June 24, 2011

Climate change conference held in Germany

Official preparatory talks for the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, being hosted this week in the city of Bonn, are being attended by delegates from more than 190 nations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Among the presenters were top UN climate official Christiana Figueres, who announced support for less developed countries and small island nations, which are demanding that accords include terms designating average global warming temperature increases of 1.5 degrees Celsius or less, to protect those most vulnerable to climate change.

Her statements coincided with another report's findings that excessive CO2 emissions in 2010 may make such limits impossible. However, a report released on Tuesday by leading atmospheric scientists in the UN Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization suggested that a focus on reducing shorter-lived climate forcers could effectively mitigate the rapidly warming climate.

According to their findings, reductions specifically of methane, black carbon and ozone offer the best chance for limiting near- and medium-term temperature increases, while significantly increasing the chances of keeping global average temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius because they dissipate out of the atmosphere so quickly.

The report goes on to identify livestock as a significant source of methane, which is a precursor to ozone, with livestock manure being a major cause of black carbon emissions through the burning of the biomass.

Our appreciation, United Nations and all participating dignitaries and scientists for your concerned efforts to help resolve the dire predicament we are facing through climate change. May we all join in actions that preserve life on our beautiful Mother Earth.

Sources:
France 24
Guardian
EcoPolity
UNFCCC
UNEP

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