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Decisiones climåticas difíciles quedan para después

Posted on 11 December 2010 by admin

Vigilia por el Protocolo de Kyoto en las escalinatas del Moon Palace. Crédito: Nastasya Tay/IPS

Por Stephen Leahy *

CANCÚN, 11 dic (IPS/TerraViva) – Si el Ă©xito se logra dejando para despuĂ©s las decisiones difĂ­ciles, entonces la reuniĂłn climĂĄtica de CancĂșn fue exitosa porque pospuso la adopciĂłn de metas cruciales sobre reducciĂłn de gases invernadero, financiaciĂłn y bosques para la prĂłxima conferencia, dentro de un año en SudĂĄfrica. Continue Reading

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Yolanda Kakabadse: “Create a Protocol Based on Non-Emissions”

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Emilio Godoy interviews YOLANDA KAKABADSE, president of WWF

CANCÚN, Dec 9, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Latin America should create regional conventions to protect biodiversity and combat the impacts of climate change, says Ecuadorian environmentalist Yolanda Kakabadse, president of the World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF), in this interview with TerraViva. Continue Reading

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Yolanda Kakabadse: “Crear un protocolo basado en la no emisión”

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Yolanda Kakabadse. Crédito: WWF

Por Emilio Godoy

CANCÚN, MĂ©xico, 8 dic (IPS/TerraViva) – AmĂ©rica Latina debe construir convenciones regionales para proteger la biodiversidad y combatir el impacto del cambio climĂĄtico, segĂșn la ecuatoriana Yolanda Kakabadse, presidenta internacional del no gubernamental Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza (WWF). Continue Reading

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Climate Changes Herald a Future of Widespread Drought

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Climate-driven changes in the water cycle will affect large regions of the world. Credit: Friedrich Böhringer/creative commons license

By Stephen Leahy

CANCÚN, Dec 8, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – As the world heats up, continents are drying up, with severe droughts forecast in the future. But negotiators at the climate summit here seem to have forgotten about water in their endless discussions over forests, carbon trading and finances. Continue Reading

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AFRIQUE: Nourriture contre biocarburants: le débat se poursuit

Posted on 07 December 2010 by admin

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

Par Mantoe Phakathi

MBABANE, 7 dĂ©c (IPS/TerraViva) – “Nous allons Ă  CancĂșn pas mieux lotis que nous l’étions Ă  Copenhague”, a dĂ©clarĂ© Thuli Makama, la directrice des Amis de la terre – Swaziland, pendant qu’elle se prĂ©parait Ă  se rendre aux nĂ©gociations sur le climat au Mexique. Continue Reading

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As World Warms, Southern Africa Swelters

Posted on 07 December 2010 by admin

Irrigation near Kakamas, South Africa: sustainable use of water is especially critical in a warming world. Credit: Patrick Burnett/IPS

By Stephen Leahy

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) Africa will be amongst the hardest hit regions of the world as the climate heats up, threatening the continent’s food security, experts agree. If global temperatures rise 2.0 degrees C, southern Africa will warm an additional 1.5 degrees to a 3.5-degree increase on average. Continue Reading

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Bhutan says yes to bioplastics, biofuels and happiness

Posted on 06 December 2010 by admin

Gunter Pauli, author of "The Blue Economy"

Gunter Pauli *

THIMPHU, Dec 6, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – A decade ago HM Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the Queen of Bhutan visited the ZERI pavilion at the World Expo in Hannover, the largest bamboo building in modern times, constructed with a German building permit. Continue Reading

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Civil Society Rejects ‘False Solutions’

Posted on 06 December 2010 by admin

Protestors insisted on protection of the interests of indigenous people and peasant farmers. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

Protestors insisted on protection of the interests of indigenous people and peasant farmers. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi

CANCÚN, Dec 6, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – As ministers arrived for the second week of climate change negotiations in the Mexican resort city of CancĂșn, an estimated two thousand marchers took to the streets to oppose what they called a capitalist outcome of deliberations.

“We’re seeing a green capitalism here in CancĂșn, where rich countries are calling for solutions aimed at violating the rights of not only the environment but also of grassroots groups,” said Mary Lon Malig, from peasant farmers’ organisation La Via Campesina. Continue Reading

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India’s Climate Change Action: Will It Go the Way of the World?

Posted on 05 December 2010 by admin

Wildlifers worry the Forest Rights Act will threaten India's last critical habitats, which include Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Credit: Keya Acharya/IPS

Commentary by Keya Acharya

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 5, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) While the parlaying at the climate talks in CancĂșn broke for the weekend, a group of 155 legislators from 16 of the G20 major economies met in the Mexican Senate to discuss how to influence their countries’ ministers to agree to an international commitment that obligated them to pass national laws on climate action. Continue Reading

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REDD at CancĂșn Causes Angst in India

Posted on 04 December 2010 by admin

A cloud forest in Costa Rica. Credit: GermĂĄn Miranda/IPS

By Keya Acharya

CANCÚN, Dec 4, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Forest rights advocates and indigenous community organisations from India are adding their voices to what promises to become the newest division in the climate talks here: the inclusion of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation + in developing countries, or REDD+, as an agreement. Continue Reading

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