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    that will provide recommendations for evaluating the effects of ICTs on climate change The Focus Group s output will be formalized as ITU T Recommendations which will include a methodology for evaluating the effects of ICTs on climate change both in direct terms and how ICTs can reduce emission in other industry sectors Study Group 5 was chosen as the lead study group and will be renamed the Study Group on Environment and Climate Change to reflect its new mandate SG 5 remains the lead Study Group for protection against electromagnetic effects Specifically SG 5 will work on documents related to Study of methodologies for calculating the amount of greenhouse gases GHG emissions from ICTs and the amount of reduction in the GHG emissions in other sectors as a result of using ICTs Creation of a framework for energy efficiency in the ICT field taking account of WTSA Resolution 73 Study of methodologies for power feeding that effectively reduce power consumption and resource usage Study of methodologies that reduce environmental effects for ICT facilities and equipment such as recycling In addition a Joint Coordination Activity JCA will ensure that the work across ITU T s study groups is focused on

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/itu-forms-new-study-group-to-deal-with-climate-change/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    popular social networking site to achieve the goal of planting seven billion trees before the Copenhagen summit in December this year The initiative would send a message to world leaders on the need to seal the post Kyoto climate deal Ahead of World Environment Day celebrated globally on June 5 the United Nations today announced an ambitious tree planting target in a bid to push governments into reaching agreement on a climate change pact in Copenhagen this December Image credits UNEP A file photo of Ethiopian children participating in the campaign The UN Environment Programme UNEP has appealed to the world to help its effort to plant seven billion trees by the end of the year coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference which aims to draw up a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions To date some 3 1 billion trees have been planted in 166 countries and whether you choose to plant one tree or thousands UNEP would like you to register your tree planting pledge on its Billion Tree Campaign website it said a news release In addition the agency has pledged to plant a tree for each person who joins its campaign on the internet based social networking site Twitter between now and 5 June UNEP hopes to attract 100 000 people on Twitter by World Environment Day and in turn plant the same number of trees for its Billion Tree Campaign If we are to by the crucial UN climate convention meeting in December UNEP needs your support from schools and associations to governments businesses and individual citizens said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner If half the world planted just one sapling between now and World Environment Day it would send a powerful statement too to world leaders and

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    areas especially in developing countries Inhabitants of some small island countries that rest barely above the existing sea level are already abandoning their islands some of the world s first climate change refugees Unfortunately however it is precisely this topography that makes Bangladesh particularly vulnerable to the effects of global climate change If these environmental effects converge with the country s high population and widespread poverty they will create a disaster Bangladesh lies on a flat alluvial plain It is neighbored by India on three sides while its southern border dissolves into the Bay of Bengal Two mighty rivers the Ganges and the Brahmaputra flow through Bangladesh and fan out like tassels into the Bay This low delta and its beautiful mangrove islands are constantly transforming and shifting with cyclones rains and dry periods The soft malleable coast is vulnerable to rising seas Even if greenhouse gas emissions were to stop today scientists believe that warming already underway will cause seas to rise between one and two inches over the next century If nothing is done to curb emissions sea levels could climb more than three feet If this happens 15 of Bangladesh could be under water The mangrove forests of the low lying Sundarban islands a world heritage site as well as the Royal Bengal tiger and hundreds of bird species may disappear Mounting sea levels and loss of land will also create human disasters and dilemma Where will the tens of millions of internally displaced people go and how will they live What will they drink when salt water contaminates fresh water supplies Who will provide health care to combat the diseases that are sure to spread Bangladesh s food supply is already threatened by flooding due to melting glaciers in some areas and droughts due to heat in others Moreover the sea storms and monsoons that routinely pummel Bangladesh are intensifying because of climate change Life in Bangladesh is already harsh In an overpopulated earth millions of people may have no choice but to live on the fringes of habitable environments This in turn can severely increase the human toll of environmental disasters ICTs for GHS mitigation As a developing nation we need to continue industrial development for our economic growth and poverty reduction but this will contribute to gas emissions for global warming So what do we do ICT Information and Communication Technologies can be a sustainable way of mitigation of global green house gas emissions and climate change threats It is estimated that ICTs contribute around 2 to 2 5 percent of global greenhouse gas GHG emissions annually These percentages are likely to grow as ICTs become more widely available At the same time ICTs can be a major linchpin in the effort to combat climate change and serve as a potent cross cutting tool to limit and ultimately reduce these emissions across economic and social sectors Through the development of more energy efficient devices applications and networks that are alternatives to today s waste

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/use-of-ict-for-climate-change-mitigation/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    2008 virtual forum This guide captures the role of ICT in creating knowledge partnerships and networks to adapt to and mitigate climate change effects Fixing the Climate with ICTs Publisher OneWorld South Asia and Global Knowledge Partnership 2009 Image credits GKP Cover page of the guide This advocacy guide has been sourced from the Global Knowledge Partnership Forum GKP virtual forum on ICT and Climate Change held from May 20 2009 June 9 2009 Information and Communication Technologies ICTs can provide a plethora of solutions to mitigate and adapt to the adverse impact of climate change and in the transfer and exchange of knowledge At the same time the ICT industry also a source of GHG and cited as a part of the problem needs to keep a watch on its carbon emissions to contribute more towards the solution For instance according to a Mckinsey study 44 of the CEOs worldwide admit that climate change is not a significant item on their agenda The challenge is to make managers reposition themselves in a low carbon landscape Profit functions and strategies need to incorporate the transition to low carbon technologies and capture carbon trading Designing products from carbon efficient raw materials

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/combating-climate-change-with-icts/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    credits ITU The Broadband Bridge Linking ICT with Climate Action The use of broadband in information and communication technology ICT can help the world transition to a low carbon economy and address the causes and effects of climate change according to a United Nations backed report released recently Addressing climate change implies completely transforming our way of life the way we work the way we travel shifting our model of development to a fairer more sustainable model to ensure our survival said the Secretary General of the UN International Telecommunication Union ITU Hamadoun Touré in relation to the report We need to put at stake all the resources available to us and mobilize the political will to turn discussions and negotiations into agreements and actions he added in a press release announcing the release of the report entitled The Broadband Bridge Linking ICT with Climate Action The report aims to raise awareness of the pivotal role information and communication technology particularly broadband networks can play in helping creating a low carbon economy It also highlights the importance of public private partnerships in accelerating change Conducted by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Climate Change chaired by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the technology company Ericsson Hans Vestberg and including members representing industry international bodies and non governmental organizations the report is based on interviews case studies and supporting material from more than 20 leaders and experts in the field It provides practical examples of how broadband can contribute to reducing greenhouse gasses mitigate and help adapt to the effects of climate change and promote resource efficiency while building more prosperous and inclusive societies The report presents 10 recommendations for policymakers and leaders to hasten and strengthen the power of ICT and broadband to accelerate global progress towards a

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    a new report just released by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development The Broadband Bridge Linking ICT with Climate Action Publisher Broadband Commission for Digital Development Image credits ITU The Broadband Bridge Linking ICT with Climate Action The report emphasizes the kind of transformative solutions that are enabled by broadband and provides practical examples of how this technology can contribute to reducing greenhouse gasses GHGs mitigating and adapting to the

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    exactly what global warming looks like in the form of a graphic interactive guide along its hiking trails Graphic guide The guide has been developed by the University of Berne s Institute for Climate Change and uses the latest in modern technology an iPhone complete with GPS Taking the iPhones which are available from local tourist offices along any one of seven Climate Change Hiking Trails allows hikers to compare for example pictures of the glaciers 100 years ago with their condition now They can also see interviews with climatologists explaining how glaciers normally advance and retreat and the devices can be used to identify rare alpine flowers many of which are now growing in areas once covered by ice We wanted to show people that climate change is already happening said Kaspar Meuli of the Climate Change Institute You can see the consequences already it s happening now and here We want to make people feel more concerned about this whole problem Crumbling mountains Walking with Meuli up the trail towards the lower Grindelwald glacier provided a stark illustration of the problem This area is of particular interest because there are many natural hazards due to climate change that can be witnessed here he explained And sure enough just as the climate guide instructs hikers to stop and examine a particular rock formation the rock begins to crumble and boulders roll down the mountainside The rockslide is the result of thawing permafrost which once held the rock in place This kind of thing is happening basically all the time now said Meuli Just two kilometres from here they had to build a special tunnel to protect the path from rock falls Disappearing restaurants Image credits BBC This restaurant collapsed into the valley three years ago Closer to the glacier or rather closer to where the glacier used to be there is another graphic example A brand new mountain restaurant welcomes hikers but just a few hundred metres on visitors can see where the old restaurant stood until three years ago Now the spot is a collapsed wall of earth and rock As the glacier retreated the ice stopped supporting the earth beneath the restaurant the ground crumbled away and the restaurant fell Such examples are not only stark evidence of the fact that global warming is already damaging the planet they are also forcing local communities into costly and complicated protection measures A particular danger caused by the melting glaciers is the excess water As the lower Grindelwald glacier melts the levels of the glacial lake are rising threatening to flood the villages in the valley hundreds of metres below Now the local community is spending almost 15m 9 4 to build a complicated series of run off tunnels drilling through the mountain and up to the lake in a bid to give the water a safe route down This is a good example of the consequences of global warming explained tunnel engineer Nils Haehlen With the melting of

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    in association with leading industry partners has evaluated where information and communications based technologies ICT can bring immediate benefit in reducing carbon emissions Image credits Google Carbon emissions This work focuses on critical ICT based technologies technologies that are currently mature enough to be implemented within three years given investment and government approval have significant network and processing bandwidth requirements and are standalone technologies applicable to specific industries and usage patterns IDC s main findings on these technologies which will be released prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen are that ICT based technologies if used intensively have the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 25 in the G20 countries compared with 2006 baseline emissions Significant reductions can be made across all the sectors surveyed by IDC energy generation and distribution buildings transport and industry Integrating renewable energy into energy distribution using smart grids ICT enabled smart building systems ICT optimised supply chains and variable motor controls in industrial machinery are the leading technologies for reducing emissions in each of the sectors surveyed Commenting on these results Roberta Bigliani research director at IDC Energy Insights said ICT based technologies have considerable potential to reduce carbon emissions The advantage of the technologies we have identified is that they are already reasonably mature if not widely implemented Given that carbon emissions reductions made quickly have more impact on global warming than those that take longer to implement we recommend that governments and industry immediately evaluate and implement these technologies Vernon Turner senior vice president Enterprise Infrastructure Consumer and Telecom Research at IDC added Robust IT and communications infrastructure is necessary to get the full benefit from these technologies Our research shows that use of capacity in mobile and fixed infrastructure integrated with energy efficient IT infrastructure is required to

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