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i do climate - European Union welcomes Cancún Agreement as important step towards global framework for climate action

11.12.2010 > 10.1.2011
The European Union welcomes the positive results of the Cancún climate conference. The balanced and substantive package of decisions adopted today, known as the Cancún Agreement, represents an important further step on the road to building a comprehensive and legally binding framework for climate action for the period after 2012.

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "The EU came to Cancun to get a substantial package of action-oriented decisions and keep the international climate change negotiations on track. We have helped to deliver the successful outcome the world expected and needed. But the two weeks in Cancún have shown once again how slow and difficult the process is. Everyone needs to be aware that we still have a long and challenging journey ahead of us to reach the goal of a legally binding global climate framework".

Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture, who represents the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union at Cancún, said: "The EU has worked tirelessly to be a bridge-builder in Cancún while also advancing its positions. The EU has reported transparently on the progress it has made in mobilising the 7.2 billion euros of fast-start funding it has pledged over 2010-2012 and we will continue to do so on an annual basis. We congratulate the Mexican Presidency on conducting an exemplary conference."

The Cancún Agreement builds on the decisions taken a year ago in Copenhagen and also sets out processes for making further progress in the future. It represents a well balanced compromise between different interests within the United Nations system. Key elements of the package include:

  • Acknowledgement for the first time in a UN document that global warming must be kept below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial temperature, and establishment of a process to define a date for global emissions to peak and a global emissions reduction goal for 2050;

  • The emission pledges of developed and developing countries have been anchored in the UN process and a process set out to help clarify them. The text also recognises that overall mitigation efforts need to be scaled up in order to stay within the 2°C ceiling;

  • Agreement to launch a process to strengthen the transparency of actions to reduce or limit emissions so that overall progress can be tracked more effectively;

  • Confirmation of the goal that developed countries will mobilise US$ 100 billion in climate funding for developing countries annually by 2020, and establishment of a Green Climate Fund through which much of the funding will be channelled;

  • Agreement on the Cancún Adaptation Framework to enhance action on adaptation to climate change;

  • Launch of a "REDD+" mechanism enabling action to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries;

  • Agreement to consider setting up new carbon market mechanisms going beyond a project-based approach;

  • Establishment of a Technology Mechanism, including a Technology Executive Committee and a Climate Technology Center and Network, to enhance technology development and transfer;

  • Establishment of a clear process for reviewing the adequacy of the goal of keeping global warming below 2°C, including consideration of strengthening the goal to 1.5°C, to be concluded in 2015;

  • Extension of the work of the ad hoc working groups under the UN climate change convention and the Kyoto Protocol for a further year while leaving open the legal form of the eventual outcome of the negotiations.

Image: Thousands of demonstrators marched in Cancún to ask UN negotiators to achieve a fair deal against climate change. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/5242249369

]]> 2010-12-11 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/178/European-Union-welcomes-Cancn-Agreement-as-important-step-towards-global-framework-for-climate-action <![CDATA[Oceans Day at Cancun : Oceans: Essential to Life, Essential to Climate]]>

i do climate - Oceans Day at Cancun : Oceans: Essential to Life, Essential to Climate

4.12.2010
Building on the positive momentum and spirit of collaboration of CBD COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan, the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands will hold Oceans Day event at Cancún on December 4, 2010 at the UNFCCC COP 16 in Cancún, Mexico.

Oceans Day at Cancun will bring together Parties and Observer States, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, science, industry and members of civil society. It will feature plenary sessions with high-level speakers focused on the major topics of the oceans and climate issue, working group sessions to advance strategic thinking on aspects of a comprehensive agenda on oceans and climate, special sessions on adaptation needs and related financing, and special events organized by collaborating organizations, including consultation on the Rio+20 process.

 

Nausicaá and the World Ocean Network support Oceans Day at Cancún by providing the Global Forum with exhibition material on oceans and climate topics.

à Visit the Oceans Day at Cancún http://www.oceansday.org/index.html download the leaflet http://www.oceansday.org/CancunOceansDay-Leaflet-and-DraftAgenda.pdf

 

The World Ocean Network has accredited a youth representative from Singapore, to the Conference. He participated in both the East Asian Seas Youth Forum in 2009 and in WON 4th International Meeting in 2010. In Cancún, he will present youth’s thoughts on climate change, the youth forums initiative and the role of the youth in the international process.

 

Thanks to .Martin for the picture on Flickr: http://bit.ly/i7wRpO (Graffiti by Banksy)

]]> 2010-12-04 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/173/Oceans-Day-at-Cancun--Oceans-Essential-to-Life-Essential-to-Climate <![CDATA[Follow the blog: Nausicaá and the World Ocean Network’s commitment to action on climate change]]>
29.11.2010 > 29.12.2010
Today is the first day of COP16, the Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held until December 10th in Cancún, Mexico.

In the framework of Nausicaá and the World Ocean Network’s commitment to action on climate change and marine biodiversity we invite you to visit the updated “WON commits to action on climate change” blog on ocean and climate and COP16 negotiations. It will keep you informed of the events related to both topics in link to COP16 at Cancún and the COP10 at Nagoya.

