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UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

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UNESCO: Rio+20

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/rioplus20/

"The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 and the hope is that this gathering will refocus on the original goals of the first Rio convention held in 1992. UNESCO hopes that Rio+20 will "underpin a broader, longer-term process of redressing imbalances, a rethinking of priorities, and the necessary institutional reforms to bring about coherence in economic, environmental and social policies, which benefits all members of society." On this site, visitors can learn about UNESCO's "messages" for those participating in Rio+20, which cover "Education for a Sustainable Future" and "Building Awareness for Green Policies". Moving along, the "Resources" area contains timely research documents like "From Green Economics to Green Societies" and "Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability". Also, visitors shouldn't miss the "Video" area, which includes information about UNESCO's outreach efforts in addressing the digital divide and incorporating media partners into educating the public about sustainable development."

Source: Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, Jan. 20.

May 12 Report Release
America's Climate Choices
Keck Center
500 Fifth St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Speakers include host, Heidi Cullen, and Robert Socolow, Princeton University

For reports and videos visit: http://americasclimatechoices.org/

Copenhagen COP15

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U.N. Climate Summit Under Way in Copenhagen
Leaders from across the globe convened today (Dec.7th) in Copenhagen for a United Nations conference to discuss a plan to combat climate change. One of the goals of the summit, which runs through Dec. 18, is to work on a follow-up treaty to the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012.
Provides links to reports, and to the conference website
Source: WhatsNew@NationalAcademies.org Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

Climate Change Conference Copenhagen -- keeping track

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The Telegraph Media Group Ltd. appears to be blogging or tweeting the issues from Copenhagen.

The public comments, so far, appear to be against reducing the rate of climate change. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/6728106/Copenhagen-climate-summit-live.html

For the RSS feed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/rss

 

The Institute of Physics on the science behind climate change

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UK Institute of Physics publishes briefing note on climate change - 08 Dec 2009

"The Institute of Physics (IOP) has published a physics briefing note to help understand the science behind climate change as several world leaders have gathered in Copenhagen to discuss environmental issues.

Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the IOP, has expressed hope that world leaders will appreciate the major contribution science can make to our understanding of all aspects of global change, including climate change. Science can improve our predictions of what might happen; physics can provide critical, objective analysis of new schemes. Physics along with technology can develop new and more efficient energy sources, and find ways of minimising waste (of all kinds).

Prof. Burnell further states that climate models are the best tools available for understanding changes in climate, and from these models it seems we are entering an unprecedentedly difficult period for the human race. Science can diagnose the problem and it can work to remedy it, but it can do neither without support from world leaders.

These comments accompany the publication of a briefing note from IOP which summarises advances in human understanding of the climate and the work being done to create a low-carbon energy infrastructure. It includes comment from some of the UK's leading climate experts.

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Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter.

Climate Change Conference, free online, Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian Education Online Conference on Climate Change" is  a 3-day, free, education online conference taking place, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2009.

Open to everyone, registration is here:

http://www.SmithsonianEducation.org/Climate

 

Sessions will be recorded for later viewing at the same site.

 

Climate change issues will be discussed from the aspects of science, history and art.

 

Source:  Email from John Walber at LearningTimes.org.

 

 

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