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  • Delayed climate deal a risk to food production, ag specialists say

    07 December 2011, source: AlertNet
    URL: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/delayed-climate-deal-a-risk-to-food-production-ag-specialists-say

    The dun maize field spreading out at Dumisani Ndlovu’s offers a hint of a bleak future. Baked by the sun and deprived of water, the crops on his farm in Giyani, in South Africa’s Limpopo province, are parched and nearly dead. Ndlovu, a third-generation farmer, pulls a leaf from a plant that ought to be plump and green...
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  • Leading Agricultural Organisations Issue Joint Appeal to COP17 Climate Negotiators at All-Day Event in Durban

    03 December 2011, source: CGIAR Research Program on CCAFS
    URL: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/news/press-releases/leading-agricultural-organisations-issue-joint-appeal-cop17-climate-negotiators

    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: A group of 16 of the world’s leading agricultural organisations (including three United Nations agencies, the World Bank, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), FANRPAN, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and the World Farmers’ Organisation) has jointly endorsed a letter calling on COP17 climate negotiators to take concrete action to include agriculture in the text of the climate agreement...
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  • Attention on Africa's agriculture as food becomes world's 'new oil'

    03 December 2011, source: Ghana Business News
    URL: http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2011/12/03/attention-on-africa%E2%80%99s-agriculture-as-food-becomes-world%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98new-oil%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-standard-bank/

    With food expected to become the “new oil” of the 21st century, the Standard Bank Group says Africa’s agricultural output is set for explosive growth in the coming decade. According to a research analyst at the South African-based bank, Mr Simon Freemantle, the continent’s largely untapped potential is gaining an elevated attention...
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  • John Prescott: suspend the Kyoto protocol

    02 December 2011, source: The Guardian
    URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/02/john-prescott-suspend-kyoto-protocol

    The former Labour minister says countries should 'stop the clock' on the agreement in order to continue negotiations on its future. The Kyoto protocol should be suspended in order to safeguard its future, said one of the lead architects of the treaty, the former Labour minister John Prescott. Instead of allowing the current provisions of the agreement to expire in 2012 - as they would under current law - countries should "stop the clock" in order to continue negotiations on its future, at United Nations climate change talks taking place this week and next in Durban...
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  • Canada urged to stay with Kyoto Protocol

    02 December 2011, source: Fin24
    URL: http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Canada-urged-to-stay-with-Kyoto-Protocol-20111202-2

    Durban - South Africa has urged Canada to reconsider its position of not entering into a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, officials said on Thursday. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa called on Canada to recommit to Kyoto. Molewa heads South Africa's delegation to the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Durban...
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  • Has the Kyoto protocol failed Africa?

    02 December 2011, source: BBC News
    URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15989873

    On the outskirts of Durban, rubbish is being turned into energy and cash. A neat trick which the architects of the Kyoto Protocol can lay claim to. The Mariannhill Landfill is converting methane gas emitted by rotting rubbish into energy - and in doing so, providing an alternative to fossil fuels...
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  • Climate change is just a game

    02 December 2011, source: News24
    URL: http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/Climate-change-is-just-a-game-20111202

    Durban - When Pablo Suarez began teaching farmers, fishermen and emergency volunteers about rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns using scientists and a Powerpoint presentation, people were falling asleep in their chairs. Eventually he decided on a very different approach. "I had to convey the idea of a storm, of an extreme weather event, and I had a Frisbee and I just threw it into the audience," Suarez, a Red Cross associate director of programmes, told Reuters on the sidelines of a global climate summit...
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  • Africa: Using ICT to communicate climate change to women

    02 December 2011, source: Bizcommunity
    URL: http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/98/68049.html

    As decision-makers continue to deliberate on the future of the planet, the people most vulnerable to global warming remain largely voiceless in the public domain. While mainstream media may sometimes be missing the boat when it comes to giving these voices the spotlight, new media is proving to be an important avenue to promote awareness and give women a voice on climate change issues...
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  • Reporting from COP 17 in Durban

    02 December 2011, source: The Rockefeller Foundation
    URL: http://m.rockfound.org/news/events/climate-month

    December is Climate Month at the Rockefeller Foundation, and for the first time since our founding in 1913 we will begin a month-long tribute to climate adaptation and resilience. We are doing this for two main reasons: first to showcase the work of our grantees in this area; and second to begin a conversation on the issue of climate resilience that we hope extends far beyond December...
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  • Livestock insurance: A chance to outsmart drought?

    02 December 2011, source: AlertNet
    URL: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/livestock-insurance-a-chance-to-outsmart-drought

    What hits you when you get out of the truck at Ginda village, in Northern Kenya, is the smell. Farmer Haro Sora’s land is littered with the carcasses of cattle and donkeys that have keeled over following an intense, prolonged drought. A skull here; half a ribcage there. In some places there are whole animals slumped on the roadside...
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  • 'Changing climate impacts food security'

    01 December 2011, source: The Star
    URL: http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/changing-climate-impacts-food-security-1.1190748

    South Africa used to be a big exporter of deciduous fruits. Apples, pears, all destined for Europe. But that’s changing now, and scientists are pointing to our changing climate. “It's no longer possible for many of those areas to continue to produce those fruits,” said Dr Bob Scholes of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)...
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