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U.N.'s Top Climate Scientist Faces Key Challenges
Rajendra Pachauri is probably the most famous climate scientist in the world. As chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he shared a Noble Peace Price with Al Gore in 2007 and is a vocal advocate ...
for climate change action. He led the research for the IPCC's 2007 Fourth Assessment Report, widely regarded as the most influential public document in the climate policy debate.
When it was released, it was hailed as the most concrete and conclusive scientific evidence to date of the impacts of global warming. But the report came under fire last year after leaked e-mails initially appeared to suggest that climate scientists may have altered data in it. Multiple independent panels have cleared the scientists of those charges, but in the U.S., many Republican lawmakers continue to flaunt the idea that the incident undermined climate science research, and that stands as a reason not to enact climate policy.
world's environment ministers and climate envoys to work from as they try to reach a 194-nation consensus by Friday.
Now Al Gore's group, the Alliance for Climate Protection, is planning a "climate science reeducation" campaign. Do Americans need to be reeducated about climate science?
Cancun/Geneva (WMO) - The year 2010 is almost certain to rank in the top 3 warmest years since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2010 (January–October) is currently estimated at 0.55°C ± 0.11°C1 (0.99°F ± 0.20°F) above the 1961–1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.2°F. At present, 2010’s nominal value is the highest on record, just ahead of 1998 (January-October anomaly +0.53°C) and 2005 (0.52°C)2. The ERA-Interim3 reanalysis data are also indicating that January-October 2010 temperatures are near record levels. The final ranking of 2010 will not become clear until November and December data are analysed in early 2011. Preliminary operational data from 1-25 November indicate that global temperatures from November 2010 are similar to those observed in November 2005, indicating that global temperatures for 2010 are continuing to track near record levels.
Over the ten years from 2001 to 2010, global temperatures have averaged 0.46°C above the 1961-1990 average, 0.03°C above the 2000-09 average and the highest value ever recorded for a 10-year period. Recent warming has been especially strong in Africa, parts of Asia, and parts of the Arctic; the Saharan/Arabian, East African, Central Asian and Greenland/Arctic Canada sub-regions have all had 2001-10 temperatures 1.2 to 1.4°C above the long-term average, and 0.7°C to 0.9°C warmer than any previous decade.
The World Meteorological Organization is the United Nations System’s authoritative voice on Weather, Climate and Water
Background to data used in this statement
This preliminary information for 2010 is based on climate data from networks of land-based weather and climate stations, ships and buoys, as well as satellites. The data are continuously collected and disseminated by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the 189 Members of WMO and several collaborating research institutions. The data continuously feed three main depository global climate data and analysis centres, which develop and maintain homogeneous global climate datasets based on peer-reviewed methodologies. The WMO global temperature analysis is thus principally based on three complementary datasets. One is the combined dataset maintained by both the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. Another dataset is maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the United States Department of Commerce, and the third one is from the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Preliminary November 2010 information is drawn from the ERA-Interim reanalysis-based data set maintained by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The content of the WMO statement is verified and peer-reviewed by leading experts from other international, regional and national climate institutions and centres before its publication.
Final updates and figures for 2010 will be published in March 2011 in the annual WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate.
UN's Ban at climate talks: 'We need results now'
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, trying to revive long-stalled climate talks, told world environment ministers on Tuesday he is "deeply concerned" that many years of negotiation have proven largely fruitless.
"The pace of human-induced climate change is accelerating. We need results now, results that curb global greenhouse emissions," Ban declared at the opening of high-level talks at the annual U.N. climate conference.
In the two-week session's final days, environment ministers will seek agreement on knotty side issues in coping with global warming, but once more the U.N. climate treaty's 193 parties will fail at Cancun to produce a sweeping deal to slash greenhouse gas emissions and control climate change.
"I am deeply concerned that our efforts so far have been insufficient," the U.N. chief said.
Instead, environment ministers will focus on secondary tools for confronting global warming, laying the groundwork, for example, for a "green fund" of $100 billion a year by 2020.
The £43 million summit that is polluting the plant: Cancun will generate 25,000 tons of CO2
The climate change summit in Cancun will generate 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide, its Mexican hosts admitted last night.
That means the £43million event will produce as much greenhouse gas as an average-sized African country would over the same two-week period.
The figure includes the carbon generated by flights, transport, hotels and food – and means the conference is polluting at the same rate as Somalia or Mali.
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The article implies that the incoming Republican Congress will delay any progress from the US so...
“Climate is gone,” said Rove, the keynote speaker on the opening day of a two-day shale-gas conference sponsored by Hart Energy Publishing L.L.P. And Rove told the trade show, “I don’t think you need to worry”