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Marching for 100% Change

Posted on 03 December 2011 by admin

By Kristin Palitza
DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 3 (IPS) – Chanting loudly, thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets to the venue of the 17th United Nations Climate Change Summit to demand that their voices be heard for “immediate and drastic” carbon emission reductions to save the planet.

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Stand Together, Don’t Betray us

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

By Joshua Kyalimpa

DURBAN, South Africa, 2 Dec (IPS) – Civil society organisations are urging Africa to remain steadfast in its demands for a commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and not to be bulldozed into a new agreement.

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CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO: La agricultura como premio consuelo

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

Niños apoyan en Durban los esfuerzos para la reducción de emisiones de carbono. Crédito: Zukiswa Zimela/IPS

Por Stephen Leahy

DURBAN, Sudáfrica, 2 dic (IPS)  La sociedad civil alertó en Durban sobre el peligro de convertir tierras africanas destinadas a la producción de alimentos en cultivos con vistas a comerciar créditos de carbono.

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A Recipe for Carbon Farming

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

Only owners of large tracts of land can be expected to benefit from soil carbon credits. Credit: Zukiswa Zimela/IPS

By Stephen Leahy

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 2 (IPS) – Civil society has warned of the danger of turning Africa’s food-producing lands into “carbon farms” so that rich countries can avoid making cuts in their carbon emissions. Continue Reading

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‘The Kalahari will die before us…’

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

By Joseph Bushby – Winelands Echo*

Isak and Toppies Kruiper at COP 17

Isak Kruiper fears his generation will outlive its home in the Kalahari desert. Credit: Ramatamo wa Matamong/TerraViva

DURBAN, Dec 2 — (TerraViva) Isak and Toppies Kruiper have made their way across the country with a message, travelling all the way from their home in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province to the United Nations Climate Conference taking place in the port city of Durban on the eastern coast.

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ENVIRONNEMENT: L’eau – une victime des changements climatiques

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

Busani Bafana

DURBAN, Afrique du Sud, 2 déc (IPS) – La Communauté de développement d’Afrique australe (SADC) veut que l’eau soit présentée comme un point distinct dans les négociations sur les changements climatiques – la décrivant comme étant trop importante pour être laissée à la périphérie. Continue Reading

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No Agriculture, No Deal

Posted on 01 December 2011 by admin

Zambian dairy farmer, Effatah Jele, does not believe in farming luck. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

By Busani Bafana

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 1 (IPS) – Zambian dairy farmer, Effatah Jele, does not believe in farming luck but in pragmatism because of climate change.

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OP-ED: Can Finance Provide the Crown Jewels of a Durban Climate Accord?

Posted on 01 December 2011 by admin

Climate change wreaks damage on infrastructure, ecosystems, livelihoods and lives in developing countries. Credit: Zukiswa Zimela/IPS

By Tim Ash Vie *

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 1 (IPS) – As climate talks get underway in Durban, South Africa this week, progress on a Green Climate Fund is one of the hottest, most contentious tickets in town. It is also one of the great prizes to be won.

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ENVIRONNEMENT: Observer la déforestation depuis l’espace

Posted on 01 December 2011 by admin

Kristin Palitza

DURBAN, Afrique du Sud, 1 déc (IPS) – Les changements climatiques à travers le monde peuvent être désormais observés depuis l’espace grâce aux satellites de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO). Continue Reading

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AFRICA: Watermelon Farming in a Drought

Posted on 01 December 2011 by admin

By Isaiah Esipisu

Geoffrey Ndung’u earns a living growing watermelons on his dry land. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 1 (IPS) – On a Sunday evening, a track loaded with 10 tonnes of watermelons leaves Geoffrey Ndung’u’s homestead in Kanyonga village in semi-arid Eastern Kenya. It travels past a village shopping centre were people have formed a queue to receive food aid because of a prolonged drought in the area. Continue Reading

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