Philippine storm whips up pressure in Warsaw

Source: Bloomberg

As we bring you the latest round-up of the week gone by, delegates from across the world are busy trying to work up a solution to global warming. Whilst the climate change negotiations being held in Warsaw, Poland are not expected to usher in radical changes, it could still pave the way for an agreement of sorts by 2015.
The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP19) is to last two weeks and comes in the wake of a report in September from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning that rapid industrialisation had already put the globe on a path to exceeding the goal of limiting the temperature gain to 2 degrees Celsius.
The plight of the Philippines took centre stage at the conference on day one with super typhoon Haiyan wreaking havoc in the Asian country. Winds at nearly 200 miles per hour battered the nation in one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded. The storm should add urgency to the talks, according to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres in her opening speech. Scientists warn that rising temperatures threaten to make tropical cyclones such as Haiyan more intense.

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