(Cision Press Room) A joint report “Into Unknown Territory: The limits to adaptation and reality of loss and damage from climate impacts” published yesterday by CARE, Germanwatch, ActionAid and WWF issues around loss and damage as a result of climate change and demonstrates the urgent necessity for a range of approaches to address it through scaled up adaptation and mitigation measures. Click here to download full version of the report.
(RTCC article) The Rio+20 (UN Conference on Sustainable Development) is now less than a month away. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives recommendations for the “painfully slow” negotiations in Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference:
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(Guardian) Little progress was made over the last two weeks at the Bonn Climate Talks. “Climate crisis is not caused by lack of options and solutions, but lack of political action,” says Greenpeace spokeswoman. Read “Bonn Climate Talks End In Discord and Disappointment” for more information.
(Map of Life) By bringing together all types of information about species distributions, providing model-based integration, and providing a system for users to build upon our knowledge, the Map of Life project hopes to support our community in understanding and saving the world’s biodiversity.
On the very first Climate Impacts Day (May 5th), 350.org is planning hundreds of worldwide events to “connect the dots” between climate change and extreme weather. The group invites everyone to “protest, educate, document and volunteer along with thousands of people around the world to support the communities on the front lines of the climate crisis.” Find an event near you or create a new event. Watch the Connect the Dots video: “Things Happen”:
(UN Women Watch) This fact sheet produced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Rural Women highlights the progress of rural women against key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators, pointing to some of the advancements made and gaps that still exist. Rural women play a key role in supporting their households and communities in achieving food and nutrition security, generating income, and improving rural livelihoods and overall well-being. Yet, every day, around the world, rural women and girls face persistent structural constraints that prevent them from fully enjoying their human rights and hamper their efforts to improve their lives as well as those of others around them.
(NASA news) In celebration of Earth Day this year, NASA’s Webby Award-winning Global Climate Change website has unveiled a new version of its image gallery, “State of Flux.” The gallery presents more than 160 comparison views ranging from centuries to days. Some of these effects are related to climate change, some are not. Some document the effects of urbanization, or the ravage of natural hazards such as fires and floods. Here is a selection of our planet in a “State of Flux”. The gallery can be found at: http://climate.nasa.gov/sof/
No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten every coastline. More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent. More frequent droughts and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive. On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees. The security and stability of each nation and all peoples — our prosperity, our health, and our safety — are in jeopardy. And the time we have to reverse this tide is running out. – Barack Obama