U.N. Report Indicates 2011 to Be One of the Hottest Years on Record Wed,30 Nov 2011 03:40 PM PST Yahoo! Contributor Network - According to National Geographic, a United Nations report indicates 2011 is looking to be one of the 10 hottest years on record. The conclusion is especially problematic since this year is part of the La Nina period, a climate pattern marked relatively cooler global conditions. In addition, this year has had numerous extreme weather events, which are often a symptom of global warming and increasing average global temperatures. Full Story
Climate Alarmists Are At It Again Wed,30 Nov 2011 09:55 AM PST Fox Business (RSS) - Warm weather in the Northeast has brought out two undesirables -- cockroaches and global warming alarmists. The latter have been going through their usual wailing and beating of chests about the coming end of the world through devastating floods and violent hurricanes. Full Story
The U.N.'s top climate scientist cautioned climate negotiators Wednesday that global warming is leading to human dangers and soaring financial costs, but containing carbon emissions will have a host of benefits.
DURBAN (Reuters) - Major global banks are exacerbating the fight against global warming by supplying power utilities and mining firms with ample funds to build coal-fired plants, according to a report released by non-governmental groups at the climate talks in Durban. The study examined the portfolios of 93 major banks and found that coal financing supplied by those institutions to the coal industry totalled 232 billion euros since 2005 when the Kyoto Protocol came into force. ...
China decries Canada's "bad example" in climate talks Tue,29 Nov 2011 11:38 PM PST Reuters - BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada's failure to deny reports that it is about to ditch the Kyoto Protocol is "setting a bad example" to other developed nations as global climate change talks enter their third day, China's official news agency said on Wednesday. Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent said on Monday that Kyoto was "the past", but he would not confirm media reports that Ottawa was planning to formally withdraw from the treaty, one of the main topics of global climate talks now under way in Durban, South Africa. . ... Full Story
Annual Climate Change Talks Face Same Big Challenge Tue,29 Nov 2011 09:52 AM PST LiveScience.com - As this year's round of global climate talks begin in Durban, South Africa, negotiators once again try to tackle an elusive goal: Trimming nations' greenhouse gas emissions enough to meet the target of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) before the end of the century. Full Story
Financing battle emerges at climate change talks Tue,29 Nov 2011 09:15 AM PST AP - International climate negotiators were at odds Tuesday on how to raise billions of dollars to help poor countries cope with global warming. A major shipping group is willing to help, endorsing a proposal for a carbon tax on vessels carrying the world's trade. Full Story
UN climate talks move to oil-rich Qatar in 2012 Tue,29 Nov 2011 08:58 AM PST AFP - Qatar, the world's biggest per capita emitter of carbon dioxide, will host the 2012 round of UN talks tasked with beating back the mounting threat of global warming, the UN's top climate official said Tuesday. Full Story
Fresh iPhone Apps for Nov. 29: Weathermob, Stamped, Rocket Riot, Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion Tue,29 Nov 2011 05:12 AM PST Appolicious - Add some social flare next time you check a weather forecast with Weathermob, an app that combines weather reporting with social networking to pair human reports with more traditional weather information. It's followed by Stamped, a social recommendation app that just focuses on what you and your friends like, without the noise and recommendations of strangers. In games, Rocket Riot includes rocket launchers and is about as crazy as the name implies. Then RAVENMARK: Scourge of Estellion slows the action down a bit for some turn-based medieval strategy. Full Story
DURBAN (Reuters) - The 2012 U.N. climate talks known as the Conference of the Parties, or COP 18, will be hosted in major gas exporter Qatar, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. South Korea will host a ministerial meeting ahead of the conference. The 2011 meeting started this week in the South African city of Durban where negotiators are trying to reach agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to head off what scientists say will be more extreme weather due to climate change.