Archive | November, 2011

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Kashmiri Farmers Left High and Dry

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

Kashmir's rice paddies are giving way to horticulture for water shortages. Credit:Athar Parvaiz/IPS

By Athar Parvaiz *

SRINAGAR, Nov 30, 20112011 (IPS)  Sammad Sheikh of Tangchekh village in north Kashmir cannot understand why the rice fields that his family cultivated for generations are drying up.

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Water: A Victim of Climate Change

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

David Lessole (left) with Phera Ramoeli

By Busani Bafana

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 30 (IPS) — The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) wants water to be tabled as a standalone item on climate change negotiations – describing it as too important to leave on the periphery.

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SADC wants water on UNFCCC agenda

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) wants to put water as a standalone agenda item on the COP17 agenda.

 

 

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Political Will – and Money – Needed for Disaster Management

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

By Joshua Kyalimpa

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 30 (IPS) – Managing the impact of increased disasters due to climate change will only be possible if such efforts are led by local communities, say non-governmental organisations working in climate change.

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Observing Deforestation from Space

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

Farming in Gabon, West Africa

By Kristin Palitza

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 30 (IPS) – Global climate change can now be observed from space. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launched a new technology that can survey the world’s forests via satellites and provide a more accurate, global picture of common threats to the environment, such as deforestation, degradation or illegal logging.

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Nuclear power can contribute to climate change mitigation

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

Hans-Holger Rogner of the IAEA

More than 190 countries have sent delegates to Durban, South Africa, to take part in COP 17 and thrash out a new deal on energy and climate change. One of the options to reduce carbon emissions, however unpopular, is nuclear power. Tinus de Jager asked Hans-Holger Rogner, of International Atomic Energy Agency, about the current negative global attitude towards atomic energy.

 

 

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ENVIRONNEMENT: “Dieu veut que nous vivions dans un jardin, pas dans un désert”

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

Credit: Nastasya Tay/IPS

Nastasya Tay

DURBAN, Afrique du Sud, 30 nov (IPS) – Le plan de l’Union européenne (UE) visant à sauver le Protocole de Kyoto, peut être confronté à son plus grand obstacle dans le monde en développement. Continue Reading

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Q&R: Pourquoi l’Afrique doit rester unie à Durban

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

Dr. Tomaz Salomão. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

Isaiah Esipisu s’entretient avec DR TOMAZ SALOMÃO, le secrétaire exécutif de la Communauté de développement d’Afrique australe (SADC)

DURBAN, Afrique du Sud, 29 nov (IPS) – Les dirigeants africains ont exhorté la communauté internationale à amener les négociations des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques, qui ont commencé lundi à Durban, en Afrique du Sud, à un niveau différent, et à prioriser l’adaptation pour le continent. Continue Reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE-AFRICA: Farming By Phone

Posted on 30 November 2011 by admin

In pastoralist communities, mobile phones are crucial for alerting communities to droughts and reducing food insecurity. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

By Isaiah Esipisu

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 30 (IPS) – Francis Mburu used to keep indigenous cattle in Entasopia village in the semi- arid Kajiado region, 160 kilometres southwest of Nairobi. However, increasing temperatures and frequent droughts in Kenya have made this difficult in recent years.

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Forest-Dependent Communities Lobby for End of REDD+

Posted on 29 November 2011 by admin

By Kristin Palitza

Tract of rainforest cleared by burning in the state of Acre, Brazil. Credit:Mario Osava/IPS

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 29 – (IPS) Organisations working with indigenous peoples living in forests say the United Nations programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) is just another way for big corporates to reap huge profits.
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