Jarraud said in a statement. "If we are to preserve our planet for...
  • East Antarctica more at risk than thought to long-term thaw: study

    05/04/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/4/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a study showed on Sunday. The Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica, stretching more than 1,000 km (600 miles) inland, has enough ice to raise sea levels by 3 to 4 meters (10-13 feet) if it were to melt as an effect of global warming, the report said. The Wilkes is vulnerable because it is held in place by a small rim of ice, resting on...
  • Factbox: U.N. issues guide to slow climate change (IPCC Barf Alert!!)

    04/13/2014 10:28:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/13/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    (Reuters) - Following are main findings by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a report on Sunday saying that time is running out to keep global warming within agreed limits. The 33-page summary, by leading scientists, is meant to guide almost 200 governments which have promised to work out a deal by the end of 2015 to slow climate change. Nations have promised to limit warming to a maximum 2 degrees Celsius (3.6F) above pre-industrial times, seen as a threshold for more heat waves, droughts and rising seas - temperatures have already risen about 0.8C (1.4F).
  • UN climate panel chair calls for 'enlightenment'

    04/07/2014 1:54:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/7/14 | FRank Jordans - ap
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" Monday, as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent catastrophic global warming. Delegates at the closed-doors meeting in Berlin need to tackle a number of sensitive issues, including how best to cut carbon emissions and how to share the cost of shifting away from the fossil fuels that are largely blamed for producing the gases that are heating the planet. Their conclusions will feed...
  • Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly: U.N.

    03/26/2014 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass - wood, wood pellets, or plant waste like from sugar cane - to generate electricity while the carbon dioxide in the biomass is extracted, piped away and buried deep underground. Among techniques, a chemical process can strip carbon dioxide from the flue gases from combustion. The process - called bio-energy...
  • 2013 sixth-hottest year, confirms long-term warming: UN

    02/05/2014 3:21:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/5/14 | Nina Larson
    Geneva (AFP) - Last year tied for the sixth-hottest on record, confirming that Earth's climate system is in the grip of warming that will affect generations to come, the UN's weather agency said Wednesday. "This is confirmation of the trend of global warming of the planet," World Meteorological Organization (WMO) chief Michel Jarraud told AFP. Last year equalled 2007 as the sixth-warmest year since reliable records began in 1850, with a global land and ocean surface temperature that was 0.5 degrees Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 1961-1990 average, the WMO said in a statement. Last year equalled 2007 as...
  • Obama Talks 'Climate Change' with U.N. Secretary General

    04/11/2013 11:16:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4:34 PM, Apr 11, 2013 | By DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama talked about "climate change" with the U.N. secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, today at the White House. Via the pool report: On North Korea: “We will continue to try to work to resolve some of those issues diplomatically even as I indicated to the Secretary General that the United States will take all necessary steps to protect its people and to meet our obligations under our alliances in the region.”
  • Study Finds Sea Level Rise was 60 Percent Higher Than UN Projection

    11/28/2012 4:10:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/28/12 | Rachel Bogart | Yahoo! Contributor Network
    According to NBC News, a newly released peer-reviewed study has concluded that sea levels between 1993 and 2011 rose by 3.2 millimeters per year. This number is nearly 60 percent more than the 2-millimeter annual projection made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change over the same time period. The disparity between the two numbers raises a point that the projections for the upcoming decades could also be too low and that sea level could rise much more than current estimates predict. Here are some facts and details about the new study and what it could mean for...
  • Helmut Schmidt calls for IPCC inquiry

    03/07/2011 2:03:27 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 7, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    by Bob Carter (originally published on Quadrant Online) Former German Chancellor demands IPCC inquiry Helmut Schmidt, the respected former Chancellor of Germany, has told an audience at the Max-Plank-Gesellschaft that a full inquiry needs to be held into the credibility of advice on global warming that stems from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Set up in 1988 in order to deliver policy advice to governments regarding global warming, ever since 2005 the IPCC has been become mired in controversy over the integrity and accuracy of its procedures. Most recently, in early 2010, a number of scandals erupted over the...
  • Oops! Reducing CO2 won’t stop global warming after all, says U.N.

    02/24/2011 1:53:36 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 36 replies
    Gee, we thought the science was settled. But now the U.N. says reducing CO2 won’t stop global warming after all. Who knew? Obviously, the U.N. didn’t. Through its global warming propaganda arm, the IPCC, the U.N. and alarmists worldwide have been screaming that we must reduce CO2 or else we’ll cook in our shoes. Now, like Emily Litella, they say, “Nevermind.” . . .
  • The IPCC's Abominable Snowmen

    01/20/2010 5:30:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 663+ views ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    A U.N. warning that Himalayan glaciers were melting fast and may be gone by 2035 was not backed up by science, U.N. climate experts admitted Wednesday Global Warming: The scientists who said that Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2035 have admitted the claim has as much credibility as sightings of the mythical Yeti. It's their fraudulent claims that are melting away. We hesitate to call it Glacier-gate, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.N. body tasked with scaring us to death about global warming, has admitted that the claim in its 2007 report about the Himalayan...
  • Warming to devastate glaciers, Antarctic icesheet - studies

    01/10/2011 3:34:31 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 9, 2011 | AFP via Yahoo! News
    PARIS (AFP) – Global warming may wipe out three-quarters of Europe's alpine glaciers by 2100 and hike sea levels by four metres (13 feet) by the year 3000 through melting the West Antarctic icesheet, two studies published on Sunday said. The research places the spotlight on two of the least understood aspects of climate change: how, when and where warming will affect glaciers on which many millions depend for their water, and the problems faced by generations in the far distant future. The glacier study predicts that mountain glaciers and icecaps will shrink by 15-27 percent in volume terms on...
  • Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds

    01/27/2011 2:19:58 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Jan 2011 | Dean Nelson, New Dehli and Richard Alleyne
    Excerpt only website: Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century. Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking. The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world's highest mountain range to lose its ice cover. It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that...
  • Climate change study had 'significant error': experts (OOPSIE!)

