Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Clean Cooperation

Hi from Padma

Here is the link to an Opinion piece I helped commission from professor of policy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, for SciDev.Net.

It says joint innovation centres are one way for countries to cooperate on clean technology.

Alternately click here:
http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/-innovation-cooperation-to-meet-climate-challenges.html

Travelling tonight and excited about seeing you all. Have a safe and pleasant journey. Best Wishes Padma

Sunday, November 29, 2009

From Vietnam


Our colleague Nguyen Hong Nga, who is reporter of progamme: VIETNAM ON THE WAY TO ADAPT THE WORLD has sent a link to Hanoi TV website: www.hanoitv.vn . You go to Biến đổi khí hậu ( Climate change) for more information about the climate change news features. She has also sent an article which is posted below.
Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate
Empowering women key to combating climate change in Vietnam


President of Tanzania calls for action from rich countries

Anna Itenda from Tanzania reports about President Jakaya Kikwete call for action by rich nations::

Developed countries must take the lead in saving the planet

New articles by Andrea


Andrea writes: In few days, we will be there for the second and last round of COP15 (will be last?!). Looking forward to seeing all of you again.  May I ask you to post on our blog two more articles, please?
1) One is about the climate talks in Bonn, August, and which stage the negotiations were there, when there were missing 114 days! In this article, I also took the opportunity to present the results of the 3rd Climate Conference in Geneva and described some adaptation solutions that some developing countries are already implementing. (Andrea1.pdf)
2) The other article is an evaluation of where we are now, what to expect or not from COP15 in relation of political or legal binding obligations. I also wrote about what have been negotiated in terms of mitigation, adaptation, financing and forests (REDD), and where we are now in this talks (Andrea2.pdf). As a complement of the main article, I elaborated a table about the main players in COP15, what are their proposals and some climate data of each one (Andrea2a.pdf). 



DE PICARETA OU BRITADEIRA, QUEBREM ‘O TIJOLO’!


O INÍCIO DE UMA NOVA ERA


O QUE OS PAÍSES ESTÃO PROMETENDO


Thank you very much,
Best regards,
Andrea

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

COP15 for journalists: a guide to the UN climate change summit


Mike Shanahan highlights a four-page briefing paper for journalists on COP15 published by IIED. It covers COP15, its build up and its aftermath. It explains key processes, major actions to be agreed and possible outcomes.

It has been reviewed by three international lawyers who sit on national delegations during UN negotiations.

It covers things like:
  • The future of the Kyoto Protocol – do some countries really want to kill it? 
  • Different COP15 outcomes, from no agreement to two legally binding protocols
  • Hot topics and sticking points in the negotiations – forests, fossil fuels and finance.
  • Where developing nations agree – and where they disagree.
  • Different negotiating blocks, and what they stand for.
 Download the briefing here

Mike also notes Climate Change Media Partnership’s Roster of Experts

Monday, November 23, 2009

Working facilities in the Bella Center

Dear All,

We will meet again very soon but I think that you should know that we will have excellent working facilities during the COP15: I have secured one of the so-called TV-cubicles, where our closest neighbourgs will be BBC, CNN and the other big fellows...

You can read more about the cubicles at http://www.cop15hb.dk/index.php?id=18

And then we will have the first two days of meeting at a different venue from last time - we will be at Verdenskulturcentret (The World Cultural Centre), which is 5 minutes walking from the place that you are staying.

Looking forward to see you all very soon,
Per
Hi from Padma,
The SciDev.Net team has been looking at the area of agriculture and climate change, in the past few days.

