Global Perspectives On Climate Change

The latest IPCC report on climate change was just released explaining what humanity needs to do to mitigate the consequences of a changing climate — this comes on the heels of an earlier IPCC report making a number of dire predictions about the future of the globe.

Climate change impacts everyone but, as with globalization more broadly, it impacts everyone differently.

This week we’re sharing news stories about climate change from around the world in an attempt to get a more global perspective on the issue.

Africa

Ghana: Environmental Catastrophe – Is Ghana Migrating From Paradise to Hell? — allAfrica In this first person essay, the author asks how it is that Ghana, which he describes as “doing so well” in the global political system, can be struggling so on the environmental front. Discussing the issues of e-waste and climate change, he wonders how Ghana can be “retrogressing” when it comes to the environment.

Ethiopia: A Next Step to Green Growth — allAfrica The authors of this piece discuss the impact climate change will have on Ethiopia’s economic development. Their focus is on the country’s launching of a new climate initiative — a “pledge to create the economic growth needed to become a climate resilient middle-income country by 2025 without a net increase in greenhouse gas emission” the authors call a “bold move.”

Climate change clouds SA’s plans to eradicate malaria — Mail & Guardian This article discusses how the “malaria belt” widens as the globe warms, which could hamper efforts to fight the disease in South Africa. Curbing disease is “complex” as malaria is moving to higher altitudes, where it had not previously been found, as well as being transmitted as people move from border regions deeper into the country.

Asia

Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: UN — Bangkok Post This story focuses on the UN report, noting that the impacts of climate change could cost trillions of dollars. It also points out that a global consensus on what to do about climate change has yet to emerge “as the developing and developed world squabbled.”

Climate change consequences — Dawn This editorial from Dawn.com references the IPCC report and urges readers to pay attention to the issue, reminding people that “while humans may be able to adapt to some of these changes, this will only be within limits.” Pakistan, the writers note, has struggled with various environmental issues and they say it is time for the whole world to go green.

Climate change threatens human security: UN — The Japan Times Violent conflict is the focus of this news story — specifically the way that climate change induced poverty and economic turmoil may lead to an increase in conflict. The “increased displacement of people” may also lead to fights over resources such as food and water.

Europe

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Image from the UN Office in the Russian Federation’s ‘People in the face of climate change’ art contest. Image via UN Development Programme in Europe (Flickr).

Will Global Warming Really Trigger Mass Extinctions? — Spiegel International The article reminds readers that an earlier report suggested climate change would lead to massive die offs; the new findings, Spiegel reports, suggest such massive extinctions might not happen. Or, at least not the monumental amount suggested earlier.

Ed Davey urges EU to lead climate change fight — BBC The UK’s Climate Change Secretary said the European Union must do more to fight climate change. He said there must be a shift to renewable energy sources and a move away from coal and oil.

Brewers worried by global warming — Prague Post Food supplies are among those threatened in the latest UN report, which has beer makers concerned according to this story out of Prague. Breweries are concerned with the possibility of drought and are beginning to take measures to ensure their water supply.

Latin America

Threat from global warming heightened in latest UN report — Buenos Aires Herald Recounts main points of IPCC report, noting that the organization “says the effects of warming are being felt everywhere, fuelling potential food shortages, natural disasters and raising the risk of wars.”

Sustainable cities in Latin America, a challenge or an opportunity? — Latin Business Chronicle This story discusses the struggle Latin American nations have faced as more people migrate from rural areas into urban centers. The problem is that, even as these migrants seek economic success, there often aren’t enough resources, or the proper infrastructure, to meet their needs. As cities have grown, it has become increasingly difficult to meet the energy needs of their newest residents.

Environmental Emergency: Drought Kills Thousands Of Animals In Colombia — Global Voices Activists have “denounced” the Colombian government and oil companies for the degradation they say has lead to Colombia’s current drought. They’ve written a letter and taken to social media to bring to light the deaths of more than 20,000 animals.

Middle East/North Africa

The future could be disastrous — Al Arabiya This opinion piece uses the opening of the film “Noah” to situate a discussion of the UN climate report. “One of the alarming factors in this report is that the inhabitants of cities who lack potable water will increase from 50 million today to around one billion by 2050, which means that water wars might erupt, not only between countries, but even between the inhabitants of the same country…”

UN report adds urgency to UAE clean energy efforts — The National Pointing out that the report says that the globe’s nations must triple their use of clean energy to help stem the tide of climate change, this article discusses the UAE’s efforts to promote clean energy.

‘Pioneering’ Environment Article in Tunisia’s Constitution — Tunisia Live Prior to the release of the latest UN report on climate change, Tunisian lawmakers were being praised for including climate change in the country’s new constitution. The article in question states: “The state guarantees the right to a healthy and balanced environment and contributes to climate security.”

North America

UN climate change panel warns emissions rising despite reduction efforts — CBC The “controversy” over what nations must do to avert climate change catastrophe is at the center of this story out of Canada. The story notes that the report suggests rising global emissions stem from rising population growth and energy needs in the developing world.

U.N. Climate Panel Warns Speedier Action Is Needed — New York Times This story details the IPCC report released Sunday, noting that the panel said that governments are not doing enough to “avert profound” environmental risks. The story says the IPCC “found that decades of foot-dragging by political leaders had propelled humanity into a critical situation…”

Mexico, France sign cooperation deals — The News Reporting on a meeting between the Mexican president and the French president. The two signed deals to bring the nations closer, with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto saying France has much to offer the nation when it comes to energy issues.

Oceania

Climate report ‘bad news’ for New Zealand — The New Zealand Herald This news story notes that “deep and fast emissions cuts” from all countries are needed to “avert worse case scenarios.” It also points out that politicians in New Zealand are at odds over whether the country is doing enough to address climate change realities.

UN calls from drastic action to stop climate change — Sydney Morning Herald The world must move quickly to “avoid environmental catastrophe” this story out of Australia warns. Changes must be made in not only energy use but also in land use.

Climate change a Western problem? Not anymore — The Straits Times This piece is from José Ramos-Horta, the former President of Timor-Leste and Mohamed Nasheed, the former President of the Maldives. In it they argue that Asian leaders have largely ignored the issue of climate change — something they say Asian nations can do no longer.

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