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CLIMATE ADAPTATION

   


Desertec


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Roger LeMoyne/UNEP

 

 

‘Unprecedented in the history of mankind’ – were the thoughts of engineer, Dr Alison Cooke, from the University of Cambridge as she observed at first hand her first UN Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting in Cancun, Mexico. ‘The Cancun Conference restored confidence in the UNFCCC process which had been so badly damaged at Copenhagen’, said environment consultant, Claire Parker, because it identified the topics on which an agreement is in sight, and the technical issues that need to be resolved to bring that about.

Sir Crispin Tickell, former UK Ambassador to the UN, and an outsider at Cancun, felt that ‘if Copenhagen mostly failed, Cancun partly succeeded. Negotiations to set up arrangements to manage the enormous and growing problems our society faces over issues ranging from climate change (or as I prefer to call it climate destabilization) to destruction of forests, were at least put back on track for the next round at Durban’.

However, Professor Mike Hulme writing from the University of East Anglia, was concerned that ‘without a more generous and decisive spirit from industrialised countries, with legally-binding commitments backed up by sanctions, Cancun does very little to raise the hopes of the world’s two billion poorest people’.

Certainly, adaptation to climate change remains high on the international agenda as will be seen in current and future papers from experts presented on this website.

Sir Brian Heap
President, European Academies Science Advisory Council
German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Halle, Germany
Director, Programme for Food Security and Sustainable Development
Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre
Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ

COP16Reactions to UNFCCC COP16, Cancun

Professor Mike Hulme, Sir Crispin Tickell, environment consultant Claire Parker and engineer Dr Alison Cooke


 

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Dr Gerry Wolff PhD CEng
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SmartLIFE: GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
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Martin Parry

Grantham Institute and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London

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Global Water Initiative, University of Cambridge/UCSD

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M.J. Kelly

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

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