U.N. to Consider Geoengineering
It’s Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space.
Called geoengineering, it’s considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.
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Scientists Keep Doomsday Clock at Five to Midnight
The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has called on the U.S. and Russia to restart negotiations on reducing their nuclear arsenals, to lower alert levels for their nuclear weapons and to scrap their missile defense programs.
The Board also implored world leaders to take immediate action to combat climate change as it announced that the minute hand of the Bulletin’s iconic Doomsday Clock will remain at five minutes to midnight because “the risk of civilization-threatening technological catastrophe remains high.”
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UN Calls Current Climate Pledges Insufficient
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to put forth more ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions, saying “current pledges are simply inadequate.”
Speaking Tuesday to a UN climate conference in Warsaw, Ban said countries need to “set the bar higher” as they negotiate a new global climate agreement that is supposed to be adopted in 2015.
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The United Nations rejected a claim for damages on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims and their families, citing diplomatic immunity.
The claim was filed in November 2011 by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, a Boston-based human rights group that contended the U.N. and its peacekeeping force are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for failing to adequately screen peacekeeping soldiers.
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U.N. Talks Boost Climate Awareness in Gulf Region
Holding a high-profile U.N. climate change conference in Qatar, smack in the middle of the region that produces so much of the fossil fuel blamed for global warming, was a gamble. In the end, it displayed the hosts’ drive for a leading place on the world stage and evoked a surprising new regional awareness of the environmental crisis.
In an unexpected bonus, the very presence of the U.N. climate talks in energy-rich Qatar introduced the big-spending Gulf public to the issue of climate change close up for the first time. Dozens of young Arab activists from across the region — most of whom never attended climate talks before — headed home inspired to pressure their governments to do more for the environment.
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UN Launches New Climate Talks In Midst of Turmoil
As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas-rich Qatar for annual talks starting today, November 26, on slowing global warming, one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil.
Rich countries have delivered nearly $30 billion in grants and loans promised in 2009, but those commitments expire this year. And a Green Climate Fund designed to channel up to $100 billion annually to poor countries has yet to begin operating. Borrowing a buzzword from the U.S. budget debate, Tim Gore of the British charity Oxfam says developing countries, including island nations for whom rising sea levels pose a threat to their existence, stand before a “climate fiscal cliff.”
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UN Environmental Summit Largely Seen As a Failure
Leaders from around the globe gathered Wednesday to open three days of talks at the United Nations conference on sustainable development, where a sober, unambitious mood prevailed as negotiators produced what critics called a watered-down document that makes few advances on protecting the environment.
Negotiators worked for months to hammer out a document that many hoped would lay out clear goals on how nations could promote sustainable development - making economic advances without eating up the globe’s resources.
Caption: Activists push an inflatable globe during a “Global March” as part of the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in Defense of the Commons. Image: AP Photo, Felipe Dana
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Partnership to Improve Water Safety for Refugees
The search for solutions to dangerous water quality issues in refugee camps is driving a Southern Methodist Univ. (SMU) lab group’s partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—an agreement that will put the Univ.’s faculty and students to work both in the lab and on the ground in Kenya, Uganda, Liberia and Bangladesh.
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