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  High-Level Event on Climate Change, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 24 September 2007
The high-level event — which takes place one day before the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual General Debate — is aimed at securing political commitment and building momentum for the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali where negotiations about a new international climate agreement should start.
The effects of climate change are being felt already, according to the Panel.
Climate change will hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest, according to the IPCC, but it will affect everyone.
www.un.org /climatechange/2007highlevel/index.shtml   (662 words)

  
  Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change
In an effort to inform the climate change dialogue, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Pew Center on the States have developed a series of brief reports entitled Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change.
The science is clear: climate change is happening, and it is linked directly to human activity.
Climate change is a global problem requiring a global solution.
www.pewclimate.org /global-warming-basics/climate_change_101   (385 words)

  
 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
At the Climate Change Conference in Bali, Parties to the UNFCCC decided to launch formal negotiations on a strengthened international deal on climate change.
Whilst welcoming the statement of the G8 on climate change and the environment made in Hokkaido, Japan, this week, UN Secretary-General BAN-Ki moon called on G8 countries to agree to ambitious mid-term emission reduction targets for developed countries by next year in Copenhagen.
The United Nations Climate Change secretariat announces the launch of its fellowship programme, the objective of which is to contribute to building capacity for addressing climate change in Parties not included to Annex I to the Convention, in particular Parties that are small island developing States or least developed countries.
unfccc.int   (785 words)

  
 Climate Change - Global Climate Change Initiative - global warming - climate change - The Nature Conservancy
Climate change is already affecting our lives and the places we live, and has the potential to dramatically impact the lives of future generations.
Climate change is caused by the emission of heat-trapping gases – mostly carbon dioxide (CO) – from vehicles, industry, power plants and deforestation.
Climate change, on the other hand, is a more general term that refers to changes in many climatic factors (such as temperature and precipitation) around the world.
www.nature.org /initiatives/climatechange   (505 words)

  
  Climate change - Encyclopedia of Earth
Climate change refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified by changes in the average and/or the variability of its properties (e.g., temperature, precipitation), and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer.
Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings, or to persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use.
Climate change is projected to bring some benefits in temperate areas, such as fewer deaths from cold exposure, and some mixed effects such as changes in range and transmission potential of malaria in Africa.
www.eoearth.org /article/Climate_change   (7784 words)

  
  Climate Change - An Australian Guide to the Science and Potential Impacts
Based on the SRES scenarios used by the IPCC, and regional changes in climate simulated by nine climate models, annual average temperatures in Australia are projected to increase by 0.4 to 2.0 °C by 2030, and 1.0 to 6.0 °C by 2070, relative to 1990.
Projections for changes in annual rainfall suggest changes in the south-west lie in the range of -20% to +5% by 2030, and -60% to +10% by 2070, with changes of -10% to +5% by 2030 and -35% to +10% by 2070 in parts of south-eastern Australia.
Climate change, and our understanding of it, is evolving rapidly in the real world, and on the scientific, technological and policy fronts, so policies and decisions need to be decided on the basis of the best current information, but in the knowledge that they will need to be adjusted with time.
www.greenhouse.gov.au /science/guide/index.html   (4351 words)

  
 Climate Change : Level 1 - Summary on Climate Change and Global Warming
Projected changes in climate are expected to have both beneficial and adverse effects on water resources, agriculture, natural ecosystems and human health.
Ecosystems have a limited capacity to adapt to climate change; some might not be able to cope as they had done in earlier periods and are expected to suffer damages because:
The rate and extent of climate change is expected to be faster and greater than in the past and could exceed nature's maximum adaptation speed; More...
www.greenfacts.org /studies/climate_change/level_1.htm   (1355 words)

  
 Basic Information | Climate Change | U.S. EPA
The term climate change is often used interchangeably with the term global warming, but according to the National Academy of Sciences, "the phrase 'climate change' is growing in preferred use to 'global warming' because it helps convey that there are [other] changes in addition to rising temperatures."
Climate change refers to any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation, or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer).
In fact, Alaska has been experiencing significant changes in climate in recent years that may be at least partly related to human caused global climate change.
epa.gov /climatechange/basicinfo.html   (1357 words)

