This summary paper is based on an assignment from DFID and the World Bank, in consultation with the State Ministry of Environment in Indonesia, to compile data and information that reflects the most updated state of knowledge of Climate Change in Indonesia.
Environmentalists heralded the power shift in Washington with optimism and expectations of a new, greener Congress. But environmental legislation—particularly on global warming—still looks like a tough sell to many legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Authors: Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz and Luis José Mata
In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report on climate change to assess the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant for understanding the risk of human-induced climate change. The IPCC was created by the United Nations in 1988, and is widely seen as the leading body of scientific experts in the field of climate change research.
Ice, snow and climate change are closely linked. The Global Outlook for Ice and Snow investigates those connections, the current situation of ice and snow and the global significance of changes, now and in the years to come.
Authors: Anthony L. Westerling, Hugo G. Hidalgo, Daniel R. Cayan, and Thomas W. Swetnam
A report published in Science shows that large wildfire activity increased suddenly and markedly in the mid-1980s, with higher large-wildfire frequency, longer wildfire durations, and longer wildfire seasons. The cause: increasing temperatures and climate change.
The debate over the India nuclear deal has been too one-dimensional. Nearly all commentary has focused on whether this proposal would undermine efforts to contain the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Dissent along these lines has been based on a series of largely overblown claims. And the singular focus on proliferation has allowed the debate to lose sight of other ways that this deal is in the interests of the United States and India alike.
Authors: L. James Valverde Jr. and Marcellus W. Andrews
The U.S. insurance industry lies at the nexus of several crucial dimensions of the climate change problem. Insurance Information Institute explores the uncertain nature of anthropogenic climate change and the challenges that will face insurers.
An accurate estimate of carbon fluxes associated with tropical deforestation from the last two decades is needed to balance the global carbon budget. In this paper, the various challenges associated with accurately estimating carbon emissions from deforestation is reviewed.
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