global warming

Call to Finance Climate Change Policies

Greenpeace has called on governments to pledge more than R1.2 trillion to finance policies to fight climate change.

Greenpeace director, Kumi Naidoo, has headed the world's largest environmental group since 2009 and will again be at the forefront of civil society activities during the conference.

Naidoo will join the Global Day of Action march on 3 December 2011 in Durban.

Speaking from the organisation's offices in Amsterdam before flying to SA, Naidoo said that, "We will shed light on the urgency needed to take action to battle climate change in many forms."

COP17: Time for Real Action on Climate Change

Almost a year has gone by since the results of the climate change negotiations in Cancun were imposed with the objection of only Bolivia. It's time to take stock and see where we are now. In Cancun, the developed countries listed their greenhouse gas emission reduction pledges for the 2012-2020 period. The United States and Canada said they would reduce emissions by three percent based on 1990 levels, the European Union between 20 and 30 percent, Japan 25, a percent and Russia from 15 to 25 percent.

Global Warming Rate Less Than Feared – Study

A new study funded by the US National Science Foundation has found that the high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have less of an impact on the rate of global warming than feared.

The authors of the study stress that global warming is real, and that increases in atmospheric CO2, which has doubled from pre-industrial standards, will have multiple serious impacts.

The study also found severe estimates, such as those put forth by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, are unlikely.

Poor Starve as Seasons Shift

Global aid agency Oxfam says impoverished communities like Nassapir in Uganda are already being hit hard by the effects of global warming, including increased drought.

Interviews conducted by Oxfam with farmers in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America show that seasons are shrinking in number and variety.

Oxfam programme researcher, John Magrath, says: "We think that 'changing seasonality' may be one of the most significant impacts of climate change for poor farmers, and that is happening now."

WWF's Plea to World Leaders

The World Wide Fund’s (WWF) Richard Worthington has put President Jacob Zuma and other world leaders on the spot, saying that developing countries have to "rise to the occasion" if the world hopes to counter the rise in global temperatures.

Worthington acknowledged South Africa has set a positive example in international negotiations – but noted the implementation of long term strategies are lacking at national level.

Speed Up Global Climate Deal Urge NGOs

Seventeen interest groups in the United States have urged world leaders to speed up efforts to reach a new global deal on curbing emissions that cause global warming.

The group of environmental, science, health and religious organisations say the US is ready to lead the way towards an international agreement by the end of 2009. It says this will set more stringent caps on countries' polluting emissions.

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