    01/19/2011 9:19:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/19//11 | Kerry Sheridan - AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A climate change study that projected a 2.4 degree Celsius increase in temperature and massive worldwide food shortages in the next decade was seriously flawed, scientists said Wednesday. The study was posted on the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was written about by numerous international news agencies, including AFP. But AAAS later retracted the study as experts cited numerous errors in its approach. "A reporter with The Guardian alerted us yesterday to concerns about the news release submitted by Hoffman & Hoffman public relations," said AAAS spokeswoman Ginger Pinholster in an...
  • Time for compromise, troubled UN climate talks told (Cancun: 'Hide yur wallets&carbon' Alert!!)

    11/29/2010 11:10:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/29/10 | Richard Ingham
    CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) – A new round of UN climate talks got underway on Monday to appeals for action and compromise after the squabbles that drove last year's global summit in Copenhagen close to disaster. "A richer tapestry of efforts is needed," UN climate chief Christiana Figueres warned, as she spelt out the tasks facing the 12-day conference in the Mexican resort city of Cancun. "A tapestry of holes will not work -- and the holes can only be filled in through compromise." President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, whose country is hosting the conference, also appealed for common purpose. "Climate...
  • UN panel: New taxes needed for a climate fund

    08/05/2010 9:30:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/10 | AP
    BONN, Germany – British economist Nicholas Stern says a U.N. economic panel is discussing carbon taxes, add-ons to international air fares and a levy on cross-border money transfers as ways to raise $100 billion a year to fight climate change. Stern has told international climate negotiators that governments will need to create incentives for private investments in industries emitting few greenhouse gases. The Copenhagen climate summit in December determined that $100 billion is needed every year starting in 2020 to help poor countries adapt to climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
  • UN climate panel chief defends research at review

    05/14/2010 3:22:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 239+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/10 | AFP
    THE HAGUE (AFP) – The head of the United Nations' climate change panel defended the body Friday before an academic council charged with reviewing its research methods after a string of challenges to its findings. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), admitted an error was made in warning that Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035, but said there was nevertheless some value in the finding. "Alright, there was this error, but there is a whole lot of valid information and assessment related to the glaciers which we can only ignore at our own peril and...
  • UN climate chief raises temperature with racy novel ("Return to Almora", "autobiographical?")

    02/08/2010 10:04:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 451+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/7/10 | Penny MacRae
    NEW DELHI (AFP) – The UN's top climate official, who is at the heart of a controversy over incorrect global warming data, has penned a racy novel which dishes up sex, reincarnation and a real-life Hollywood actress. The debut fiction work is in contrast to the dry academic tomes that 69-year-old Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has previously written. "Return to Almora," .. is laced with steamy references to the sexual urges of the protagonist Sanjay Nath who, like Pachauri, studied engineering. The book also weaves in lectures on the environment and the...
  • Climate science update: from bad to worse (7C degrees temperature rise, 3 foot sea level rise.)

    11/24/2009 12:43:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 109 replies · 2,523+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/24/09 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) – The planet could warm by seven degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and sea levels could rise by more than a metre (3.25 feet) by 2100, scenarios that just two years ago were viewed as improbable, scientists said on Tuesday. In the widest overview on global warming since a landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2007, the authors said manoeuvering room for tackling the carbon crisis was now almost exhausted. The 64-page "Copenhagen Diagnosis" aims at the December 7-18 UN conference in Denmark, tasked with forging a planet-wide deal on greenhouse-gas...
  • Gore defends himself against critics

    11/10/2009 7:20:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 1,515+ views ^ | 11/10/09 | Peter Fimrite
    San Rafael -- Al Gore and his crusade against global warming landed in the Bay Area this week with a call to arms and a message for those who still think the former vice president is tilting at windmills. The solution to climate change includes windmills, along with solar and geothermal energy, Gore told The Chronicle in an interview Monday. He also defended himself against attacks by critics who accuse him of pushing the green agenda so that he can personally benefit from investments he has made in green technology. "I have made some investments in the last few years...
  • UN, New York to stage Climate Week in September (Moon and Bloomberg to launch "Climate Week NYC")

    06/23/2009 2:02:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 519+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/23/09 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the mayor of New York on Tuesday announced plans to launch "Climate Week NYC" on the sidelines of a UN summit in September to galvanize public support for a landmark global warming treaty by year's end. The event, to be held September 21-25, will feature five days of cultural events, workshops, seminars, and other activities organized by non-governmental organizations, businesses, artists, and academia. Ban told a press conference that it would coincide with the summit he is hosting at UN headquarters on September 22 "to mobilize the political momentum needed to...
  • EU: Earth warming faster (poll of IPCC "experts")

    04/07/2009 10:50:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,282+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/7/09 | Reuters
    OSLO/BONN (Reuters) – Global warming is likely to overshoot a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) rise seen by the European Union and many developing nations as a trigger for "dangerous" change, a Reuters poll of scientists showed on Tuesday. Nine of 11 experts, who were among authors of the final summary by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 (IPCC), also said the evidence that mankind was to blame for climate change had grown stronger in the past two years. Giving personal views of recent research, most projected on average a faster melt of summer ice in the...