Saturday, August 29, 2009

Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated

LONDON – 27 August 2009. Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will warn today that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of what it will cost to adapt to its impacts.
The real costs of adaptation are likely to be 2-3 times greater than estimates made by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), say Professor Martin Parry and colleagues in a new report published by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.
The report adds that costs will be even more when the full range of climate impacts on human activities is considered.

Read the full article at the IIED website and download the report.

Arctic glacier to lose Manhattan-sized 'tongue'

Read more at The biggest glacier in the Arctic is on the verge of losing a chunk of ice the size of Manhattan. A group of scientists and climate change activists who are closely monitoring the Petermann glacier's ice tongue believe the rapid flow of ice is in part due to warm ocean currents moving up along the coast of Greenland, fuelled by global warming.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Copenhagen's 'best city for cyclists' goal

With less than four months to go until Copenhagen hosts the United Nations climate change summit, the city has announced its vision to become the world's best city for cyclists. In Copenhagen, a third of people already cycle to work, school or university. There are about 350km (217 miles) of cycle routes around the city. Cyclists have priority over cars and pedestrians at many major junctions and traffic lights. City officials have just announced their plans to get half of commuters using bikes by 2015.

Read the full article at BBC News and notice that the photo up front was taken next door to your course venue.

Friday, August 21, 2009

EARTH: The Holy Grail

Andrea Gunneng from Brazil has written a long article about the new report 'Climate Change - Global risks, challenges & decisions'. The report is from the scientific conference at the University of Copenhagen in 2009 and was presented at our course by Dr. Kathrine Richardsson. Andreas article was published in July in the environmental supplement of the Brazilian national newspaper 'Jornal do Brasil.' Here is a link to the article: