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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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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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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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"God Wants Us to Live in a Garden, Not a Desert"

Posted on 28 November 2011 by admin

By Nastasya Tay

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 28 (IPS) – The European Union plan to save the Kyoto Protocol may meet its greatest obstacle in the developing world. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Why Africa Must Remain United in Durban

Posted on 28 November 2011 by admin

Tomaz Salomão, the executive secretary for the Southern African Development Community. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

Isaiah Esipisu interviews DR. TOMAZ SALOMÃO, the executive secretary for the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 28 (IPS) – African leaders have urged the international community to move the United Nations climate change negotiations, which started in Durban, South Africa on Monday, to a different level, and to prioritise adaptation for the continent. Continue Reading

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