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AID-Delhi Environment Cell Electronic Newsletter 14

AID-Delhi Environment Cell Electronic Newsletter 14   



Posted On: November 7,2009


Compiled By : AID-Delhi Environment Cell


Note : This compilation contains news items about Global Warming & Climate change published in the media.





1.  India: Climate deal can't sacrifice poor nations
By RAVI NESSMAN (AP)  Oct 22, 2009


  • The issue of how to share the burden of fighting global warming has divided the developing and industrialized worlds as they prepare to negotiate a replacement to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol at a December summit in Copenhagen.

    "Developing countries cannot and will not compromise on development," Singh told an international conference on technology and climate change.

    However, even poorer countries need to "do our bit to keep our emissions footprint within levels that are sustainable and equitable," he said.
  • Developing countries want financial aid for their climate change efforts, and Singh said wealthy nations have an obligation to ensure they get access to new, clean technology that will cut emissions and increase energy efficiency.

  • Even a 3.6-degree-Fahrenheit (2-degree-Celsius) temperature rise could subject up to 2 billion people to water shortages by 2050, according to a 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N. network of 2,000 scientists.


2.  Climate change bigger challenge than terrorism: Nasheed

Oct 23, 2009


·         With global warming threatening to render an estimated 300,000 people refugees every year, climate change is a far bigger challenge than international terrorism, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said today.

·         "Climate change is going to affect a large number of people through flash floods, diseases and massive human displacement due to sea (level) rise, besides creating food scarcity," he said at a talk on 'Environment and Conflict Resolution' here.

  • "It is important to defend the Maldives which is on the front line of climate change. If it can happen today to our nation, tomorrow it can happen with you as well," he said appealing for immediate flow of funds for mitigation measures.

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3. Global warming labels put on food products

October 24,2009 


  • When it comes to reducing emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases, Swedes are downright serious. The New York Times reported on Friday that Sweden is testing the idea of labelling food to help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Among the recommendations of the nation's new food guidelines are to eat carrots rather than cucumbers and tomatoes (which are grown in heated greenhouses there, which consume energy) and to substitute beans or chicken for red meat because of the emissions associated with raising cattle.

    Sweden's largest farming group, Lantmannen, began labeling categories of food, such as chicken, oatmeal, barley and pasta, in grocery stories recently to show consumers the environmental impact and to guide them toward more climate-friendly food options.

  • "If the new food guidelines were religiously heeded, some experts say, Sweden could cut its emissions from food production by 20 to 50 percent. An estimated 25 percent of the emissions produced by people in industrialized nations can be traced to the food they eat," according to the article

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Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in the above articles are those of the respective newspapers/sources, not those of AID-Delhi Environment Cell


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