Slowing Climate Change

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This article first appeared in our May 2013 issue.
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we put together for you in this issue some of our most memorable articles.


As the Norwegian Nobel Committee correctly noted when announcing its decision to award the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and to Al Gore Jr,

“Indications of changes in the earth's future climate must be treated with the utmost seriousness, and with the precautionary principle uppermost in our minds. Extensive climate changes may alter and threaten the living conditions of much of mankind. They may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth's resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world's most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states.”

The chairman of the IPCC, Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, was in Penang on March 18, 2013 to deliver the Fifth Penang in Asia Lecture, organised by Penang Institute. On the morning of the lecture, the host was able to squeeze in a tour for Dr Pachauri of the George Town heritage zone, during which Penang Monthly editor Ooi Kee Beng managed to interview the Nobel laureate.


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