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The journal is written by a team of journalists, invited by RSE to partake in the Symposium. It is a record of plenaries, local visits and conversations. If you would like to submit a feature for the journal, please get in touch here.

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Key Obama Officials hears pleas from Louisiana (Times Picayune)
Should New Orleans Retreat Inland? (Huffington Post)






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Plenary 2 - Climate Change Consequences (afternoon),
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22/10/2009 20:00
Merits of renewable energy debated: Dr John Briscoe, discussed the importance of hydropower as a renewable energy source, while Professor Larry Li questioned our understanding of the environmental impact of renewables.
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Plenary 2 - Climate Change Consequences (morning session),
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22/10/2009 17:00

Dr Robert CorellClimate change proposals due to be presented at the Copenhagen summit, from the world's major carbon emitters, will not prevent substantial temperature and sea level rises, delegates were warned today.

During the morning session of the second plenary, Robert Corell, Chair of the Climate Action Initiative, told participants that the reductions offered by 25 nations ahead of the Danish climate conference will still lead to an average global temperature rise of 3.5 degrees and a sea level increase of 0.7 metres by 2100.

 


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Plenary 1 continued - Can Religion Save the Planet?,
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21/10/2009 19:30

Religious leaders were urged today to use their influence to mobilise their flocks in the fight to halt environmental destruction. Delegates headed by HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who has been hailed as the 'Green Patriarch' for his efforts to combat climate change, were told they had no choice but to harness the power of their appeal for the good of the planet.

“[Religious leaders] do have an obligation to speak out,” said Cardinal Theodore E McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington. There was a 'desperate need' for the Church to act against what was 'primarily a spiritual and moral crisis', he added.

His words were echoed by Dr Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London, who acknowledged that many people in the Church were still 'in denial' about the urgency of the threat. But, speaking of the need to build a 'truly transforming community of the future', he said that it was crucial to remain positive.


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The costs and causes of hurricane Katrina, by Liam Hodkinson,
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21/10/2009 19:00
Katrina-damaged homeSymposium delegates were today warned that the degradation of global wetlands will have disastrous consequences for the world's low-lying regions. Participants were given a guided tour of the sites worst affected by hurricane Katrina by the former deputy director of Louisiana State University Hurricane Centre, Ivor Van Heerden.
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Plenary 1 - The Interconnectness of All Things,
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21/10/2009 14:00

The devastating impact of mankind on the earth's fragile environment was highlighted today as delegates gathered for the first plenary of the RSE Symposium in a city still struggling to recover from the worst disaster in recent US history.

Speaking just weeks ahead of the Copenhagen summit on climate change, prize-winning author John M Barry said it was time to face up to the man-made triggers of Hurricane Katrina's disastrous aftermath and to acknowledge that how the US deals with the continuing threat to its coastal regions will be a global test-case.


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