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India Ups Ante with Offer for Binding Targets

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

By Darryl D’Monte

CANCÚN, Dec 9, 2010, (IPS/TerraViva) – A rough yardstick for identifying which Asian countries make the biggest ripples in CancĂșn is the number of journalists who crowd around the spokesperson immediately after a press conference. Continue Reading

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Stimulate the Green Race to Tackle Climate Change

Posted on 08 December 2010 by admin

Greensolutions Expo, CancĂșn

By Björn Stigson *

CANCÚN, Dec 7, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – While negotiators in CancĂșn are struggling to make progress there is something interesting happening in the world. And it is good news. Countries have started to recognize and act upon the economic value in meeting the demand for green technology. 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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‘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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The World Needs Women to Make Progress on Climate Change

Posted on 04 December 2010 by admin

Wangari Maathai

By Wangari Maathai *

NAIROBI, Dec 4, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – 2010 A year after much touted climate change summit in Copenhagen, country negotiators from around the world are together again to work out an international response to climate change. Continue Reading

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Changing Lives – Agriculture in Africa to take the brunt of climate change

Posted on 29 November 2010 by admin

Posted by Tinus de Jager
November 29, 2010

In this Podcast:
- Agriculture researchers want to make their results more practical
- Africa expects a three to four degree rise in temperature
- And using different crops could have positive results

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Don’t Look to South Africa for Leadership

Posted on 29 November 2010 by admin

Construction has begun on Medupi, a new power plant that will produce 4,800 MW - and 26 million tonnes of CO2 - per year.  Credit: Eskom

Construction has begun on Medupi, a new power plant that will produce 4,800 MW - and 26 million tonnes of CO2 - per year. Credit: Eskom

By IPS Correspondents

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 29, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – South Africa is Africa’s largest economy and the continent’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The country’s emissions per capita are on par with those of the United Kingdom, and more than twice as high as China’s emissions by the same measure.
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AUSTRALIA: Campaign to Shut ‘Dirtiest’ Power Station on Verge of Victory

Posted on 18 November 2010 by admin

Protestors call for the entire Hazelwood power station to be shut down. Credit:Stephen de Tarczynski/IPS.

By Stephen de Tarczynski

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov 18, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Environmentalists here are on the verge of a significant victory in their efforts to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution, as the Victorian state government negotiates with the owner of the country’s “dirtiest power station” to shut down the coal-fired facility.
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Waves and high tides are eating away at the beaches in Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park, where the vegetation is uprooted and washed into the sea. Credit: Diego Arguedas/IPSInformal gold mining is the main source of mercury emissions in Latin America. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.Community leader Olga Vargas and her granddaughter Valery (backs turned to the camera) chat with local residents on one of the hiking paths that the Women’s Association created in the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIn Quebrada Grande, the Agrarian Development Institute dedicated 119 hectares of land to forest conservation, which the Womens’ Association has been looking after for over a decade. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS
The expansion of pineapple cultivation to the north of the capital San JosĂ© has put pressure on forests in Costa Rica. There are pineapple plantations and a packing plant right behind the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSOlga Vargas next to the greenhouse with which the Quebrada Grande de Pital Women’s Association began to revitalise its sustainable business, whose priority is reforestation. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIsabel Michi carefully tends seedlings in the greenhouse on her small organic farm in the settlement of MutirĂŁo Eldorado in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: FabĂ­ola Ortiz/IPSVegetation is beginning to cover the dunes separating the sea from the mouth of the  AguĂĄn river. Thanks to the recovery of the dunes, the town is more protected from the wind, and less vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Credit: Thelma MejĂ­a/IPS

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