Men and women dressed in suits and armed with phones and papers rush to meetings at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, largely ignoring two lines of young people holding colorful signs. As they stomp towards each other to symbolically close the "gap" between government pledges and projected emissions, the protesters shout for global leaders to "step up" and cut CO2. "We want leaders to be more ambitious," Hsin-yi Yao from Taiwan told DW, "and really care about the people of their own country and other people on this earth – so to make a step up for more ambitious climate plans." Stronger commitments are needed, says the Care about the Climate group - which is made up of young people from countries as diverse as Uganda, Sweden and the US - because current targets will make it impossible to achieve the Paris objectives. These are to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim to limit it to 1.5 degrees, and … [Read more...] about Are international pledges bold enough to stop global warming?
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Men and women dressed in suits and armed with phones and papers rush to meetings at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, largely ignoring two lines of young people holding colorful signs. As they stomp towards each other to symbolically close the "gap" between government pledges and projected emissions, the protesters shout for global leaders to "step up" and cut CO2. "We want leaders to be more ambitious," Hsin-yi Yao from Taiwan told DW, "and really care about the people of their own country and other people on this earth – so to make a step up for more ambitious climate plans." Stronger commitments are needed, says the Care about the Climate group - which is made up of young people from countries as diverse as Uganda, Sweden and the US - because current targets will make it impossible to achieve the Paris objectives. These are to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim to limit it to 1.5 degrees, and … [Read more...] about Will international pledges be enough to stop global warming?
IN all the years I did the daily commute on the London Underground, I would feel disgruntled if I had to stand for more than a few stops.Now? At best, the experience is deeply unnerving, at worst, genuinely frightening.Last week, I queued to get on to the platform, saw ten trains come and go before I could jostle my way into prime position, then curved my posture into the shape of the closing door.At the next, equally jam-packed station, a man crouched down on his haunches so he could squeeze in between our legs.If we’d been cattle, there would be a law against such dangerous overcrowding.London feels full. And it’s the same story in every major city across the UK where “rush” hour now means virtual standstill on both public transport and the roads.Equally, all too many state schools are bursting at the seams as they juggle the complexities of ever-expanding class sizes with an increasing number of pupils who don’t speak English as a first … [Read more...] about Britain’s schools, trains and hospitals are full… where can we put Calais Jungle migrant ‘kids’?
McKibben's 1989 book "The End of Nature" is described as the first book on climate change for a popular audience. He's also been an active crusader on the topic for decades, co-founding the climate action group 350.org in 2007. Sonya Diehn talked to him in the media space at the COP21 climate summit in Paris. DW: What needs to happen for the world to decarbonize? Bill McKibben: I wrote a piece three years ago called "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," and it was based on a tiny little report that had come from a couple of financial analysts in the UK who had done the work of adding up all the fossil fuel reserves in the world. It turned out even three years ago we already had five times more fossil fuels in our reserves than we could safely burn. Once one saw those numbers, one understood that the end to this climate story had already been written. Unless we change the script dramatically, there's no mystery as to what's gonna happen: we're gonna burn up. Decarbonization … [Read more...] about McKibben: ‘We won the climate argument, now we have to win the fight’
Deutsche Welle: Scientists have been taking stock of what we know about climate change and its impacts ahead of December's UN meeting to come up with a new world climate agreement. Where do we stand? Stefan Rahmstorf: Scientific evidence shows us that we need to turn around the tide of rising emissions within the next few years - by 2020 at the latest - so that we actually stay below 2-degree Celsius [3.6 degrees Fahrenheit] warming. This is a real danger level, where global warming may well become unmanageable, and the risks simply too high. The latest scientific consensus seems to tell us even the international goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees would be too high, and 1.5 would be more appropriate. Is there any likelihood of us achieving that? It is indeed true that given the latest knowledge on "tipping points" in the climate system - and the kind of surprises that can come from destabilizing ice sheets or changes in the ocean currents - this really calls for limiting … [Read more...] about ‘Time to turn the emissions tide’
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?
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
DW: Why are turtles on the agenda? Marine turtles have a number of very critical issues related to climate change. The first is ‘temperature dependent sex determination’. The sex of the hatchlings is determined by the temperature of the nest half-way through incubation. And a warm beach creates mostly females, and a cool beach creates mostly males. One of the concerns with rising global temperatures is that we will shift potentially into an all-female producing population in a number of places. So this is a concern of the effect of rising temperatures. The second big issue is that turtles nest on sandy beaches. That's the only place they can lay their eggs. And sea levels rise, then nesting areas could potentially see a rise in the water table, flooding of the nesting sites and loss of eggs as a result. Additionally, the increasing the intensity of hurricanes or cyclones: the more intense a cyclonic disturbance, the greater the destructive effect when the cyclone crosses … [Read more...] about UN: ‘Time to take the heat off turtles’
When American sociologist Kari Norgaard released her book 'Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life', she received storms of hate mail from right-wing climate skeptics. "I think it is a very disingenuous debate that has been manufactured by political interests who stand to lose as the economy shifts away from fossil fuels," she said in an interview with DW. "What they're doing is trying to make it sound like there is a debate – but actually there is none." But Norgaard's interests actually lie with people who accept the existence of human-induced climate change. She wants to know why that knowledge fails to translate into action. "How is it possible that we have so much knowledge about the urgency of climate change, yet when you look around, it seems that either nobody knows or nobody cares?" Norgaard sees an "incredible disconnect between the moral, social and environmental crisis of climate change and the lack of a widespread sense of a need for urgent … [Read more...] about Why don’t we want to hear about climate change?
Over 150 countries are meeting in Bonn, Germany to discuss the post-Kyoto Protocol era. One of the major calls is for the world's largest polluter, the United States, and developing nations to participate when the protocol expires in 2012. The Kyoto Protocol is meant to obligate rich nations to cut emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants, cars and factories by 5.2 percent below 1990 levels. The developed nations should take the lead in reducing pollution but developing nations must also consider how they could take part in the future without endangering economic growth. Kyoto just entered into force on February 16 after years of delays and was significantly weakened by the United States' pullout. Nevertheless, Kyoto supporters realize that future treaties cannot be effective without the inclusion of the US. "This is a global problem -- we can't let the United States stay out," said Argentine Environment Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia. Australia, another outsider, must … [Read more...] about What Can the World Expect Post-Kyoto?