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Climate Talks Stall As Bonn Meeting Ends
2012-05-28 09:58:57

The latest round of climate talks stalled on Friday in Bonn, Germany as government delegates couldn´t resolve how to share the burden of reducing man-made global warming, running the risk of weakening any progress made at last year´s talks and possibly undoing a decades-long effort to control carbon emissions. Developing countries, spearheaded by China, say the industrialized world is responsible for much of the emissions seen and should face the burden of emissions cuts alone,...

2012-05-10 22:03:51

In the run-up to the G8 summit in Camp David, Maryland, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in partnership with the national science academies of the G8 member states and seven other science academies, has equipped the world leaders with a set of recommendations on addressing some of the planet's most pressing challenges. The partners' three statements on the topics of water and energy, greenhouse gas reduction and ways of building resilience to natural and technological...

2012-04-13 11:38:04

Meat consumption in the developed world needs to be cut by 50 per cent per person by 2050 if we are to meet the most aggressive strategy, set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to reduce one of the most important greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide (N2O). This is the finding from a new study, published today, 13 April, in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, which also claims that N2O emissions from the industrial and agricultural sectors will also need to...

2012-01-19 17:57:14

Modest advances for agriculture in Durban signal need for scientific input While last month's climate negotiations in Durban made incremental progress toward helping farmers adapt to climate change and reduce agriculture's climate footprint, a group of international agriculture experts, writing in the January 20 issue of Science magazine, urges scientists to lay the groundwork for more decisive action on global food security in environmental negotiations in 2012. "Agriculture worldwide...

Canada Officially Withdraws From Kyoto Protocol
2011-12-13 13:53:26

Canada became the first country to declare it was formally exiting the Kyoto protocol on Monday, making itself a target of criticism from China and other countries. Canada decided to withdraw from the international efforts to combat climate change, which is a decision that will save the country billions of dollars. The Kyoto protocol is the only global treaty that sets down targeted curbs in global emissions and was adopted in 1997. "We are invoking Canada's legal right to formally...

Durban Conference Yields Climate Agreement
2011-12-12 06:46:36

UN leaders at the Durban climate conference (COP17) in South Africa reached a climate agreement on Sunday after embroiled talks led the summit to run 36 hours past its scheduled deadline. The 194-nation conference agreed to begin negotiations on a new climate accord that would ensure that countries start being legally bound to carry out pledges and vows that they make. The deal would take effect by 2020 at the latest. The deal, however, doesn´t explicitly compel any nation to take...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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