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Climate Tipping Point Near Warn UN, World Bank

Climate Tipping Point Near Warn UN, World Bank

WASHINGTON, DC, February 23, 2009 (ENS) – The planet is quickly approaching the tipping point for abrupt climate changes, perhaps within a few years, according to the UN Environmental Programme’s newly released 2009 Year Book and a separate World Bank report now being presented throughout Latin America. The UN agency warns that urgent action is…

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…

Construction Industry Could Trim Climate Emissions Cheaply

Construction Industry Could Trim Climate Emissions Cheaply

POZNAN, Poland, December 8, 2008 (ENS) – Energy use in buildings accounts for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, but the potential of the construction sector to combat climate change has not been tapped, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme. The report was released Saturday to governments meeting in…

Climate Change Hits Home in Kansas

Climate Change Hits Home in Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kansas, November 14, 2008 (ENS) – Over the next century, climate change will bring more hot, dry weather, more insects and more storms to Kansas – and eastern and western Kansas will be affected in different ways, according to research published at the University of Kansas on Tuesday. University of Kansas scientists Nathaniel Brunsell…

Northern Hemisphere Sets 1300 Year Climate Warming Record

Northern Hemisphere Sets 1300 Year Climate Warming Record

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, September 2, 2008 (ENS) – Surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere were warmer over the last 10 years than any time during the last 1300 years, according to researchers at Penn State’s Earth System Science Center and three other U.S. universities. And, if the climate scientists include the somewhat controversial data derived…

A How-To Manual for Large Cities to Build Climate Resilience

A How-To Manual for Large Cities to Build Climate Resilience

NEW YORK, New York, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – With eight of the world’s 10 largest cities located near rivers or seas and exposed to such climate hazards as flooding, sea level rise, and hurricanes, a United Nations-World Bank report released today offers advice on how to make these population centers more resistant to the…

Florida Tries to Shield Wildlife From Climate Change

Florida Tries to Shield Wildlife From Climate Change

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – Florida’s wildlife will face unprecedented consequences associated with climate change, warns the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC, a government agency that is organizing a conference in Orlando this month to find ways of protecting Florida species in a warming world. Florida is inhabited by endangered and…

Extreme Weather Events Predicted for Warming North America

Extreme Weather Events Predicted for Warming North America

WASHINGTON, DC, July 1, 2008 (ENS) – Atlanta is thirsty, New York is sizzling, Des Moines is flooded – all these situations have happened this year, and a new federal government report predicts an increasing frequency of the same kinds of extremes across North America as the planet warms. Droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and…

Visiting Kyoto, UN Chief Urges New Climate Deal by 2009

Visiting Kyoto, UN Chief Urges New Climate Deal by 2009

KYOTO, Japan, June 30, 2008 (ENS) – The world must galvanize its will and reach a new agreement on measures to fight climate change by the end of 2009, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday in the Japanese city where the Kyoto Protocol was finalized. The secretary-general arrived in Japan on Saturday, kicking off a…

New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

NEW YORK, New York, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – Government officials and policymakers from 30 cities meeting in New York City have spent the past two days considering urban public health issues related to global warming. The “Public Health and Climate Change: The Urban Policy Connection” summit began Thursday at Columbia University, and continued today…

Slash Global Warming Gases Now Urge 1,700 Scientists, Economists

Slash Global Warming Gases Now Urge 1,700 Scientists, Economists

WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Hundreds of the nation’s most prominent scientists and economists have issued a first-ever joint statement calling on policymakers to require immediate, deep reductions in heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming. “Failure to act now is the most risky and most expensive thing we could do,” warns statement co-author…

G8 Environment Ministers Agree on 2050 Climate Goal

G8 Environment Ministers Agree on 2050 Climate Goal

KOBE, Japan, May 27, 2008 (ENS) – Environment ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations concluded a three-day meeting in Kobe Monday with an agreement on the long-term goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. But the ministers failed to support specific emissions reduction targets for 2020, as recommended last year…

Global Warming Linked to Increase in Kidney Stones

Global Warming Linked to Increase in Kidney Stones

ORLANDO, Florida, May 19, 2008 (ENS) – Links between environmental conditions and urinary tract diseases are emerging from papers presented this week at the 103rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association taking place in Orlando. Rising global temperatures could lead to an increase in kidney stones, according to research conducted by Margaret Pearle,…

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

SAN DIEGO, California, March 23, 2008 (ENS) – Black carbon, particulate matter in the air produced by diesel exhaust, biomass burning, and cooking with solid fuels, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than existing estimates, according to scientists in an upcoming review article in the journal “Nature Geoscience.” Atmospheric…

Growth in China's CO2 Emissions Double Previous Estimates

Growth in China's CO2 Emissions Double Previous Estimates

SAN DIEGO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – The growth in China’s emissions of the primary greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, is far greater than previous estimates, making the goal of stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gases much more difficult, finds a new analysis by economists at the University of California. The authors of the study, Maximillian…

Gore Nobel Lecture: Time to Make Peace With the Planet

Gore Nobel Lecture: Time to Make Peace With the Planet

OSLO, Norway, December 10, 2007 (ENS) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore said today that there still is time to forestall the most disastrous impacts of climate change, but only if the world community unites and acts immediately. In his lecture upon acceptance of the prize he shares with the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel…