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Tokelau: tiny territory at the talks

Posted on 09 December 2011 by admin

Nukunonu Lagoon, Tokelau

Nukunonu Lagoon, Tokelau. Credit: Cloudsurfer/Wikicommons

By Happy Ntsanwisi – Nthavela Newspaper*

DURBAN, Dec 9 – (TerraViva) The 1,500 people of Tokelau have a top-priority interest in climate talks: the highest point on any of the three atolls that make up their home in the Pacific Ocean is only five metres above sea level. Continue Reading

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Who really speaks for farmers?

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By TerraViva Reporters*

Granary in Malawi.

Farmers need help to prosper: but what kind of help? Credit: FISD/IPS

DURBAN, Dec 8 – (TerraViva) Global warming poses a threat to the livelihoods of millions of people who work the land; it is a critical issue for Africa’s climate change agenda. Campaigners agree that changing weather patterns and higher temperatures could spell disaster, but they are arguing for two contrasting responses here at the U.N. climate conference in Durban. Continue Reading

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Drama at Durban City Hall

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By Ramatamo wa Matamong – Alex Pioneer*

DURBAN, Dec 8 – (TerraViva) For a second time, people dressed in the green track suits issued to city volunteers helping out with the U.N. climate conference have clashed with protesting members of civil society. The latest incident took place at Durban’s City Hall – in the presence of South African President Jacob Zuma. Continue Reading

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High school kids show the way

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By Andre Marais – Amandla Magazine*

DURBAN, Dec 8 – (TerraViva) Some very enthusiastic and excited teachers and environmentally aware students fresh from completing their year-end exams visited the U.N. climate conference this week. Continue Reading

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What next for Cape Town’s winning stand?

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By Ramatamo wa Matamong and Joseph Bushby – Alex Pioneer / Winelands Echo*

DURBAN, Dec 8 – (TerraViva) After winning the award for best stand at the exposition outside the climate conference, Cape Town’s striking entry is continuing to score big in terms of the number of visitors per day.

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Planting the future

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By Khanyi Xulu – Genuine Media*

DURBAN, Dec 8 – (TerraViva) “One mosquito can’t do anything against a rhino, but a thousand mosquitos together can make a rhino change its direction,” said Kjell Kuhne of Global Plan Foundation under the Plant For The Planet Academy. Continue Reading

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Changing climate already impacting life in the Sahel

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By Happy Ntsanwisi – Nthavela Newspaper*

DURBAN, Dec 6 – (TerraViva) A just-published study of trends in temperature, rainfall, droughts and flooding in the Sahel region of West Africa over the past 40 years provides further evidence of the threat posed by climate. Continue Reading

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Permaculture takes root with the young

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By Andre Marais – Amandla Magazine*

DURBAN, Dec 7 – (TerraViva) At several sites across Southern Africa, school children are learning the principles of permaculture, a set of agricultural techniques which avoids disturbing the soil, instead keeping it covered with mulch to preserve water and fertility. TerraViva encountered a group of these children who were lucky enough to visit the U.N. climate conference along with two of their trainers. Continue Reading

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Agriculture in, say farmers across the globe

Posted on 07 December 2011 by admin

By Henrietta Mongalo – Ngulunews Community Paper*

DURBAN, Dec 7 – (TerraViva) Agriculture is the sector worst affected by climate change and various farmers’ groups are here at the global climate conference in Durban, to make sure that their issues are not left out. Continue Reading

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Electric cars shrink carbon footprint – and bank balance

Posted on 07 December 2011 by admin

By Joseph Bushby – Winelands Echo*

Zero-emission cars on show at the U.N. climate conference are drawing the attention of passersby. Improved batteries and range make these electric cars more attractive ways to reduce emissions – but their high cost remains an obstacle for potential South African consumers. Continue Reading

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The effects of climate change are often most readily felt in communities that are not often most readily seen or covered by mainstream news media. In partnership with South Africa's Media Development and Diversity Agency, IPS Africa is supporting a select group of community journalists to cover the international COP 17 negotiations in Durban for their local publications. Read their work here.
 
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