Climate Change News Round-Up

March 13,2009 by

Agreement between President Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to step up cooperation between the UN and the US on climate change – both for the health of the planet and a sustainable economic recovery.

Research presented at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen (organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities) revealed that 1 in 10 people live in low-lying areas at risk of flooding as sea levels rise due to climate change. That’s nearly 600 million people!

Dr Rajendra Pachauri (chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2002, director general of The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi since 2001 and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recipient) will now also lead the newly established Yale Climate and Energy Institute. Initial projects of the Institute include forecasting climate variability, studying the spread of infectious diseases, alternative fuel research and the economics of carbon sequestration.

And finally, writer Kim Stanley Robinson offers some interesting insight on climate change and her suggestions for saving our planet. Two things from her article jump out at me: 1) her continual emphasis that we “trust our science.” It seems obvious, but we need to trust what scientists are telling us about the impacts of climate change and what steps we can take to mitigate it and 2) her commentary on how a shift in economics is needed in order for us (as a human population) to survive. Her essay nearly shouts: “capitalism is going to have to change or else we will have an environmental catastrophe.” I encourage you to read it, good food for thought!

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