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Roger Coppock
Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 7:14 pm
 
World: Annan Urges 'Decisive Measures' On Climate Change, Tsunami
Warning

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told leaders at a UN conference in
Mauritius today that "decisive measures" are needed to address climate
change and said a global early-warning system must be established in
the wake of last month's Asian tsunami catastrophe. Annan's comments
came one month ahead of the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol on
climate change, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions --
the main cause of global warming.

Prague, 13 January 2005 (RFE/RL) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
called for "decisive measures" to address climate change and said that
damage done by the Asian tsunami gives a clear picture of the danger
posed by global warming.
Annan said the damage caused by the tsunami makes it "no longer so hard
to imagine" what might happen from the rising sea levels that
scientists say will accompany global warming.
Annan was speaking at a UN conference in Mauritius on the world's small
islands. The weeklong conference is looking at ways to help some of the
world's most vulnerable states cope with hazards and disasters such as
the 26 December tsunami that killed more than 150,000 people and
devastated 12 countries.
Officials from small island states such as Kiribati, Tuvalu, the
Marshall Islands, and a handful of other low-lying island states are
pressing for action on climate change. Such states, threatened by the
rise in the sea level caused by global warming that could see them
entirely submerged, say they are facing resistance from countries who
have not signed the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
Annan told participants that all countries, even those who have not
signed the protocol, have an obligation to avoid global warming. "The
issue you raised of climate change and global warming is a very
important one. It's an issue that is of great concern to the UN and to
the entire world community. We're all aware of the Kyoto Protocol which
not all countries have signed but many have," Annan said. "But I would
say whether one has signed the protocol or not, we all have a
responsibility to try and reduce the emissions and avoid global warning
which has direct impact on small island states."
Annan's remarks came one month before the coming into force of the
Kyoto Protocol. The agreement will see 38 countries reduce their
greenhouse-gas emissions, seen as the main cause of global warming. But
the United States, one of the world's biggest polluters, has refused to
endorse the protocol.

[ . . . ]

In his address to the leaders of the world's more than 40 island
states, Annan said the international community must redouble its
efforts to help small developing countries. For some island states,
Annan concluded, "their very existence is in jeopardy."

For the rest, please see:
http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/1/CB5873E2-6B3D-49E3-B10F-9252026F3111.html
 
James Annan
Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 7:29 pm
 
Roger Coppock wrote:

[quote:816428f224]Annan said the damage caused by the tsunami makes it "no longer so hard
to imagine" what might happen from the rising sea levels that
scientists say will accompany global warming.
[/quote:816428f224]
Oh dear, Great-Uncle Kofi has been at the sherry again.

James
--
If I have seen further than others, it is
by treading on the toes of giants.
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/julesandjames/home/
 
gordo
Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:12 pm
 
On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 09:29:44 +0900, James Annan
<still_the_same_me@hotmail.com> wrote:

[quote:d5cb84a39c]Roger Coppock wrote:

Annan said the damage caused by the tsunami makes it "no longer so hard
to imagine" what might happen from the rising sea levels that
scientists say will accompany global warming.

Oh dear, Great-Uncle Kofi has been at the sherry again.

James
You are speaking of the Secretary General of the United Nations[/quote:d5cb84a39c]
adressing member states. Outside of the Catholic Church I know of no
leader who speaks for so many people in the world. BTW how many
countries of the world do you represent?
Gordo
 
James Annan
Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:07 pm
 
gordo wrote:

[quote:0e996ac307]On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 09:29:44 +0900, James Annan
still_the_same_me@hotmail.com> wrote:


Roger Coppock wrote:


Annan said the damage caused by the tsunami makes it "no longer so hard
to imagine" what might happen from the rising sea levels that
scientists say will accompany global warming.

Oh dear, Great-Uncle Kofi has been at the sherry again.

James

You are speaking of the Secretary General of the United Nations
adressing member states.
[/quote:0e996ac307]
Sure, but we don't use full titles among family Smile You can call me
"Dr." though if you feel the need.

