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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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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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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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‘Stop Talking and Start Planting’

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Felix Finkbeiner. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

Felix Finkbeiner. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi

CANCÚN, Dec 9, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – While delegates, ministers and politicans struggle towards agreement on a climate change treaty in the conference rooms of the Moon Palace, a group of children are getting on with it outside, planting trees to save the planet. Continue Reading

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AFRIQUE: Nourriture contre biocarburants: le débat se poursuit

Posted on 07 December 2010 by admin

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

Par Mantoe Phakathi

MBABANE, 7 dĂ©c (IPS/TerraViva) – “Nous allons Ă  CancĂșn pas mieux lotis que nous l’étions Ă  Copenhague”, a dĂ©clarĂ© Thuli Makama, la directrice des Amis de la terre – Swaziland, pendant qu’elle se prĂ©parait Ă  se rendre aux nĂ©gociations sur le climat au Mexique. 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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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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Turning Agriculture From Problem to Solution

Posted on 05 December 2010 by admin

Farmers have a role to play in reducing emissions. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS

Farmers have a role to play in reducing emissions. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi*

CANCÚN, Dec 5, 2010, (IPS/TerraViva) – Global agriculture contributes in the region of 17 percent to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, but according to the World Bank, climate smart agriculture techniques can both reduce emissions and meet the challenge of producing enough food for a growing world population. Continue Reading

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Climate Finance Must Be Gendered

Posted on 04 December 2010 by admin

By Mantoe Phakathi

CANCÚN, Dec 4, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Gender inequalities magnify the impacts of climate change on women worldwide. Activists with the network Gender CC – Women for Climate Justice say that financing a response to climate change must take this into account and be responsive to the needs of women. Continue Reading

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‘Education Can Change the Climate’

Posted on 02 December 2010 by admin

Dr Lucia Mybo Mommers makes a point at a side event. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS/TerraViva

Dr Lucia Mybo Mommers makes a point at a side event. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS/TerraViva

By Mantoe Phakathi

CANCÚN, Dec 2 (IPS/TerraViva) – Hammering out a deal on climate change that responds to the science, satisfies the economics, and offers support to the most vulnerable… sometimes it seems there are too many competing interests to make real progress. What role might education play in bridging the gaps? Continue Reading

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