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:


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.


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,

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.






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