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Land-Use Change In Australia And The Kyoto Protocol

In a special event organized by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australia Institute, a new paper entitled Land-Use Change In Australia And The Kyoto Protocol was presented. From the abstract:

... it is difficult even for experts to understand the Australian emissions situation. This paper uses the official inventories to describe the comprehensive emissions situation for Australia. In the process it discusses the various methodological and data uncertainties associated with measuring emissions from land-use change.

10aust2_s.jpg (4013 bytes) Left: Clive Hamilton, Australian Conservation Foundation, discusses land-use change in Australia and its implications for that country's implementation of the Kyoto Protocol

Download the paper in MS Word 6/95 format (australia-landclear-word6.doc)

WMO Secretary-General Obasi Press Briefing

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Secretary-General Obasi discussed recent scientific evidence of climate change. Noting that there was increasing evidence of global warming, he applauded COP4's decision to approve SBSTA's proposal to strengthen systematic monitoring and research. This would help reduce some gaps in current coverage in Africa, Latin America and Asia. He added that evidence of climate change includes more extreme weather conditions. A recent example was the detection of four hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time.

10wmo_s.jpg (7722 bytes) World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Obasi at a press conference

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Secretary-General Obasi talks about some of the recent scientific evidence for climate change

Coral reefs and climate change

In a meeting hosted by the World Conservation Union (IUCN,, the harmful effects of climate change on coral reefs were discussed. Experts noted that rising sea temperatures are bleaching corals, essentially starving and even killing them in some cases. According to IUCN, coral reefs provide over 100 countries with ecological services worth over $500 billion per year, including tourism and fisheries. Reefs also contribute to the world's marine biodiversity.

Panelists included:

  • Brett Orlando (IUCN-US,

  • Thomas Goreau (Global Coral Reef Alliance)

  • Don McAllister (co-chair of the IUCN's Coral Reef Fish Specialist group)

10wri_s.jpg (7229 bytes) Right: Dr. Don McAllister, IUCN World Conservation Union, Ocean Voice International and Dr. Thomas Goreau, IUCN World Conservation Union, Global Coral Reef Alliance, (,, after hosting an event on "Coral Reefs and climate change: a report on coral bleaching in the Caribbean and Indian ocean"

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) In this RealAudio interview, the IUCN's Brett Orlando discusses the meeting

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