Climate Change in News

In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report concluded:

It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

United States National Research Council, while supporting the Science of Climate Change:

“… there is a strong, credible body of evidence, based on multiple lines of research, documenting that climate is changing and that these changes are in large part caused by human activities. While much remains to be learned, the core phenomenon, scientific questions, and hypotheses have been examined thoroughly and have stood firm in the face of serious scientific debate and careful evaluation of alternative explanations.”

Here is a list of major climate summits held since 1972:

The First Summit

The first summit on Sustainable Development, popularly known as Stockholm Declaration, was held from 5 to 16th June of 1972. Principles of the declaration can be read here:

URL:

https://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2009/cop15/eng/l07.pdf

The Earth Summit

The second major summit, titled, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) took place in Rio de Janeiro from 3rd to 14th June, 1992. This summit led the foundation of Green Diplomacy.

The Rio Declaration can be accessed here:-

https://www.un.org/documents/ga/conf151/aconf15126-1annex1.htm

Kyoto Protocol

On 11th December 1997, an international treaty, Kyoto Protocol, was signed by the 192 member parties which came into effect on 16th February 2005. The protocol was adopted in the Kyoto, Japan. The dignitaries committed to reduce the greenhouse gas emission and accepted that it is extremely likely that the global warming is caused by human-made CO2.

Kyoto Protocol – Targets for the first commitment period can be read here:-

https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-kyoto-protocol/what-is-the-kyoto-protocol/kyoto-protocol-targets-for-the-first-commitment-period

 

Copenhagen Accord

Information provided by Parties to the Convention relating to the Copenhagen Accord

https://unfccc.int/process/conferences/pastconferences/copenhagen-climate-change-conference-december-2009/statements-and-resources/information-provided-by-parties-to-the-convention-relating-to-the-copenhagen-accord

Paris Agreement

The 21st climate change conference in Paris COP21 aims to secure the first universally recognised accord to try to limit the temperature rise to 2 degree Celsius. In this agreement, Scientists warned that any increase above this could have devastating consequences.

Turn concerns into action

  • One of Antarctica’s biggest glaciers will soon reach a point of irreversible melting. That would cause sea levels to rise at least 1.6 feet.

https://www.businessinsider.sg/antarctic-glacier-on-way-to-irreversible-melt-2019-7/

  • Massive Forest Restoration Could Greatly Slow Global Warming

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/massive-forest-restoration-could-greatly-slow-global-warming/

  • Donald Trump Called Climate Change a Hoax. Now He’s Awkwardly Boasting About Fighting It

https://time.com/5622374/donald-trump-climate-change-hoax-event/

  • UK is going backwards on climate change action, advisers warn

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2209101-uk-is-going-backwards-on-climate-change-action-advisers-warn/

  • NASA: Arctic ice arch has crumbled months earlier than it should have

https://www.newsweek.com/arctic-ice-arch-collapse-months-early-nasa-1445942

  • The poisons released by melting Arctic ice

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190612-the-poisons-released-by-melting-arctic-ice