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TRADE: Small Steps towards Emission Reduction Deal

Posted on 05 December 2011 by admin

By Kristin Palitza

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 5 (IPS) – Emerging economies China, South Africa and Brazil have indicated their openness to legally-binding carbon emission reduction targets from 2020 during the United Nations climate change summit in Durban, South Africa.

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Negotiations Must Deliver a Work Programme on Agriculture

Posted on 05 December 2011 by admin

By Busani Bafana

Durban, 5 Dec. — Negotiators at the 17th Conference of Parties owe it to the world’s more than seven billion people to deliver a deal with a work plan for agriculture, a sector that is expected to be the worst affected by climate change.

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Harvesting water from the air

Posted on 05 December 2011 by admin

By Joseph Bushby – Winelands Echo*

DURBAN, Dec 5 – (TerraViva) “The atmosphere holds approximately 3.4 quadrillion liters of water in vapour form at any given time,” says Medwyn Jacobs, CEO of N&M Technologies. “We have the patented technology to harvest and condense that vapour into tested, clean, drinkable water.” Continue Reading

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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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UNFCCC gives thumbs up after week one of COP17

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

By Kristin Palitza
DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 2 (IPS) – A second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol is being “very seriously considered”, said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) who praised governments for doing “good work” as the first week of the 17th United Nations climate change summit drew to an end.

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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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Talk Deals or Take Action?

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

Busani Bafana speaks to the former head of the former Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction programme, RAJENDRA SHENDE.

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New Emission Targets could Boost Wind Power

Posted on 02 December 2011 by admin

By Busani Bafana

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 3 (IPS) – A new protocol on climate change, with bigger emission-reduction targets, will boost global investment in wind power, a relatively emission-free energy that can help fight climate change.

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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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