Here is an Opinion piece from William Dar, director general of ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics), Hyderabad, India: on " Agriculture can adapt to climate change"

http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/agriculture-can-adapt-to-climate-change.html

And a news item on "Don't ignore agriculture in climate talks, experts warn"

http://www.scidev.net/en/news/don-t-ignore-agriculture-in-climate-talks-experts-warn.html

And earlier: "No simple solution to livestock and climate change"

http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/no-simple-solution-to-livestock-and-climate-change.html

PLUS

A report from China on "G-8 emission goals out of reach of developing countries"

http://www.scidev.net/en/news/g8-emissions-goals-out-of-poor-countries-reach-1.html

Pls check out in case it if of interest

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aline Falco analyses the negotiation process

Here are two new stories from Aline, analysing the negotiation process:
  • The first one examines how the negotiation process has evolved over the course of this year.
  • The second is an inteview about the recent lowering of big leader's expectations about COP 15. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pamela Asigi Andiba's latest videos


In the following two clips, posted on YouTube, Pamela frames the tough climate change challenges faced in Kenya from two perspectives:

  • International: Kenya's perspective on climate change is set within the global context, summarising why a meaningful agreement in Copenhagen is vitally important to Kenya;
  • National: The hardship and dramatic consequences of water scarcity for rural communities summarise the human dimension of climate change in Kenya.   

Violet Nakamba reports on media's role in building climate awareness in Zambia


Violet gives Zambian perspectives on awareness raising about COP15 and the strategic opportunities the process presents for Zambia.

View article.

Tenzin Namgyel reports from Bhutan

Here are three articles developed by Tenzin covering Bhutan's policies on:

Ochieng' Ogodo reports further on water challenges facing Africa

Ochieng' Ogodo summarises key findings from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report 'Fresh Water Under Threat, Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change, Africa', released at the 2nd Africa Water Week in South Africa last week (November 9–13).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Updates from Ogodo and Padma

This is the latest contribution from Ogodo - I am presently in Zambia on a poor Internet line, so I have not been able to read the article myself. But see you all soon i Copenhagen.
Best regards,
Per

And here is the link to Ogodos article http://scidev.net/en/news/africa-facing-climate-data-shortage.html

Padma has also sent us an update - here is the mail from her:

Last week (5 Nov) SciDev.net published a sub-focus on clean tech transfer as a run-up to COP-15. It is there on the top container on the home page "Talking clean tech at Copenhagen"
http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/clean-technology-and-copenhagen/

It contains an editorial by David Dickson: "Clean technology as public good"
http://www.scidev.net/en/editorials/clean-technology-as-a-public-good.html

and a feature by me: "Climate change's tech transfer challenge".
http://www.scidev.net/en/features/climate-change-s-tech-transfer-challenge.html

besides earlier news, features and opinions

October saw a flurry of climate change related meetings/events in Delhi.

Pls check out on:
Link between patent law and patent transfer 'not proven'
http://www.scidev.net/en/news/link-between-patent-law-and-tech-transfer-not-proven-.html

Speed up climate tech transfer, urges UN meeting
http://www.scidev.net/en/news/speed-up-climate-tech-transfer-urges-un-meeting.html

For a recap;
SDN had published a spotlight on climate and vector-borne diseases in September
http://www.scidev.net/en/health/climate-change-insect-borne-disease/

and on REDD in July
http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/not-ready-for-redd--1.html

In November SDN published an Opinion on No simple solution to livestock and climate change

http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/opinions/no-simple-solution-to-livestock-and-climate-change.html


and my feature on adaptation: Adaptation is crucial too

http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/features/climate-change-adapting-is-crucial-too.html

Best Wishes Padma

Monday, November 9, 2009

Update from Padma


Last week (5 Nov) SciDev.net published a sub-focus on clean tech transfer as a run-up to COP-15. It is there on the top container on the home page "Talking clean tech at Copenhagen" 




It contains an editorial by David Dickson: "Clean technology as public good"
and a feature by me: "Climate change's tech transfer challenge"
besides earlier news, features and opinions.


October saw a flurry of climate change related meetings/events in Delhi.

Pls check out on:
Link between patent law and patent transfer 'not proven'

Speed up climate tech transfer, urges UN meeting

For a recap;
SDN had published a spotlight on climate and vector-borne diseases in September
 

and on REDD in July

In November SDN published an Opinion on No simple solution to livestock and climate change

and my feature on adaptation: Adaptation is crucial too

Sunday, November 8, 2009

News from Central America


Our colleague Carlos Gomez writes: I just posted a note about the Minister of Guatemala where he says that Central America will be the most devastated area due to climate change. He demands compensation from industrialized nations. It is on our website:

Centroamérica será la región más afectada del planeta por los impactos del cambio climático

See also this article about climate change and national security in Mexico and Central America:


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Denmark - Fossil of the day award




Barcelona, Spain, November 2, 2009: Two Fossil of the Day Awards were presented this evening at the UN climate talks in Barcelona, to those countries who were judged – by vote of the global Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) to have performed ‘best’ at blocking progress in the negotiations.

