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Tue, 2007-08-07 11:48Emily Murgatroyd
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New UN Website on Climate Change

The United Nations has just launched a new comprehensive website to inform on its dealings with climate change. You can learn about the IPCC, UN global warming initiatives, latest news and much more.

I think it's worth noting as well, that the UN now calls the link between climate change and human activity, 'unequivocal'. Check out the site here.

Thu, 2007-06-07 12:01Bill Miller
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This just in: Europe and U.S. reach climate accord

President Bush apparently has softened his position at the G-8 summit by offering to “consider” a proposal by Germany to fight climate change with a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.

Wed, 2007-05-23 06:11Ross Gelbspan
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Tell Us When It Becomes An Emergency

Human activities are wiping out three animal or plant species every hour and the world must do more to slow the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs by 2010, the United Nations said.
Tue, 2007-05-22 08:07Ross Gelbspan
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Reality Swamps IPCC's "Worst Case Scenario"

Global emissions of carbon dioxide are growing at a faster clip than the highest rates used in recent key UN reports. From 2000 to 2004, CO2 emissions rates almost tripled to 3 percent a year – higher than any rate used in emissions scenarios for the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Fri, 2007-05-04 10:05Kevin Grandia
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Working Group III Summary: before and after

I am working on a comparison of the Working Group three report released to the public today, with a copy of the draft that was submitted by scientists. Should have it up soon.

In the meantime, attached is copy of the summary as submitted by scientists for negotiation and a copy of the final official summary released today in Bangkok.

Tue, 2007-04-10 17:05Kevin Grandia
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IPCC summary report culled and it's the deniers who claim censorship?

It's clear that the United States, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia flexed their collective United Nations muscle in negotiating the final version of the IPCC's summary for policymakers released in Brussels on Friday. But don't let the global warming deniers tell you that the report was somehow played up by the “alarmist” UN and “their socialist group of scientists bent on new world order.”

The exact opposite occurred.


Mon, 2007-03-05 12:19Bill Miller
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Global warming is an issue of “particular urgency” says UN chief

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a conference despite our best intentions and some admirable efforts, degradation of the global environment continues unabated, and the world's natural resource base is being used in an unsustainable manner. On the bright side, however, awareness is growing in industrialized countries.

Mon, 2007-02-26 12:02Kevin Grandia
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Global GHG Emissions help

A lot of readers have been asking us to help them find the latest on green-house gas emission totals per country. I came across some resources lately on the United Nations site that I thought I would share. I will permanently store them under the media resources section of DeSmog.

The Globalis Total GHG Emissions interactive map.

Greenhouse Gas emissions per country, per year.

Thu, 2007-02-08 09:47Bill Miller
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Only 13 per cent of Republicans believe humans cause global warming in new poll

Despite last week’s UN report attributing some 90 per cent of global warming to human activity, the latest “Congressional Insiders Poll” of 113 members of Congress has found a sharp decline in the percentage of Republicans who believe it.

Fri, 2007-02-02 13:14Bill Miller
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Global warming of last 50 years “unusual” in at least the previous 1300 years

The IPCC Summary for Policymakers says the last time Polar Regions were significantly warmer for an extended period was about 125,000 years ago, when reductions in polar ice volume led to a sea-level rise of four to six metres.

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