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African, Caribbean Nations Focus On Climate Change Talks; Studies Show Australian Heat Wave Linked To Human Activity

News outlets report on recent and upcoming talks on climate change, including new studies linking Australia’s 2013 heat wave to human activity.

Inter Press Service: Outgunned by Rich Polluters, Africa to Bring United Front to Climate Talks
“As climate change interest groups raise their voices across Africa to call for action at the COP20 climate meeting in December and the crucial COP21 in Paris in 2015, many worry that the continent may never have fair representation at the talks…” (Nfor, 9/29).

New York Times: Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change
“The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific weather event to global warming…” (Gillis, 9/29).

Science: Australia’s 2013 heat waves linked to human-caused climate change, studies conclude
“Australia has suffered through two back-to-back sweltering summers, with a record-setting heat wave sweeping across the country at the end of 2013 and into 2014. Now, five separate studies published today conclude that the blazing summer was linked to human-caused climate change…” (Gramling, 9/29).

U.N. News Centre: Caribbean Island leaders in U.N. Assembly warn of ‘real, ruinous’ impacts of climate change
“Spotlighting the ‘gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change’ leaders from Caribbean Islands today warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests, and electoral cowardice threaten to squander ‘our only real chance to save the planet’…” (9/29).