The Guardian reports Leaders take small steps towards action on climate change.
For a man known for his diplomatic reserve, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, was unusually upfront about his frustration with the pace of talks for a treaty to stop global warming yesterday. “The world’s glaciers are now melting faster than human progress to protect them – or us,” he said at the opening session of his climate change summit.
While the NY Times reports Proposals lag behind promises on climate. “Domestic political battles still trump what United Nations officials had hoped would be a sense of global urgency” to address climate change.
In speech after speech, presidents and prime ministers of countries large and small spoke with soaring promises about the importance of confronting the problem for future generations. But when it came down to the nuts-and-bolts promises of what they were prepared to do in the next decade, experts and analysts were disappointed that there were no bold new proposals, particularly from the United States.
The CS Monitor has a round-up of the news of Australia’s worst dust storm in 70 years with a Dust storm covers Sydney in red. A massive dust storm turned Sydney an eerie red on Wednesday. “Such storms could grow bigger and more frequent with climate change.”
The Guardian reports Thinning glaciers driving polar ice loss, satellite survey finds. “A comprehensive satellite survey of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets has revealed an extensive network of rapidly thinning glaciers that is driving ice loss in the regions.”
“The survey, compiled from 50m satellite measurements taken between February 2003 and November 2007, shows glaciers thinning at all latitudes in Greenland and along key Antarctic coastlines. Thinning penetrated deep into the interior of the ice sheets and continues to spread as ice shelves melt into the sea.”
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