Climate change

Surprising citizens' views on climate change

Bonn:  Almost 80 per cent of citizens across the globe are very concerned about the impacts of climate change, but close to 70 per cent also see action to combat it as an opportunity to improve their quality of life. These are among the findings of the largest ever citizen consultation on climate change carried out by the more than 100 partners of the World Wide Views Alliance in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21), taking place this December.

PACJA: statement on the Bonn climate talks

We, the African civil society organisations participating in the Bonn Climate Change Conference, are gravely concerned about the progress of negotiations and wish to express our utmost disillusionment on the mistrust reigning the corridors of the new World Conference Centre here in Bonn.

Africa sounds the alarm over crucial climate summit

London:  The world’s least-developed countries have accused richer nations of failing to provide financial backing for a strong new global climate treaty.  With little negotiating time left ahead of the UN climate summit in Paris later this year, diplomats from nearly 200 countries meeting in Bonn have reportedly made little progress, raising the possibility of a last-minute diplomatic fiasco, as happened in Copenhagen in 2009.

Silver lining in climate crisis for Africa

Johannesburg: The critically important United Nations climate change summit in Paris approaches, much is being made of the risks climate change poses to poor countries in Africa, and rightly so. Vulnerable families are simply not equipped to deal with a changing climate. There is a danger that gains in human development will be reversed as the climate crisis gathers pace. And yet, the biggest collective challenge is also an opportunity for an African-led transformation.

Oxfam: G7 emissions have 'savage impact' on African crops

A report released Saturday by Oxfam shows the G7 countries' continued reliance on coal is on track to cost the world $450 billion (405 billion euros) a year by the end of the century. Climate change and food security are expected to feature high on the agenda when leaders from the world's seven most economically powerful nations - the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada - meet Sunday for talks at Elmau palace in the southern German state of Bavaria.

Expanding engagement with CSOs to advance Africa’s climate-smart development

Abidjan: On May 28, 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) co-hosted an open dialogue session in the AfDB’s Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum in the margins of its Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. In the session, participants used as a jumping-off point the CIF’s unique multi-stakeholder approach, with the AfDB serving as a key implementing agency and partner.

SADC states discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation

Gaborone: Over 40 technocrats from SADC Member States drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Lands, the academia and private sector recently met for a three day workshop at Protea Hotel Centurion in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop came at an opportune time when countries across the globe have committed to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.

AfDB: Panelists call for strong Paris agreement, climate finance justice for Africa

Abidjan: Panelists at high-level event on climate change on Tuesday have renewed their call for a strong and universal climate change agreement with increased flows of funds, sufficient to fulfill Africa’s development aspirations.  This is in addition to the need to have adequate, predictable, sustainable climate finance resources to address Africa’s challenges in transitioning to low-carbon development, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable urban development. 

New UNEP report lays out financial reforms needed to harness multi-trillion investments

Nairobi: Harnessing the global financial system to deliver climate security, reduce the risks of high carbon assets, and scale up capital for the low carbon transition is possible, but will only happen with a comprehensive, system-wide approach to financing - including the $37 trillion of energy infrastructure - in the next two decades.

Nepad urges African countries to embrace climate smart agriculture

Lusaka: African countries must embrace climate smart agriculture practices if the continent is to attain food security and nutrition in the face of climate change, says New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Director of Programmes Estherine Fotabong.

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a practice of agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience and adaptation, as well as contributing towards reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

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