Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Keep climate change on agenda, pleads IPCC

Rajendra Pachauri pleads with World Economic Forum to remember climate change. 24 Jan 2008,

DAVOS: The head of the UN's Nobel Prize-winning scientific panel on climate change warned on Wednesday that fears about the world economy could put climate change issues in the shade.

Global warming is a key theme at this year's meeting of the world's business and political elite in Davos, but fears of a US recession and plummeting global stock markets risk overshadowing it.

"I do realise that there are concerns about recent financial phenomenon that appear to dominate everybody's attention at this point in time, but ... the kind of decision making power here should not lose sight of the reality of climate change," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri told reporters.

The first day of the 38th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday saw debate about the global economy dominate amid volatility on world stock markets owing to fears of a US recession. More >>>