News & Events
Upcoming events on climate change:
-Science Center Singapore: Expo on climate change (ongoing)
Breaking News on climate change:
Please visit: http://www.enn.com/topics/climate for updates on climate change related news.
Below are selected news event:
December 2009: Copenhagen Summit to decide the succession of the Kyoto Protocol
April 2009:The United States is ready to take the lead in the global efforts to tackle climate change, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday, signalling a policy change of Washington.
April 2009: Arctic sea ice is melting so fast that most of it could be gone in 30 years, according to a new report.
April 2009: The world's first retrofit of a power plant with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology will begin operating this month in the south of France.
April 2009: The world is losing its northern freezer as Arctic winter ice is in sharp decline, NASA scientists reported this week. Even with below average winter temperatures, Arctic ice is thinner and covers less area than it did a decade ago.
April 2009: Portugal, One of the poorest countries in western Europe has harnessed its wind, solar and wave power. Now the nation is becoming a world leader in renewable energy.
April 2009: A poll reveals almost nine out of 10 climate experts do not believe current political efforts will keep global warming below 2C.
April 2009: The critical role of forests as massive "sinks" for absorbing greenhouse gases is "at risk of being lost entirely" to climate change-induced environmental stresses that threaten to damage and even decimate forests worldwide, according to a new report released today.
April 2009: The US Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that greenhouse gases linked to climate change "endanger public health and welfare," setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.
April 2009: The melting of glaciers resulting from climate change and the lack of adequate water management policies seem to be the main causes behind the water shortages that are fuelling conflicts in Peru.
April 2009: Two of the most important climate change gases increased last year despite the economic slump, according to a preliminary analysis.
From: Science Daily
April 2009: Major emitting countries meet to tackle climate change in Washington
Feb 2009: Leading Climate Change scientists warn that the impacts of Global Warming have been underestimateand are likely to be much worst than previously thought
Feb 2009: Europe experienced its second major storm in less than a decade
Feb 2009: Australia experienced its highest temperature on record in the State of Victoria where temperature reached above 27 deg C. This heat wave helps the spread of Australia largest most deadly wildfires in recent history
2008 was the most active hurricane season in US recorded history
Businesses and their related activities have a very significant impact on the Earth climate by generating large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to slow down the current trend of warming, it is primordial that businesses of all sizes and all type start to rethink the way they do business to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.
Businesses must not rely on governments to take all the actions and provide the solutions but must start to take the mater into their own hands if we are to see significant changes. There will inevitably be more and more regulations enforced by governments to control and reduce emissions, staying ahead of the game is therefore an important strategy for businesses and a long term investment.
There are numerous options for businesses to reduce emissions and therefore their contribution to climate change:
1. Carbon assessment: businesses can choose to undergo a carbon audit to identify which parts of their processes and operations involve significant emissions.
2. Energy efficiency: Ones known, actions can be taken to reduce these emissions through the adoption of more energy efficient technologies.
3. Methodologies and best practices: Implementation of methodologies and operation procedures to reduce emissions in all levels of operations.
4. Education: education of the workforce within businesses can have a significant impact in spreading awareness on climate change issues and change behaviours even beyond the workplace.
5. Offsets: businesses can choose to become carbon neutral by offsetting the emissions that they cannot avoid through the purchase of carbon credits.
It is important to highlight that reduction in energy usage translates to significant cost savings over time.
Selected sections of the site for Businesses:
The below sections of this site are the most relevant to the business sector (We would however recommend that you browse through the entire site):
- Assess your emissions: Small Business Carbon Calculator
- Assess and report your emissions: Singapore Carbon Label
- Become carbon neutral: Carbon Offsets
- Purchase and implement energy efficient technologies: Products & Technologies
- Educate your employees: Climate Change Info
Climate Change is a very serious threat for current and future generations. As such, it is important to raise the level of awareness on climate change issues. Globally and especially in South East Asia the level of awareness on the issue remains low or the issues remain misunderstood. There is therefore a tremendous need to raise this awareness. The community needs to know about the issues and what is at stake. Educators have an important role to play in spreading this awareness. This can be achieved through several means.
This site contains numerous sections which can be used by educators. The core of the site actually comprises of a book on climate change which was developed to serve as a strong and useful educational platform.
Selected sections of the site for educators and students:
- Learn and spread awareness on climate change:
Climate Change Info
- Learn and educate through interactive means: Carbon Calculators
- Access education material: Downloads
- References for your research: Links
- Use our exhibition as an educational tool: Mobile Exhibition
Individuals have an important role to play in the fight against climate change. We all contribute to the addition of Green House Gases in the atmosphere through our daily activities. Despite that individual actions are insignificant, if applied on a large scale such action will result in very significant reductions in emissions. Such principal is known as the snowball effect, one individual can spread awareness and showcase best practices to other individuals which will in term spread awareness to many others.