News / Asia

Global Warming Trend 'Unmistakable' UN Says

Smoke from a bushfire billows over beach goers at Carlton, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Hobart, Australia, January 4, 2013.
Smoke from a bushfire billows over beach goers at Carlton, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Hobart, Australia, January 4, 2013.
Phil Mercer
The United Nations' chief science body is meeting in Tasmania as climate scientists urge Australia to prepare for rising sea levels that could put about $300 billion worth of commercial property, infrastructure and homes at risk.  The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change summit in Hobart is the latest round of talks before the release of its fifth major paper in September.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change insists its methods are both vigorous and reliable. The United Nations' main climate agency says the global warming trend is "unmistakable" and it is defending the science behind its assertion. 

More than 250 scientists who will contribute to the September report, have promised to deliver "scientifically defensible" conclusions when the study is released.

Global warming trend

The IPCC meets as Australia confronts a record-breaking heat wave that has sparked widespread wild fires across the country’s southeast.
 
IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri has no doubt that the extreme heat is part of a global warming trend.

Pachauri hopes that the international community will rally behind the issue of climate change as it did with previous global efforts designed to stop the depletion of the ozone layer.

“Yes, I am concerned no doubt, but I also have a high opinion of human wisdom that I think, at some stage, we will bring about change," Pachauri said. "I mean, the world did act on the Montreal Protocol, the whole problem of depletion of the ozone layer and it happened very fast.

Now, I expect that perhaps this, as is the case, is going to take a little longer, but hopefully we will get action across the board.”

Rising sea levels

Australia’s government-appointed climate commission is also warning that global warming is increasing the risk of scorching heat waves becoming more frequent.   
There are concerns too that rising sea levels could threaten the country’s famous beachfront lifestyle.

More than 75 percent of Australians live near the ocean.

But Alan Stokes, the head of the National Sea Change Task force, which represents many coastal councils and communities, says severe flooding in the state of Queensland two years ago has shown how vulnerable low-lying areas can be.

“People all around Australia want to live near the coast," explained Stokes. "They’d like to live as close to it as they can but there is a risk involved, and we don’t want to find ourselves in the position in the next 20, 30 or 90 years of facing frequent extreme flooding events such as those we that saw in Queensland, which could destroy those properties and place people in harm’s way.”  

Climate scientists are concerned that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could pose serious problems to vulnerable areas elsewhere, including low-lying island nations in the South Pacific that rise barely a few meters above sea level.

The leaders of Kiribati have warned that its entire population of 100,000 people could be forced to migrate if their homes are swamped by the ocean.

Climate change is an issue that divides Australia, a nation that relies on cheap supplies of coal.  Although many people think that society’s reliance on fossil fuels is causing temperatures to rise, others believe that a shifting climate is simply part of a natural cycle and is not caused by man’s excesses.

You May Like

Video Indiana Controversy Points to Divergent Notions of Religious Freedom

Gay-marriage opponents are looking for ways to maintain their beliefs in face of changing culture, one writer says More

UNICEF Denies North Korean Measles Outbreak

Agency dismisses Russian media report after government, WHO assurances More

Turkey Seen Taking Harder Stance Against Militant Kurds

Stance comes as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being seen as moving closer to generals More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Niyomugabo from: Nigeria ,YOLA
January 17, 2013 5:40 PM
Global warm is due to atmospheric pollution. Every second the CO2 as main cause is produced. However, the important thing should be one world as one Hill, find the solutions, protecting our Ozone by limiting uncontrolled combustion,every citizen of nation may plant one tree and you will see how the green world will become!Take example of Rwanda environment protection strategies.Some countries undergo the consequences alone.Here we need Global thinking. Nowadays, there is Ices for melting, but in future there maybe no more water; I mean some lac have disappeared, Deserts expended ...

by: NVO from: USA
January 16, 2013 11:30 PM
The UN is an absolute SHAM, and the whole thing is a DECEPTION!!!! Since 1998 the global temperature has continued to cool every year!! Professor Phil Jones, head of the UK’s prestigious Climate Research Unit, was quoted in the Daily Mail, Feb. 14, 2010: “…in the last 15 years there had been
no ‘statistically significant’ warming.” Remarkably, the continued cooling was not predicted by any of the UN’s IPCC computer climate models and has
virtually erased the entire global warming that occurred during the last century returning global temperatures to the 1900 level.
It is certainly time to pause and re-evaluate our climate science assumptions and proposed energy policies.

by: Tom Harris from: Ottawa, Canada
January 15, 2013 9:46 PM
What a strange article. Did the author not look at the actual global temperature statistics? We have been in a period of relative temperature stability for 16 years, according to the UK Met Office and they forecast no significant rise for another five years at least.

by: WILLIAM from: ARGENTINA
January 15, 2013 8:12 PM
A proposal: I readed in the United Nations Oficial Website -P.N.U.M.A.- that there is a Programe for the plantation of new 1000 millions of trees around the world, if we everybody wanted the reduction of global emissions of carbon dioxide, as human race, our governments, from large economies just as small economies, more than 150 countries can implemented it, you and I, my friends dont know, the most practical, cheaper, and natural way to ashort the climate change, than the implementation of a global plan like that. i beg God and global leaders to put the United Nations plan aproved and on the move. For instance the replanting of large and medium cities streets, where it shows surfaces of grasses to mull, i believe all on there the County governments can plant thounsands of trees, in the fact of U.N.O. green plan, but in tho whole world. Thanks very much. Billy

by: Richard from: Philippines
January 15, 2013 6:41 PM
I have live in Leyte, Philippines for the last 24 years. I have heard about the rising sea levels, as far as I can see they are exactly the same as in 1988.
In Response

by: Leslie Graham from: Brisbane
January 16, 2013 6:49 AM
Wow!
That's such a relief to know that the continuous measurements from thirty thousand tide gauges confirmed by the latest sattelite technology
http://www.aviso.oceanobs.com/en/news/ocean-indicators/mean-sea-level/ are all wrong because you took a walk down the beach and it looks the same to you.Great. There will be rejoicing all over the world that you have proved that sea level rise is a hoax and climate change isn't really happening.
You should be on for the Nobel Prize at least. The whole global population owes you an immense debt of gratitude.

