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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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Failure to Bridge the "Emissions Gap" Brings Economic Crisis

Posted on 08 December 2011 by admin

By Stephen Leahy

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 8 (IPS) – Countries at the United Nations climate change negotiations have publicly acknowledged their current pledges to reduce carbon emissions will not result in limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius.

Reducing carbon emissions will not result in limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius. Credit: Zukiswa Zimela

 

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Carbon Pricing to Save Green Climate Fund

Posted on 07 December 2011 by admin

By Kristin Palitza

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 7 (IPS) – Carbon pricing will be the core mechanism to finance the Green Climate Fund and with it climate change adaptation projects in developing countries.

 

U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said there is a pool of possible financing options for the Green Climate Fund. Credit:Kristin Palitza/IPS

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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 Bag of Wonders

Posted on 05 December 2011 by admin

By Khanyi Xulu – Genuine Media*

DURBAN, Dec 5 – (TerraViva) Among the many items on display in the exhibition halls of the COP17 is something that has been around for ages and remains as useful as it was when it was first introduced. Continue Reading

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COP leaves legacy for rural schoolchildren

Posted on 04 December 2011 by admin

By Ramatamo wa Matamong – Alex Pioneer*



DURBAN, Dec 4 – (TerraViva) The 900 yellow bicycles at the U.N. climate conference in Durban, South Africa, may not be getting heavily used now – but that will change when they reach their permanent homes sometime in the new year.
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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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