Monthly Archives: November 2012

Food, Water and Livelihoods in Pacific Islands under Increasing Threat from Climate Change

Invasive Species, Waste, and Extreme Weather Events among Key Challenges

Doha (Qatar)– Island communities in the Pacific Ocean are facing unprecedented challenges to their economies and environment from the impacts of climate change, according to a new report released at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

30 November 2012|

2012: Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt, Multiple Extremes and High Temperatures

GENEVA/DOHA– The years 2001–2011 were all among the warmest on record, and, according to the World Meteorological Organization, the first ten months indicate that 2012 will most likely be no exception despite the cooling influence of La Niña early in the year. 

28 November 2012|

At COP 18/CMP 8 in Doha, governments successfully launch work as scheduled

DOHA–Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, (COP 18/CMP 8) have successfully launched negotiations and will work to get decision texts ready or as complete as possible for the attention of the high-level ministerial part of the meeting from December 4.

28 November 2012|

UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Doha’s COP18/CMP8 climate change conference must deliver objectives to speed up inadequate climate action

Top UN climate change official Christiana Figueres said on Wednesday that the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, beginning November 26, must deliver its objectives to speed up global action towards a low-emission future where everyone has the chance of a sustainable life.

27 November 2012|

Doha / UN climate change talks: “Of course it’s about money, but it’s also about solidarity,” says UN expert

United Nations Independent Expert Virginia Dandan has urged world governments to see beyond the cost of climate change in terms of money, and to adopt a strong commitment to international solidarity as a key element towards a successful round of United Nations climate change talks due to start next week in Doha, Qatar.

27 November 2012|

Thawing of Permafrost Expected to Cause Significant Additional Global Warming, Not yet Accounted for in Climate Predictions

Policymakers and Climate Scientists Must Monitor and Prepare for Large Carbon Dioxide and Methane Emissions from Permafrost, Says UNEP Report

Permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere contains 1,700 gigatonnes of carbon, twice that currently in the atmosphere, and could significantly amplify global warming should thawing accelerate as expected, according to a new report released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

27 November 2012|

New Finance Models to address Climate Change

The World Economic Forum and the United Nations Climate Change secretariat announced today the launch of “Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing for Climate-friendly Investment”, an initiative that showcases successful public-private financing mechanisms and approaches to support climate change adaption and mitigation activities.  

27 November 2012|

UN Climate Change Conference in Doha kicks off with calls to implement agreed decisions, stick to agreed tasks and timetable

The UN Climate Change Conference in Doha began today with calls for governments to focus on essential tasks ahead of them so that the meeting can deliver agreed outcomes and constitute another step forward in the global response to climate change.

26 November 2012|

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Gap Widening as Nations Head to Crucial Climate Talks in Doha

Keeping Average Global Temperature Rise to Below 2°C Still Achievable, with Potentially Big Cuts Possible from Buildings, Transportation and Avoided Deforestation - But Time Running Out.
London/Nairobi, 21 November 2012 - Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century.

21 November 2012|

British government and IFAD sign commitment for innovative climate adaptation programming

Eight million rural people to get support to reduce climate risks

Rome, 20 November 2012 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Kingdom (UK) signed a £147,500,000 letter of commitment today, which earmarks funds for rural communities in developing countries to prepare for climate change.

20 November 2012|