According to Madalitso Mwando, Zimbabwe is struggling to pay for measures to cope with climate stresses and weather-related disasters, such as recent floods, amid domestic spending cuts and slow progress in accessing international finance.
Mwando says the budget for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has been reduced to US$52 million for 2015, from US$93 million set aside for 2014.
As this year began with floods that have claimed some 20 lives and washed away villages, the funding squeeze has raised concerns about the country's preparedness for climate-linked disasters, which are expected to worsen as the planet warms.
To read the article titled, “Funding drought threatens Zimbabwe climate change response,” click here.Source:Reuters
Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Malawi say the south of the country has been hit hardest by the recent floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
MSF’s Amaury Gregoire, points out that, “We are very concerned because there are still pockets of people that have no access except by helicopter.”
Gregoire states that the relief is being organised around the camps and MSF is going to develop strategies to access the people that are in the communities that are more difficult to access.
Meanwhile, President, Peter Mutharika, has declared 15 of 28 national districts disaster zones, calling on the international community for assistance.
To read the article titled, “South of Malawi hit hardest by floods: Doctors without Borders,” click here.Source:SABC News
The United States and China have agreed to limit carbon emissions, but the move might only be enough to save developed countries in the North.
Under an agreement, the United States will reduce its emissions by a quarter by 2025 and China will reach a maximum in its emissions by 2030, cap them, and then decrease them.
At the signing ceremony, President Barack Obama said: “As the world’s largest economies and greatest emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change.”
To read the article titled, “Agreement to reduce greenhouse gases will not save Africa,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the impacts of climate change will significantly affect food security, water availability, human health and ultimately economic growth in Africa.
The report, which is under discussion at the opening of the four day Climate Change Dialogue at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, found that Africa's climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt.
IPCC vice chancellor, Jean Pascal Van Ypersele, says that human activity increases greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which have been the major cause of global warming. Van Ypersele further believes that climate change threatens economic growth and human security.
To read the article titled, “IPCC report highlights impact of climate change,” click here.Source:SABC News
Oxfam says that a more holistic and integrated approach needs to be developed to end the scourge of hunger in South Africa.
Oxfam Economic Justice Campaign manager, Rashmi Mistry, says that according to the report ‘The Hidden Face of Hunger in South Africa’, low incomes, rising costs, a lack of access to productive resources and climate change are amongst the reasons causing 13 million people to go to bed hungry.
“In our dialogue with government, we discovered that the gap between their implementation, policies and strategies is very far from what people actually need and are experiencing on the ground and that needs to change.”
To read the article titled, “Ending hunger needs a more realistic approach: Oxfam,” click here.Source:SABC News
Activists concerned about climate change have delivered a petition on ‘climate justice demands’ to government officials at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The gathering, which comes ahead of the upcoming United Nations climate summit to be held in New York next week, saw climate and energy campaigners of groups such as local climate movement 350Africa, Greenpeace and Right2Know Campaign dancing and waving placards containing the slogans ‘We Fight Climate Change’, ‘No More Coal’, and "Clean Energy Now’.
Ferrial Adam of climate movement 350Africa says people are tired of ‘talk shops’ and want to see real action.
To read the article titled, “Climate change is happening to us now: Pretoria activists,” click here.Source:Times Live
According to Moses Matenga, one thing Chivi villagers in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province would want to quickly forget is the ravaging drought that ate away their livestock in 2012.
In his article titled ‘NGOs our only hope – villagers’, Matenga states that from the hunger of 2008 that forced them to compete for chakata (a wild fruit) with donkeys to the menacing dry spell of 2012-13, the villagers and their counterparts from the southern region do not want, never again, to see their livestock dying from hunger.
He argues that most of the southern parts of Zimbabwe lie in regions which are too dry for successful crop production without irrigation. However, he adds that communal farmers have no other choice but to grow crops in these areas even without access to irrigation.
To read the article titled, “NGOs our only hope – villagers,” click here.Source:News Day
One of the largest contributors to climate change is deforestation, accounting for 15 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
Writing in their blog, Rosaly Bird, co-founder and author of the Sustainability Co-Op and Laurèn DeMates, environmentalist, social scientist, explorer and writer, argue that however, deforestation does not receive sufficient attention in climate discussions in developed countries, since the most threatened forests tend to be in developing countries.
Although international negotiations, governments, and NGOs address deforestation as a climate change driver, there is a feeling that deforestation should be discussed more thoroughly in industrialised nations not only because climate change impacts are transnational, but also because through globalisation deforestation is tied to the developed world's demand for resources.
To read the article titled, “Deforestation: The over-looked climate driver and what you can do about it,” click here.Source:Huffington Post
A new study finds that the life-time greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of shale gas are half that of coal, irrespective of whether the gas is used as natural gas or to generate electricity.
Shale gas has been touted as a way to curb climate change and reduce the world’s reliance on coal, but many questions remain, such as whether it is in fact cleaner than coal and whether it contaminates ground water reservoirs, among others.
Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, expresses to parliament that “The development of shale gas [in South Africa] cannot be dismissed or ignored ... We should be learning from others on how to best exploit this resource in the least intrusive and environmentally prudent way.”
To read the article titled, “Emissions from fracking gas half that of coal, says study,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will not be just a talk shop but will seek action on how to solve the environmental issues that are currently facing the world.
UNEP executive director, Achim Steiner, points out that the world is facing an environmental crisis such as the illegal poaching of animals, plastics in the sea, air pollution, climate change and various other issues which have to be dealt with as soon as possible with decisive action.
Steiner, who says the UNEA will attempt to find solutions to these environmental problems, cautions that it will be up to the government of different countries to make the UNEA a success.
To read the article titled, “UNEA will not just be a talk shop: Steiner,” click here.Source:SABC News