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  • Time running out for Namibia to decide on climate change

    29 January 2010, source: Informante
    URL: http://www.informante.web.na/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5682&Itemid=101

    Windhoek:  Time is running out for the Namibian Government to make a decision on whether to sign or snub the  Copenhagen Agreement on climate change set for end of this month. The Copenhagen Agreement deadline was set for countries to commit to fighting the effects of climate change. This was said by Prime Minister Nahas Angula while addressing industrialists at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday at a local hotel...
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  • Africa asks China to make greater efforts to fight climate change

    29 January 2010, source: Afrique en Ligne
    URL: http://www.afriquejet.com/news/africa-news/africa-asks-china-to-make-greater-efforts-to-fight-climate-change-2010012842996.html

    Addis Ababa:  The deputy chief of the African Union, Erastus Mwencha, on Wednesday asked to China to make more efforts in the fight against climate ch ange, which has had tragic consequences on African agriculture."An increase of temperature by 1 degree is enough to provoke floods and endanger African agriculture...
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  • China willing to strengthen cooperation with Africa in meeting challenges posed by climate change

    29 January 2010, source: Xinhua
    URL: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/6882230.html

    Addis Ababa:  Chinese Envoy and Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun said on Thursday that most of the developing countries, especially the African countries, are the victims of climate change and China is willing to further strengthen the cooperation with Africa so as to meet the challenges posed by climate change...
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  • US pledges 17 percent emissions reduction by 2020

    29 January 2010, source: Washington Post
    URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012803632.html

    Washington:  The United States pledged Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels under an international climate agreement, though it made its commitment contingent on passing legislation at home. The Obama administration submitted its much-anticipated reduction target to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat under the Copenhagen Accord, a non-binding deal brokered by the United States last month at the U...
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  • Jonathan Lash: Copenhagen's moment of truth

    29 January 2010, source: Los Angeles Times
    URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-lash29-2010jan29,0,3120361.story

    On Sunday, we will learn if world leaders meant what they said when they agreed last month to act collectively to stabilize Earth's overheating climate. Having failed to complete a legally binding agreement at the chaotic Copenhagen summit, world leaders instead endorsed what they said would be a "politically binding" agreement -- the Copenhagen accord -- that calls on countries to submit national targets and action plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions...
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  • South Africa: State to take input on energy mix plans

    29 January 2010, source: Business Report
    URL: http://www.busrep.co.za/general/print_article.php?fArticleId=3625118&fSectionId=552&fSetId=662

    Johannesburg:  The government would hold public hearings in March or April into South Africa's energy mix over the next two decades and would finalise a blueprint by July, Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane said yesterday. It planned to meet "key stakeholders" from organised business, labour and civil society in the run-up to releasing a draft plan ahead of the public hearings, she said...
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  • Davos: Funding switch threatens aid to developing world, campaigner warns

    29 January 2010, source: The Guardian
    URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jan/28/davos-larry-elliott-development-aid

    Davos:  Rich countries are raiding their aid budgets to bankroll a new global fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change, one of the world's leading development campaign groups warned today. Jamie Drummond, executive director of the One group co-founded by the rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof, said the west was being "dishonest" about the $30bn (£18bn) of fast-track finance proposed in Copenhagen last month to persuade developing countries to agree a deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions...
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  • SA's renewable sector could create over 145 000 jobs by 2020

    29 January 2010, source: Engineering News
    URL: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/south-africas-low-carbon-job-opportunities-2010-01-28

    Johannesburg:  A recent report from international research organisation the Global Climate Network (GCN) has indicated that some 36 400 new direct jobs and 109 100 indirect jobs could be created in the renewable energy sector in South Africa by 2020. Further, as many as 700 000 people could be employed in the biofuels industry in South Africa, the report entitled ‘Low carbon jobs in an interconnected world' stated...
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  • Top five greenest nations on the planet

    29 January 2010, source: Christian Science Monitor
    URL: http://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/print/content/view/print/276612

    Boston:  The top five greenest nations on the planet: 1. Iceland 2. Switzerland 3. Costa Rica 4. Sweden 5. Norway And the US? According to a global environmental performance index presented today at the annual economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, the United States fell 22 places to 61st...
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  • Mozambique aims to establish regional strategy against “uncontrolled slash and burn”

    28 January 2010, source: Macauhub
    URL: http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/news.php?ID=8826

    Maputo:   Mozambique Monday called for joint strategies to be drawn up by countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to combat “the tradition of uncontrolled slash and burn” in agriculture, warning of the environmental damage the custom causes.The need to coordinate efforts in the fight against “uncontrolled slash and burn” that is so common in African societies for agriculture, was reiterated Monday at a seminar in Maputo about natural disasters, attended by representatives of 15 SADC countries...
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  • APF statement: Climate change/food security

    28 January 2010, source: Africa Partnership Forum
    URL: http://www.africapartnershipforum.org/dataoecd/0/50/44477768.pdf

    Addis Ababa:  The Africa Partnership Forum held its 13th regular session in Addis Ababa on 25th January 2010, and was addressed by the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union. The Forum conveyed its deepest condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia on the tragic loss of life following the air accident the previous evening...
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  • South Africa: State will clarify emissions target

    28 January 2010, source: Business Report
    URL: http://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=561&fArticleId=5327478

    Johannesburg:  The government would release details of its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions during this year, as it developed a white paper on climate change, Joanne Yawitch, the deputy director-general of environmental affairs, said yesterday.Her comments came after Business Unity SA (Busa) put pressure on the state this week to unpack its pledge to reduce carbon emissions 34 percent from a business-as-usual scenario by 2020 and 42 percent by 2025...
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  • Science chief John Beddington calls for honesty on climate change

    28 January 2010, source: The Times
    URL: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7003622.ece

    London: The impact of global warming has been exaggerated by some scientists and there is an urgent need for more honest disclosure of the uncertainty of predictions about the rate of climate change, according to the Government's chief scientific adviser. John Beddington was speaking to The Times in the wake of an admission by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that it grossly overstated the rate at which Himalayan glaciers were receding...
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  • SA can no longer ignore the costs of coal

    28 January 2010, source: Business Day
    URL: http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=92214http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=92214

    Johannesburg:  Those who believe the climate change movement is based on false science may be happy that last month’s Copenhagen climate summit did not deliver an ambitious and binding deal. Those who work on this premise assume there is nothing to be done to reduce carbon emissions and fix our carbon-intensive energy trajectory...
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  • China sets up national energy commission

    28 January 2010, source: AFP
    URL: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hhZzUfOuOOlbe1DJUzwzU52hZuTA

    Beijing:  China said Wednesday it had set up a national commission to coordinate energy policy, as the Asian giant's soaring power needs are increasingly forcing it to look abroad for supplies. "To strengthen strategic energy policy and coordinate overall planning, the State Council has decided to establish a National Energy Commission," said a statement by the council, China's cabinet...
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