Climate Change and its Implications on Energy Policies of Oil Producing Countries

Climate Change and its Implications on Energy Policies of Oil Producing Countries

  • 6 July 2008

The speaker began his lecture by emphasizing the close
relationship between energy policies and global climate
change. He praised the UAE’s effort in building the city of
“Masdar,” which is the first city of its kind in the world that
would not produce carbon dioxide or any waste as it would
depend entirely on renewable energy for its needs. He also
highlighted the nature and effects of rising greenhouse gas
emissions, which leads to global warming. The speaker
drew attention to rising levels of global warming that has led
to an increase in human and economic losses in different
parts of the world, for example, climatic changes that led to
scores of human fatalities in Europe in 2003. He feared that
global temperatures would continue to rise in this decade
in a way that had never happened before. He also averred
that the recent upsurge in climatic disasters – such as greater
frequency and severity of floods and hurricanes leading to
loss of life and property – was partially a result of global
warming. In this respect, he gave the example of widespread
flooding in Mumbai in 2005 that destroyed the homes of
approximately one million citizens, and the hundreds of
thousands of fatalities caused by Hurricane Nargis that hit
Myanmar this year.
Dr. Pachauri also drew attention to other adverse effects
of global warming on water resources, food production,
agriculture and health. He warned that effects of global
warming could cause conflict over control of natural
resources and exacerbate the already existing problems such
as the global refugee issue. He called for greater international
cooperation as well as the necessity to formulate effective
policies at the local level to avoid natural disasters related to
man-made climate change.

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Sunday 6 July 2008

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Sunday 6 July 2008

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