Visit: http://oceanmondial.worldoceannetwork.org/cop15/en

]]> 2010-11-29 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/171/Follow-the-blog-Nausica-and-the-World-Ocean-Networks-commitment-to-action-on-climate-change <![CDATA[ACCENT heads to Hawaii for the ASTC Conference]]>

i do climate - ACCENT heads to Hawaii for the ASTC Conference

10.11.2010 > 10.12.2010
Each year, the Annual Conference of the American Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) provides science centre professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas and discuss the field’s leading issues. This year in Honolulu, October 2-5 2010, the Observa team attended the conference proposing a presentation of the Accent Project and some results of our work with focus groups in a round table regarding youngsters and climate change.

During the first round presentation Sheena Laursen introduced the main goals of the Accent project and the main activities. We also proposed the Local Citizens Debate Format emphasizing the Accent effort to move the campaign on climate change from “informative” to the “active” phase, through the exchange and dissemination of practices, with specific actions that encourage the involvement of citizens in actions and dialogue. We also presented some preliminary findings: there are a strong connection between values and forces in two distinct dimensions: local and global. Individual or communitarian values are often in contrast with global and local forces, and these forces depend from the globalization process. Citizens choose usually one of the angle of different scenarios.

Participants in the round table demonstrate a kind interest in the argument presented; expressing a genuine desire for further information about youngsters’ engagement and the comparison between the US and Europe. In some case we found common results and preoccupation for the communication of the climate change issues. Each of the participants offered a different perspective on the issue of climate change proposing four types of questions: which role could play the media system for implementing correct information on climate change issues? How can science centers improve their role of interface between experts and citizens?  Do youngsters have enough personal experience for talking about climate change issues? What can citizens do to mitigate global warming?

In our data, Italian youngsters view the Global Warming Climate Change as a whole problem, a problem for the global planet. Most of the time they consider the Climate Change as a danger, citing the possibility of missing countries or ice melting phenomena. They perceive the effects and rarely the causes, and you have to stimulate them in order to have some consideration about causes; some of them have a skeptical position on the power of public authorities in order to manage the problem, for instance reducing energy or recycling waste.

Talking with youngsters, we found difficulties to match the local phenomena with the Global problem of Global Warming. Thus, They sustain ethical declarations but usually some contradictions about sustainable behavior. Talking about public communication, they mentioned the different position of scientists, controversies and the inconsistent level of information.

Our professional satisfaction from planning and attending the conference was the chance to interact with the people most active in the climate change issues at the science centers. At the end we were satisfied both for the organization and the contents discussed, recognizing a possible new role for science centers in the public debate.

Aloha!

 

Giuseppe Pellegrini (pellegrini@observanet.it)

Chiara Segafredo (c.segafredo@observanet.it)

Observa – Science in Society (http://www.observa.it)

]]> 2010-11-10 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/162/ACCENT-heads-to-Hawaii-for-the-ASTC-Conference <![CDATA[Royal visit to Teknikens Hus]]>

i do climate - Royal visit to Teknikens Hus

5.11.2010 > 5.11.2011
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel visited Teknikens Hus on the 5th of November.

During their visit they learned about the ACCENT Project and they experienced some climate experiments from the science show CO2ol experiments. Her majesty is very engaged in issues concerning climate change and she received the ACCENT leaflet.

]]> 2010-11-06 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/175/Royal-visit-to-Teknikens-Hus <![CDATA[EU opens consultation on roadmap for a low carbon economy by 2050]]>

i do climate - EU opens consultation on roadmap for a low carbon economy by 2050

27.10.2010 > 9.12.2010
The European Commission launched on 27 October 2010 a public consultation on a Roadmap for a low carbon economy by 2050, aiming at gathering views from stakeholders and the public on how to "decarbonise" the European economy.

The EU is leading the way in sustainable emissions' reductions. Collectively the Member States decided in 2008 to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, together with meeting 20% of their energy needs from renewable sources and moving towards 20% energy efficiency improvements.

Last year, countries representing over 80% of global emissions signed the Copenhagen Accord which made it clear this limit was essential to avoid or at least mitigate dangerous impacts of climate change. To achieve this aim of keeping global temperature increases below 2°C every country across the globe will have to move rapidly towards a low-carbon development pathway. In particular, developed countries will need to have cut their emissions by 80-95% by 2050.

The EU has also put in place a binding policy framework that ensures that, as a whole, it will deliver these major goals.

Moreover the EU is ready to scale up its efforts to 30% emission cuts by 2020,provided other industrialised countries commit to comparable emission reductionsand developing countries contribute adequately to the global effort in GHGreductions. Last May the EU issued an analysis of the implications of a move to 30%in the new economic circumstances and after the international agreement signed inCopenhagen. This study revealed options for further emission reductions by 2020,reduce the EU's reliance on foreign oil and gas and make it easier for Europe to meet its longer-term emission reduction goals.