As government delegates and observers from the negotiations looked on, young climate activists announced the winners. Much like the Oscars, the awards are kept secret until a colourful presentation ceremony, adding some life to the otherwise bureaucratic UN conference. The winners names are passed to the host in a sealed envelope before being announced before a large crowd of spectators.

1st place was awarded to Denmark – the host of the crucial Copenhagen climate summit this December. Denmark received the award for promoting the concept of a “politically binding” deal in Copenhagen as a possible alternative to a “legally binding” framework agreement.

“Instead of showing leadership, Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen is spreading confusion and insecurity,” said Tove Ryding of Danish Greenpeace. “Rasmussen is providing fuel for the many governments attempting to downplay expectations for a legally binding framework agreement coming out of Copenhagen.”

“The concept of a ‘politically binding’ deal is simply not adequate when the threat of climate change is so urgent. As the host of the Copenhagen summit, Denmark should be supporting a legally binding outcome this December, which would be the real win for our climate.”

Mayors Climate Change Summit - A Reflection

Frederick Opoku writes: At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, national governments will be negotiating for a new global climate agreement. At the same time, cities will present solutions needed to combat climate change at a Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors. The summit to be held from December 14, to 17 at the Copenhagen City hall, is being hosted and organized by the City of Copenhagen in special cooperation with C40 and ICLEI. The theme for the summit is “The Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors – supporting an ambitious and relevant climate agreement. Change your globe.” Read more:

Mayors Climate Change Summit - A Reflection


Monday, November 2, 2009

Link to website from Aline

Here's a link for a page about COP 15 created for my website. There, you can find texts about the importance of reaching a strong agreement on climate change at the conference; about Brazilian government position regarding important topics that have to reach a common ground at the meeting; about the position of the most important countries; a quick guide about COP, and more... Everything in Portuguese. Best regards, Aline

http://www.mudancasclimaticas.andi.org.br/cop15/

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Articles from Ethiopia and Malawi

Kindly find attached stories I produced for Malawi's weekly newspaper, the weekly news. It can be edited as it was produced for a local newspaper. I will also be sending you some other stories from Ethiopia. I have talked to the African group negotiators on the African common position some days before.
many tks, Tewodros Negash Bayu


Malawi-A Small emitter but paying sacrifice to the world

Government, NGOs and Academia agreed to speak against Climate Injustice




Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New edition of the UNFCCC newsletter

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks about the latest edition of the UNFCCC newsletter: Welcome to the latest edition of our UNFCCC newsletter. The stage is set for a week of international climate change talks in Barcelona in the first week of November – the final round of negotiations before the Copenhagen conference gets underway. Important issues need to be resolved. In Barcelona, all nations must step back from self-interest and let common interest prevail.



Read the entire newsletter here

Climate Change in Central America

The Central American Integration System (SICA) is the institutional framework of Regional Integration in Central America, created by the States of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. SICA was established in 1991 with the objective of securing the integration of Central America in order to become a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development. Our colleague Carlos Gomez is in charge of communication at SICA and he writes: 
We’ve been busy as well we launched a website with all information regarding climate change in the region. There are all sorts of stuff we’re keeping there. Included all the speeches given by the protemporary presidency during the negotiations in Bangkok. The website is:

Take a visit to the SICA climate change website

Monday, October 26, 2009

IPCC meeting in Bali

The 31st Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened this morning in Bali, Indonesia. This meeting will be held from 26 to 29 October 2009 in Bali, Indonesia. During the meeting, the three IPCC Working Groups (WGs) will also convene to agree on the respective chapter outlines and schedules of work for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The IPCC is then expected to accept the outcomes of the three WGs’ sessions, as well as consider crosscutting matters, a proposal for the preparation of a Synthesis Report, and other issues.

