Environment

Scientists Warn Against Building on Coastal Land

Mail & Guardian, 5 March 2007. 

An international panel of scientists has advised countries to stop building on coastal land that is less than a meter above the high tide to avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change.

The 166-page report, which is sponsored by the private UN Foundation and Sigma Xi, a research society representing 60 000 scientists, comes only three weeks after hundreds of top scientists warned that global temperatures could rise out of control.

CURES: National Draft Biofuels Industrial Strategy

Press Release

27 February 2007

Members of the CURES (Citizens United for Renewable Energy and Sustainability) South Africa Network met for a workshop from the 26th - 27th February 2007 to consider  the ‘National Drafts Biofuels Industrial Strategy' released by Cabinet late last year. The following statement is supported by the CURES network members that attended the workshop:

Report Warns of Serious Water Shortage by 2100

IRC, 26 February 2007.

According the leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, due to be published in April 2007, water scarcity could affect between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people by 2100.

The report, which focuses on the consequences of global warming and options for adapting to them, predicts critical water shortages in China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States. Africa and poor countries such as Bangladesh would be most affected because they were least able to cope with drought.

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