Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Global warming may halve Bangladesh rice yields

A new article by course participant T. V. Padma published on the Science and Development Network webpage:

Additional materials in existing posts

For your information several of the existing posts have had extra material added. See posts on Risoe (June 26) and Lolland (June 17) below where new links and power point presentations have been added.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation - REDD

The morning session on REDD had several presentations and they are now available for download.

The publication by Finn Danielsen et al. on biofuel plantations:

Copenhagen prepares for COP15

Here is a link to a new article in Spanish about the preparations for COP15 by Copenhagen Municipality. The article was written by Carlos Gómez.

Copenhagen - host city for COP15

The following presentation about the city of Copenhagen and its role and planned activities with regard to COP15 is from the meeting at the townhall yesterday.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Copenhagen Climate Plan

The following is the presentation made by Casper Harboe, Climate Change Adviser, Copenhagen Municipality:

Submit your Best Climate Change Reports!

The following competition could be of interest to your colleagues or others in your network:

Print, radio, TV and online journalists, photojournalists, bloggers from around the world and creative youth are invited to participate in the Earth Journalism Awards.

Submit your best stories on climate change before September 7 2009 (12.00 pm, Paris-time, GMT+2) and win an opportunity to cover the Copenhagen Climate Summit!

Internews' Earth Journalism Awards encourage high-quality local climate change coverage leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 7-18 2009 in Copenhagen (COP15).

A total of 14 awards are now open for entry:

Seven Regional Awards on current affairs and news reporting on climate change: Eurasia, South Asia, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and North America, Europe & Australia.

Seven Thematic Awards: The Negotiations Award, The Human Voices Award, The Energy Award, The Forests Award, The Climate Change and Nature Award, The Climate Change Adaptation Award, and The MTV Positive Change Award.

The 15th award - the Global Public Award - will be chosen by the public, which will be invited to vote online for the best story drawn from the winning regional and thematic awards through a social networking campaign on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Winners will be invited to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen this December, where they will cover these pivotal negotiations and be honoured at a high-profile awards ceremony.

Vanløse Climate Street

The field trip today includes a visit to the socalled "Climate Street." The following is a press release from the Agenda 21 office in Vanløse regarding this special street:

Climate Street – Yes, we can!

25. June at 8.30 am was the starting point for Vanlose Climate Street, which will put Vanlose on the global climate maps! Think globally - act locally.

The aim is to transform the street ‘Jernbane Allé’ into a green commercial street, which - in addition to environmental and economic benefits for the shop keepers – will give the citizens of Vanlose a unique opportunity for environmental and climate-friendly local shopping. In reality the shop keepers will work under the concept of ‘Climate +’, which should result in a reduction in the shops energy use or under the concept ‘green store’ which in addition to the ‘Climate +’ approach also focuses on waste, water, the products (cleaners, etc.) that are used in the shop and the products that the shop sells. Both concepts have been developed by the Copenhagen Municipality.

The first "carrot" for the shop keepers is a free offer of an energy review, when they register as a ‘Climate +’ or ‘Green store’. In addition they will get the benefits of the joint promotion and branding that project provides.

During the process the project will watch for other environmental and climate initiatives that may be integrated into the project for example the opportunity of establishing charging stations for electric cars, joint bicycle racks and much more.

The goal is that at least 75% of the shop keepers should be involved in the project by 1 November 2009.

The project is created in collaboration between the shop keepers on ‘Jernbane Allé, Miljopunkt Vanlose and Grønne Erhverv (Green Business) in the Municipality

Miljøpunkt Vanløse, Jernbane Allé 95, Tel: +45 4090 8820
Jacob Hartmann, Green Business, Municipality of Copenhagen, Tel: +45 3366 3193
Allan Christensen, Energy Adviser, Tel: +45 4079 3654

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Media Coverage of Climate Change in Nonindustrialised Countries

A forthcoming book examines the relationship between climate change and the media - including the changing nature of media coverage around the world, from the USA, the UK and Europe to China, Australasia and the developing world. The following chapter written by Mike Shanahan, IIED and the Climate Change Media Partnership reports on the media and climate change coverage in a number of countries including Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam and China.

Time to Adapt? Media Coverage of Climate Change in Nonindustrialised Countries

The details of the new book:

Climate Change and the Media. Edited by Tammy Boyce & Justin Lewis, Global Crises and the Media series, volume 5, is available through Peter Lang Publishing and most major wholesalers (paperback, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-4331-0460-2 / hardcover, $89.95, 978-1-4331-0461-9, publication date August 2009).

