(May 7, 2007)

U.N. wants action on global warming

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
From reuters

The United Nations urged far tougher action to fight climate change at a 166-nation climate conference on Monday, the first after reports warning of growing damage from droughts, floods or rising seas.

More than 1,000 government delegates at the May 7-18 meeting will try to find ways to break gridlock in international negotiations on widening action to slow global warming beyond 2012 amid widening public concern about the risks.

"Deep emissions cuts by industrialised countries are needed," Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told the officials at a Bonn hotel. He urged them to take heed of three reports in 2007 by the U.N. climate panel.

He said poorer nations should get more involved in fighting climate change, especially big emitters, and that developing nations should be provided with incentives to take part.

China is set to overtake the United States as the top emitter of greenhouse gases in coming years. Neither have goals under the Kyoto Protocol, the U.N. plan by 35 industrial nations to cut emissions by 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2008-12.

"The international community should urgently embark on a transition to low carbon societies," The European Union, a main backer of Kyoto, said in a statement at the start of the talks.

Reports by U.N. climate scientists this year have blamed mankind for stoking warming, mainly by burning fossil fuels. And they have predicted impacts such as heatwaves, a spread of disease, cuts in crop yields in Africa and melting glaciers.

The third report, issued in Bangkok on Friday, said fighting global warming could brake global economic growth by up to 3 per cent in 2030 and that less stringent curbs on emissions of greenhouse gases could even slightly boost the world economy.

The Bonn talks are preparing the ground for a meeting of environment ministers in Bali, Indonesia, in December. Many nations want to launch formal 2-year negotiations at Bali to agree ways to widen the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

"My sense is of an increasing sense of urgency," De Boer told a news conference, but said many nations were "holding their cards close to their chests" about measures they might take.

President George W. Bush opposes Kyoto-style caps on emissions, reckoning they will cost U.S. jobs and that Kyoto wrongly omits developing nations until 2102.

Some delegates in Bonn want a presentation of the U.N. climate panel's findings to ministers on the opening day in Bali to put pressure on them to act.

Hans Verolme, climate expert at the WWF environmental group, said ministers had to act in Bali to start formal talks or they would disappoint ordinary citizens increasingly worried by climate change.

"Ministers will have to unclog the traffic jam," he said.

Many developing nations are wary of limiting their emissions, that rising energy use is vital for growth.

The EU said that the U.N. reports meant the world had to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 to limit global warming to a 2 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) rise over pre-industrial times, seen by the EU as a threshold for "dangerous" changes.

"This will require emissions to peak within the next 10-15 years," the EU said in a statement written by Germany, which holds the EU's rotating presidency.

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Why Is President Bush Such A Retard?

Dear Editor, May 9/07

Recent research by Henrik Svensmark and his group at the Danish National Space Center points to the real cause of the recent warming trend. In a series of experiments on the formation of clouds, these scientists have shown that fluctuations in the Sun's output cause the observed changes in the Earth's temperature.

In the past, scientists believed the fluctuations in the Sun's output were too small to cause the observed amount of temperature change, hence the need
to look for other causes like carbon dioxide. However, these new experiments show that fluctuations in the Sun's output are in fact large enough, so there is no longer a need to resort to carbon dioxide as the
cause of the recent warming trend.

The discovery of the real cause of the recent increase in the Earth's temperature is indeed a convenient truth. It means humans are not to blame
for the increase. It also means there is absolutely nothing we can, much less do, to correct the situation.

Thomas Laprade
480 Rupert St.
Thunder Bay, Ont.
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