Global climate under siege

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Global climate under siege


The climate changes are considered one of the world's greatest challenges. Climate changes are nothing new, but, it cries for immediate attention as man-made emissions have led to global warming happen significantly faster than before. The contentious Kyoto Protocol is a great step to help nations agree to limit the greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that wouldn’t harm it. But, as the first commitment period under Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, alarmingly close, it is imperative to hammer out a comprehensive global climate agreement among nations, very soon.

To arrive at a consensus among countries, the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held at Copenhagen in December 2009. Representatives of 192 countries and various global organisations, big and small, would participate in this crucial conference. At http://en.cop15.dk/, hosted by Denmark, the host country of COP15, you will find wealth of information related to the conference.

These include - News, Views, Articles, Blogs, Climate Quiz, Debate, Facts, FAQ and much more. The Climate Quiz allows visitors to cop15.dk to test their climate knowledge. Visitors can also compare climate knowledge with friends. The Climate Thoughts section lets you take part in a debate on climate issues, presents a unique visual representation of climate opinions from visitors to the website as well as well-known climate thinkers.

The Facts section details the consequences we can expect to happen and what we should do about them? The 'Working Laboratory' presents a picture of how new technologies which have helped create a high level of growth without a corresponding increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The ‘It’s all about energy’ section lets us take a look at the world’s energy map, right now, and how it is likely to look in the future. This section also includes what science has to say about the pros and cons and maybes of 12 renewable and non-renewable energy technologies.

The 'Climate Consortium Denmark', at http://en.cop15.dk/climate+consortium/about+climate+consortium, is the official focal point for all Danish business-related activities leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference. The main purpose of this consortium is to create awareness of Danish climate solutions and technologies. The blog section reveals quite an array of interesting snippets related to the conference, like: In addition to the estimated 12.000 – 15.000 UN delegates a very large number of NGO-activists, journalists and others are expected to pour into Copenhagen during COP15.

And to meet the huge demand for accommodation the conference’s logistic team will help visitors find beds in private homes – both for free and at market price; Climate friendly conference transport for delegates - they can move around in Copenhagen with a clear, green conscience on bicycles, public transport and in cars fuelled by the first litres of second-generation bio-ethanol produced in Denmark; and Children, recently, from all over the world competed to present the fastest LEGO-robots and the best technical solutions to global and local climate challenges in Copenhagen.

To find out more on global warming and climate change you can visit http://www.ukrivers.net/climate.html. The website provides tons of links related to climate change, among them are: Cool stuff for schools - good introductions to global warming; General articles; Science – includes New Scientist’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the science of global warming; Impacts - includes Greenpeace climate impacts; Climate Solutions: Practical solutions to global warming; The Kyoto Protocol - Full text of the Kyoto Protocol; Government agencies and international organisations, Scientific institutions; Campaign groups, NGOs, etc - includes our own The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi; Reports – includes The Pew Center on Global Climate Change Reports: Excellent selection of comprehensive reports on various impacts of climate change (sea-level rise, health, economic effects, etc.); Background, facts, data, and statistics – includes Climate change fact sheet: Some of the key climate change data compiled by leading ocean scientist Stefan Rahmstorf; News stories, Politics, Key players in the carbon war, Sceptics, Blogs – includes Climate Blog of Mark Lynas, author of a popular book about global warming; Books, and Articles not on the web – includes Global Climate Protection Policy: The Limits of Scientific Advice by Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen.

The COP15 conference in Copenhagen in 2009 would indeed be crucial for the work of the next many years towards a better climate. The Danish government fervently hopes that the COP15 conference in Copenhagen will result in an ambitious global agreement incorporating all the countries of the world.

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