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Clean energy … and jobs please!

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

By Henrietta Mongalo – Ngulunews Community Paper*

NUMSA Treasurer, Philemon Shiburi

NUMSA's Philemon Shiburi says jobs and development should be protected as renewable energy sources are introduced. Credit: NUMSA

DURBAN, Dec 2 — (TerraViva) South Africa is the continent’s leading producer of greenhouse gases, largely due to generating electricity in coal-fired power stations. The country must replace these polluting plants with clean energy sources, but it must do so with care, says Philemon Shiburi.
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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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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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Kyoto Protocol and Climate Fund on Shaky Ground

Posted on 01 December 2011 by admin

Burial ground ... Protesters form the Sierra Club declare carbon dead outside the ICC today. Credit: IPS/Zukiswa Zimela

By Kristin Palitza

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 1 (IPS) – Just a few days into the United Nations climate change negotiations, deep divides on the conference’s key issues have arisen.

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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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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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Eating Away the Climate

Posted on 29 November 2011 by admin

By Stephen Leahy

Something like 50 steps are involved in making a bottle of tomato sauce. Credit: Nalisha Kalideen/IPS

Food production is one of the planet’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions producing global warming and will be the primary victim with yields falling as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns shift.

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Q&R: Durban doit assurer que “les paroles deviennent réalité”

Posted on 28 November 2011 by admin

MIchelle Bachelet, directrice exécutive de l'ONU-Femmes. Credit: Sriyantha Walpola/IPS

Rousbeh Legatis s’entretient avec MICHELLE BACHELET, directrice exécutive de l’ONU-Femmes

NATIONS UNIES, 28 Nov (IPS) – Impliquer les femmes dans la prise de décisions et la gestion des ressources est une nécessité fondamentale pour toute mesure efficace visant à faire face aux conséquences multiformes, menaçant la vie, des changements climatiques, affirme la directrice exécutive de l’ONU-Femmes. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Climate Talks Must Ensure That “Words Become Reality”

Posted on 25 November 2011 by admin

Rousbeh Legatis interviews MICHELLE BACHELET, Executive Director of UN Women

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25, 2011 (IPS) – Involving women in decision-making and resource management is a basic necessity for any effective plan to address the multi- layered and life-threatening consequences of climate change, says the head of UN Women.
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Time to Derail Fossil Fuel Train, Energy Agency Warns

Posted on 10 November 2011 by admin

By Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 10, 2011 (IPS) – Countries have chained themselves to a fossil fuel train that is headed straight off a cliff, warns the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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