Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

Severn Suzuki at the United Nations, 1992

In Climate Change, Environment, Global Issues on February 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm


It’s been almost 20 years, UN! Let’s do something!

What’s the cost of natural disaster?

In Development, Environment on December 16, 2010 at 5:33 am

Over 260,000 people died in 2010 due to natural disasters, and according to recent analyses, this has cost us all about $222 billion dollars. Most of the devastation occurred in Pakistan and Haiti, and were caused by climate-change related factors.

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Cancun for compromise?

In Climate Change, Global Issues on December 11, 2010 at 2:55 am

Hopefully, Cancun doesn't disappoint.

Since Copenhagen didn’t result in much change, how about another C-city: Cancun, Mexico?

After last year’s not-so-impressive gathering to address the ever-pressing issue of climate change, the UN is trying it’s hand at a second round of sanctions that will hopefully fare better. This summit is currently underway, with COP 16 countries talking about everything from carbon taxes to 2020 emissions goals. On the surface, at least, it seems to be a positive step forward.

Copenhagen was, in retrospect, a wonderful step towards cooperation on climate action. But there’s still a lot more to be worked on. Here is what I think is required now for an actual compromise on climate change: Read the rest of this entry »

Resolutions: How to Make and Keep One

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2010 at 4:14 am

Yes, I know it’s been almost 30 days since 2010 began. But it’s never too late to start, or keep up a resolution 🙂

Saying good things and doing good deeds are two different things. And you need to look no farther than the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference to see how.

As this year dawns, our generation is faced with a million and one resolutions. The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (COP15),

with which we ended least year, was one of the first, followed by everything from Haiti to the elections in Kiev, and many more important events to come. Yet, I feel like the international community, somewhat like a high-schools senior wishing to run away from work, has been running away from making the tough decisions. An example of this is Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s statement after the COP15 conference:

I am satisfied. We have achieved a result. Now nations will need to sign on, and if they do so, they will support what has been agreed (in the Copenhagen Accord). This will have effect immediately.

This sentiment is reflected around the world today. While eternal optimism is one thing, convincing oneself that progress is being made when it is not is an entirely different issue. The latter is often one that can lead to bad decisions, mismanagement, and eventually nothing.

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