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CLIMATE CHANGE: Earth's Fridge Defrosting, With Dire Results


photo: AP

Article by Stephen Leahy

GENEVA, Sep 2 (IPS) - The rapidly warming Arctic region is destabilising Earth's climate in ways science is just beginning to comprehend.

The entire world is being affected, and without urgent action to cut emissions, a too-warm Arctic could trigger catastrophic, irreversible climate change, top scientists say in a report released Wednesday in Geneva.

"It is crucial to know the full consequences of the Arctic warming, and this is an unprecedented review of the latest science," said Martin Sommerkorn, an Arctic researcher and senior climate change advisor to World Wildlife Fund International.

"Simply put, if we do not keep the Arctic cold enough, people across the world will suffer the effects," Sommerkorn told IPS.
Original Article: Inter News Service

CLIMATE CHANGE: Early Warning Systems for the Coming Storm
By Stephen Leahy

GENEVA, Aug 31 (IPS) - Climate change is here. The challenge in Geneva this week is to find ways to help the world cope with a climate that will have more and worse extremes in terms of temperatures, floods, and storms.

More than 2,500 experts and policy-makers from 150 countries are attending the Aug. 31-Sep. 4 World Climate Conference to discuss how to improve weather forecasting and long-range seasonal weather projections, especially to help poor nations in areas such as agriculture.

"Until now, the way that we deliver climate information to some sectors has been ad hoc. What we need is a formal system that all people can trust to access vital information that can save their lives and protect property and economies," said Michel Jarraud, secretary- general of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which is convening the World Climate Conference this week in Geneva.

The WMO has proposed that a global climate services system be created to boost observations and research for monitoring the climate and new information tools that will provide sector- and regional-specific products and services, Jarraud told IPS.

Original article: Inter Press Service



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