2011-06-26 04:10:25Climate Change: It's Bad and Getting Worse -- Aljazeera
John Hartz
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This is an excellent overview of climate change and its consequences -- especially its impacts on public health.
What is most sginficant, however, is the fact that it was written by a reporter from the Middle East and pusblished in Aljazeera (Jun 23, 2011)
How should SkS go about recruiting authors from the Middle East?
2011-06-26 06:20:54
nealjking

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I don't really see the Middle East as an important frontier for generating the understanding of climate change. I think that China and the US are the big enchiladas: If those two can find common ground, it'll happen; but as long as they don't, it won't.

2011-06-26 06:37:20nealking
John Hartz
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Climate chage impacts are going to hit the Middle East very hard -- heat and desertification.

Saudi Arabia has been throwing monkey wrench's in the IPCC process for years.

Climate change is a global issue and all regions of the world have to become engaged.

The SkS team should come from all corners of the globe including the Middle East, India, China, Japan, etc. 

 

2011-06-26 08:59:18
Rob Painting
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Aljazeera is a great source of unbiased news, we get it here on one of our free-to-air TV channels. It's head and shoulders above anything else on TV. I must admit a bit of prejudice before I actually began watching it. 

2011-06-26 10:02:11
Rob Honeycutt

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There are some news sources from other countries who are kicking butt in terms of actual reporting.  Aljazeera is a shining example.  Russia Today seems to be following that same model.

2011-06-26 12:17:23
Daniel Bailey
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Islam is a huge component of the world's population.  It can and should have representation, if an appropriate individual can be found.

2011-06-26 20:39:43
nealjking

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I don't have anything against middle-eastern representation and contribution.

I just think that as long as the US and China are not on the same page, nothing is going to move.

2011-06-26 22:27:19neal
Daniel Bailey
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Granted.  But perhaps a world united against them is the way to get them to move.  Isolate the biggest offenders from their allies so then the scope of the problem becomes smaller.

We have to start somewhere.

2011-06-26 23:11:38
Paul D

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How about Sir David Frost :-)

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/frostovertheworld/2007/04/200852519156896917.html

2011-06-27 00:12:42
nealjking

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It would pay off more if we could establish rapport with a Chinese environmental group.

Is there such a thing?

2011-06-27 02:20:52
Paul D

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Is there such a thing?

http://asiacatalyst.org/blog/2010/04/chinas-environmental-ngos-an-overview.html

"there are roughly three thousand five hundred environmental NGOs in China"

http://www.fon.org.cn/

http://www.geichina.org

http://en.wwfchina.org/

2011-06-27 02:46:45movement is local
Stephen Leahy

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Having just covered the latest international climate negotiations, nothing is going to move for some years. However there is hope that economic advantage will and is spurring Germany, China and others to act. My take based on interviews with officials at the Bonn climate talks. 

Badger has a point that the Saudis are very unhelpful in these meetings - but then so is Canada. 

2011-06-27 03:47:32
nealjking

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Is there anyone in China we could work with?