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Tackling displacement by natural disasters in sustainable development

20 June 2012
Foto de: Mundial estima 2011 por el Observatorio de Desplazamiento Interno, el Consejo Noruego para los Refugiados, junio 2012

Pedro Walpole “Over a million people have lost their lives since Rio ‘92 in disasters… 4.4 billion have been displaced, most internally…,” remarks Manuel Bessler of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid.  Asia’s highest displacement last year was in China due to monsoon flooding according to Elisabeth Rasmusson of the Norwegian Refugee Council, as she presented...
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Climate change and conflict

24 November 2011
Cities at low-elevation coastal zones. Photo Credit: unfpa.org

The Pentagon and other military establishments have long recognised climate change as a “threat multiplier” with the potential to escalate existing conflicts and create new disputes as food, water, and arable land become increasingly scarce. In 2007, under British presidency, the UN Security Council held a session  to assess the security impacts of climate...
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Cancún Conference on Climate Change reaches an unexpected agreement

14 December 2010
COP16-LOGO

The agreement reached late on the night of 10th December by the representatives of the 193 Parties to the Cancún Conference on Climate Change is a pleasing surprise, a breath of fresh air in the midst of the previous pessimism about debates on climate change. During the weeks previous to the conference, commentators...
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“Global yet equitable: Combating climate change, enabling development,” a new report from German stakeholders

14 December 2010
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Climate and development policy have reached an impasse. The international community’s political efforts are not even close to producing adequate responses to these momentous challenges. One important aspect is to bring together climate change mitigation and development policy. This has prompted four different partners to join forces: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Institute...
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Breathtaking Figures: New Studies on Status and Economics of Earth’s Biodiversity

11 November 2010
Photo credit: http://gbo3.cbd.int

The general trends of the worldwide ecosystem degradation are commonly well-known for long. Among the most recent studies however, two documentations released on the occasion of the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity 2010 deliver new and mostly alarming figures on the real extent of the world’s biodiversity losses. And for the first...
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ASEAN urged to take stronger stand on climate change

11 November 2010
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A coalition of major international environment groups has called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take a stronger stand on climate change in the upcoming climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.
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For whom the bell tolls

15 September 2010
UNFCCC - COP15 - Negotiations

Lack of political will and exaggerated expectations could explain the failure to achieve a fair, binding and ambitious agreement at the Copenhagen Conference. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu began the concluding prayer at the ecumenical service on Sunday December the 13th, Copenhagen Cathedral bells started to ring, 350 times. Simultaneously, hundreds of Churches in Denmark joined...
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Western Pacific heading for rough weather and increased landslide risk

15 August 2010
Satellite image of Typhoon Morakot (Typhoon Kiko in the Philippines), August 2009

Last 22-25 June 2010, nearly a thousand scientists gathered at the Taipei International Conference Center to discuss the current understanding about the factors that induce such extreme events. Recent findings from the work of around 4,000 scholars were presented at the Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting (http://www.agu.org/meetings/wp10/) in Taipei in the desire to understand...
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We sink or swim together

15 August 2010
We sink or swim together

The schedule of UN meetings before the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change shows how intense is the negotiation process: 1-12 June, UN climate negotiations in Bonn; 21-25 September, UN Climate Summit in New York; 28 September - 9 October, UN negotiations in Bangkok; 2- 6 November, final round in Barcelona; and 7 - 18...
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Picking up the pieces, regaining momentum after Copenhagen

15 August 2010
Picking up the pieces, regaining momentum after Copenhagen

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change will resume meetings after the failure of the Copenhagen Conference. The two major issues, besides the financial instruments, are the need to conclude a legally binding agreement and to agree transparent rules to assess compliance. Although a large majority of commentators consider the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference to...
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