In the first half of 2011, the Commission intends to submit a Communication on the development of a Roadmap for a Low Carbon Economy by 2050 to the Council and the European Parliament, outlining a strategy to enable and steer the transition. The roadmap will explore the most effective options for "decarbonising" the European economy. It will contain an analysis of milestones on the pathway to 2050, including the necessary scenarios of the ambition level for 2030 reflecting the contributions from key emitting sectors. It will assess ways to maximise benefits in terms of stimulating technological innovation, economic growth, job creation and strengthening the energy security within the EU.

All European citizens, organized stakeholders, industries, institutions, NGOs and public authorities of Member States are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

]]> 2010-10-27 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/159/EU-opens-consultation-on-roadmap-for-a-low-carbon-economy-by-2050 <![CDATA[European Union making deeper emission cuts than promised]]>

i do climate - European Union making deeper emission cuts than promised

18.10.2010 > 9.12.2010
The European Union is ahead of schedule in its promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2012. The Commission's annual report shows that the 25 member states with reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol will meet their commitments

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "The European Union not only signed the Kyoto Protocol, we not only pledged under Kyoto. The facts show that the world can count on the European Union; what we pledge we also deliver. In this case we are actually heading to overachieving".

Kyoto commitments

Under the Kyoto Protocol, the 15 EU Member States at the time the Protocol was agreed committed to reduce their collective greenhouse gas emissions in the period 2008-2012 by an average of 8% below levels in a chosen base year (1990 in most cases). This collective commitment has been translated into differentiated national emission targets for each EU-15 Member State which are binding under EU law.

There is no collective target for EU-27 emissions. Ten of the twelve Member States which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 have individual commitments under the Protocol to reduce their emissions to 6% or 8% below base year levels by 2008-2012. Only Cyprus and Malta have no emission target.

Emissions to date

As announced in June 2010 (see IP/10/659), EU-15 greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 - the latest year for which full data are available – were 6.9% lower than base year levels even though the EU-15 economy grew around 45% over the same period. For the EU-27 as a whole, emissions fell by 14.3% between the base year and 2008.

In a separate report, he European Environment Agency provisionally estimates that in 2009 emissions fell sharply due to the economic situation. In 2009 EU-15 emissions were estimated to be 12.9% below their base year levels while EU-27 emissions were estimated at 17.3% below 1990.

Projections for EU-15 and EU-27

For the EU-15, the Commission's progress report1 shows that total GHG emissions will average around 14.2% below base year levels in the 2008-2012 commitment period if Member States go ahead with plans to buy international emission credits and with planned afforestation and reforestation activities.

Existing policies and measures – ie those already implemented – are expected to deliver emission reductions of 10.4% below base year levels. On top of this, plans by 10 of the EU-15 Member States to buy emission credits under Kyoto’s market-based mechanisms would bring a further cut of 2.7%, taking the overall reduction to around 13.2%2. Planned afforestation and reforestation activities, which create biological 'sinks' that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, would contribute an additional reduction of 1.0%.

For the EU-27, all 10 of the EU-12 Member States that have a Kyoto target are likely to meet or over-achieve their Kyoto commitments of a 6 or 8% reduction against base year levels.

The projections presented in the report show the cumulative effect of economic recession on the decrease in GHG emissions.

Differences from EEA report

The Commission's report differs slightly in its approach from the report published today by the European Environment Agency assessing the EU's progress towards the Kyoto commitments. While the Commission report takes into account actual emissions and projections to the end of the 2008-2012 commitment period, the analysis at Member State level provided by the EEA is based on actual emissions in 2008 only. The two reports are to be read in the light of those different assumptions in order to understand the differences in the assessment presented in each of them.

Further information:

The Commission's progress report is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/gge_progress.htm

DG Environment climate change homepage:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/home_en.htm

European Environment Agency press release:

http://www.eea.europa.eu/pressroom

]]> 2010-10-18 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/161/European-Union-making-deeper-emission-cuts-than-promised <![CDATA[Commissioner Hedegaard: "In Cancún we want to see a balanced set of decisions"]]>

i do climate - Commissioner Hedegaard:

14.10.2010 > 9.12.2010
During the Environment Council of 14 October 2010, Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, and Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for the Environment, issued the following statement: "Today's discussion at the Environment Council showed that there is a strong will that the European Union will continue its leadership in the fight against climate change and will speak with one voice in Cancún. In Cancún we want to see a balanced set of decisions".

In particular we want to see concrete decisions on Forestry, Adaptation, Measurement, Reporting, Verification (MRV) and on Technological Development. We can assure the world that the EU will deliver on the fast start funding. The Parties must build on the Copenhagen Accord.

The EU has no problem with the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; we have built our EU legislation on Kyoto Protocol principles and therefore we can accept a second commitment period, but we would not do it without conditions. All major economies will have to commit themselves, and areas where the present Kyoto Protocol lacks environmental integrity need to be addressed".

]]> 2010-10-14 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/160/Commissioner-Hedegaard-In-Cancn-we-want-to-see-a-balanced-set-of-decisions <![CDATA[The ACCENT project comes to ESOF, July 2010]]>

i do climate - The ACCENT project comes to ESOF, July 2010

8.6.2010 > 31.8.2015
Created by Euroscience, ESOF – Euroscience Open Forum – is the biennial pan-European meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. At ESOF meetings leading scientists, researchers, young researchers, business people, entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers, science and technology communicators and the general public from all over the world discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

ESOF is unique in that it is both international and multidisciplinary. ESOF takes place every two years, in a major European city (Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Torino, Dublin...) and presents breakthroughs in disciplines as varied as mathematics, music, geography, genetics etc. through a range of different formats including lectures, workshops etc.

