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Act Now to Save The Planet

Posted on 11 December 2009 by editor

Danish children planting trees. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

Danish children planting trees. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

By Mohan Munasinghe*

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) The climate is changing faster than forecast only two years ago: 2,700 experts at the IARU Climate Congress in March 2009 warned that the IPCC predictions made in 2007 are already out of date, for example 3 degrees C global temperature rise by 2100. The latest information indicates more severe warming exceeding 4-5 C.

Rising temperatures are already penalising the poor most, who ironically contributed least to the problem. Global warming is impacting global food and water supplies, raising sea levels, melting ice sheets and increasing the number and intensity of severe weather events. Continue Reading

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COP15: “Please Help the World”

Posted on 07 December 2009 by editor

Bhutan delegates. Credit: Servaas van den Bosch.

Bhutan delegates. Credit: Servaas van den Bosch.

By Servaas van den Bosch

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – On a video screen a child watches a climate change report and dreams of a wasteland shaken by earthquakes, battered by cyclones and overrun with storm surges. She wakes up screaming and begs the delegates to “please help the world”

With this cry of desperation still resonating in the ears of 1500 or so negotiators, the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) kicked off in Copenhagen on Monday morning. Organisers pressed the countries present to reach a deal, despite tempered expectations in the run up to the UNFCCC conference. Continue Reading

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