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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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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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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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Will Year of Extremes End with a Whimper in CancĂșn?

Posted on 29 November 2010 by admin

Delegates at the Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting. Credit: COP16

By Stephen Leahy

CANCÚN, Nov 29, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) This year will likely be the warmest ever recorded, with soaring ocean temperatures resulting in a near record die-off of tropical corals, extreme heat and drought in Russia and massive flooding in Pakistan – all signs that climate change has taken hold. Continue Reading

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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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Hope and Pessimism Converge in CancĂșn

Posted on 25 November 2010 by admin

By Kanya D’Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – On Nov. 29, the 190-member Conference of Parties (COP) will flock to the Moon Palace Hotel, an all-inclusive luxury coastal resort in CancĂșn, Mexico, to discuss governments’ progress on climate change.
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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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