ESOF therefore presents and discusses the frontiers of scientific and technological research in Europe, contributes to the development of a European Scientific Identity together with bridging the gap between science and society and stimulates policies to support scientific research.

 

This year in Turin, July 2nd-7th 2010, the ACCENT project will be presented in a panel discussion entitled "Informing and engaging citizens on climate change issues". The panel discussion was organised by Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza, Naples - Italy.

 

Panel discussion

Abstract

Climate change issues are clearly a growing concern for the public today. In recent years, people have received a great deal of information from media on the causes and consequences of climate changes, but – depending on countries and regions – the understanding of citizens and their engagement in these topics is still varied. Communication professionals are making effort to communicate the messages correctly. This panel session proposes to contribute to a global effort to develop news tools and actions on climate change from “informative” to the “active” procedures through the exchange and dissemination of practices that involve citizens in actions and dialogue.

On the informative aspects the session will tackle with the complexity of public communication due to the huge amount of scientific data and the interaction of numerous fields of interest, from the local to the global level. Concerning “active procedures”, new methods – hand-on exhibitions, participative games, local citizens forums and many others– used by the science centres find ways for the public to be effectively engaged in such issues. Changing people’s behaviour – as consumers and as citizens – is notoriously difficult, but many social change campaigns have been wildly successful.

The central issue in this session in to better understand and facilitate the two-ways communication channels between the scientific community and the public. Specific attention will be given to the participation of scientists in the development communication tools and programs for the choice of scientific topics and for a correct and clear information to non expert public.

Moderator: Luigi Amodio, Director of the Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza amodio@cittadellascienza.it

Speaker 1: Bruna Valettini, Acquario di Genova

Title: European projects: a link between researchers and large public on climate change issues.

Abstract: international networks of museums, aquariums and science centres, work together at European level to make people aware of climate change issues, linking research and communication.

Speaker 2: Giuseppe Pellegrini, Observa - Science in Society, pellegrini@observanet.it

Title: ACCENT project: Involving Experts and Citizens on Global Warming debate

Abstract: Global warming is an issue becoming more prominent on the public stage. In this session, we present information activities, listening and involvement of citizens Accent project promoted by a group of 15 science centers in Europe.

Speaker 3: Walter Staveloz, Director of International Relations Association of Science-Technology Centers – ASTC wstaveloz@astc.org

Title: IGLO International action on global warming

Abstract: IGLO, a project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, is designed to raise worldwide public awareness about global warming and ways the polar regions profoundly influence Earth's climate, ecosystems, and human society.

]]> 2010-06-08 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/150/The-ACCENT-project-comes-to-ESOF-July-2010 <![CDATA[Science Museum London says "I do", affirming position on climate change]]>

i do climate - Science Museum London says

13.4.2010
The Science Museum London has reaffirmed its position on climate change, signing up as a participating institution in the European project ACCENT, under its tagline "Do you commit to action on climate change? I do."

The Science Museum’s participation in “I do” follows reports in the media that its £4m climate science gallery, to be launched in November 2010, would be "climate neutral." These reports raised questions as to whether the Science Museum would step back from acknowledging the man-made causes of climate change, in the wake of the widely publicised story over leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit which appeared to discredit key data on climate change.

The director of the Science Museum London, Professor Chris Rapley, has since made the position of the institution clear: "Our intentions for the new climate science gallery have been misrepresented by some commentators. The role of the Science Museum is to provide an enjoyable, informative experience for the general public which is representative of the state of the science. Our aim is to increase interest and deepen understanding about climate science. Content will be led by the scientific evidence available and will therefore highlight the fact that the majority of the climate science community has concluded that current climate change is real, mainly human-induced and requires a response. The content and overall aim of the gallery is by no means influenced by the sponsors, of which there are several and whose financial support holds no editorial influence over the Science Museum's gallery.”

Professor Rapley, himself a climate scientist and former director of the British Antarctic Survey, highlighted the need to take account of the scientific consensus on the existence and causes of climate change: "There are always areas of uncertainty in any scientific topic, and climate science is no exception. We respect people's right to disagree and we will address the issues raised, but the gallery will always return to the fact that the weight of evidence supports the conclusion that climate change is real, serious, driven by humans and needs to be addressed. The climate debate has become very polarised in recent months and this has made even more important the need for a public space where people who agree, who are unsure, and who disagree that humans are affecting the climate system are able to explore the science and make up their own minds.”

Luigi Amodio, director of the Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza, Naples, Italy, who is coordinating the ACCENT project, welcomed the move: “I am delighted that the Science Museum London has joined this European collective action on climate change. As European science centres and museums, our role in engaging the public on climate change is crucial. As more institutions commit to action on this topic, we play an increasingly significant role in ensuring that European citizens build an informed opinion on what is at stake. It is through cooperation between science centres, museums and other institutions that we can pool our resources, working together to advance a common cause.”

