The Hanoitimes - An IPCC report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C, or more. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment on October 8. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, it added. The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was approved by the IPCC on October 6 in Incheon, South Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Illustrative image "With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated … [Read more...] about Rapid and unprecedented changes urged to limit global warming of 1.5°C
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Unis urged to equip students to tackle global challenges (10-11-2009) HCM CITY — University education in the 21st century should have students move from passive observation to interactive participation, experts said at a conference in HCM City yesterday. Dr Jay Thomson of the Northwestern Polytechnic University in the US said student-centered education would increase learning efficiency and offer lifelong learning capabilities. Academics from Chile, the US, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, China and hosts Viet Nam stressed that students should be equipped with attitudes and skills needed to confront new challenges facing the world, including global warming. "Students need not only be geared up for healthy competition but also for responsibilities they have to society," said Dr Nguyen Van Sau, chancellor of the Sai Gon Institute of Technology (Saigontech). He said his university would co-operate with institutions from other countries to guide students on effectively using … [Read more...] about Unis urged to equip students to tackle global challenges
Fighting global warming (13-12-2008) The PM has approved a $135m plan to tackle global warming over the next seven years. The Red River in Ha Noi during the dry season. A US$135 million programme to deal with climate change has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. — VNA/VNS Photo Truong Vi HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a seven-year VND2.3 trillion (US$135 million) national programme to deal with climate change. The programme, to begin next year, will focus on the rate of change and introduction of an action plan to deal with the short and long-term consequences of climate change. The programme’s major tasks will include: Assessment of the impact of climate change on Viet Nam; Mapping measures to cope with its consequences; Building scientific and technological programmes for climate change; Raising public awareness about climate change; and Increasing international co-operation to deal with the consequences of climate change … [Read more...] about Fighting global warming
Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on Monday. Man-made carbon dioxide, released into the air by burning fossil fuels, forms a weak acid when mixed with water that can harm marine life in what is likely to be a worsening effect of global warming this century. Fish adjust their bodies every day because levels of carbon dioxide naturally in the seas peak at night and dip during sunlight hours when algae, seaweed and other plants absorb carbon dioxide to generate energy. The study of spiny damselfish, a small species from Australia's Great Barrier Reef, found that those best able to tackle high carbon levels in the water produced offspring with flexible body clocks that helped adapt to acidification. "It seems the tolerant offspring may have adjusted their circadian clocks as if it was always night," … [Read more...] about Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it’s night
Faster action is needed to keep global warming to agreed limits and delays until 2030 could force reliance on technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air, a UN report said on Sunday. The study, drawing on the work of more than 1,000 experts, said a shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power was affordable and would shave only about 0.06 percentage point a year off world economic growth. "We have a window of opportunity for the next decade, and maximum the next two decades" to act at moderate costs, said Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of a Berlin meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "I'm not saying it's costless. I'm not saying climate policy is a free lunch. But it's a lunch worthwhile to buy," he said. The report, endorsed by governments, is meant as the main scientific guide for nations working on a U.N. deal to be agreed in late 2015 to rein in world greenhouse gas emissions that have hit repeated highs, … [Read more...] about Act fast to curb global warming, or extract CO2 from air: U.N.