climate change

Climate Change Not Receiving Attention

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.

Fracking Gas Emissions are Half That of Coal

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.

UNEA to Tackle Environmental Issues

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.

IPCC Warns Against Climate Change

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that climate change is already affecting lives and will have catastrophic impacts if carbon emissions are not lowered now.
 
In its new report, the IPCC paints a world where human civilisation will struggle to survive unless carbon emissions are cut urgently, adding that the impacts if nothing happened will be ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’.
 
"Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change," explains Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC.
 

Global Temperatures Continue to Soar - UN

The United Nations says that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred since the turn of the new millennium.

In its annual report, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organisation says that 2013 continued what is a long-term trend of the world getting warmer.

Michel Jarraud, the organisation's secretary general, says in the report: "Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change."

Gore Speaks on Drastic Climate Change

At a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, former United States of America vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore, has given an overview of how humans are driving climate change.

In his presentation, Gore discussed the effect of humans driving climate change and how this is changing conditions around the world right now.

He stated that, the current global system was destroying the habitability of the planet by burning fossil fuels, and adds that it is wrong and needs to change.

Environmentalists Walk Out of Climate Talks

Several major environmental groups, including Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) walked out of United Nations climate talks in Warsaw.

The groups staged the walk-out in protest at what they see as a lack of progress towards an international deal to control rising global greenhouse gas emissions.

Over 9 000 representatives from about 195 countries gathered in the Polish capital for a two-week conference working towards a treaty to be signed in 2015 to fight climate change.

Global Warming Key to Food Security

The United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) says global warming plays a big role in food security.
 
WFP Southern Africa spokesperson, David Orr points out that there has been an increase in flooding in Southern Africa.
 
Orr, who adds that the crop land has been pushed back by desert and drought has increased worldwide, says that the WFP is helping poor African nations with projects like building dams, irrigation canals and water harvesting systems, in the global fight against poverty.  
 

Green Ultra Right Bombers

So if you are wondering why the long silence since the post last week, well…I am in Durban after all, where things tend to move a little slower than Joburg and about as fast as Cape Town. And it has been busy: the ‘People’s Space’ at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), mostly at the initiative of Patrick Bond, has taken off and is always buzzing with energy, people and a whole herd of news crews from local and international media.

An Askew View of COP17

Notes from the seaside

Daybreak in Durban was the usual muggy warmth that seems to seep into every pore of your skin just as perspiration is trying to seep out, leaving you feeling grubby and damp and taking three showers before 10am…but that is a waste of water (which is thankfully being recycled) so let’s not dwell here in this damp spot and rather move on to occupying Durban and more specifically occupying the climate change talks…

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