Session 4


"Northern" and "Southern" Perspectives on
Global Climate Changes


Because of their different histories in using carbon fuels it has become evident that the global "North" (or developed countries) have a different perception and differing set of proposed solutions to cut the use of green-house gases (GHGs) than that proposed by the developing countries in the "Global South". The most striking differences will be presented and discussed in this class, focusing on the international negotiations that have taken place in Bali, Copenhagen and Cancun.

In addition, escalating food, income and wealth disparities in the face of the climate change impacts that have already been registered around the world is likely to increase a broad mood of frustration and outrage in countries of the "Global South" as well as among disadvantaged populations within the "Global North." This class will review recent calls for "climate justice" and consider how this framework for considering the anticipated patterns of human suffering might lead to specific policies to accommodate declining food productivity per capita, U.N. development goals, plans for relocating climate refugees, etc. Particular attention will be given in this class to the role of NGOs from the global south and their emerging role in addressing climate issues.

Please review and be prepared to ask questios on::

Timothy C. Weiskel
Spring Climate Course Section 6 - Making Your Coursework Count
Timothy C. Weiskel
Spring Climate Course, Lecture 5 - The Temperature of International Climate Negotiations
Timothy C. Weiskel
Spring Climate Course, Section 10 - What Does Sea Level Have to Do With E.J.?
Timothy C. Weiskel
Spring Climate Course, Lecture 9 - Katrina & Beyond - A Hint of What is Coming?

"China portrayed as obstacle at Copenhagen," The World - PRI - BBC - WBUR, (23 December 2009).
"After Copenhagen," NPR - WBUR - On Point, (22 December 2009).
"Leading Climate Scientist James Hansen on Why He’s Pleased the Copenhagen Summit Failed, “Cap and Fade,” Climategate and More," Democracy Now, (22 December 2009).
"U.S.-Led Copenhagen Accord Decried as Flawed, Undemocratic," Democracy Now, (21 December 2009).
"Obama: 'Time for talk is over'," BBC News Online, (18 December 2009 13:13 GMT, Friday).
Democracy Now - "Climate Countdown,"
Daily Reporting from Copenhagen,
7-18 December 2009
"Copenhagen Press Briefing: Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET)," UNFCCC Webcast, (14 December 2009 16:30 CET).
"African Delegates Protest Over Kyoto Dispute [+ other climate policy stories...]," Democracy Now, (14 December 2009).
"Dec 12 Copenhagen Climate Vigil: One of 3,000 Global Actions," YouTube - 350org, (12 December 2009).
"Amy Goodman of Democracy Now talks to OneClimate at COP15 in Copenhagen," YouTube - OneClimate.Net, (12 December 2009).
"Climate change to spark armed conflicts?," MSNBC, (11 December 2009).
"World looks to U.S. to pay for climate sins," MSNBC, (10 December 2009).
"The Moral Math of Climate Change," American Public Radio - Speaking of Faith, (10 December 2009).
"Leaked Climate Text Infuriates Developing Nations," Democracy Now, (9 December 2009).
"Naomi Klein on the 'new climate ball-game'," YouTube - AlJazeeraEnglish, (9 December 2009).
"Riz Khan - Climate change and developing nations," YouTube - alJazeeraEnglish, (8 December 2009).
"IGBP Climate change index," YouTube - igbp, (8 December 2009).
"Top Climatologist Hopes Copenhagen Talks Collapse," Democracy Now, (4 December 2009).
"James Hansen wants Copenhagen to fail," The Guardian U.K., (3 December 2009).
"GLOBAL PULSE: Africa - Cash for Climate Change?," YouTube - linktv, (2 December 2009).
"The Story of Cap & Trade," YouTube - storyofstuffproject, (1 December 2009).
"Major sea level rise likely as Antarctic ice melts," BBC News Online, (1 December 2009 00:40 GMT, Tuesday).
Supplementary Material on Perspectives from the Global South
"Chavez: Capitalism will destroy the planet.," YouTube - UpTakeVideo, (18 December 2009).
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on How to Tackle Climate Change: "We Must Go from Capitalism to Socialism"," Democracy Now, (21 December 2009)
YouTube - ForaTV
"Hugo Chavez: Capitalism to Blame for Climate Crisis," YouTube - ForaTV, (17 December 2009).
"To Copenhagen & Back: Bringing The Climate Question Home," EcoViews and News, no.21, 24 January 2010.
IPCC - 4th Assessment Report

Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Summary for Policymakers: Working Group II Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report Climate Change 2007 [ IPCC WGII Fourth Assessment Report ], (Geneva, Switzerland, Brussles, Belgium, 6 April 2007).

Chapter 5: Food, Fibre, and Forest Products
Chapter 9: Africa
Chapter 10: Asia
Chapter 11: Australia and New Zealand
Chapter 12: Europe
Chapter 13: Latin America
Chapter 14: North America
Chapter 16: Small Islands

Wagdy Sawahel
Twenth-Ninth FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt, 1-5 March 2008 - ANNEX I: Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability of the Countries of the Near East Region (Rome, UNFood and Agricultural Organization, 7 March 2008).
Michael McCarthy and Stephen Castle
"EU: Climate change will transform the face of the continent," The Independent (London), (7 January 2007).
BBC News Online
"Ethiopa's humanitarian crisis," BBC News Online, (31 May 2008 06:59 UK 05:59 GMT, Saturday).
BBC News Online
"Ethiopia 'food emergency'," BBC News Online, (2 June 2008 18:47 UK 17:47 GMT, Monday).
Javier Solana
"Before the flood," The Guardian Unlimited, (10 March 2008).
Stephen Castle
"Europe's leaders warned of big rise in migration," International Herald Tribune, (7 March 2008).

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