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    Thailand must confront climate change

    News, Published on 17/12/2014

    » Recently scientists concluded that 2014 is on target to be the hottest year recorded. Also, this past weekend delegates from around the world wrapped up the twentieth world conference on climate change in Peru. They agreed upon a watered-down deal. The deal for the first time demands that every country curb its greenhouse gas emissions, but has left unresolved the issue of exactly how much each country must cut. Each country is next year invited, but not required, to reveal how much emissions they plan to cut.

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    Climate change battle needs more than talks in Lima

    News, Published on 13/12/2014

    » At this very moment, all eyes are on Lima, Peru, and rightfully so. Peru is currently hosting the COP 20 (Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). For two weeks, representatives of every country are gathered to iron out the details of what should be the new agreement on climate change, to be signed in Paris in December 2015.

  • OPINION

    Asian solutions to climate change

    News, Published on 09/01/2015

    » The plan agreed at the United Nations talks in Lima, Peru is a key first step toward a global climate change agreement due to be finalised this year. It would be none too soon. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned again that the world must act now to avoid irreversible damage.

  • OPINION

    Innovation to allay global climate change stumbles

    News, Eduardo Porter, Published on 24/07/2015

    » In the race to develop technologies to slow climate change, the world is off track.

  • OPINION

    Asia must lead on climate change

    News, Published on 03/07/2014

    » For decades, Asian leaders largely ignored climate change. It's a Western problem, we said. They caused the problem by dumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere; let them clean it up. Instead, we Asian leaders focused on reducing poverty by growing our economies.

  • OPINION

    As IPCC launches study, is climate change tide turning?

    News, Published on 01/10/2013

    » The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Friday released the most comprehensive ever study on global warming, prepared by more than 200 scientists over two years. The landmark report concludes that if the world continues to emit greenhouse gases at current rates, we will face warming of more than two degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels, within as little as two to three decades.

  • OPINION

    Put the heat on subsidising climate change

    News, Published on 11/11/2013

    » This week, governments are gathering in Warsaw for a crucial round of climate negotiations, with both expectation and ambition running at an all-time low. But it does not have to be like this: the Warsaw meeting provides an opportunity to galvanise action on one of the most potent forces driving climate change _ the billions of dollars spent by governments on fossil-fuel subsidies.

  • OPINION

    Is the climate change tide turning?

    News, Andy Wray, Published on 26/06/2013

    » United States President Barack Obama yesterday unveiled a national plan to "reduce carbon pollution and lead global efforts to fight" climate change. The initiative, which will see the president rest heavily upon executive actions, rather than seeking to get legislation through Congress, includes limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, increasing appliance efficiency standards, and promoting renewable energy development on public land.

  • OPINION

    For the world's poor, climate change is terrorism

    News, Published on 19/11/2013

    » As part of the pivot to Asia, the United States government has ramped up its counterterrorism cooperation with the Philippines, Indonesia and elsewhere. But the bigger question from the perspective of the Filipinos, beyond the disaster at hand, is this: Why is it that the US still doesn't have a domestic consensus that there is such a thing as climate change?

  • OPINION

    A call to action on climate change

    News, Published on 20/01/2013

    » The latest US Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report should silence climate change deniers, but, of course, it won't. The third National Climate Assessment is the work of more than 240 climate scientists and, after extensive review from the National Academies of Sciences, is awaiting submission to the federal government pending further review. The report draws mostly from studies done in the US, but since climate patterns don't respect national borders it can be assumed that its conclusions can be universally applied; as well, much of the data was compiled globally.

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