He also reinforced the importance of debate as a tool for public engagement: “The scientific consensus on the causes of climate change is clear. But this does not mean that there is not room for debate. The ACCENT project encourages European citizens to take part in dialogue activities and discussions held across Europe in order to engage with the issue, using science centres and museums as the ideal place for informed and considered discussion.”

ACCENT is a two-year project funded by the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7, which brings together science centres, museums and aquariums from across Europe for a collective action on public engagement in climate change. The project was launched in Copenhagen at the United Nations COP15 Conference on Climate Change, coinciding with the release of the Declaration on Public Engagement in Climate Change by Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums of which the Science Museum London is a member.

As a participating institution in the project, the Science Museum London, UK, will promote its activities and share resources as a part of the European collective action on climate change.

]]> 2010-04-13 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/143/Science-Museum-London-says-I-do-affirming-position-on-climate-change <![CDATA[The World Ocean Network announces its 4th International Meeting]]>

i do climate - The World Ocean Network announces its 4th International Meeting

12.4.2010 > 12.5.2010
The 4th International Meeting "Acting together for the future of the Blue Planet", in link with International Year of Biodiversity 2010, will be held on 9-12 May, 2010 at Nausicaá, Boulogne sur Mer, France.

This year’s International Meeting is the World Ocean Network’s fourth, and follows those held in 1999, just after the International Year of the Ocean in 1998, in 2002, a few months after the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, and in 2006.

It will propose the first World Ocean Academy on the  9th May, 2010.

It follows the 5th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, 3-7 May, 2010 - UNESCO, Paris, FRANCE. "Ensuring Survival, Preserving Life, Improving Governance;
Oceans, Climate, Biodiversity: from Copenhagen 2009 to Nagoya 2010."

This year’s Meeting takes place in a particularly active international context:

- Five months after the United Nations Conference on Climate Change - from 7th to 18th December, 2009 in Copenhagen

- Two days after the 5th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, on the theme « Ensuring Survival, Preserving Life, and Improving Governance »

- During the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly.

Building on recommendations made at the 3rd

Chief among them are:

- The Campaign of « Responsible Seafood Consumption »

- The organisation of events in up to 50 countries for World Oceans Day. The United Nations have proclaimed the 8th June as an official celebration.

- The printing of « the Passport of the Citizen of the Ocean »  in new languages.

- The organisation of Youth Parliaments

- A number of international cooperation organisations have increasingly accepted the case for an educational dimension in their policy programmes. International Meeting, members of the World Ocean Network have contributed to the introduction or development of many different measures. Several important initiatives have got underway or their development has been progressed.

Whilst important strides have been made in public information, there is still a considerable amount of work to be done. The double challenge is to encourage everyone to preserve the planet’s ecosystems and adopt sustainable lifestyles, and, at the same time, persuade both public and private sector organisations to be ambitious in their political and economic commitments and in their community involvement.


More than ever, production methods and consumption habits are destroying fragile ecological systems and aggravating poverty. It is incumbent on the World Ocean Network to make the case everywhere, to mobilise organisations and, in view of the very challenges ahead, to be ambitious.

For more information and to register, see www.fourthinternationalmeetingwon.com

]]> 2010-04-12 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/142/The-World-Ocean-Network-announces-its-4th-International-Meeting <![CDATA[ACCENT project list of scientific publications released]]>

i do climate - ACCENT project list of scientific publications released

10.3.2010 > 9.4.2010
This is a list of references to scientific documents for all the activities and campaigns on Climate Change issues and by all the people who are interested into these topics and would like to deepen some of the aspects and consequences of Climate Change all over Europe.

The scientific publications have been collected through an accurate scientific search using reliable  available sources as university libraries, online journal databases, scientific reviews. The total list has been approved by the members of the ACCENT scientific advisory board (SAB). The available data have been organised in categories starting from the basic facts on Climate Change to the more complex ones,  integrating human and environmental dimension as well as the global implications of climate change.



REFERENCE GUIDES ON CLIMATE CHANGE (reports)



ACIA, 2005. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge, 1042pp.



AMAP, 2009. AMAP 2009 Update on Selected Climate Issues of Concern. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, Oslo.



Encyclopaedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society, ed. by Andrew Goudie et al. OxfordUniversity Press, New York, 1424pp.



EREC, 2007. Energy [r]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook. Greenpeace International and European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).



IPCC, 2001. Climate Change 2001: Synthesis Report – A Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, UNEP, 184pp.



IPCC, 2006. Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / ed. by Bert Metz et al. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 442pp.



IPCC, 2007. Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis: Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / ed. by Susan Solomon et al. CambridgeUniversity Press.



IPCC, 2007. Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / ed. by Martin Parry et al. Cambridge University Press.



IPCC, 2007. Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change: Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / ed. by Bert Metz et al. Cambridge University Press.



IPCC, 2007. Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, 104 pp.



Karl, R.T. et al. 2009. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, Cambridge University Press, 2009.



World Health Organization, 2003. Climate Change and Human Health: Risks and Responses / ed. A. J. McMichael et al., World Health Organization, Geneva, 250pp.





INTRODUCTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE



Burroughs, William J. 2007. Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach. CambridgeUniversityCambridge, 390pp. Press,



Glover, Leigh 2006. Postmodern Climate Change. Routledge, New York, 322pp.



Grubb, Michael et al. 1999. Kyoto Protocol: A Guide and Assessment. Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, 384pp.



Hardy, J.T. 2003. Climate Change: Causes, Effects, and Solutions. J. Wiley, New York, 247pp.



Henson, Robert 2007. The Rough Guide to Climate Change. Rough Guides, 384pp.



Houghton, John 2009. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 456pp.



King, Michael (ed.) et al. 2007. Our Changing Planet: The View from Space. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 400pp.



Knight, Gregory & Jill Jäger (ed.) 2009. Integrated Regional Assessment of Global Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 424pp.



Palmer, Timothy & Paul Williams (ed.) 2009. Stochastic Physics and Climate Modelling. CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge, 425pp.



Ruddiman, W.F. 2005. Plows, Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate, PrincetonUniversity Press, Princeton, 272pp.



Schellhuber, Thomas et al. 2006. Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 406pp.



Weart, Spencer 2008. The Discovery of Global Warming. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 240pp.





THEMATICAL ISSUES



Adger, Neil et al.(ed.) 2009. Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance. CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge, 530pp.



Armstrong, Richard L. & Eric Brun (ed.) 2008. Snow and Climate: Physical Processes, Surface Energy Exchange and Modelling. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 256pp.



Ball, Michael & Martin Wietschel 2009. The Hydrogen Economy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 440pp.



Bicknell, Jane et al. 2009. Adapting Cities to Climate Change: Understanding and Addressing the Development Challenges. Earthscan Publications Ltd., London, 384pp.



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]]> 2010-03-10 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/63/ACCENT-project-list-of-scientific-publications-released <![CDATA[European Commission sets out strategy to reinvigorate global action after Copenhagen]]>

i do climate - European Commission sets out strategy to reinvigorate global action after Copenhagen

9.3.2010 > 30.4.2014
The European Commission today set out a strategy to help maintain the momentum of global efforts to tackle climate change.

The Communication proposes that the EU swiftly begin implementing last December's Copenhagen Accord, in particular 'fast start' financial assistance to developing countries. In parallel the EU should continue to press for a robust and legally binding global agreement that involves all countries in real climate action. This will require integrating the Copenhagen Accord into the UN negotiations and addressing the weaknesses in the Kyoto Protocol. Active outreach by the EU will be key to promoting support for the UN negotiations and the Commission will undertake this effort in close contact with the Council and with the support of the European Parliament.

Commission President José Manuel Barroso said: "The Commission is determined to keep up the momentum for global action on climate change; Today's communication sets out a clear strategy on the next steps needed to reinvigorate the international negotiations and engage our partners in this path. I will call on the next European Council to support this strategy building also on further consultations that I have asked Commissioner Hedegaard to undertake with key international partners."

Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "Climate change can be controlled only if all major emitters take action. Obviously nobody would stronger than myself hope that we could get everything done in Mexico, but the signals coming out of various capitals of big emitters unfortunately do not make that likely. In Copenhagen the world had a unique chance and did not use this to its full. We now have to secure the momentum and to do our utmost to get specific and substantial results out of Cancun and to secure no later than in South Africa an agreement on the legal form. Copenhagen was a step forward. Even if the Copenhagen Accord fell short of Europe's ambitions, the increasing support for it around the world gives the EU the opportunity to build on this and channel it into action. The most convincing leadership Europe can show is to take tangible and determined action to become the most climate friendly region in the world, which will also strengthen our energy security, stimulate greener economic growth and create new jobs.

Negotiations roadmap

The Communication proposes a roadmap for the UN negotiating process which will restart in April. The political guidance in the Copenhagen Accord – which was not formally adopted as a UN decision – needs to be integrated into the UN negotiating texts that contain the basis of the future global climate agreement. The EU would be ready to reach a legally binding global deal at the UN climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of this year, but the Commission recognises that differences between countries may delay an agreement until 2011. EU is ready but the world might not be, and therefore our approach has to be step-wise.

Copenhagen Accord

The Copenhagen Accord is a step towards the EU's goal of a legally binding global climate agreement, which should take effect in 2013 at the end of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period. The Accord endorses the EU's core objective of keeping global warming below 2ºC above the pre-industrial temperature in order to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

To date industrialised and developing countries representing more than 80% of global greenhouse gases emissions have inscribed their emission targets or actions in the Accord. This shows the determination of a majority of nations to step up their action against climate change.

Environmental integrity

The international negotiations must ensure the future global agreement will have a high level of environmental integrity and will actually keep warming below 2°C. The Kyoto Protocol remains the central building block of the UN process but the limited number of countries it covers, and its serious weaknesses, must be addressed. If allowed to continue these weaknesses, which concern accounting rules for forestry emissions and the handling of surplus national emission rights from the 2008-2012 period, would risk reducing industrialised countries' current emission reduction pledges to almost zero.

