Friday, 11 December 2009

Meet the scientists@COP15--Richard Betts, UK

Geoffrey Smith, Fiji TV, Climate Pacific media team
Friday 11 November 2009, Copenhagen --Climate change scientists come at impacts on Pacific communities from different angles, but evidence is already weighing in on the Pacific reality linking a changing climate and sea level rise.Three key issues that Pacific negotiating teams are keeping in mind here at COP15::
• Serious adverse impacts on ecosystems (marine and terrestrial), human beings (social, livelihood, human rights) and Nations (security, sovereignty, economic issues, sustainable development)
• Evidence of adverse impacts already occurring as well as new and emerging scientific evidence.
• Unhealthy ecosystems also increases sensitivity of communities to climate change and thus increase their vulnerability to climate change and climate extremes
These are some of the issues that scientists like Richard Betts of the UK are taking into account while getting into the now critical area of studying Earth's weather patterns.

TRANSCRIPT:  We're the Met Office Hadley Centre. It is the UK's National meteorological service and the Hadley Centre is the climate change research department. So we carry out research into climate change, its impacts and its causes. Our research is gathering the data on climate change that we are seeing at the moment and we're seeing an ongoing trend in  warming decade by decade and were also using computer models in projecting well into the future for the next 10 to 30 years and beyond to the end of the century. And this is to also inform both mitigation policy so that the negotiators here will know the implications of not mitigating climate change and also how much climate change can be reduced by reducing green house emissions.--ENDS

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