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Climate Change News

COP 17 Durban meeting will be a 'decisive moment' – Minister  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     28th November 2011 The outcome of the Durban climate negotiations should be balanced, fair and credible and should strengthen the multilateral rules-based response to climate change, South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said at the opening of the seventeenth... 

Kyoto extension a 'tall order', says UN's Figueres

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     27th November 2011 Establishing a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol is a “tall order” for governments, and is the most difficult issue at the seventeenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, meeting, which gets under way in Durban this week, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change... 

SA carbon tax could have growth, jobs co-benefits – World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2011 The introduction of a “modest” carbon tax in South Africa would have relatively low adjustment costs while raising revenue that could be deployed to cut other growth- and job-inhibiting taxes, or to make growth-enhancing infrastructure investments, two senior World Bank advisers argued on... 

Zuma calls for credible COP 17 outcome 

By: Sapa     21st November 2011 The outcome of the upcoming United Nations climate change conference, the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17), should be balanced, fair and credible, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. "Parties must come to Durban expecting a credible, sustainable and implementable outcome. It cannot be... 

As the COP 17 clock counts down, few signs of global consensus emerge  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th November 2011 Some scientists are warning that development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by midcentury unless bold steps are taken to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations. In fact, this... 

As the COP 17 clock counts down, few signs of global consensus emerge

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th November 2011 Development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations.  

Uncertainty surrounds the COP 17 outcomes

By: Joanne Taylor     18th November 2011 If the leading countries participating in the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) negotiations do not make a firm decision to have a second commitment period, following the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, there is a risk that there will be an increase in bilateral climate... 

Members of Parliament prepared for climate change conference

18th November 2011 Last month, members of Parliament attended a two-day workshop hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen their capacity and knowledge for the upcoming seventeenth UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP 17). 

Mpumalanga commits to climate negotiations

By: Joanne Taylor     18th November 2011 South Africa’s seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) discussion paper will acknowledge Mpumalanga’s vulnerability to climate change including the possible impact on the province’s agricultural resources, biodiversity and conservation. 

Conference adds impetus to creating green industries, jobs

18th November 2011 Nonprofit organisation the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) has embraced the opportunity the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) will provide to add impetus to creating competitive green industries, local green collar jobs and a low-carbon future. 

Climate talks a platform to raise awareness of green programmes

By: Joanne Taylor     18th November 2011 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) will provide a useful platform for the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), to raise awareness of... 

Anglo launches R100m ‘green’ development fund

By: Jessica Hannah     14th November 2011 Anglo Zimele, the enterprise development arm of mining giant Anglo American, on Monday launched a R100-million ‘green’ investment fund in Johannesburg. The fund would target investment opportunities that mitigate carbon, reduce energy and water consumption, as well as improve waste and emissions... 

Africa urged to unite against corruption ahead of COP 17

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th November 2011 Africa must move away from the legacy challenge of corruption and a lack of policing to enable the full rewards of finance and development assistance for climate change to be realised, Nairobi-based WWF senior policy and partner adviser Rubina Haroon urged on Wednesday. “Corruption and lack of... 

WWF sees COP 17 as laying foundation for future deal  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th November 2011 There would be no legally binding agreement from the seventeenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, which kicks off in Durban later this month, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa climate change team leader Tasneem Essop said on Tuesday. The WWF said the current global economic... 

Environmental sustainability seen as a driver for competitiveness  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th November 2011 Environmental sustainability is being recognised as an important business driver for competitiveness, National Business Initiative (NBI) programme manager Steve Nicholls said on Tuesday. Business was no longer treating sustainability as a discretionary spend, he said at a pre-COP 17 summit, held... 

SA should showcase low carbon investment opportunities at COP 17 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th November 2011 South Africa, as the host of the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) meeting in Durban later this month, should use the climate change gathering as an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that it was ready for investment in a low carbon economy, deputy British High Commissioner... 

SA not backing away from its GHG reduction targets – Minister   

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th November 2011 The construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations should not be interpreted as South Africa backing away from its greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets or the transition to a low-carbon economy, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on... 

SA to strive for climate, development balance at COP 17  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     4th November 2011 South Africa’s position at the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) climate change conference will seek to balance climate and development imperatives, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) chief negotiator Alf Wills said on Friday. Speaking at a stakeholder engagement summit, in... 

Policy shows SA ready to take action on climate change  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     4th November 2011 South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Policy, which was endorsed by Cabinet on October 12, represented “tangible” evidence that the country was serious about climate change, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Friday. The aim of the policy is to effectively... 

