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20 November 2008

New collaborative book uses power of pictures to put the spotlight climate change

A new book, A Climate for Life, was today launched in London by global building materials provider CEMEX and biodiversity partnership body Conservation International.

The book, which has also been developed in association with the International League of Conservation Photographers, sets out to challenge the way people think about climate change A Climate for Life was presented to Members of Parliament, civil servants, community partners, environmentalists and commercial guests at a Parliamentary House of Commons reception, which was hosted by Conservative Member of Parliament for Rugby & Kenilworth, Jeremy Wright.

As part of its sustainability efforts, CEMEX has since 1993 published an annual book with leading not-for-profit organisations to support fundraising programmes and highlight key conservation issues. By using a combination of science and photography, A Climate for Life examines the impact of climate change on biodiversity and focuses on the most important challenges currently facing life on earth. More than 30 scientists have contributed to this year’s book, including eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson.

It also features more than 175 images from leading photographers, such as Frans Lanting, James Balog and Joel Sartore.

“The science on climate change is clear and the threat is urgent. We must use this crisis as an opportunity to revolutionise economies, create jobs, and protect critical ecosystems that can stabilize our climate right now,” says Russell A. Mittermeier, lead author and president of Conservation International. “The emerging perception of climate change is fragmented at best, and this book demonstrates plainly the strong linkages between our modern society, the natural world, and climate change. There is hope for the future, but only if we act now.”

As one of the world’s leading provider of building materials, CEMEX is committed to sustainable development across the business. Since its arrival to the UK in 2005, the company has continued to build on existing initiatives, including emissions reduction schemes, such as alternative fuels permits and usage, noise and dust abatement technology and restoration and conservation partnerships with local communities and charities, such as Butterfly Conservation and Wildlife Trusts.

For more information about the book, see


Notes to editors: PHOTOGRAPHS For photographs and more information, please contact Marit Meyer-Bell, tel. 0786 765 3392 or email CEMEX CEMEX is a global building materials company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see or Conservation International Conservation is a not-for-profit organisation that applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's biodiversity around the world. For more than twenty years, Conservation International has worked to conserve global biodiversity – and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature. For more information, see International League of Conservation Photographers The ILCP is a project-driven organization. Our mission is to translate conservation science into compelling visual messages targeted to specific audiences. We work with leading scientists, policy makers, government leaders and conservation groups to produce the highest-quality documentary images of both the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the challenges facing it. For more information, see

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