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Climate Change: beyond mitigation
There is no doubt that most of the world has woken up to the fact climate change is a problem and one that’s here to stay unless we act now. So how will the world judge our actions in 200 years? Will we be criticized for knowing everything there was to know about the problem and still doing nothing? Or will we be praised for our fast thinking and action that averted disaster? Here, we take a look at life beyond climate change mitigation, examine where the solutions to our rapidly over-heating planet lie, and reflect on what our world will look like 50 years on, with a population of some 9 billion people.
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Climate Change: a burning issue
Every day, everywhere, it’s getting hotter. The weather is more unpredictable, ice is melting, plants are disappearing and insects are appearing where they shouldn’t. These alarming trends aren’t new. There has been a lot of talk about the need to fight climate change, but disappointingly this has not been matched by action. Recently, however, there have been some changes that may yet herald the beginning of a new era in humanity’s fight against climate change.
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At the last UN summit in Bali, the negotiations on climate change reached a deadlock, crystallizing the debate on the issue of North/South equity. In partnership with the Foundation Nicolas Hulot, the Environmental Development Action in the Third World (ENDA) and the Climate Action Network France (RAC) and with the financial support from DGCS (Italian cooperation) and the Foundation of the Prince Albert II of Monaco, IUCN is facilitating a North/South dialogue between the EU and Africa. …
10 Dec 2008 | Video
09 Dec 2008 | Video
Accelerated action on energy savings and the scrapping of fossil fuel subsidies are the two top actions needed to combat climate change and spur economic recovery, according to a survey released today. …
09 Dec 2008 | International news release
Women’s lives are more at risk than men’s because of climate change, according to IUCN. Climate change will affect all countries, but poor women in developing countries will be disproportionately affected. Despite this, most of the UNFCCC debate on climate so far has been gender-blind. …
08 Dec 2008 | News story
Four years after the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami devastated the Asian coast, the need to restore, protect and invest in coastal ecosytems is clear. The difficult task to bring together different agencies, sectors and countries who are addressing today's challenges related to climate change and overpopulation, is now the responsibility of the unique multi-partner initiative called Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and led by IUCN and UNDP. …
03 Dec 2008 | Video
Extreme water scarcity is not the only problem Jordan is currently facing. Combined with poor water management though, it might be the worst. When both water quantity and quality are inadequate, health and environmental hazards can reach alarming levels. …
03 Dec 2008 | Video
After four reports, 20 years of existence and a Nobel Piece Prize, what are the IPCC members busy with? Are governments doing enough to address the climate crisis? Mr Atiq Rahman, lead author of the IPCC reports launched last year, and Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, tells IUCN about the need to work on all levels of society and the danger of failing to do so.
13 Oct 2008 | Video
Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers. An internationally-acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, his books include The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change. He believes human intelligence will allow us to live sustainably on the earth, before it's too late. …
10 Oct 2008 | Video
Last year the Rockefeller Foundation launched a $70 million initiative to help poor communities prepare for and recover from the global climate crisis' impacts. Maria Blair, Associate Vice President of the Foundation talks to IUCN web TV about the links between development and climate change and the real urgencies ahead of us. The rule of law and the technical innovations are sometimes just not enough. …
08 Oct 2008 | Video
The World Bank is compiling a report on the impacts of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Pamela Cox, the Bank's Regional Vice President spoke to IUCN Web TV about some of the key findings and what is being done in response. …
07 Oct 2008 | Video