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Africa’s Future Lies in a Green Energy Grid

Posted on 14 December 2010 by admin

By Stephen Leahy*

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Dec 14, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Development in Africa could falter as climate change grips the continent, increasing the length and severity of droughts and floods by altering precipitation patterns, among other impacts. Continue Reading

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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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Emissions Punted to Durban, Breakthrough Seen on Forests

Posted on 11 December 2010 by admin

By Stephen Leahy

CANCÚN, Dec 11, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – If success is measured by delaying difficult decisions, then the CancĂșn climate meeting succeeded by deferring crucial issues over financing and new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the next Conference of the Parties meeting a year from now in Durban, South Africa. Continue Reading

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Cambio climĂĄtico, un drama que aĂșn no entendemos

Posted on 11 December 2010 by admin

La playa se hunde y la arena se va en el "paraĂ­so" de la zona hotelera de CancĂșn- CrĂ©dito: Diana Cariboni/IPS

Por Diana Cariboni, enviada especial *

CANCÚN, 11 dic (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – “Somos el paĂ­s mĂĄs frĂ­o del mundo…, asĂ­ que el calentamiento global es bueno para nosotros. Cuanto mĂĄs tibio, mĂĄs cosechas
 Se habla de detener la deforestaciĂłn de las selvas tropicales para combatir el cambio climĂĄtico, pero nosotros no tenemos selvas tropicales”. Continue Reading

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Little Drama Closes COP16

Posted on 11 December 2010 by admin

Young demonstrators into the bus. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi *

CANCÚN, Dec 11, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Drama unfolded outside the Azteca Expocentre of the Moon Palace when police rounded up a group of about 20 youths who were protesting on the slow pace of the climate change negotiations. Continue Reading

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Khor: Climate Funding a “Chicken and Egg Problem”

Posted on 10 December 2010 by admin

Martin Khor. Courtesy of the South Centre.

Nastasya Tay interviews MARTIN KHOR, Executive Director of the South Centre

CANCÚN, Dec 10, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – As negotiations approach their conclusion at COP16, Nastasya Tay speaks to Martin Khor, the Executive Director of the South Centre, a civil society organisation that champions the views of the developing world, to see what developing countries hope to achieve in this round of talks.

 

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Urgently Searching for a Path Forward

Posted on 10 December 2010 by admin

By Nastasya Tay

CANCÚN, Mexico, Dec 10, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Civil society organisations here are demanding real progress in talks at the 16th Conference of the Parties on the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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Besoin de 5 gigatonnes pour plus de réductions

Posted on 10 December 2010 by admin

Par Mantoe Phakathi

CANCÚN, 9 dĂ©c (IPS/TerraViva) – Un rappel de la faiblesse du statu quo alors que les nĂ©gociations climatiques au Mexique tirent vers la fin: mĂȘme si toutes les parties devaient honorer les engagements pris dans l’Accord de Copenhague, les rĂ©ductions des Ă©missions n’atteindraient pas le niveau nĂ©cessaire pour Ă©viter le rĂ©chauffement catastrophique de la planĂšte.
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Political Will Needed to Travel Last Mile

Posted on 10 December 2010 by admin

Hammer in VĂ­a Campesina march. Credit: Renee Leahy/IPS

By Nastasya Tay

CANCÚN, Dec 10, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Countries must redouble their efforts, to “travel the last mile to a successful outcome,” says U.N. climate chief Christina Figueres. Continue Reading

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See the Green in REDD+, Say Top Leaders in CancĂșn

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

By Keya Acharya

CANCÚN, Mexico, Dec 9, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) An entire body of leaders, spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is now looking at REDD+ as a panacea to global warming with multiple benefits thrown in. Continue Reading

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