Sunday, April 14, 2024

UN charts new climate course

Nations approve a late deal for 2015 global pact, agree on fund for climate aid to poor countries; critics say gains modest A marathon UN climate conference yesterday approved a roadmap towards an accord that for the first time will bring all major greenhouse-gas emitters under a single legal roof. The European Union will place ... Read more

Climate given some hope

US softens its stance; China, India still rigid   A last moment drama blew a fresh air into the Durban climate conference as the US surprisingly agreed to an EU proposal that says the bloc would sign the second phase of the legally binding Kyoto protocol, provided all major economies sign a legal climate deal ... Read more

Carbon Emission: Rich nations not for legal binding

As indications are clear that the developed countries are set not to give a second lifeline to the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding emission control mechanism, a deep sense of resentment prevails among the poor countries and a last minute effort is afoot to get at least a much compromised and weak agreement. UN ... Read more

A ray of hopes, finally

After a week of grim news, at least some light shone yesterday when a new window of fund termed Loss and Damage has been finalised. Under the window, countries affected by quick and long-term climate change will be able to access funds. The window was proposed at the last climate conference at Cancun and its ... Read more

Durban set to pick up more heat

Compromise formula on Kyoto Protocol faces obstacle Durban burned with sweltering heat yesterday and the UN’s weather agency World Meteorological Organisation’s just-released report that 2011 is the 10th hottest year since records began in 1850 had probably something to do with a new-found formula to save the Kyoto Protocol. The compromise formula to give a ... Read more

Bangladesh worst-hit in last 2 decades

Bangladesh is a country most affected by extreme weather events in the last two decades, reveals the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI), 2012. For the period 1991-2010, Bangladesh was followed by Myanmar and Honduras, the report said. However, Bangladesh is not on the list of the 10 worst affected countries in

All eyes on rich nations

Climate-hit countries count on their promises as Durban meet gets underway As the stories emerging from Africa to Americas, Asia to Australia tell the same grave situation of ever increasing drought, floods, storms and hot spells, a Climate Change Conference began here yesterday with hopes that the rich nations will keep their commitments to extend ... Read more

Climate change and neglected tropical diseases

Khalid Md. Bahauddin Recent investigations attribute more than 150,000 deaths per year and a global disease burden to climate change. An area that has received particular attention is the potential impact of global warming on shifts in the spatio-temporal distribution of disease vectors, and hence the frequency and transmission dynamics of vector-borne diseases. Vectors, pathogens ... Read more

‘Climate change reshapes tropical forests’

bbc.co.uk Future climate change could change the profile of tropical forests, with possible consequences for carbon storage and biodiversity, a study says. It suggests that if current trends continued, the drier conditions would favour deciduous, canopy species at the expense of other trees. US researchers based their findings on the changes they recorded in a ... Read more

Managing biodiversity to slow down climate change

DR. M.A. BASHAR Adaptation is the habitual process of adjustment to a new or changing environment. These changes of environment could be negative or positive to the survivals in an ecosystem. Adaptive capability is the ability of a system to adjust to climate change to moderate potential damages, to take advantage of opportunities, or to ... Read more

Climate fallout to trigger migration

ADB study focuses on more challenges for Bangladesh Bangladesh will face mounting challenge of resettling and rehabilitating the people displaced by climate change, says an Asian Development Bank study. The country is already at high risk of catastrophic environmental hazards and floods from sea surges, river flow, rainfall and coastal and riverbank erosion that are ... Read more