The IISD Reporting Services will be providing a summary and analysis of the meeting



More information is available on the IISD website.




Ghana Gears Up For Copenhagen Climate Summit

As the world makes final preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Ghana has reaffirmed its solidarity and commitment to join the comity of nations to confront the challenges of climate change and arrive at a new global deal. Our colleague Frederick Opoku writes about the preparations in Ghana for COP15:
Ghana Gears Up For Copenhagen Climate Summit

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bangkok Climate Change Talks 2009

Addressing the media on the final day of the Bangkok session, Yvo de Boer spoke of a constructive two weeks of talks, and said that all the ingredients for a successful outcome in Copenhagen are on the table.
World leaders set out a clear mandate to prevent dangerous climate change at last month's New York summit, he said. In Bangkok, their negotiators have shown rapid progress on concrete ways to implement the mandate, but are still hanging on to long-held differences.
Mr. de Boer stressed the urgency of raising ambitions and bridging the disconnect, adding that now is the time to step back from self interest and let common interest prevail.
With the next session in Barcelona only three weeks away, Mr. de Boer said he hopes negotiators will use the time to go back to those world leaders who called for a breakthrough in Copenhagen and get from them a mandate to resolve the key political issues that remain outstanding.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

News from Jorisna

Jorisna writes: Hope you are well. I am a bit behind communicating but will send a few pdfs, links through tomorrow. Everything is now gathering great spead towords COP15......Kind regards, Jorisna Bonthuys, Die Burger, Cape Town.
Links to Jorisnas articles, which all are written in Afrikaans.

Is the future climate already here?
Birth of a new climate order
A climate for plants

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2020 Climate Leadership Campaign

Our colleague Andrea writes: In my hometown, Belo Horizonte, in Brazil, the State of the World Forum launched the international "2020 Climate Leadership Campaign". The magazine that I work for supported the event and published 12 pages about it. I was requested to conclude this covering by doing an analysis of the campaign. I decided then to talk about the power and the role of the cities to combat climate change, since the campaign will be launched in many other cities around the world (the next is Washington). Framing all the analysis was the Climate Summit for Mayors, parallel event of COP15. All the best, Andrea.





Monday, October 5, 2009

World leaders show renewed hope for Copenhagen

A new piece from our colleague Frederick Opoku in Ghana: The attached is a piece on the UN Secretary General's special climate change summit held in New York. I once mentioned this event in one of my articles on the blog and wish to share the summit outcome with colleagues. Thanks.

Friday, October 2, 2009

New articles by Leonie Joubert

Leonie writes: I think this is the most up to date list of climate change-related work that I’ve done since returning from Copenhagen. I’ll keep updating it as I go along. Kind regards, Leonie.


Columns
Extra Virgin Newsletter:
2 Pegging down climate’s big number (still to be published, watch www.extraextra.co.za)

Project 90x2030 Newsletter:
6 High-stakes poker, at the climate table (to be published)

Mail and Guardian:

TV script writing

8 Global A Vision of Paradise: global warming and religion – this was a four part series on climate change and the faith communities’ response to it. I wrote the scripts for episodes one (on the science) and four (solutions). This was aired on SABC2 during August 2009.

Blog

Articles
IPS news service
11 Climate change “is a security issue” – IPS (subscribers only – www.ipsnews.net)
12 Seeing REDD over forests – still to be published on IPS, as above
Mobility magazine see http://www.mobilitymag.co.za
13 Running to stand still (to be published before December)
14 Two-wheeling in Copenhagen (to be published before December)
Galeforce Communications commission
15 Greening Cape Town for life after fossil fuels (still to be published in local media)

Training/Media education
17 Climate change training for community media, funded by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): 13 August, Durban; 14 August, Johannesburg; 13 August, Cape Town. Additional – 9 October 2009.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Green energy, REDD and Obama

Frederick Opoku has forwarded another batch of interesting reporting from Ghana.
Green Energy Feature 1
Green Energy Feature 2
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
Obama on Climate Change

