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“UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets”

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International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a UN report.

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, published as nearly 200 countries meet on Monday in South Korea in a bid to tackle biodiversity loss, paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts to meet a set of targets agreed in 2010 to slow the destruction of species’ habitats, cut pollution and stop overfishing by the end of the decade.


“Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak”



Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there’s faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.

The panel also acknowledged there are costs associated with keeping the temperature rise since industrialization below the 2-degree target. That’s the level endorsed by the nations negotiating on a climate deal. Doing so may lead to losses in global consumption of 1.7 percent in 2030, 3.4 percent in 2050 and 4.8 percent in 2100, according to the paper.


It’s time to choose between short-term economic growth or long-term sustainability.

“UN Climate Fund Agrees Rules, Paving Way to Raise Funds”



The Green Climate fund set up as a result of United Nations climate-treaty talks to help finance projects that reduce emissions in poorer nations agreed on a set of rules, paving the way for initial capital to be raised.

The design of the fund, how it will raise funds and spend them, was completed at a meeting in Songdo, South Korea, today, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which stewards the UN talks, said today in an e-mailed statement.

“Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, UN Says”



The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.

The researchers said emissions growth accelerated to an average of 2.2 percent a year for the 2000-2010 period from an annual 1.3 percent the preceding three decades. That puts in jeopardy the target agreed upon by climate treaty negotiators to stabilize warming since pre-industrial times to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).


The pace of investment in renewables is falling behind the pace of increased global warming.

“World Had Sixth-Hottest Year on Record in 2013, UN Says”



Last year was the sixth-hottest since 1850, with temperatures indicating long-term warming of the planet, the World Meteorological Agency said.

Thirteen of the 14 hottest years since the instrumental record began have occurred this century, including 2010 and 2005, the two warmest, the WMO, a United Nations agency, said in an e-mailed statement. The other year in the ranking, 1998, was the third warmest.

Every decade since 1970 has been warmer than the previous one, and the UN predicts warming will continue as humans spew more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The UN in September said the world has already released more than half the emissions allowable if we’re to stop temperatures rising 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.


The average global temperature is rising, which is making it more difficult to keep within the 2 Degrees limit set by the UN.

“Climate Protection May Cut World GDP 4% by 2030, UN Says”



The cost of holding rising temperatures to safe levels may reach 4 percent of economic output by 2030, according to a draft United Nations report designed to influence efforts to draft a global-warming treaty…..

…..  The research is important because it’s intended to influence the direction of UN negotiations involving more than 190 countries on how to combat global warming. The discussions have been beset by wrangles between developing and industrialized nations over who should bear the cost of tackling climate change……

…….. Other findings detailed in the UN study include:

* Greenhouse gas emissions grew by an average 2.2 percent per year between 2000 and 2010. Global emissions since 1970 outstrip those for the preceding 220 years.

* Just 10 nations accounted for 70 percent of emissions in 2010.

* Industrial emissions from developing nations now exceed those from industrialized ones, though high income nations are net importers of carbon dioxide emissions embedded in goods from abroad.

* Pledges for emissions cuts by 2020 that were made by the world’s biggest emitters in 2010 don’t correspond to the ‘‘lowest cost” emissions reduction trajectory and would lead to greenhouse gas concentrations of as much as 650 ppm by 2100.

* The lowest-cost global efforts to fight climate change involve making the majority of investments in developing nations.


The UN is providing a wake-up call for policy makers as momentum to invest in clean energy is being lost. The Big 10 polluters have been reminded of their obligations; and new emphasis is being placed upon the cost effectiveness of clean energy in developing nations. It looks like a deal will be done, in which the Big 10 are given a break in return for investing in clean energy projects in the developing world.