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Protesters Say “No” to Climate Market

Posted on 08 December 2010 by admin

Via Campesina march. Credit: Diana Cariboni/IPS

By Diana Cariboni*

CANCÚN, Dec (IPS/TerraViva) – The short-cuts that the United Nations system is offering companies to profit from strategies against global warming were the target of loud protests on the Day of Action for Climate Justice.
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Pakistan on Frontline of Two Wars, says CancĂșn Delegation

Posted on 08 December 2010 by admin

Pakistan's Environment Minister Hameedullah Jan Afridi speaks to an IPS reporter in CancĂșn. Credit: Keya Acharya/TerraViva

By Keya Acharya

CANCÚN, Mexico, Dec 7, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – On the sidelines of the ministerial deliberations at CancĂșn underway Tuesday, a panel of scientists, climate policy experts and politicians outlined the devastating impacts of the recent floods in northwest Pakistan that destroyed 18 million homes, affecting 20 million people and costing the country five percent of its GDP. Continue Reading

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Juggling Carbon Consumption and Social Gains

Posted on 07 December 2010 by admin

By Emilio Godoy

CANCÚN, Dec 7, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Latin American economies are caught on the horns of a dilemma: how to reduce their carbon consumption without sacrificing economic and social development. Subsidies for the development of renewable energies and for learning new technologies need to be increased urgently, experts say. 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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Water Being Overlooked in Negotiations

Posted on 07 December 2010 by admin

Mokoro canoes on the Okavango Delta. Credit: Wikicommons

Mokoro canoes on the Okavango Delta. Credit: Wikicommons

By Mantoe Phakathi

CANCÚN, Dec 7, 2010, (IPS/TerraViva) – One more thing to add to the checklist of requirement for a sound global agreement on climate change: water. Continue Reading

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Straining Gnats and Swallowing Camels

Posted on 06 December 2010 by admin

VĂ­a Campesina march in CancĂșn. CrĂ©dit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

By Diana Cariboni

CANCÚN, Dec 6, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – What some people view as modest but real progress in the climate change talks, others see as no more than smokescreens or “false solutions.” Continue Reading

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Recyclers Tout Benefits of Their Trade

Posted on 06 December 2010 by admin

By Emilio Godoy

CANCÚN, Dec 6, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Ezequiel Estay began collecting glass bottles in 1991 after losing his job with the Chilean media conglomerate Copesa. Now, years later, he heads Chile’s National Movement of Recyclers and is a leader of the Latin American Recyclers’ Network, which is questioning the climate benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
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Legislators Seek to Influence CancĂșn Results

Posted on 06 December 2010 by admin

By Daniela Pastrana

MEXICO CITY, Dec 6, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – “And what about after 2012?”, when the Kyoto Protocol climate change treaty’s first period of commitments ends, was the question floating around an international meeting of legislators held over the weekend in the Mexican capital.
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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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‘A Lot of People Misunderstand China’

Posted on 05 December 2010 by admin

Nastasya Tay interviews RENATE LOK-DESSALLIEN, head of the United Nations Development Programme’s China office

Windmills at Xinjiang, China. Credit: Chris Lim/Wikicommons

Windmills at Xinjiang, China. Credit: Chris Lim/Wikicommons

CANCÚN, Dec 5, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – In 2008, China pumped out 6.5 gigatonnes of CO2, roughly equal to the emissions from the rest of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East combined. Continue Reading

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