Daily Archives: December 8, 2015

Rising waters prompt China’s sea change on climate – The Globe and Mail

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Rising seas have eroded part of the coast in China’s southern Guangdong province, which has been a principal source of China’s economic growth in recent decades. Losses last year from ocean disasters in Guangdong are estimated to be more than $1-billion.

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Rising seas have eroded part of the coast in China’s southern Guangdong province, which has been a principal source of China’s economic growth in recent decades. Losses last year from ocean disasters in Guangdong are estimated to be more than $1-billion.

Nathan VanderKlippe/The Globe and Mail

As rising water levels along the Guangdong coast threaten to create havoc in its economic heartland, China’s leadership is recognizing the country’s increasing vulnerability to climate change, Nathan VanderKlippe reports

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GUANGZHOU, CHINA The Globe and Mail Last updated: Saturday, Dec. 05, 2015 10:34AM EST

At Pleasant Banyan Bay in China’s southern Guangdong province, couples flock by the dozens for elaborately staged wedding photos on the white sand. Large signs on a nearby hotel shout, “Forever.”

But the love on display here might outlast the sand. A rising sea has narrowed the main beach by 10 metres and scoured around trees, exposing their roots. Smaller beaches on the fringes of the bay have already vanished.

“I know the glaciers and the poles are melting and that’s why the water is rising,” said Chen Hong, 48, a lifeguard who has worked on this beach since 2000. Watching the water slowly creep upward has made him a pessimist.

“With the sea level rising so much, water is going to occupy a lot of land,” he said. “Earth may have given birth to humans. But it seems like, in the end, humans will destroy the Earth.”

Climate change Visiting a picture-perfect Chinese beach that is slowly being swallowed by the sea

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No country on Earth has more people at risk from the sea-level rise than China, where 85 million people live on land that will either be flooded or at risk of inundation in the future, according to an analysis based on a six-metre sea-level rise published in Science this year.

A 900-page Chinese climate science report released recently points to sea levels as one of the chief risks to the country, saying some coastal “cities may even face risks of massive disasters that are hard to forecast.”

And Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, will experience greater losses than any other major global city, the World Bank has warned. The sprawling industrial complex now rooted in the region’s Pearl River Delta has been a principal source of China’s enormous new wealth in recent decades. But what has proved fertile land for development has also come laden with the risk of floods. Most of the delta lies within a metre of sea level. About 13 per cent lies below sea level – not far off the 26 per cent in the Netherlands.

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BBC World Service – Newshour, Can You Have Both Growth and CO2 Emission Cuts?

Climate talks continue; French Socialist defies party; Stonehenge source identified

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UN: Xi Jinping announces $2b support for developing countries


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Published on Sep 26, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China will establish an assistance fund for south-south cooperation with an initial pledge of $2 billion (€1.79 billion) in support of developing countries implementation of the post 2015 development agenda as he spoke to the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday.

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India not responsible for climate change, suffers consequences: PM Modi


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Published on Nov 30, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said climate change was a major global challenge, but it was not something India was responsible for. India, he said, is facing the consequences – from depletion of glaciers and coastlines to the risk to farmlands and farmers. The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering at the opening of the India pavilion at the United Nations climate summit in Paris.

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‘India should guide the world on fighting climate change,’ says PM Modi


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Published on Apr 6, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the two-day Conference of State Environment Ministers in New Delhi today. He also launched the National Air Quality Index, to monitor pollution levels in 10 major cities. He also addressed the gathering of ministers and officials.

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Secret Copenhagen Climate recording reveals resistance from China and India


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Uploaded on May 7, 2010

A leaked recording of behind-the-scenes negotiations between world leaders at the Copenhagen climate summit in December has revealed bad-tempered exchanges and clear frustrations from Europeans at what they saw as intransigence by the Chinese.

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The recording published on the website of German magazine Der Spiegel offers an extraordinary glimpse of the battle taking place between leaders including Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel and Nikolas Sarkozy, and Chinese and Indian negotiators who were determined to resist a treaty that includes binding emissions reduction targets.

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China gets blunt at Copenhagen summit


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Uploaded on Dec 12, 2009

Even as the world powers try to hammer out a contract at the climate summit, the tempers in Copenhagen are running high. In a rather harsh use of language Chinese vice foreign minister has called US climate negotiator extremely irresponsible.

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