EU leadership

The Commission believes the EU must show leadership by taking tangible action to become the most climate friendly region of the world as part of the Europe 2020 strategy proposed on 3 March (see IP/10/225 ). The EU has committed to a 20% emissions cut below 1990 levels by 2020, and to scaling up this reduction to 30% if other major economies agree to do their fair share of the global effort. Ahead of the June European Council, the Commission will prepare an analysis of what practical policies would be required to implement the 30% emission reduction. The Commission will later outline a pathway for the EU's transition to becoming a low-carbon economy by 2050. Consistent with the EU 2020 strategy, the goal is to come with intelligent solutions that benefit not only climate change, but also energy security and job creation.

Delivering 'fast-start' funding

The Commission suggests that the EU starts implementing the Copenhagen Accord. Swift implementation of the EU's commitment to provide €2.4 billion in 'fast start' financial assistance to developing countries annually in 2010-2012 is essential both to the EU's credibility and to enhancing recipient countries' capacities to address climate change. The Commission is ready to help ensure the EU's assistance is well coordinated .

Advancing carbon markets

The Communication underlines that the EU should continue to work to advance the development of the international carbon market, which is essential for driving low-carbon investments and reducing global emissions cost-effectively. The carbon market can also generate major financial flows to developing countries.

Stepping up outreach

The EU will need to bolster its outreach in order to build confidence that a global deal can be reached and to explore specific action-oriented decisions that can be taken in Cancun. The Commission will undertake this outreach in close contact with the Council and its Presidency, and would encourage and assist the European Parliament to engage fully with parliamentarians from key partner countries.

For further information:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/future_action_com.htm

]]> 2010-03-09 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/76/European-Commission-sets-out-strategy-to-reinvigorate-global-action-after-Copenhagen <![CDATA[European Commission creates new DG Climate Action]]>
17.2.2010 > 30.4.2015
The European Commission has today taken a number of decisions to implement the organisational consequences of the allocation of portfolios to Commissioners.

Two new Directorates-General have been created: DG Energy (ENER) and DG Climate Action (CLIM). The Energy DG consists of the departments in the former Transport and Energy DG dealing with energy issues and of the Task Force Energy which will be transferred from the External Relations DG. The position of Director-General will be assumed by Philip Lowe, a British national, currently Director-General in DG Competition. The departments responsible for transport policy will remain in the renamed Mobility and Transport DG (MOVE). The Climate Action DG will be created from the relevant activities in DG Environment, the activities in the External Relations DG related to international negotiations on climate change and the activities in the Enterprise and Industry DG related to climate change. Jos Delbeke, a Belgian national and currently Deputy Director-General in the Environment DG, has been appointed Director-General of the Climate Action DG.

The Commission has also decided to appoint Christian Leffler, a Swedish national, to the position of Deputy Director-General in the DG for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States. Rudolf Strohmeier, a German national, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Director-General in the Research DG.

The Commission also made a number of appointments at the level of Director and Principal Advisor, including two officials from the Member States which joined the EU in 2004. These decisions were delayed while it was in caretaker mode. It also agreed to transfer a number of activities from one DG to another to better align them with the responsibilities of the respective portfolios of the Commissioners. The DGs concerned are those for Mobility and Transport, Competition, Enterprise and Industry, Environment, Humanitarian Aid and Health and Consumers.

To advance the Commission's strategic approach on research, a task force, to be chaired by the Secretary-General, has been set up. This will launch a strategic reflection at Commission level on the evolution of the research budget, the degree of externalisation in the management of research programmes and the links between research and other policies in organisational terms.

]]> 2010-02-17 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/77/European-Commission-creates-new-DG-Climate-Action <![CDATA[Role of science centres, museums and aquaria highlighted at COP15, Copenhagen]]>

i do climate - Role of science centres, museums and aquaria highlighted at COP15, Copenhagen

6.1.2010 > 5.2.2010
An official side event was held within the COP15 conference in Copenhagen on December 15th 2009, entitled “Science centres, museums and aquaria commit to action on climate change.” The side event was organised by Ecsite in conjunction with the World Ocean Network, and took place within the framework of the ACCENT project.

Ecsite and the World Ocean Network were official observer organisations at the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18 2009. The networks, in collaboration with the ACCENT project, organised a side event in order to highlight the role of science centres, museums and aquaria in public engagement on climate change. Speakers included Ecsite President Hans Gubbels, director general of the World Ocean Network Philippe Vallette and ACCENT project coordinator Luigi Amodio of Città della Scienza, Naples. The guest speaker was Martin Sommerkorn, senior advisor to the WWF’s Arctic programme.

At the side event, Hans Gubbels unveiled the Ecsite Declaration on Public Engagement in Climate Change, and explained its importance as a call for Ecsite members, researchers and policymakers to form partnerships in order to inform and empower the public on this global issue.

]]> 2010-01-06 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/44/Role-of-science-centres-museums-and-aquaria-highlighted-at-COP15-Copenhagen <![CDATA[I DO is launched with a bang in Copenhagen]]>

i do climate - I DO is launched with a bang in Copenhagen

5.1.2010 > 4.2.2010
Experimentarium in Copenhagen was the host of the I DO Launch Event, which opened the public activities of the ACCENT project on December 14th 2009.