  
 Choike - Climate change
Climate change is widely considered to be one of the gravest threats to the sustainability of the planet.
Climate change is widely considered to be one of the gravest threats to the sustainability of the planet's environment, the well-being of its people and the strength of its economies.
Climate change and the G8 Climate change was made one of the two priorities, along with the development of Africa, at the G8 summit 2005 (held in Gleneagles, Scotland, July 6-8) gathering the eight leading industrialised nations: the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Russia.
www.choike.org /nuevo_eng/informes/268.html   (7261 words)

  
 Climate change: some basics
Assessing the climatic effects of aerosols involves modeling of regional climates and of clouds, both of which are not yet very reliable.
To further complicate matters, cloud properties may change with a changing climate, and human-made aerosols may confound the effect of greenhouse gas forcing on clouds.
The risk of rapid climate change is linked to many other problems of concern, like population growth, poverty, loss of biodiversity, or stratospheric ozone depletion.
www.faqs.org /faqs/sci/climate-change/basics   (7932 words)

  
 Met Office: Climate change
Climate Change is a global issue and the Met Office Hadley Centre is leading international research into what could happen under climate change, and the impacts on current and future generations.
This Met Office climate change seminar focuses on the needs of professionals. It equips you with the knowledge of climate change you need to be able to make the best, most robust decisions for your organisation, informing its policies and safeguarding its future and reputation.
The impact of climate change on gardening is likely to have far-reaching effects on the average domestic garden, and also the many historic gardens around the UK.
www.metoffice.gov.uk /research/hadleycentre/index.html   (422 words)

  
 Global Warming Frequently Asked Questions
Evidence such as changes in glacial mass balance (the amount of snow and ice contained in a glacier) is useful since it not only provides qualitative support for existing meteorological data, but glaciers often exist in places too remote to support meteorological stations.
Large and rapid climatic changes affecting the atmospheric and oceanic circulation and temperature, and the hydrological cycle, occurred during the last ice age and during the transition towards the present Holocene period (which began about 10,000 years ago).
Climate models are constantly improving based on both our understanding and the increase in computer power, though by definition, a computer model is a simplification and simulation of reality, meaning that it is an approximation of the climate system.
lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov /oa/climate/globalwarming.html   (3356 words)

  
 Climate Change - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
The term anthropogenic climate change is used to attribute changes in Earth's climate to activities of humans.
Climate change has become a "hot button" issue over the past few years, and this has only become more extreme as United States policy on climate change as diverged from much of the rest of the world and the scientific community.
Is it not reflecting the change in the behaviour ofhte monsoon.
en.wikibooks.org /wiki/Climate_change   (5558 words)

  
 Environment - Climate Change
Climate change is already happening and represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet.
The warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level.
In its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), published in 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that, without further action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the global average surface temperature is likely to rise by a further 1.8-4.0°C this century, and by up to 6.4°C in the worst case scenario.
ec.europa.eu /environment/climat/home_en.htm   (954 words)

  
 WHO | Climate Change and Human Health
Climate change is a significant and emerging threat to public health, and changes the way we must look at protecting vulnerable populations.
The most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed that there is overwhelming evidence that humans are affecting the global climate, and highlighted a wide range of implications for human health.
Climate change already contributes to the global burden of disease, and this contribution is expected to grow in the future.
www.who.int /globalchange/climate/en   (364 words)

  
 Climate Change
In September, a group of experts from the genetic conservation, climate science, agricultural development, and plant genetics communities met at the RF Conference Center in Bellagio for a discussion addressing the management of crop genetic conservation in the face of climate change.
The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- which along with Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize -- visited the Rockefeller Foundation headquarters in New York today and spoke with both the Board of Trustees and the staff about mitigation and adaptation to global climate changes.
Recognizing that various levels of impact from climate change are unavoidable, and in some instances could be devastating, the Rockefeller Foundation’s $70 Million Initiative seeks to build the resilience of communities most likely to be hardest hit by climate change.
www.rockfound.org /initiatives/climate/climate_change.shtml   (870 words)

