Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Iraq's Christians - Nowhere to Run? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Iraq's Christians - Nowhere to Run?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Towards a "Third Intifada"?

Read more

FOCUS

What solutions for California's overcrowded prisons?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza conflict: Palestinians mark sombre Eid

Read more

WEB NEWS

Celebrities in the Israel-Gaza crossfire

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Israeli strike takes out Gaza power station

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French newspaper apologises for Sarkozy story

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Last-ditch talks aim to avert Argentina default

Read more

Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2009-12-08

China recalls past glory during warm periods of history

INTERNATIONAL PRESS REVIEW: Some climate experts in Beijing claim Chinese civilization has flourished throughout history when temperatures have been at their warmest.

China has kept meticulous climate records for thousands of years
which has allowed some experts to conclude that Chinese civilization has flourished when temperatures have been at their warmest and declined as the climate cooled, says today’s South China Morning Post. The Hong Kong-based newspaper interviewed Professor Xie Zheghui on the matter. The Deputy Director of China’s International Centre for Climate said, “In my opinion the sooner the temperature increases the better. The longer it takes, the more extreme weather we will have to face. Extreme weather is the hallmark of transitional periods.”

The Han and Tang dynasties both coincided with particularly warm periods in history. While most climate change experts are warning that growing seasons will become shorter in China if temperatures increase, others such as Xie say that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would perhaps accelerate the growth of crops. Higher temperatures would also benefit regions such as Inner Mongolia which is currently too cold to cultivate crops.

Chinese records show that the temperature would stabilize after a sharp climb, Xie says. “Mother Earth has a lot of mechanisms to adjust herself to a new equilibrium.”

The Independent leads with the opening day of the Copenhagen conference where the head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr. Rajendra Pachauri told delegates, “We won’t let skeptics hijack climate talks.”

The summit opened with top scientists hitting out at the theft of emails from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.


These emails have been used by climate skeptics to allege that global warming is not man-made, says the Independent. There has been widespread speculation that the timing of this was designed to destabilize the summit.

The Guardian runs a double page showing the 56 papers around the world that carried the editorial its journalists were key to coordinating. It was an unprecedented move – papers across the world spoke with one voice in favour of tough action in Copenhagen to tackle climate change.

“Alan Rusbridger, the paper’s editor-in-chief says ‘No individual newspaper editorial could hope to influence the outcome of Copenhagen but I hope the combined voice papers speaking in 20 languages will remind politicians of what’s at stake and persuade them to rise above their rivalries.”

Other articles in today’s international papers:

International Herald Tribune
Students and militia do battle in Iran

Teheran Times
Students day observed in Iran

Liberation
“No more Mr. Brown Eye”

The Daily Telegraph
Father Christmas abandons traditional whip in Estonia

 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-07-30 Middle East

Israeli strike takes out Gaza power station

Live from the newsroom, FRANCE 24's Oliver Farry provides an overview of world newspaper headlines.

Read more

2014-07-30 Russia

French newspaper apologises for Sarkozy story

Live from the newsroom, FRANCE 24's Oliver Farry provides an overview of the French newspaper headlines.

Read more

2014-07-29 John Kerry

Netanyahu says Gaza operation will not end quickly

Netanyahu says that Israel will have no quick exit from Gaza, while Washington angrily dismisses accusations by Israel that John Kerry was biased in ceasefire proposals.

Read more

2014-07-25 plane crash

Coverage of the third plane crash in one week - from France, Algeria and Burkina Faso

The papers are awash in coverage of the Algerian plane crash – the third international plane disaster in just one week.

Read more

2014-07-25 plane crash

Coverage of the plane crash that took 116 lives - almost half of them French

The French papers are leading with Air Algerie – the third major international plane crash in one week.

Read more