AdaptNet for 9 October 2007

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"AdaptNet for 9 October 2007", ADAPTNet English Edition, October 09, 2007,

  1. Climate Change in Australia – New Projections
  2. Urban Health Vulnerability to Climate Change
  3. Global Warming Demands a National Solution in US
  4. Equity Implications in Forecasting Climate
  5. Climate Change Science and Indigenous People
  6. European Population Conference – Barcelona, Spain

1.    Climate Change in Australia – New Projections

The report provides the most up to date assessment of Australia’s changing climate. It indicates that rainfall is likely to be more intense. Other findings include; droughts are likely to become more frequent, high-fire-danger weather is likely to increase, tropical cyclones are likely to become more intense and sea levels will continue to rise.

Climate Change in Australia: Technical Report 2007, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Climate Change Science Program, October 2007

2.    Urban Health Vulnerability to Climate Change

The paper reviews the health vulnerability of urban populations in developing-country cities due to climate changes. It stresses the need for a more active input from the health sector to ensure that development and health policies contribute to a preventive approach to local and global environmental sustainability, urban population health, and health equity.

Climate Change and Developing-Country Cities: Implications for Environmental Health and Equity, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum and Carlos Corvalan, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, Vol. 84, No. 1, PubMed Central (PMC), May 2007 [PDF]

3.    Global Warming Demands a National Solution in US

The report (using the most recent fossil fuel consumption data) examines trends in U.S. global warming pollution both nationally and by state for the 15 years spanning 1990 to 2004. It concludes that the failure to limit emissions nationwide has allowed global warming pollution to grow out of control.

The Carbon Boom: State and National Trends in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Since 1990, Alison Cassady and Tony Dutzik, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Washington, DC, April 2007 [PDF]

4.    Equity Implications in Forecasting Climate

The paper reviews the literature on climate forecasting information. It explores the equity implications of using seasonal climate forecasting (SCF). The paper argues that, without attention to specific mechanisms to counter pre-existing inequities, the distribution and use of SCF is not likely to improve the conditions of those most in need.

Equity in Forecasting Climate: Can Science Save the World’s Poor? Maria Carmen Lemos and Lisa Dilling, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 34, No. 2, March 2007 [PDF]

5.    Climate Change Science and Indigenous People

The report considers indigenous people as primary actors in terms of global climate change monitoring, adaptation and innovation. It synthesizes findings of a symposium held at the Environmental Change Institute of Oxford. The report discusses how to promote indigenous peoples’ voices and actions within climate change policy, research and actions.

Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change, Jan Salick and Anja Byg, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Oxford, May 2007 [PDF]

6.    European Population Conference – Barcelona, Spain

The European Population Conference-2008 will be held in Barcelona, Spain from July 09-12, 2008. ‘Development, Environment and History’ will be a cross-cutting issue through several of the conference program topics. Extended abstracts or papers (02-04 pages) may be submitted by October 15, 2007.

European Population Conference-2008, Office of Population Research at Princeton University, Barcelona, Spain, July 09-12, 2008

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