Climate change

Youth conference on energy, climate change slated for Dar

Dar es Salaam: Tanzania is expected next month to host the African youth conference on energy and climate change that will involve over 200 youth from 41 countries. The continental conference will provide a platform for young Africans to extensively discuss, share and learn energy and climate change related issues.

Security implications of climate change: new US defence department report

Washington: Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report the Defense Department sent to Congress yesterday.

Namibia: Third climate change communication to be submitted this year

Windhoek: Namibia will submit its Third National Communication (TNC) to the UN body aimed at addressing climate change at the end of this year. This was said by Namibia's environmental commissioner, Teofilus Nghitila, in Windhoek recently. He said the document will be submitted at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris at the end of the year.

The UNFCCC requires parties to submit national communications, detailing how they are addressing climate change at national levels.

Zambia must develop robust, ambitious INDC - Lands PS

Kabwe: Lands permanent secretary Barnaby Mulenga says Zambia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the 2015 agreement on climate change should be defined within the context of the country’s status as a least developed country.

First half of 2015 ‘hottest six months on record'- UN

New York: Over the past six months, the average temperature was 0.85°C above the 20th century average of 15.5°C, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis told a press briefing in Geneva today, adding that the major concern was about the ocean heat that was constantly rising, according to the figures provided by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

'Sub-Saharan Africans voice substantial concerns about climate change'

New York: In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, many publics around the world name global climate change as a top threat, according to a new Pew Research Center survey measuring perceptions of international challenges. This is particularly true in Latin America and Africa, where majorities in most countries say they are very concerned about this issue.

A chance to boost flagging climate talks

Paris:  Foreign and environment ministers and other high-level officials from 45 countries are set to gather in Paris today seeking to re-energise climate talks mired in technical details and political squabbling.  Just four months ahead of a UN conference in the French capital tasked with producing a historic climate pact, US scientists this week said 2014 was a record year for sea level rise, land temperatures and the greenhouse gases that drive dangerous global warming. 

Financing for Development forges ‘New Financial Alliance’

Addis Ababa: World leaders agreed that strengthening cooperation in technology, infrastructure and social protections to drive prosperity was key to realizing inclusive, sustainable development, as the Third International Conference on Financing for Development concluded this evening in Addis Ababa with the adoption of an outcome text — described by some as a “new financial alliance”.

African countries identify 12 key priorities for enhanced climate action

Addis Ababa: Twelve recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting for the African region at Addis Ababa on 7-8 May, 2015. The meeting, gathering twelve African countries, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops convened though to June 2015 in Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and the Middle East.

India to submit its climate change targets in six weeks

Delhi: India will submit its targets for the Paris climate agreement in about a month-and-a-half after hectic parleys within ministries, with the industry and others. The announcement will capture the revamped energy efficiency targets the government is planning to set for large industries.

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