Region could face US$100 billion climate change bill

first_imgNewsRegional Region could face US$100 billion climate change bill by: – June 14, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Report paints grim picture of risks posed to Latin America and the Caribbean by global warming.RIO, Brazil– With most of the Caribbean and Latin America struggling to keep up with their debts, an additional US$100billion annual bill is the last thing they need. But that’s what they could get without increased efforts to stem the effects of global warming.According to a recent report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), if temperatures rise by two degrees Celsius across the region, the physical impacts could cause annual damages estimated at two percent of current gross domestic product.The study said that the region is especially at risk to the increasing temperatures globally due to its reliance on natural resources and geographic location, adding that significant changes will be seen by 2050.“Reduction in agricultural yields of many staple crops, increased flooding and inundation of coastal zones, increased exposure to tropical diseases, destabilisation of the hydrological cycle, and the intensification of extreme weather events” are among likely outcomes, the report said. Loss from agricultural exports alone was valued at between US$30 and US$52billion for the region.Many of the changes are permanent and will continue to affect the region over the long-term, which makes the situation more worrying, said the report presented at the Rio+20 summit in Brazil.There’s hope, nevertheless, as steps to adapt to the issues created by global warming amount to just one-tenth of the cost of physical impacts. That US$10 billion is deemed “cost-effective” in preventing the negative impact on economic and geographic conditions that the likely increased temperatures would bring.Using a “business as usual” scenario, in which no measures are taken towards cutting dangerous gases, emissions will increase by 50 percent, the report said. Despite expected reductions in emissions due to changing land use, it’s projected that increases in other sectors will more than erode that improvement.Though adaptation is important, the report said substantial investments are required to drastically cut the region’s projected carbon emissions to levels that are consistent with global goals.Unfortunately, no international agreement has been reached to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global temperatures to rise. That said, current trends cannot continue, according to the report, as that “would lead to a future that must be avoided”.Policies that promote strict land use for deforestation and other agricultural practices should be implemented in the next two decades, the report said. Also, measures to reduce carbon emissions in the power and transport sectors should be stressed to achieve more sustainable targets.The cost would be a lot to bear, said Pablo Gutman, a WWF director, especially for a region that faces major development challenges, but “this would bring about major benefits such as improved food and energy security; people would have healthier lives in cleaner environments.Caribbean 360 News 45 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Michael Francis Senefeld

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Tony Stidham will direct the Celebration of Life at 7p.m. On Friday, a Mass of Christian burial will be officiated by Father Dustin Boehm at St. Michael Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Patty Lakes Senefeld; his daughter, Shannon Senefeld, son-in-law Daniel Stewart, four grandchildren, Alana, Aidan, Declan, and Dylan of Odenton, MD; step-daughters Brandy Johnson,  Jennifer (Lee) Pearson, Kristin Johnson, and grandchildren, Kaiden, Landon, and Stevie, all of Connersville; mother, Frances Senefeld of Brookville; mother-in-law, Sue Lakes of Liberty; brother, John Senefeld of Laurel; three sisters Linda Buchta, Jody (Donald) Webb, Phyllis (Rodney) Richardson, and step-sister, Rhonda Peters (Tom) Novak, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Mary Senefeld and Jerry and Phyllis Schreiber, father Robert L. Senefeld, step-father Robert L. Peters, brothers-in-law Frederick Buchta and Michael Waskewich, and niece Crystal Senefeld. Memorial contributions may be directed to Alpine Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Michael Senefeld.center_img Michael Francis Senefeld was born February 24, 1958 in Connersville to Frances (Schreiber) and Robert Senefeld. He was a 1976 graduate of Brookville High School. Michael married Patty Lakes and she survives. He retired from the Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis. Michael was a member of St. Michael Church in Brookville, then St. Gabriel Church in Connersville and also Alpine Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church.  A competitive sharpshooter, he won 4th place in Indiana State IDPA, State Championship Match in 2013. He was a member of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), and was very active in Coonhunters IDPA in Batesville, and Oxford Isaac Walton League Ohio IDPA. Michael also loved to spend time with his grandchildren. On March 3, 2016 at the age of 58, he passed away at Reid Hospital in Richmond.last_img read more

Luis Suarez inspires Barcelona to crushing Clasico win at Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona pulled off a Clasico demolition of Real Madrid, extending their La Liga lead to six points and putting down a marker for the rest of the season.Lionel Messi started on the bench after much speculation about his recovery from injury, but ultimately the Catalans didn’t need the Argentine – as Andres Iniesta, Neymar and Luis Suarez in particular tore their greatest rivals to shreds.Rafael Benitez was already udder pressure prior to the match, with some fans unhappy with the defensive manner of his tactics, and this result will only serve to heighten scrutiny of the Real Madrid manager.Luis Enrique’s side, on the other hand, now hold a six-point lead at the top of La Liga, although they might rue the numerous opportunities they passed up to make their win a record Clasico result.Real Madrid were out-passed, out-played and out-fought by their Catalan counterparts, with the home crowd inside the Santiago Bernabeu jeering and booing their own players throughout. Benitez might not recover from this blow.  –This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

Pence says he ‘never discussed’ Joe and Hunter Biden with Ukraine’s president

first_imgWAUKEE — Vice President Mike Pence told reporters during his trip to Iowa Wednesday that he has “no objection” to releasing transcripts of his own calls with Ukraine’s president.A whistleblower’s report about President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president is what sparked the impeachment inquiry underway in the U.S. House. Late Tuesday afternoon, the White House announced it would no longer cooperate with congressional investigators. Late this afternoon, Vice President Pence indicated he’s consulting with the White House counsel’s office about releasing records about his own conversations with Ukraine’s president.Pence told reporters he “never discussed the issue with the Bidens” with Ukraine’s president. According to Pence, internal White House discussions as well as contacts with Ukrainian officials that involved him or his staff were focused on “broader issues” of corruption in Ukraine and a lack of European support of Ukraine.Pence was asked if it was OK for President Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival. Pence replied that he did not believe that’s what happened. When asked about his own public statements in 2016 that foreign governments cannot participate in the American political process, Pence said he stands by those remarks and, according to the vice president, that is why Trump “is so concerned about foreign interference in our elections.”Pence said the “plain reading” of the notes from Trump’s call with the Ukranian leader shows Trump “did nothing wrong.”Pence was in Iowa for an event promoting the USMCA and a private fundraiser for Republican Joni Ernst, who is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate.last_img read more