Alstom offers insight into its latest carbon-capture solutions

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2011 Transport infrastructure, power generation and transmission giant Alstom has developed a number of solutions to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new and existing power plants and is in the process of validating these solutions at commercial-scale to enable power plants to safely store... 

COP 17 no walk in the park – Zuma

By: Sapa     31st October 2011 The United Nations climate change negotiations set to take place in Durban at the end of November are going to be difficult, President Jacob Zuma warned on Monday. "We go to Durban with no illusion at all that it will be a walk in the park," he told delegates at a meeting of the Socialist... 

Climate Train starts journey to raise awareness ahead of COP 17 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     28th October 2011 The Climate Train will start its month-long journey across South Africa on late Friday, with the aim of documenting the impact of climate change on communities, as well as establishing expectations and solutions for climate change along the train route. Under the banner of ‘mobilisation,... 

Carbon capture has role to play, technology group argues

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2011 Carbon capture and storage technologies can be used to capture 90% of the emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants, enabling existing plants to continue generating electricity to meet increased international demand for decarbonised energy, says transport infrastructure, power... 

Organisation aims to preserve 20-million hectares of land

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 Nonprofit conservation organisation Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) has dedicated itself to the preservation of 20-million hectares of land in Africa and to reduce the continent’s carbon footprint by 2020. 

SA to strengthen environmental, climate change policies

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     25th October 2011 South Africa, which is hosting the next round of global climate change negotiations in Durban later this year, would work to strengthen environmental and climate change policies over the next three years and would aim to secure global and private sector funding for green interventions. In the... 

Durban climate change meeting ‘won’t be easy’ – Minister 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     21st October 2011 The seventeenth Conference of the Parties, COP 17, in Durban next month, will not be “an easy one”, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Friday. However, the incoming COP 17 president remained hopeful that there was political will to ensure the success... 

$100bn Green Climate Fund hits barrier

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2011 Discussions regarding the design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which would disburse $100-billion a year for climate financing among developing countries by 2020, deadlocked this week as countries were unable to agree to the design of the fund, the International Institute for Environment and... 

Questions raised over petrochemicals group’s participation at COP 17

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2011 The inclusion of global energy and chemicals corporation Sasol in the South African national delegation to the seventeenth United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP 17) has been called into question by environmental organisation Earthlife Africa.  

SA to host World Congress of Architects in 2014

By: Dimakatso Motau     21st October 2011 South Africa will host the twenty-fifth World Congress of Architects, in Durban, in 2014.  

Switch to green economy 'will be painful' 

By: Sapa     19th October 2011 South Africa's economy will need serious restructuring if the country is to successfully manage its carbon emissions, MPs heard on Wednesday. The switch to a greener economy was going to be painful, environmental affairs portfolio committee chairman Johnny de Lange said after the National... 

SA gives carbon-heavy sectors two years to set carbon budgets  

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2011 South Africa has given its key carbon-emitting sectors, including energy and transport, two years, to October 2013, to finalise ‘carbon budgets’ that are calibrated to South Africa’s aspiration to reach a peak in yearly emissions by 2025 and enable the country to begin reducing the production of... 

Businesses becoming more involved in climate talks

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th October 2011 The emergence of the low-carbon economy has witnessed business entities actively participating in climate change negotiations, and South African businesses have slowly caught up with the realities of getting involved, University of South Africa’s Professor Godwell Nhamo said on Tuesday.... 

South Africa faces COP 17 balancing act  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th October 2011 South Africa would need to ensure a balanced approach to its roles as a negotiating party and as the president of the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17), to be held in Durban late next month, Imbewu Sustainability Legal Specialist’s Dr Marie Parramon said on Tuesday. At a national... 

SA moves to begin reflecting the economic value of its ecosystems, biodiversity

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2011 Over the coming year, the Department of Environmental Affairs will study the contribution of South Africa’s ecosystems and biodiversity to the economy in a bid to correct for the current “depreciation” of the country’s natural capital in its national accounts. South African National Biodiversity... 

Wind power is key to KwaZulu-Natal’s green economy 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     17th October 2011 KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the province where the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) climate conference will get under way late next month, has identified wind energy as one of the key opportunities to grow its green economy, MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube... 

Environmental Affairs, DBSA to establish 'green' funding mechanism 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th October 2011 The Ministry of Water and Environmental Affairs and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) would sign a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to identify the resource requirements for a green programme, with a specific focus on a proposal to establish a funding mechanism for green economy... 

Climate policy to map out transition to low-carbon economy  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th October 2011 South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Policy, which was approved by Cabinet this week, would help the country map out a socioeconomic transition to a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy and society, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said on Friday. The policy... 

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