[quote:0e996ac307]Outside of the Catholic Church I know of no
leader who speaks for so many people in the world.
[/quote:0e996ac307]
I suspect that the population of UN member countries exceeds that of the
Catholic Church, even if you include all the dead members of the latter.

But joking aside, sea level rise is going to happen at a modest but
steady rate for the foreseeable future. Yes, it will probably cause
problems for some low-lying areas, although managed retreat on
inter-generational time scales is hardly likely to be one of the most
urgent problems we all face. No, there is really nothing we can do about
it other than adapt, at least as far as the next few decades are
concerned - or even more than 100 years, unless we take rapid and
concerted action to actually directly _cool_ the climate. The link with
tsunami is tenuous at best and needlessly gifts the septics a stick to
beat the scientists with.

Is that better?

James
--
If I have seen further than others, it is
by treading on the toes of giants.
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/julesandjames/home/
 
Guest
Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 6:22 am
 
In sci.environment James Annan <still_the_same_me@hotmail.com> wrote:
[quote:7417b384ae]Roger Coppock wrote:

Annan said the damage caused by the tsunami makes it "no longer so hard
to imagine" what might happen from the rising sea levels that
scientists say will accompany global warming.

Oh dear, Great-Uncle Kofi has been at the sherry again.
[/quote:7417b384ae]
I wonder if any other sci.env folk have famous relatives Smile With an
added E, I have a famous comedian. Daffy Duck is famous in his own right,
of course.

But back at reality, comments like KA's above aren't helpful.

-W.

--
William M Connolley | wmc@bas.ac.uk | http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/met/wmc/
Climate Modeller, British Antarctic Survey | Disclaimer: I speak for myself
I'm a .signature virus! copy me into your .signature file & help me spread!
 
gordo
Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:22 pm
 
On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 13:07:09 +0900, James Annan
<still_the_same_me@hotmail.com> wrote:

[quote:e3ad190dcb]

gordo wrote:

On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 09:29:44 +0900, James Annan
still_the_same_me@hotmail.com> wrote:


Roger Coppock wrote:


Annan said the damage caused by the tsunami makes it "no longer so hard
to imagine" what might happen from the rising sea levels that
scientists say will accompany global warming.

Oh dear, Great-Uncle Kofi has been at the sherry again.

James

You are speaking of the Secretary General of the United Nations
adressing member states.

Sure, but we don't use full titles among family Smile You can call me
"Dr." though if you feel the need.

Outside of the Catholic Church I know of no
leader who speaks for so many people in the world.

I suspect that the population of UN member countries exceeds that of the
Catholic Church, even if you include all the dead members of the latter.

But joking aside, sea level rise is going to happen at a modest but
steady rate for the foreseeable future. Yes, it will probably cause
problems for some low-lying areas, although managed retreat on
inter-generational time scales is hardly likely to be one of the most
urgent problems we all face. No, there is really nothing we can do about
it other than adapt, at least as far as the next few decades are
concerned - or even more than 100 years, unless we take rapid and
concerted action to actually directly _cool_ the climate. The link with
tsunami is tenuous at best and needlessly gifts the septics a stick to
beat the scientists with.

Is that better?
Much better .[/quote:e3ad190dcb]
Thanks.
Here is the report from the meeting
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=12995

Gordo


[quote:e3ad190dcb]
James[/quote:e3ad190dcb]
 
Guest
Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 7:57 pm
 
He seems to be the perfect world leader: politically correct, and
totally unstable so that business as usual can continue.
 
James
Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:46 pm
 
<srprozak@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1105923461.676117.298000@c13g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
[quote:5443966808]He seems to be the perfect world leader: politically correct, and
totally unstable so that business as usual can continue.

[/quote:5443966808]
It takes a few minds off the trouble he's in. He may be shopping for a GW
soapbox if his nonsense is well received.
 
 
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