During the United Nations COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, professionals in science communication came together from across Europe and beyond to the Experimentarium to celebrate the I DO launch event, and to discuss public engagement in climate change issues.

Experimentarium hosted an exhibition space which gave visitors and participants a taste of things to come in 2010. 13 science centres, museums and aquaria from across Europe displayed hands-on exhibits and demonstrations on the subject of climate.

Introductory presentations came from Denmark's Science Minister, Helge Sander, and Experimentarium director Asger Hoeg. Dr Jean-Louis Fellous, Executive Director of the International Council for Science's Committee on Space Research gave the keynote speech, and the ACCENT project was presented by Dr Luigi Amodio.

Three workshops took place on various aspects of communicating climate change. The results will be circulated shortly.

]]> 2010-01-05 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/43/I-DO-is-launched-with-a-bang-in-Copenhagen <![CDATA[“I do” launch event: Monday 14th December 2009]]>

i do climate - “I do” launch event: Monday 14th December 2009

14.12.2009
In the context of the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference, we invite you to Experimentarium, Copenhagen for the launch of “I do.”

Experts from across the field of climate change communication, scientists, policymakers and stakeholders will come together to exchange views in an afternoon of inspiring speeches, workshops, shows, demonstrations and a reception in Experimentarium’s new Energy exhibition, in the presence of Denmark’s Minister for Science, Mr Helge Sander.

This is an opportunity to discover what Europe’s science centres and museums have planned for 2010 on climate change, as well as to discuss the issues at the heart of public engagement on this crucial topic. This programme of public engagement activities, along with the website and resource centre, is launched at the timeliest of occasions, as world leaders meet to agree a framework for climate change mitigation.

Registration to participate in the Launch Event is free.

To register for the Launch Event, please contact accent@experimentarium.dk

]]> 2009-12-14 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/14/I-do-launch-event-Monday-14th-December-2009 <![CDATA[Ecsite announces event within UN climate conference]]>

i do climate - Ecsite announces event within UN climate conference

10.12.2009 > 27.12.2009
Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums will hold an official side event within the COP15 conference in Copenhagen on December 15th 2009 at 9:00am, entitled Science centres, museums and aquaria commit to action on climate change.

Ecsite's proposal to hold a side event at the United Nations COP15 Conference was accepted by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The side event is organised in conjunction with the World Ocean Network, and takes place within the framework of the ACCENT project.

Speakers at the event include Ecsite President Hans Gubbels; Dr Martin Sommerkorn, Senior Climate Change Advisor, WWF International Arctic Programme; Luigi Amodio, Director, Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza, Naples, Italy; Philippe Vallette, Co-chair, World Ocean Network and General Manager of Nausicaá, National Sea Centre, Boulogne sur Mer, France.


All those who have signed up for accreditation to attend the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18 2009 are eligible to attend. We invite those accredited to join us at this crucial event to underline the importance of Europe’s science centres and museums in engaging the public on the issue of climate change. Please find the programme for the launch event attached.

The day before this side event, on Monday 14th December, we invite you to Experimentarium, Denmark for the “I do” Launch Event. “I do” is the message of ACCENT, a European project bringing together science centres and museums in a collective action on climate change in 2010.

 

]]> 2009-12-10 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/18/Ecsite-announces-event-within-UN-climate-conference <![CDATA[Ecsite releases Declaration on Public Engagement in Climate Change]]>
10.12.2009 > 31.1.2014
On the occasion of the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums has published its Declaration on Public Engagement in Climate Change.

This document outlines the position of the network on public engagement. It calls for partnership between governments, science centres and museums, researchers and other stakeholders in order to ensure strong engagement in issues of climate change.

The Declaration will be launched by Ecsite president Hans Gubbels on Tuesday 15th December at the official COP15 Side Event entitled Science centres, museums and aquaria commit to action on climate change.

Download the attached PDF for the full Declaration.

]]> 2009-12-10 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/39/Ecsite-releases-Declaration-on-Public-Engagement-in-Climate-Change <![CDATA[Organisers of climate change activities: join us!]]>

i do climate - Organisers of climate change activities: join us!

5.10.2009 > 4.11.2010
Do you want to be a part of the European movement on climate change by science centres and museums?

This is an opportunity to gain visibility for all your climate change news, events, resources and institution profile via our website and our launch event at the COP15 conference in Copenhagen.

Any European institution organising public engagement activities on climate change can apply to join the “I do” campaign. This could be exhibitions, exhibits, school labs, science demonstrations, participatory games, teacher training sessions, lectures or debates.

As an “I do” participating institution, you receive our branding strategy, with everything necessary to give your events and activities the “I do” touch!

In return, we simply ask you to make our logo visible on your promotional material, to display our logo and link to us on your website, to share any resources you can on communicating climate change, and to send us a short report on your “I do” activities.

For more details on how to join, and the branding guidelines of the project, please see the downloadable PDFs below.

To apply to be a Participating Institution in “I do”, fill out the online form here.

]]> 2009-10-13 http://www.i-do-climate.eu/en/news/15/Organisers-of-climate-change-activities-join-us