Climate Takes Center Stage at World Economic Forum

The village of Davos is seen prior to the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 23, 2011. The Swiss resort of Davos hosts the WEF from January 26 to 30, 2011. 
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Clare Foran
Jan. 23, 2014, 2:02 a.m.

Cli­mate, en­vir­on­ment­al and en­ergy is­sues are set to dom­in­ate the World Eco­nom­ic For­um this week in Da­v­os, Switzer­land, where or­gan­izers have pre­pared dozens of ses­sions that will fo­cus on the risks as­so­ci­ated with cli­mate change, ac­cord­ing to the Guard­i­an.

One of the top­ics will be re­search from the United Na­tions En­vir­on­ment Pro­gram, show­ing that the in­ter­na­tion­al com­munity is on pace to in­crease glob­al tem­per­at­ures by 4 de­grees Celsi­us, a threshold that, if reached, would be dev­ast­at­ing for the plan­et, ac­cord­ing to widely held sci­entif­ic con­sensus. Oth­er is­sues will in­clude the need for in­creased en­vir­on­ment­al re­si­li­ence, and con­ser­va­tion and food scarcity.

On the side­lines of the Da­v­os meet­ing, U.N. Ex­ec­ut­ive Sec­ret­ary for Cli­mate Christina Figueres em­phas­ized the need for a bind­ing glob­al emis­sions treaty.

“It is im­port­ant that we get the treaty be­cause the sig­nal to the mar­kets, the sig­nal to the glob­al eco­nomy, needs to be stronger than it is now,” she told the As­so­ci­ated Press.


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