8 September 2008: In an editorial published in The
Australian, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), highlighted that, according to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment
Report, costs of mitigation actions are not high. “In fact, one of the
scenarios assessed, which would stabilise average temperature increase in the
world to between 2C to 2.4C, would cost the world no more than 3 per cent of
the global GDP in 2030,” he writes.
September 2008: The EUROPOLAR ERA-NET Consortium, in
association with the European Science Foundation, has launched the first call
for pre-proposals leading to potential Joint Projects to be undertaken within
the PolarCLIMATE Programme.
4 September 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has
developed a new service that utilizes Google Earth to enable people to see the
effects of climate change and other environmental hotspots.
5 September 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to
announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To
access the fifth issue directly, click here.
2 September 2008: Reacting to Hurricane Gustav and recent
flooding in India, Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive
Director and UN Under-Secretary-General, released a statement underscoring the
human and economic costs caused by weather events linked to climate change.
31 August 2008: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme
(UNEP) Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary General, spoke to the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 31 August 2008.
September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,
which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change
and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including
by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and
the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.
26 August 2008: Climate change was among the topics
discussed in official talks between Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the
Republic of Korea, and Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly
(UNGA), on 25 August 2008.
25 August 2008: The World Bank launched a worldwide
documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate
change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).
21 August 2008: In accordance with COP Decision IX/16, the
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a
notification to request Parties to submit views on ways to integrate
biodiversity considerations into climate-change related activities by 1 October