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New year, new climate (re)solutions?

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 5 2010   /  11:03 am

The New Year has arrived. And 2010 has come with bigger challenges than ever for everyone and society as a whole when it comes to confronting the risk of catastrophic climate change.At the end of last year, the Conference of Parties ( COP15 ) – the largest gathering ever held on climate change – brought about a bitter solution, with countries present agreeing to merely taking note of a political agreement known as the interim Copenhagen Accord. The Accord, a 12-paragraph statement of intention, mentions a global ambition to keep the average global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius. However, Professor John Sterman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) notes that the average global temperature may increase by 3.9 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.This would mean that up to 170 million more people suffering from severe coastal floods, 550 million mor...