This year is likely to be the fifth warmest on record and the first decade of this century the hottest since records began, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Tuesday.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Copenhagen summit, WMO head Michel Jarraud pointed to extreme hotspots this year — Australia had its third warmest year since record dating began in 1850.
1 billion ‘climate refugees’
Climate change stands to drive as many as one billion people from their homes over the next four decades, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in a study on Tuesday.
The IOM report estimated 20 million people were made homeless last year by sudden-onset environmental disasters that are set to amplify as global warming increases over the years.
‘Climate change tax’
France is pushing for a political agreement at Copenhagen to include a tax on financial transactions to help developing countries, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Monday.
Kouchner said a very small tax — 0.005 percent on financial transactions — would help developing countries fight poverty, promote education and health, and meet the costs of combating climate change.
In support of scientists
A top US delegate denied the possibility that hacked e-mails had made the case for climate change skeptics stronger and said it would not affect the fate of the climate change bill in the American Senate. “What I think is… shameful is the way in which some scientists who have devoted their lives are being pilloried by the press,” US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing said.