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Climate Change News

Better scientific understanding of link between climate change, food security needed 

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2012 Scientists should increasingly make critical contributions to ensure food security and environmental sustainability, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) systems ecologist Dr Bob Scholes said on Friday, adding that there was a need to better understand the link between climate... 

Alstom deputy CEO calls for long-term policies for the deployment of clean energy technologies

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2011 Politicians should frame long-term policies to enable the safe and economical deployment of clean energy technologies, which, currently, is the greatest challenge the world faces, said global power-generation and transmission giant Alstom deputy CEO Philippe Joubert. 

SA should consider placing a price on carbon 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th December 2011 Policy makers in South Africa would have to focus their efforts on placing a price on carbon in the next few years, said Paul Curnow, Sydney-based partner with global law firm Baker & McKenzie. Like Australia, which plans to introduce a carbon tax in July 2012, South Africa would have to look at... 

SA team insists COP 17 was a success, but accepts serious gaps remain  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2011 Africa, small developing island States and least developed countries maintained the “moral high ground” during the recent seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) that helped to create and sustain “pressure” on key issues, including the activation of the Green Climate Fund, South Africa’s... 

COP 17 breathes life into climate fund, sets agenda for future treaty

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     12th December 2011 ‎The two-week-long seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) came to an end in Durban this weekend with a fund launched to help poor nations fight climate change, countries agreeing to negotiate a legally binding deal on emissions reductions by 2015 to take effect by 2020, and the Kyoto... 

Countries still committed to launching $100bn climate fund 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th December 2011 Nations from around the world remained committed to launching the $100-billion Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Durban as one of the successful outcomes of the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17), COP 17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, also South Africa’s International Relations and... 

EU climate chief urges US, China to come on board

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th December 2011 The success of reaching a deal at the global climate change talks in Durban now depended on a “few countries” coming on board to commit to a climate change road map, EU climate change commissioner Connie Hedegaard said on Friday. The responsibility rested “heavily on the shoulders” of those,... 

All government tiers must prepare for green infrastructure future 

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2011 Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Lechesa Tsenoli has urged academic institutions, researchers, business intelligence organisations and governmental structures at all levels to work together to start detailed and long-term planning for green infrastructure, including renewable... 

Cities sign climate change adaptation charter

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th December 2011 The 'Durban Adaptation Charter for Local Governments', which was signed by more than 100 cities from around the world this week, stressed the need for mainstream climate change adaptation as a key informant of all local government development planning. eThekwini municipality mayor James Nxumalo... 

Mainstream wind, solar projects worth R5bn advance to next stage

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2011 A consortium led by global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power reports that South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has named three of its wind and solar projects, representing a combined capacity of 230 MW, among the initial 28 to have progressed to the preferred-bidder... 

SA’s top companies rate high in carbon disclosure 

7th December 2011 The JSE’s Top 100 companies are highly rated for their responsiveness in disclosing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and for voluntarily working to reduce them, but these companies are still major contributors to South Africa’s high emissions, the latest 'Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)' report has... 

'Blue carbon' policy framework seeks inclusion of coastal marine areas

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th December 2011 The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas has been presented in the ‘Blue Carbon Policy Framework’ report this week, highlighting the need for voluntary carbon markets to take coastal marine ecosystems into account. This includes mangroves, tidal... 

SA unveils the names of first 28 preferred renewables bidders 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2011 South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has officially disclosed the names of the first 28 renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) preferred bidders, which now have until June 2012 to take their projects to financial closure. The projects were among an initial batch of 53 bids... 

Durban negotiations 'constructive', says Figueres

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th December 2011 Negotiations were proceeding in a “constructive and productive” manner, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres said at a press briefing at the climate change talks in Durban on Tuesday evening. Issues related to technology were at a level of... 

World cannot accept ‘no’ for an answer in Durban – UN chief

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th December 2011 The business community has an important part to play in the fight against climate change, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon said at a press briefing on Tuesday evening. He supported this statement in his address at the opening of the high-level Ministerial negotiations at the... 

Development banks move to help cities fight climate change

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 Five multilateral development banks (MDBs), which loan some $8.4-billion a year for climate action in cities, agreed this week on a new partnership to better coordinate and deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change. The African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian... 

Developed world must honour climate finance commitments – Sisulu  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 Africa is concerned about the slow disbursement of the financial resources pledged by countries as “fast-start" finance, and has urged developed nations to honour their commitments, speaker of South Africa’s National Assembly, Max Sisulu, said this week at an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)... 

Power utilities seek clarity on carbon market future

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 There is a need for a global carbon market, European utility EDF VP for sustainable development Claude Nahon told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. As the seventeenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, entered the second and final week of negotiations, the future of a second commitment... 

Electricity utilities collaborate on climate change 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 The Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) was launched in Durban on Tuesday, bringing together 25 utilities from around the world to collaborate on climate change, while the international negotiations on climate change continued in parallel. The utilities, including South Africa’s Eskom, represent... 

Strong growth in CDM projects in Africa 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th December 2011 Africa is experiencing “exponential growth” in clean development mechanism (CDM) projects, Africa Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) manager Glenn Hodes said on Monday, as the future of the United Nations-backed carbon market remained uncertain. The first commitment period of Kyoto Protocol, the... 

$100bn climate fund ‘badly needed’ – World Bank economist 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th December 2011 The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is “badly needed”, World Bank lead economist and regional climate change coordinator Raffaello Cervigni said this week, as negotiations over setting up the fund, which aims to help poorer countries fight climate change, suffered setbacks at the international climate... 

Heated debate over $100bn climate fund, says Saudi Arabia adviser

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     1st December 2011 Negotiators on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to disburse $100-billion a year for climate financing among developing countries by 2020, entered into a “heated debate” at the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) this week, Dr Mohammed Al-Sabban, a senior economic adviser to... 

COP 17 events progressing well – Minister  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th November 2011 With the third day of the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) kicking off in Durban on Wednesday, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told Engineering News Online that South Africa was still heading into the climate talks with “realistic expectations”. She said that a... 

SA temperature rise above global average  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     29th November 2011 South Africa is experiencing an increasing number of days with high temperatures, with the rate of increase above the global average, South African Weather Service CEO Dr Linda Makuleni said on Tuesday. She said the frequency and intensity of severe weather conditions in the country would... 

EU demands roadmap for global climate deal 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     28th November 2011 The 27-nation EU is demanding a roadmap and a deadline for finalising a legally binding framework for climate action by all major emitters, members of the EU delegation said in a press briefing in Durban on Monday. The EU’s Tomasz Chruszczow said the EU considered an ambitious, comprehensive and... 

Angola calls for common African position at COP 17 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     28th November 2011 Angolan Vice-President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos called for a common African position at the opening plenary of the global climate change talks, COP 17, in Durban on Monday. “It is important for this conference to establish a common African position. Adjustment to climate change,... 

Africa holds big green economy potential - Zuma

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     28th November 2011 There were significant opportunities for the development of a green economy in Southern Africa, which could also be extended to other parts of continent, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. Addressing delegates at the official opening of the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17)... 

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. 

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