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“No hemos terminado”, advierte la sociedad civil

Posted on 19 December 2009 by editor

Marcha de la sociedad civil en Copenhague. Crédito: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Marcha de la sociedad civil en Copenhague. Crédito: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Por Raúl Pierri y Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva)  La COP-15 demostró ser un “espectacular fracaso en sus propios términos”, pero la sociedad civil tuvo algunos “éxitos”, como imponer temas en la agenda climática y hacer oír más fuerte la voz el Sur.

Así evaluaron activistas sus esfuerzos al cierre de la COP-15 (15 Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático), que todavía sesionaba agónicamente el sábado. Continue Reading

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“Brasil es una economía baja en carbono”

Posted on 14 December 2009 by editor

José Miguez. Crédito: Cortesía de Itaipú Binacional

José Miguez. Crédito: Cortesía de Itaipú Binacional

Por Mario Osava

RIO DE JANERIO (IPS/TerraViva) Brasil busca mantener en Copenhague el papel de liderazgo que tuvo este país en las negociaciones sobre ambiente desde que acogió la llamada Cumbre de la Tierra en esta ciudad en 1992.

El gobierno de Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva anunció el 13 de noviembre el compromiso voluntario de reducir entre 36 y 39 por ciento los gases de efecto invernadero para 2020. Pero respecto de los volúmenes de 1990, como establece el Protocolo de Kyoto, significará un aumento de casi 21 por ciento. Continue Reading

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REDD: No Clear Targets

Posted on 13 December 2009 by editor

Jungle on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Credit: Diana Cariboni/IPS

Jungle on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Credit: Diana Cariboni/IPS

By Servaas van den Bosch

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) With five days to go at COP15 the REDD proposal no longer offers tangible targets for halting deforestation. A safeguard on the conversion of natural forest into plantations has been re-inserted though.

Reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) could lower global CO2 output by 15 percent, say scientists. Continue Reading

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Poor Vendors in Swaziland Worried by ‘Flora Protection Law’

Posted on 05 December 2009 by editor

Firewood vendors Moses Ginindza and Mphumuzi Magwagwa. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi

Firewood vendors Moses Ginindza and Mphumuzi Magwagwa. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi

By Mantoe Phakathi

MBABANE, (IPS/TerraViva) – For close to three decades, Jeremiah Mkhonta has earned a living by selling firewood by the roadside. It’s not exactly lucrative: the father of 15 often goes for a fortnight without even selling a single four dollar bundle of firewood. But slow business is not what is bothering this ex-miner right now. He lives in fear that one day soon, he and his peers across the country could be arrested.

“I’ve learnt from the radio and from some of my customers that the Minister of Tourism and Environment said that we’ll get arrested for selling firewood,” Mkhonta told IPS. Continue Reading

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Deal On Forests Likely, But…

Posted on 05 December 2009 by editor

Credit: Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Credit: Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Servaas van den Bosch

WINDHOEK (IPS/TerraViva) – As debate ratchets up ahead of working out a climate change deal, a Dutch study says emissions from deforestation and land degradation are far lower than has been assumed. Will this have an impact on a deal to protect forests in Africa?

Emissions from deforestation and forest degradation had been assumed by parties in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be around 20 percent of global CO2 output. But a team of Dutch researchers from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) calculate that the true total is closer to 12 percent. Continue Reading

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Missing Gender Dimension

Posted on 04 December 2009 by editor

Sabina Zaccaro interviews IUCN gender advisor Lorena Aguilar Revelo

Lorena Aguilar Revelo. Credit: U.N.

Lorena Aguilar Revelo. Credit: U.N.

ROME  (IPS/TerraViva) Women are known to be innovators when it comes to responding to climate change. The question is how to ensure that the role of women and gender equality are reflected in climate change agreements.

Women in poor countries will be the most affected by climate change effects, according to the 2009 State of the World Population report, released last month by the United Nations Population Fund. This is because women comprise the majority of the world’s farmers, have access to fewer income-earning opportunities, and have limited or no access to technology. Continue Reading

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