Observations and views from Brazil

Our colleague Aline Falco from Brazil writes:  I am sending to you the links for texts recently edited and coordinated by me, published at our website. As always, they are in Portuguese. The titles in English here only refer to the issue discussed in the articles, they are not the exact translation of Portuguese, ok? I think these are the most consistent ones. I apologise for my English mistakes. Looking foward to December! Best regards, Aline. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Doctors warn of climate failure

Frederick Opoku, our colleague from Ghana has produced a new article:
According to 18 of the world’s professional medical organizations, failure to agree on a new UN climate deal in December will bring a global health catastrophe. Read more:

Frederick Baffour Opoku: DOCTORS WARN OF CLIMATE FAILURE

Video message by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, takes stock of the international climate change negotiations ahead of the upcoming talks in Bangkok.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reality check - critical journalism helps bring negotiations down to earth

Here comes Padma with yet another good SciDev.net article by their Cape Town based contributor about an African negotiator describing the EU propsoal on climate change mitigation as unrealistic.

COP15 on YouTube

This December in Copenhagen, Denmark, the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 (also known as COP15) will take place. Delegates to the conference are set to negotiate the successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
The Danish government's ambition for COP15 is to enter into a binding global climate agreement to reduce the amount of man-made greenhouse gases which have a negative effect on the earth's climate system.
To mitigate the effects of climate change, it is the Danish government's view that we all must act and do our part. Here on YouTube, we invite you to "Raise your voice", and we will make it heard inside the conference meeting rooms where leaders of the world are gathered at COP15.
The "Raise your voice" channel is part of a collaboration between the Government of Denmark and Google/YouTube to focus on increasing awareness of climate change.

http://www.youtube.com/cop15



Thursday, September 17, 2009

Global Warming - What to Do?


Steffen Johnsen from NORDECO has updated his mindmap guide about global warming and what can be done. He writes in his introduction:


This is an attempt to create a knowledge base on Global Warming for Nordeco and its clients and collaborators. The MindMap attempts to help with the overview, while the text generally provides first a 'key quote' or a description what an issue is about, and then goes on to refer to additional sources of information. If we have been able to identify sources that provide solid data, these are also listed, with some actual data. This file should be read in conjunction with the one on Greenhouse Gasses, which attempts to provide info on which gases contribute to global warming as well as their sources and data on their volume.


Global Warming - What can be done?
Greenhouse Gasses

US planning to weaken Copenhagen climate deal, Europe warns

Key differences between the US and Europe could undermine a new worldwide treaty on global warming to replace Kyoto, sources say.
Europe has clashed with the US Obama administration over climate change in a potentially damaging split that comes ahead of crucial political negotiations on a new global deal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The Guardian understands that key differences have emerged between the US and Europe over the structure of a new worldwide treaty on global warming. Sources on the European side say the US approach could undermine the new treaty and weaken the world's ability to cut carbon emissions. Read the whole article:

US planning to weaken Copenhagen climate deal, Europe warns

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Homegrown climate models 'set India's record straight'

[NEW DELHI] A set of climate models has challenged projections of runaway greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in India over the next few decades. Although India's GHG emissions are projected to grow almost four-fold in the next decades they are likely to remain below the world average, according to the results of five models released last week (2 September). TV Padma writes about the new national climate models:

Homegrown climate models 'set India's record straight'

See also these other interesting articles at SciDevNet:

Bangladesh to host intl centre on climate adaptation

World Bank says climate mitigation need not stifle development

UAE opens green energy institute

Monday, September 14, 2009

Articles by Dipika Chhetri from Bhutan

Dipika Chhetri writes:  I have been busy with work…and I forgot the password/username to the blog, but I have been following updates….so I'll have to ask you to please publish two of my articles, they appeared in the paper in August and September, I hope the others will be interested to know how we are dealing. Hope everyone is doing great...
Dipika Chhetri, Reporter, Editorial Division, Bhutan Today




See also these earlier contributions:


Zambia mitigating impact of climate change


Climate change presents a real threat to human development and is already undermining the international community’s efforts to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To respond to this challenge, Zambia has been working with partners as Zambia Daily Mail correspondent VIOLET MENGO reports on the recent high level meeting for ministers held in Lusaka.