  
 Global Climate Change
President Bush is addressing the complex and important issue of global climate change with an ambitious strategy: slow the rate of increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and then, as the science justifies, stop – and then reverse – the accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.
Climate VISION Partnership: In February 2003, President Bush announced that companies from twelve major industrial sectors and the membership of the Business Roundtable had committed to work with four of his Cabinet agencies (DOE, EPA, DOT, and USDA) to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade.
Climate Leaders: Announced in 2002, “Climate Leaders” is an EPA partnership encouraging individual companies to develop long-term, comprehensive climate change strategies.
www.whitehouse.gov /ceq/global-change.html   (1564 words)

  
 Climate Change (Index)
Despite mounting evidence of the reality of climate change, the gap between scientific understanding of the gravity of the problem on the one hand and policy action on the other remains wide.
SSI members regularly communicate with legislators and key administration officials to strengthen and support sound science-based policies to reduce the threat of climate change, whether it be interacting at international climate negotiations or challenging congressional efforts to muzzle the Environmental Protection Agency's global warming educational outreach.
Having heard from senior Hill staffers that ignorance and misinformation about the most basic climate science still exists among many legislators, SSI has sponsored a series of meetings between a coalition of scientists and their congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. to discuss climate change issues.
www.ucsusa.org /ssi/climate_change   (510 words)

  
 Workshop Climate Change 2007
The aims of the conference were to discuss the impacts of global climate change on the Wadden Sea and the Wadden Sea region and to elaborate possible adaptation strategies.
A possible solution for estuarine restoration and adaptation to sea level rise could be a floating harbour central to several ports of the North Sea, to transfer cargo from large to small vessels or into pipeline connections to the mainland.
Changes in these environmental factors will result in shifts in habitats and species, and in their interactions.
www.waddensea-secretariat.org /news/symposia/climatechange/climatechange2007.html   (1665 words)

  
 Climate Change Science - Home Page
Climate change science is providing a better understanding of the causes, nature, timing and consequences of climate change.
Australia is recognised internationally for the quality of its climate change science, and has the most comprehensive programme of southern hemisphere climate research.
The Australian Climate Change Science Program aims to improve our understanding of the causes, nature, timing and consequences of climate change so that industry, community and government decisions can be better informed.
www.climatechange.gov.au /science   (91 words)

  
 Global Climate Change: Research Explorer- The Exploratorium
Climate is the average pattern of weather over the long term.
There’s no doubt that the climate is growing warmer currently; indications of that change are all around us.
Though climate change isn’t new, the study of how human activity affects the earth’s climate is. The exploration of climate change encompasses many fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and even sociology.
www.exploratorium.edu /climate   (132 words)

  
 Climate Change in Washington State - Department of Ecology - global warming
Washington State is addressing climate change because its impacts go far beyond a change in the weather.
Climate shapes everything — ecosystems, crops, water, economy, lifestyles, health — so even small changes can have big impacts.
Our state is vulnerable to a warming climate, especially our snow-fed water supplies and nearly 40 communities along our 2,300 miles of shoreline that are threatened by rising sea levels.
www.ecy.wa.gov /climatechange   (414 words)

  
 Climate Change Blog
The scientist who first brought global warming to the public's awareness 20 years ago this week has now concluded we are well past dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions [search] (with no end in sight), and this is going to cause ecosystem collapse and mass extinction.
Ecological Internet is committed -- as keystone responses to the climate, biodiversity, water and food crises -- to ending all industrial development of the world's remaining primary and natural ecosystems, and committing to strict protection for half of the world's land and sea as global ecological reserves.
Anyone following climate science, policy and advocacy closely knows ocean acidification [search] is just the most recent news in a litany of evident climate change impacts [search] arriving strong and early.
www.climateark.org /blog   (1771 words)

  
 Met Office: Weather and climate change
Climate change — making your garden grow
Our climate is changing and for many gardeners the first evidence of this can already be seen in gardens across the UK...
The Met Office today welcomes calls for a joint centre to deal with the issue of severe weather and flooding in the UK...
www.metoffice.gov.uk   (53 words)

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