by: Charlie Wyatt from: UK
January 15, 2013 11:10 AM
The Greenland ice sheet isn't melting and neither is Antarctica. The only melting we hear about is natural summer melt, hyped up.
I don't believe Australia's record temperature of 50.7C set in 1960 has been broken yet and so the current summer heat wave is not outside of the expected.
There has been no global warming since 1997 and the UK MET Office are not expecting any before 2017 either.
Be it Global Warming or Climate Change, it is all based on the highly taxable CO2, 96% naturally occurring.
The UK has squandered a fortune on useless wind turbines, as had Australia on desalination plants, all driven through green hysteria.
If you want to know the truth just follow the money. A good place to start would be Algore's new wealth!
Meanwhile the UK freezes.
In Response

by: Leslie Graham from: Brisbane
January 16, 2013 6:57 AM
The Greenland Ice sheet is melting at a record rate - three times faster than just 20 years ago.
Antarctica is losing mass at twince the rate expected just ten years ago.
Maximum winter ice extent has increased by 1% over the last decade due to warming weather leading to increased rain and snowfall which has in turn led to a reducttion in salinity.
As we all know salt helps to melt ice.
Also the kiribatic winds are incresing helping to spread the ice further.
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about - and it shows.
By the way - wind is now cheaper than coal in China and they are scaling back their original plans for more coal plants and massively increasing their windmills. The plan for 2050 is 1000GW from wind with pumped water storage.
1000GW is 15 times what the UK currently generates from all sources.
It's a similar picture in India. They have scaled back their plans for coal to a mere 78GW over the next five years and are going for wind and solar because it's cheaper.
So much for useless windmills.
You know nothing about power generation - and it shows there too.
In Response

by: Charlie Wyatt from: UK
January 15, 2013 8:40 PM
In Antarctica you are talking about natural Summer ice melt after record ice extent just last September.
If you want a good example of how the Greenland Ice shelf has grown; just check out the story of 'Glacier girl!' (P38 aircraft)
No global warming since 1997...Fact.
In Response

by: Michael Jones
January 15, 2013 1:04 PM
The Greenland ice sheet is melting at a record pace shown by the film "Chasing Ice". Also, West Antarctica is melting at a record rate, largely by the warming of the ocean waters.
This is not hyped, but fact.

by: delmar jackson from: miami
January 15, 2013 10:56 AM
reducing massive 3rd world immigration to western countries which have a much higher carbon footprint would help reduce global warming . there is no good reason for the USA population to double from importing cheap labor from 3rd world countries.
In Response

by: Ripon from: Bangladesh
January 15, 2013 10:11 PM
Besides, western countries should take preventive measures so that for their own huge carbon emission events, the 3rd world countries shouldn’t go under water & affected in many ways, unnecessarily.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Indiana Controversy Highlights Divergent Meanings of Religious Freedomi
X
Jerome Socolovsky
April 01, 2015 1:41 AM
Indiana’s state government has triggered a nationwide controversy by approving a law that critics say is aimed at allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians. The controversy stems from divergent notions of religious freedom in America. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Indiana Controversy Highlights Divergent Meanings of Religious Freedom

Indiana’s state government has triggered a nationwide controversy by approving a law that critics say is aimed at allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians. The controversy stems from divergent notions of religious freedom in America. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Nigerians Welcome Buhari's Return to Power

Crowds of jubilant Nigerians nationwide have celebrated the return to power of former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. The retired army general won this year's presidential election with more than 2 million votes more than incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Buhari's supporters hope he can strengthen the country's economy and security once he takes office in late May. Zlatica Hoke has this story.
Video

Video Report: State of Black America a 'Tale of Two Nations'

The National Urban League has described this year's "State of Black America" report as a "tale of two nations." The group's annual report, released earlier this month (March), found that under an equality index African Americans had only 72% parity compared to whites in areas such as education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement. It’s a gap that educators and students at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College are looking to close. VOA's Daniela Schrier reports from the school.
Video

Video Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadists

At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
Video

Video Gamma Ray Observatory to Open Soon in Mexico

American and Mexican scientists have completed construction of the world's largest gamma ray observatory, situated high in central Mexico’s Sierra Negra Mountain. The observatory's huge array of water-based detectors will soon start discovering secrets about black holes and supernovas. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ebola Vaccine Trials Underway in West Africa

Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people in West Africa. Since last summer, researchers have rushed to get anti-Ebola vaccines into clinical trials. While it's too early to say that any of the potential vaccines work, some scientists say they are seeing strong results from some of the studies. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
Video

Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
Video

Video Civilian Casualties Push Men to Join Rebels in Ukraine

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and the shelling of civilian neighborhoods seem to be pushing more men to join the separatist fighters. Many of the new recruits are residents of Ukraine made bitter by new grievances, as well as old. VOA's Patrick Wells reports.
Video

Video Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path they chose; their names have been changed and identifying details obscured. VOA's Zana Omer reports.
Video

Video Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots

More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.

VOA Blogs

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More