Zambia mitigating impact of climate change





Sunday, September 13, 2009

Insights to the political realm: Foreign Ministers of France, Britain, Finland, Sweden and Denmark share their views on COP 15

See the webcast of an interesting meeting between 5 European Foreign Ministers on September 10th at the University of Copenhagen. Ambitious political commitment at COP 15 is recognized as vital to world stability as it is central to issues of security and livelihoods.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Climate denial and the journalist as an activist

Leonie Joubert writes about the ever present climate deniers and the need for journalists to be better prepared and present the scientific facts. The other link is to an article about the journalist as an activist.

Handling the climate deniers
Crossing over

Light shines for climate change meeting

Denmark is playing host to COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December. The event will see nearly 200 countries meet in Copenhagen to negotiate a post-Kyoto agreement on climate change that is expected to come into force in 2012. Denmark is hopeful for a binding global climate agreement that will be applied to the period 2012. VIOLET MENGO writes on the road to COP15.

Light shines for climate change meeting

Copenhagen city of bicycles

Dear Friends,
Spending three weeks in Denmark was a thrill to me, an experience that will live forever.
just an ice berg of what all of us had to see whilst there, Enjoy. Violet

Copenhagen City of bikes

State respond to climate change

Dear COP friends,
I greet you all.
I have been up and down travelling and have had less time to post some of the articles that I did in line with Cop15 in December.
It is however better late than never.
I hope you will enjoy reading the articles from Zambia,
Violet

State responds to climate change

Denmark leads in low energy use



News from Frederick in Ghana

Our colleague Frederick Opoku has written nine articles that have been published in leading newspapers in Ghana. He writes:

Greetings from Ghana. Please find attached five, out of nine articles that i have written so far. The attached articles have been published in 'The Pilot', my newspaper, and in the 'Public Agenda' and the in the 'Daily Graphic', all leading newspapers in Ghana. This strategy is in line with my COP 15 plan, to reach out to diverse audience by writing in other newspapers as well, besides 'The Pilot'. The feed back has been very good. I will be sending the remaining articles in due course.

THE COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT (1)

THE COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT (2)

DECARBONIZING THE ECONOMY


CARBON FINANCE AND THE CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM (CDM)

THE WAR TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE: JAPAN MAKES BOLD MOVE TO DRASTICALLY CUT GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Loco Loco Mosquito

Climate change may well impact insect-borne disease, but the exact consequences remain uncertain. How well can scientists predict problems both at the global and regional scale? And what can policymakers do to prepare?

Read the special section on SciDevNet about climate change and disease

Important Sideevents at COP15

There are a number of interesting sideevents to the COP15. Two important ones are Forest Day 3 and the Agriculture and Rural Development Day.

Forest Day 3 is organized by CIFOR, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Government of Denmark and will focus on forests and climate change especially the forthcoming REDD modality. Forest Day 3 will take place on December 13 in Copenhagen.

The Agriculture Day will focus on the road after Copenhagen and formulate priority strategies and actions for ensuring food security and rural development in the face of climate change. Agriculture and Rural Development Day will be held at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen on 12 December 2009.

Read more about the Forest Day 3

Read more about Agriculture Day

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ochieng' Ogodo publishes in the National Geographic

Course participant Ochieng' Ogodo from Kenya has a new article in the National Geographic.

For one and a half decades, Johannes Mutisya, 54, a farmer in Kenya's Makueni district just east of Nairobi, has done what he could to eke out a living—but with little success.

Read the whole article at National Geographic

"Fertilizer Tree" May Revive African Farmlands

Getting REDDy for Copenhagen

The recent World Agroforestry Congress in Nairobi decided to include agroforests in the negotiations over a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) climate deal at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Copenhagen this December. "Through agroforestry-mitigation, Africa can tap into the $118 billion carbon market and use the proceeds for crucial adaptation efforts," agrees Minang. "But the continent is divided on what REDD should entail."   Read the full article

Monday, September 7, 2009

Climate change — adapting is crucial too

Climate change is a reality in developing regions, who say the international community must not neglect better adaptation strategies. Read the whole article written by TV Padma:

Climate change — adapting is crucial too

India's monsoon at risk from Greenland's melting ice

Freshwater melting from Greenland's ice sheet could weaken the Indian monsoon to the extent of threatening perpetual drought, one of India's leading climate scientists has warned. Reporting by course participant TV Padma:

India's monsoon at risk from Greenland's melting ice

Climate change: Enough science, now for the politics

Science can prove global climate change is happening, but it won't tell us what to do about it, says professor of climate change, Mike Hulme. Read the article at SciDevNet:

Climate change: Enough science, now for the politics

Africa's new climate leader outlines continent's stance

Speaking at a meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa to promote the African negotiating position, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the continent has "no intention to free-ride" a post-Kyoto agreement.

Africa's new climate leader outlines continent's stance
Africa threatens to veto climate deal

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Engineer associations come together in Copenhagen, 3 & 4 of September 2009

Thirteen associations of engineers worldwide have joined efforts to put forward their recommendations to COP 15. Read more about this initiative:
Future Climate Conference

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated

LONDON – 27 August 2009. Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will warn today that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of what it will cost to adapt to its impacts.
The real costs of adaptation are likely to be 2-3 times greater than estimates made by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), say Professor Martin Parry and colleagues in a new report published by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.
The report adds that costs will be even more when the full range of climate impacts on human activities is considered.

Read the full article at the IIED website and download the report.

Arctic glacier to lose Manhattan-sized 'tongue'

Read more at http://www.newscientist.com/article/d... The biggest glacier in the Arctic is on the verge of losing a chunk of ice the size of Manhattan. A group of scientists and climate change activists who are closely monitoring the Petermann glacier's ice tongue believe the rapid flow of ice is in part due to warm ocean currents moving up along the coast of Greenland, fuelled by global warming.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Copenhagen's 'best city for cyclists' goal

With less than four months to go until Copenhagen hosts the United Nations climate change summit, the city has announced its vision to become the world's best city for cyclists. In Copenhagen, a third of people already cycle to work, school or university. There are about 350km (217 miles) of cycle routes around the city. Cyclists have priority over cars and pedestrians at many major junctions and traffic lights. City officials have just announced their plans to get half of commuters using bikes by 2015.

Read the full article at BBC News and notice that the photo up front was taken next door to your course venue.

Friday, August 21, 2009

EARTH: The Holy Grail


Andrea Gunneng from Brazil has written a long article about the new report 'Climate Change - Global risks, challenges & decisions'. The report is from the scientific conference at the University of Copenhagen in 2009 and was presented at our course by Dr. Kathrine Richardsson. Andreas article was published in July in the environmental supplement of the Brazilian national newspaper 'Jornal do Brasil.' Here is a link to the article:

2°C O SANTO GRAAL DA TERRA

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fund promotes African adaptation to climate change

A new fund will help Africans share their knowledge of adapting to climate change. AfricaAdapt, a network set up in May to aid the flow of information between stakeholders, launched a Knowledge Sharing Innovation Fund on 16 June, offering grants of up to US$10,000 to projects testing new ways of sharing knowledge, such as theatre performances and radio broadcasts.

Fund promotes African adaptation to climate change

Padma, South Asia Regional Coordinator, SciDev.Net

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Scientific strategies can save dryland agriculture

Climate change will make Indian dryland agriculture harder, but a scientific strategy offers real hope, says William Dar, director general of International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), at Patancheru near Hyderabad in India.

Scientific strategies can save dryland agriculture

Padma, South Asia Regional Coordinator, SciDev.Net

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

India says no to emission cuts

Here is a link to a news report on SciDev.Net on the latest from India's minister for environment and forests on targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions;

India says no to emission cuts


And an earlier one published on 8 July on a hike in India's budget for climate research

India pours funds into climate, space research


Padma, South Asia Regional Coordinator, SciDev.Net

Monday, July 13, 2009

Padma's pics 2

Jorisna: Recommending a boat ride round the canal

Brrr.. Was that cold?

Never mind, the cold ain't going to beat us ladies
Jorisna and Leoni: Going green with ???

The Groupies once more


And Groupies again