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African Mayors Agree to Combat Climate Change

African Mayors Agree to Combat Climate Change

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – Mayors from 33 capital and major cities across Africa pledged Friday to quicken climate change adaptation and mitigation plans for their cities. Concluding a two-day meeting in Nairobi, the mayors issued the Nairobi Declaration, in which they resolved to integrate these plans into city development strategies. Despite their…

Climate Could Cross Critical Threshold by 2100, Expert Warns

Climate Could Cross Critical Threshold by 2100, Expert Warns

CHICAGO, Illinois, February 16, 2009 (ENS) – Without decisive action by governments, corporations and individuals, global warming in the 21st century is likely to accelerate at a much faster pace and cause more environmental damage than predicted, warns a leading member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In a business-as-usual world, higher…

Biochar Offered as Climate Change Reduction Tool

Biochar Offered as Climate Change Reduction Tool

ATHENS, Georgia, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Former inhabitants of the Amazon Basin enriched their fields with charcoal and transformed some of the Earth’s most infertile soils into some of the most productive. They disappeared 500 years ago, but their soil is still rich in organic matter and nutrients. Now, scientists, environmental groups and policymakers…

Slow Progress in Poznan While Climate Threats Mount

Slow Progress in Poznan While Climate Threats Mount

POZNAN, Poland, December 13, 2008 (ENS) – The annual UN climate change conference ended shortly before 3:00 am today in Poznan with a commitment from governments to shift into full negotiating mode next year in order to shape a effective international response to climate change, to be agreed in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.…

Environmental Defense Offices Occupied By Climate Activists

Environmental Defense Offices Occupied By Climate Activists

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 2008 (ENS) – Grassroots climate activists took over the Washington, DC office of the nonprofit group Environmental Defense Monday. Led by Dr. Rachel Smolker, daughter of one of the group’s founders, the late Robert Smolker, the 20 activists were protesting Environmental Defense’s support of carbon trading as a solution to global…

Global Carbon Dioxide Hit Record Levels in 2007

Global Carbon Dioxide Hit Record Levels in 2007

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 26, 2008 (ENS) – Climate-heating greenhouse gases continue to increase in the atmosphere, and last year, global concentrations of carbon dioxide again reached the highest levels ever recorded, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the World Meteorological Organization. Greenhouse gases trap the Sun’s radiation within the Earth’s atmosphere causing it…

Governors Call for Federal-State Climate Change Partnership

Governors Call for Federal-State Climate Change Partnership

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, April 18, 2008 (ENS) – Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell today led 20 Democrat and Republican governors from across the country in signing the Governors’ Declaration on Climate Change at the 2008 Conference on Climate Change at Yale University. The Declaration is founded on three principles. First, that a federal-state partnership is…

Caribbean Governments Urged to Set Climate Action Agenda

Caribbean Governments Urged to Set Climate Action Agenda

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 9, 2008 (ENS) – Regional scientists are calling on Caribbean governments to help develop an emerging research and action agenda that will prepare the islands for the effects of climate change. A preliminary agenda was reached after three teams of scientists carried out extensive research on climate change scenarios and modeling, coastal,…

New York Will Cut Use of Tropical Hardwoods by 20 Percent

New York Will Cut Use of Tropical Hardwoods by 20 Percent

NEW YORK, New York, February 13, 2008 (ENS) – During an address to the UN General Assembly Monday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to reduce the city’s consumption of tropical hardwoods to benefit the climate. The mayor called tropical deforestation an “ecological calamity – one with huge global warming implications.” Bloomberg was…

Countries Agree to Write New Climate Action Pact

Countries Agree to Write New Climate Action Pact

Success at the UN climate change conference in Bali. (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin) NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia, December 15, 2007 (ENS) – Governments meeting in Bali today agreed to launch negotiations towards a strengthened international climate change pact. The new treaty will be a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end…

Gore Exhorts UN Climate Conference to Act Now

Gore Exhorts UN Climate Conference to Act Now

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore addresses delegates at Bali. (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin) NUSA DUA, Bali Indonesia, December 13, 2007 (ENS) – “The Earth has a rising fever,” Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore told delegates at the United Nations climate change conference today. The former U.S. vice president said that the need…

UN Chief: World Expects Climate Change Breakthrough

UN Chief: World Expects Climate Change Breakthrough

NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia, December 12, 2007 (ENS) – The world is counting on a breakthrough at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told delegates at the summit, calling the fight against global warming “the moral challenge of our generation.” In a speech delivered today at the opening…

U.S. And China Not Ready to Limit Climate Emissions

U.S. And China Not Ready to Limit Climate Emissions

NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia, December 10, 2007 (ENS) – At the half-way point of the UN climate change conference in Bali, delegates from the world’s biggest polluters, the United States and China, are declining to commit to the steep cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases scientists say are necessary to avert the worst impacts of…