This may be one of the most complex and contentious issues being discussed today, and has been for many years.
A BBC article, published on October 14, 1998, quoted this:
In the next 20 years, the report says, Britain is likely to lose at least 13,000 hectares (130 square kilometres) of saltmarsh, mudflats and coastal lagoons. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/192717.stm
The 4th meeting of the Conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held the following month, November 1998 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. More details at: http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ba/
The first meeting of the UNFCCC was in 1995 in Berlin, Germany.
The third UNFCCC meeting, in 1997, was at Kyoto, Japan, and from that came the Kyoto protocol that just about everyone would have heard about.
More Information Links:
- Seas to rise for 500 years BBC October 14, 1998
- Global warming: The facts BBC November 9, 1998
- Climate change – it’s the sun and us BBC November 26, 1998
- Sahara desert born 4,000 years ago BBC July 9, 1999
- Global Warming Twenty Years Later: James E Hansen June 2008 (one of the first scientists to warn of the dangers of global warming in 1988)
- Copenhagen climate change talks must fail, says top scientist: James E Hansen Dec 2009 (one of the first scientists to warn of the dangers of global warming in 1988)
The scientist who convinced the world to take notice of the looming danger of global warming says it would be better for the planet and for future generations if the December 2009 Copenhagen climate change summit ended in collapse.
If it is going to be the Kyoto-type thing then people will spend years trying to determine exactly what that means.
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