CHRISTIANIA - The Green Lung of the City

For those who are planning to visit the Freetown of Christiania this weekend the following guide below is available online. The map above depicts the location of Christiania. You may walk to Christiania in about 35 minutes or you can take the Metro from Nørreport Station to Christianshavn.

Climate change and food

Here is a link to an interesting report from the University of Surrey on climate change and food:

Cooking up a Storm: Food, Greenhouse Gas Emission and Our Changing Climate

Small farmers could cash in on carbon monitoring

Course participant Ochieng' Ogodo has published the following article on the Science and Development website:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Another link on REDD

The Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) website has an interesting section on REDD.

Article on the Post-Bonn situation

The following links to an article edited by Aline Falco about the situation after the recent Bonn climate meeting in March 2009. This meeting forms part of the preparations for the COP15. The article is in portuguese:

Report in Spanish about the journalist course

Carlos Gómez who is a participant in the journalism course has written an article about the course at the website of CCAD (Central American Environment Commission).

Relevant web sites for climate change

Here is the presentation about relevant climate change web links.

Risø - The National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy

The following are the presentations made by the staff at Risø during our visit to the facilities:

For info on The CDM and Carbon Finance: (project sites): www.CD4CDM.org + www.cdmpipeline.org + www.latincarbon.com For info on Climate Strategies and Resilient Development (Adaptation - project site): www.ccdare.org

Cleaner Energy Development: (Energy access - project site): www.paceaa.org

In addition, you are also invited to visit The Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Network (GNESD) www.gnesd.org Last but not least Please visit the Official UN climate change awareness campaign: www.sealthedeal2009.org

Field trip snap shots

Take a look at Leonie Joubert's blog and see the snapshots from the field trip we took yesterday.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Climate change and flexible mechanisms

The presentations and notes delivered by Rasmus Vincent at the course session this morning are now available below:

How the media is creating a climate for change

How the media is creating a climate for change
R. K. Pachauri
24 June 2009

The media has helped turn public opinion in favour of action on climate change. IPCC chair R. K. Pachauri calls on journalists to maintain focus on the scientific rationale for action in their coverage of climate change. Read the whole article on SciDevNet.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Agriculture and climate change

Steffen Johnsens presentations on agriculture and climate change are available below:

Science and development network

Ms. T V Padma, the regional coordinator for South Asia of the Science and Development Network gave an introduction to the network yesterday. The website can be visited here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sustainable urban development in Malmø

There will be a chance for visiting Malmø, the third largest city in Sweden located across from Copenhagen. The visit is voluntary and will take place on Saturday 27 June. The focus will be on sustainable urban development in the Western Harbour of Malmø and will be led by Lars Pedersen from the Danida Fellowship Centre. There will be an opportunity to go shopping afterwards in Malmø. Further details and signing up for the trip will take place during the course on Friday 26.

The following two reports provides an introduction to the area and the planning approach.

An interesting article from the Guardian about the Western Harbour residential area and its biodiversity enhancing efforts.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Island in the wind

The trip to Lolland was an eyeopener regarding governance and climate change. The municipality has taken the lead in developing innovative mitigation and adaptation measures to combat climate change and at the same time creating new jobs and income in addition to improving the local environmental situation.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The presentation by Sune Rasmussen at the Centre for Ice and Climate was a convincing exposition of solid science data based on temperature fluctuations during the past 135,000 years. A major thrill was when participants entered the icebox to see ice core samples and the temperature suddenly fell from 18 degrees celcius down to minus 25 degrees.


Great group. We are really looking forward to working together with you all.

Per, Hanne, Philip, Aage and Steffen

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Interesting mailing list for journalists

Please contact IIED’s press officer, Mike Shanahan, if you would like to join his mailing list for journalists. For regular information about briefings, training opportunities, and embargoed press releases. All of IIED’s publications are free to download, and by joining the mailing list you can get advance notice of new reports on issues such as climate change, forestry, agriculture, water and sanitation. You can also find out about the Climate Change Media Partnership fellowships to attend the follow up to COP15 in Copenhagen, in December 2010. To join the list, email Mike at mike.shanahan@iied.org

Mike Shanahan
Press officer
International Institute for Environment and Development
3 Endsleigh Street
London WC1H 0DD
Tel: 44 (0) 207 388 2117
Fax: 44 (0) 207 388 2826
Email: mike.shanahan@iied.org

World Conference of Science Journalists 2009: Stories that matter to a changing world
Central Hall, Westminster, London
30 June - 2 July 2009