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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Needed: 5 Gigatonnes of Further Reductions

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Civil society is calling on governments to act decisively. Credit: Davison Makanga/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi

CANCÚN, Dec 9, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – A reminder of the weakness of the status quo as climate talks in Mexico build towards  their conclusion: even if all parties were to honour the pledges made in the Copenhagen Accord, emissions reductions would fall badly short of what is needed to avert catastrophic global warming. 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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CancĂșn Diary Day 4: Rosebell Kagumire

Posted on 08 December 2010 by admin

Protesters in the streets of Cancun

December 6

Delegates in Cancun say they hope global climate talks will get back on track in Mexico. Rosebell Kagumire reports that negotiators have been asked to put women at the heart of any new strategy.

 

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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 MejĂ­a/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/IPSThe 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/IPS
In 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/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 Mutirão Eldorado in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Fabíola Ortiz/IPSVegetation is beginning to cover the dunes separating the sea from the mouth of the  Aguán 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 Mejía/IPS

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