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A fifth of corals dead say new IUCN reports

The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status, launched today by IUCN as part of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. If current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many of the remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years with alarming consequences for some 500 million people who depend on coral reefs for their livelihoods. To listen, click here. 
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10 Dec 2008 | Audio

Glboescan presentation

Combating climate change and boosting growth are natural allies

Accelerated action on energy savings and the scrapping of fossil fuel subsidies are the two top actions needed to combat climate change and spur economic recovery, according to a survey released today. …  

09 Dec 2008 | International news release

Sub-saharan Africa

Towards an equitable post 2012 climate agreement

A new publication on North /South equity will be launched on December 10th in Poznan, during the UNFCCC climate change negotiations.Towards an equitable post 2012 climate agreement will be presented at 11 am at the EU Pavilion during the Africa Day.                                            …  

08 Dec 2008 | News story

Women carrying wood

Women feel the heat of climate change

Women’s lives are more at risk than men’s because of climate change, according to IUCN. Climate change will affect all countries, but poor women in developing countries will be disproportionately affected. Despite this, most of the UNFCCC debate on climate so far has been gender-blind. …  

08 Dec 2008 | News story

The Sava River

New climate change network

There is a growing recognition in discussions here in Poznan of the role that nature can play in helping people adjust to the impacts of climate change. Governments and environmental and development groups at the United Nations climate change conference are increasingly supporting such an approach. …  

05 Dec 2008 | News story

Neville Ash, Head of IUCN's Ecosystem Management Programme.

Helping people adjust to climate change

IUCN has established a new network to help people suffering the effects of climate change learn how to cope with it. The Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network, set up with the help of WWF and the MacArthur Foundation, will link up organizations that help people already feeling the impacts of climate change on the ground. To listen, click here. 

05 Dec 2008 | Audio

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Ocean controversy

Ocean fertilization is one of the methods being considered to deal with rising levels of carbon dioxide and associated climate change. …  

04 Dec 2008 | News story

Consuelo Espinosa, IUCN's Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer

Fantastic forests

Protecting forests and planting new ones is one of the most immediate and cost effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and help cool our planet. IUCN's Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer, Consuelo Espinosa, explains the mysteries behind REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degredation - and decribes why the climate change negotiations cannot afford to drop "Degredation" from the final package. To listen, click here.  

04 Dec 2008 | Audio

Logging truck, Liberia

REDD discussions at full throttle in Poznan

The topic of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degredation (REDD) is shaping up to be one of the most prominent features of this climate conference. REDD discussions are not only attracting a lot of attention and interest, they are also progressing rapidly. …  

04 Dec 2008 | News story

Madagascar baobabs

Stand and deliver says IUCN

Developed and developing countries at the UNFCCC in Poznan need to move beyond discussions over who will pay the most for the cost of reducing emissions. They also need unite behind emission reduction targets. …  

03 Dec 2008 | Audio