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Fiji faith communities call for bold action: The COP23 Multi-Faith Charter

31 October 2017
Photo credit: UNEP-David Griggs, in Climate Change 2001, Synthesis Report. Contribution of working groups I, II and III to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

With support from the COP23 Presidency, a group of faith-based organizations in Fiji, with their communities and leaders, came together to draft and promulgate the COP23 Multi-Faith Charter, in which they commit to do more to help address the effects of climate change within their own faith communities, as well as make specific calls...
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Updates from the scientific community on planetary boundaries, global temperature, and sea level rise

31 January 2015
Photo credits: Stockholm Resilience Centre

Recent reports from some scientific organizations are indicating that human demands on the Earth are pushing the planet to the limit and that our subsequent responses – social, economic, political – need to adapt to these updated biophysical realities. Planetary boundaries 2.0: Four out of nine crossed the safe threshold The Stockholm Resilience Centre,...
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Climate change 2013: The physical science basis and the human response needed

30 September 2013
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José Ignacio García, SJ The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a major effort by the scientific community to provide evidence to decision makers and the general public on the mechanisms and effects of climate change. This time, 259 authors from 39 different countries worked on voluntary basis, as it is the IPCC...
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Climate change and sea level rise in Guyana

15 September 2013
Costa de Guyana en la que vive el 90% de la población. Foto de: P Walpole

Tash Van Doimen Guyana, situated on the northeast coast of South America, is considered a Caribbean country for historical reasons as well as political affiliation, being a member of the Caribbean community. It is not susceptible to hurricanes and typhoons like the rest of the Caribbean, however, it often falls victim to their spin-offs....
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Lessons in storm surge and Sandy’s politics

30 November 2012
Hace dos años se propuso que los arrecifes de ostras en la bahía de New York se convirtieran en una barrera natural para detener tormentas. Foto de: Kate Orff

Pedro Walpole, SJ with scientific contribution from Wendy Clavano Tropical cyclone Sandy killed 71 people when it blew through Haiti and Cuba last October.  In Haiti, over 370,000 people are still in tent cities since the January 2010 earthquake and the recent droughts and now floods have destroyed crops, compounding the problems.  Even if...
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Effect of rising seas on water levels: Records from Manila and Davao

14 June 2012
Foto de: ecology.com

Wendy Clavano, PhD (Third of three parts) The increasing volume of the world’s ocean has been observed using various measurements that include a global coverage of sea surface heights by satellite altimeters and relative sea level by tide gauges at various locations.  Although the long-term records show an increase in the global average, some...
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Sea-level rise in the Philippines: ENSO and monsoon influences

31 May 2012
El tifón Muifa y la tormenta tropical Nock-ten sopló en las Filipinas, agosto de 2011. Foto de: NOAA

(Second of three parts) Wendy Clavano, PhD As the Earth rotates around the sun and energy is moved from the equator poleward, the ocean-atmosphere system responds by creating currents in the ocean where in places are large enough to be essentially permanent.  As the trade winds blow westward just above the equator, water is...
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Changing sea levels: The global context and Philippine coastal vulnerability

30 April 2012
Davao City y su costa. Foto de: Pedro Walpole

Wendy Clavano, PhD (First of three parts) Sea levels are changing around the world and although natural variation is expected, there is an observed global rise on average.  This article, the first in a series of three, will attempt to provide information about the main causes of the change, why they differ with location,...
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