The following comments reflect the views of our readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content. Due to an increase of temperature in our world, some nations agreed on the Kyoto protocol. Other did not agree. The United States of America must change its attitude and agree to the Kyoto protocol. By reducing green house gases, our globe will be safe. - Calist B.Tesha, Tanga, Tanzania Mountain ranges like Himalayas and Alps should be declared world peace parks and global heritage sites, totally stopping all development work and industrialization. Any tampering with these fragile mountainscapes will speed up the melting of glaciers and ultimately affect the climate and sustenance of humanity. - Dr. Chander Mohan Seth, Forest officer in Jammu and Kashmir, India Clearly, the greenhouse effect is exacerbating the situation. I think large industrialized nations, like the United … [Read more...] about What Can Be Done to Curb Global Warming?
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The forecast for US cooperation on global climate policy doesn't look good. President-elect Donald Trump has said that the US would drop out of the Paris Agreement and he called global warming a "hoax" in 2014 during an extremely cold winter. The scientific community tends to disagree with Trump and 2016 is projected to be the hottest on record. China is the world's heaviest emitter of greenhouse gases, and after an ongoing public health crisis resulting from a coal-fueled industrial revolution, it is taking sweeping measures to reduce its emissions. Conversely, in 2012, Trump said on social media that man-made global warming was "created for and by the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive." Rather than US businesses being harmed by a Chinese climate conspiracy, it seems they are more likely to be impacted by Chinese climate innovation, if skepticism and protectionism prevent new policies and innovation from taking root at home. US-led environmental protection and … [Read more...] about How China’s climate revolution can stop global warming
Professor Mojib Latif, an internationally recognized climate expert, member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and author of the new book "Global Warming. He explained the difference between natural phenomena and human induced environmental changes in an interview with DW. DW: In spite of reports of rising CO2 emissions and warnings that political efforts are not doing enough to halt global warming, there are still people who doubt that human activities are driving climate change. Why? Mojib Latif: The problem is that people have difficulties differentiating between natural climate variation and the long-term warming trend which is being influenced by humankind. And certain people exploit this to sow doubt about whether there is such a thing as anthropogenic or human-influenced climate change. How easy is to distinguish between the natural climate variation going on in the background all the time and human-made climate change? It's not that easy. That's why … [Read more...] about What do we really know about global warming?
Researchers around the world agree and believe that human activity has been causing the earth’s climate to get warmer – there are however some voices that disagree. They often agree that global warming will not have a catastrophic effect and even if it does there is little we can do about it. Climate change sceptics say that the topic is being obscured by angst and alarmism. Professor Mojib Latif has a doctorate in Oceanography and is a scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. He’s also Germany's imminent climate expert. Deutsche Welle’s Shaye Hoobanoff asked him how many sceptics are there? Professor Mojib Latif: "I think about 99 percent of the climate researchers agree that some part of the warming that we observed during the last 100 years is directly caused by the emission of certain gasses into the atmosphere by mankind.....Although 99 percent of the climate scientists believe in manmade global change it does not come … [Read more...] about What about global warming sceptics?
The two-week UN climate conference that began in Poznan, Poland, on Monday, Dec. 1, is meant to put governments on track for a new global deal to save the climate that leaders can approve in Denmark in a year's time. "The need for real progress on tackling climate change has never been more urgent," said Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official. "The effects of climate change that science has identified are already weighing upon those most vulnerable." An array of clashing interests is expected to come into focus at Poznan as delegates chart a way to create a successor the Kyoto Protocol. That pact binds 35 developed nations to limit emissions of gases linked to the earth's warming, notably carbon dioxide spewed out when fossil fuel burn. Global efforts are focused on finding a deal that sets legally binding emissions rules for both rich and poor countries after the Kyoto pact expires in 2012. New hope with Obama Obama seems more climate-friendly than the current US … [Read more...] about UN Global Warming Talks Weighed Down by Financial Crisis
Global warming is advancing at an "unprecedented" rate, with sustained measurements of record-setting temperatures, according to the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The trend accelerated last year - fed by the El Nino weather phenomenon - with record land and sea surface temperatures, continued sea-level rise, diminishing sea ice and the continued proliferation of extreme weather events across the globe. The continued warming through the first two months of 2016 follows a year that shattered "all previous records by a wide margin," according to a WMO study released on Monday. "The alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emissions is unprecedented in modern records," said the WMO's new chief, Petteri Taalas. Dave Carlson, head of the WMO-co-sponsored World Climate Research Program, said the rising temperatures this year were especially alarming. The "startlingly high temperatures so far in 2016 have sent shockwaves … [Read more...] about Global warming accelerates, scientists renew call for action
In a speech during her first visit to Japan as German chancellor, Angela Merkel said Thursday both developing and industrialized nations need to agree on specific targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. "We have to assume that emerging nations naturally don't want the same responsibility" as industrialized nations, the chancellor said, speaking at a symposium organized by Japan's Nikkei media group in Tokyo. A more palatable pact for emerging nations Developing countries such as India and China, experiencing skyrocketing growth rates, are worried that strict environmental regulations will dent their economic boom. They want industrialized nations, the chief polluters, to bear the brunt of emission cuts. China's rapid economic boom is taking a heavy toll on its environment Merkel suggested that as a compromise, developing countries should be allowed to increase their emissions per capita while industrialized nations cut theirs, until both sides reach the same level. … [Read more...] about Merkel Proposes New Blueprint to Fight Global Warming
After being closeted behind closed doors since Monday (23.09.2013), scientists and government representatives of the 195 UN member states came up with a 31-page summary of the report that's well over 1,000 pages long. According to this brief version published on Friday (27.09.2013), prospects are even more pessimistic than scientists had projected in 2007. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says it is 95 percent certain that mankind caused more than half the warming observed over the past 60 years. In 2007, the IPCC had rated its conviction at 90 percent. Humans produce an incredible amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) which heats up the atmosphere. CO2 levels continue to rise - just in March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US had recorded new peak levels. Sea levels are also expected to rise at a much faster pace. The IPCC projected sea levels would rise between 26 and 82 centimeters (10.4 and 32.8 inches) by 2100. "We know much more about … [Read more...] about UN climate panel blames humans for global warming
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stressed an urgent need for the world to focus on nuclear disarmament, declaring the task as important to humanity as acting against global warming. "We have to prevent access to nuclear weapons becoming easier," Westerwelle told the German parliament on Friday, stressing the importance of preventing access to such weapons by "tyrants and terrorists." Westerwelle acknowledged that 2010 was a good year for disarmament following the presentation of the annual disarmament report in parliament. He urged that extensive efforts be made to outlaw nuclear arms around the world. "We cannot tolerate any hold-ups on this issue of survival for humanity," he said, adding that the issue would have to be debated in the UN Security Council if no progress were made towards a global arms ban at the international disarmament talks in Geneva. After the presentation of the report, which was concerned with both nuclear and conventional weapons, the matter was … [Read more...] about German foreign minister likens nuclear-weapons threat to global warming
During a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Democratic senators challenged president-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over his ties to the energy industry and his past comments on global warming, which he has called a hoax. During Wednesday's hearing Scott Pruitt - the attorney general from the state of Oklahoma, who has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he is slated to lead - modified his position, somewhat. "Let me say to you: science tells us that the climate is changing, and that human activity in some manner impacts that change," he told senators. "The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue, and well it should be." Pruitt, 48, also chaired the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a group of conservative attorneys general that vehemently opposed a number of EPA regulations, and filed lawsuits to try and roll them back. Both … [Read more...] about Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax