15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme
(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with
the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's
Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to
help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.
16 September 2008: The European Parliament's Development Committee has adopted a report arguing that the budget proposed by the European Commission to help developing countries fight climate change is not enough, and suggesting that the Global Climate Change Alliance should receive at least 25% of the revenue of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate
change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among
all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.
12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a
“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN
Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and
promote environmentally-friendly technologies.
11 September 2008: The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for an external service provider to assist in establishing and running a network of projects to demonstrate the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in power plants.
10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.
9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green
Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali
Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will
end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than
previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change
to be “stepped up significantly.”
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.