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  • Africa climate change monitoring station launched

    30 April 2009, source: AFP
    URL: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jIT7o5_X2n-Gwx2UOCdQ-Qnuh03g

    Addis Ababa:  The African Union (AU) on Wednesday launched a satellite receiving station to track the effects of climate change on the world's poorest continent.  The station, the first of its kind, is named AU-African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development and will receive data from the European satellite agency EUMETSAT at the bloc's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital...
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  • UN gathers experts to help West African farmers cope with climate change

    29 April 2009, source: UN News Centre
    URL: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30623&Cr=africa&Cr1=west+africa

    New York:  A United Nations-backed workshop aimed at identifying ways for West African farmers to limit the damaging effect climate change has on their livelihoods kicked off in Burkina Faso today. West Africa, home to 43 per cent of the total population of sub-Saharan Africa, is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change in the world...
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  • Experts probe links between urban growth and climate change in Africa

    29 April 2009, source: The Cutting Edge
    URL: http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=11278&pageid=28&pagename=Sci-Tech

    A new project has united researchers exploring the connection between rapid urban growth in Africa and climate related emergencies, in an effort to safeguard vulnerable urban populations from the effects of climate change.   The Climate Change and Adaptation in Africa program, or CCAA, aims to increase the capacity of African people and organizations to cope with the effects of climate change...
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  • G8 Environment Ministers: Climate, biodiversity, health essential

    29 April 2009, source: Environment News Service
    URL: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2009/2009-04-28-02.asp

    Syracuse:   Climate change needs to be addressed urgently and the willingness to reach an ambitious agreement on a post-2012 regime in Copenhagen emerged from the Group of Eight Environment Ministers Meeting that concluded Friday on the island of Sicily.   At the annual UN climate conference, held this year in Copenhagen, governments are expected to finalize an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions that will pick up where the Kyoto Protocol leaves off at the end of 2012...
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  • Namibia to hammer out climate change policy

    29 April 2009, source: New Era
    URL: http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=3906

    Windhoek:   The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is developing the country’s climate change policy, an accompanying strategy and action plan.  This is one of the major activities that the ministry has initiated under the Second National Communication of the United National Framework Convention to Climate Change (UNFCCC...
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  • Forum on Forests: Proposed meeting to discuss 'alarming' rate of deforestation draws interest

    29 April 2009, source: ReliefWeb
    URL: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/KERN-7RD3Y3?OpenDocument

    Many speakers in the United Nations Forum on Forests expressed interest today in a meeting proposed by two major groups with the aim of discussing ways to stop the alarming rate of deforestation and forest degradation.   The proposal was made in a joint presentation by the non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples as the Forum held the first part of its multi-stakeholder dialogue with major civil society groups...
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  • Portuguese speaking environmental networks set cooperation priorities

    29 April 2009, source: Angola Press Agency
    URL: http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/ambiente/Portuguese-speaking-environmental-networks-set-cooperation-priorities,139b15db-8042-407b-ad5a-eeded103d96c.html

      Luanda:   Environmental networks of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP) analysed on Monday, in Lisbon (Portugal), ongoing sectoral projects and layed out the priorities of partnership that will be established through the signing of memoranda in various areas. Priority shall be attributed to the areas of environmental education, studies on environmental impact, ecotourism, consumer defence and environmental journalism, according to a source of the Angolan Maiombe Network that is attending the 3rd Lusophone Meeting on Environment and Territory, happening in Lisbon (Portugal) since April 27 and which is expected to end on Wednesday (April 29)...
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  • Burden lies with rich polluters, native people say

    28 April 2009, source: Inter Press Service
    URL: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46634

    Anchorage:  Already suffering significant impacts from climate change, indigenous peoples at the close of an international summit here rejected the concept of carbon trading and offsets. Many also called for a moratorium on all new oil and gas exploration in their traditional territories and the eventual phase-out of fossil fuels...
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  • Tanzania reefs hold climate change lessons - report

    28 April 2009, source: The Guardian
    URL: http://uk.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUKLN206079._CH_.2420

    Nairobi:  A network of "super-reefs" off east Africa are unusually resilient to climate change and could provide important lessons for coral conservation in other parts of the world, researchers said on Friday.  Experts say the planet has lost about a fifth of its corals and warn that many of the remaining reefs could die in the next 20 to 40 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced...
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  • Seychelles to adopt position on climate for COMESA meeting

    28 April 2009, source: African Press Agency
    URL: http://www.apanews.net/apa.php?page=show_article_eng&id_article=96873

    Victoria:  The Seychelles government will adopt a national position on climate which will be communicated to a meeting of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) at the end of the month. Official sources in the capital Victoria said on Tuesday 15 other African countries which are benefiting from funding by COMES are expected to make their positions known during the same meeting in Seychelles...
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  • UN chief tasks non-aligned states on global crises

    28 April 2009, source: Afrique en ligne
    URL: http://www.afriquejet.com/news/africa-news/un-chief-tasks-non-aligned-states-on-global-crises-2009042826419.html

    New York:  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of 118 developing countries to forge consensus to tackle poverty, climate change, food insecurity and other thorny global crises.  ``Just as these crises are related and their effects globalised, our responses must also be closely coordinated and based on a shared vision,” the UN chief said in his address to the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the group...
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  • Women are agents of change in food and climate battle, ActionAid tells G8 environment ministers

    28 April 2009, source: Reuters AlertNet
    URL: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/216723/9165db1cc80f4de9d88c58fc9a088a9c.htm

    Women need to be recognised for their role in securing food supplies and fighting climate change, ActionAid told G8 environment ministers meeting in Italy ahead of this year's summit in July. "It is women farmers in developing countries who are the true custodians of genetic varieties on which the human food chain depends," ActionAid's food policy adviser Magdalena Kropownicka said...
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  • Strengthening SADC river basin management

    28 April 2009, source: Inter Press Service
    URL: http://www.southerntimesafrica.com/inside.aspx?sectid=3514&cat=1

    Gaborone:  Many of the adverse effects of floods which swamped northwest Botswana in early March could have been avoided if the Okavango River Basin Commission (OKACOM) had an early warning system in place. "I just returned from northwest Botswana where I was inspecting damage from the recent flooding - the largest on record," Gabaake Gabaake, Permanent Secretary in Botswana's Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources told delegates at the opening of a two-day regional conference in Gaborone on strengthening trans-boundary water management...
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  • Experts develop climate change resilience strategies

    28 April 2009, source: Africa Science News
    URL: http://africasciencenews.org/asns/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1177&Itemid=2

    A team of environmental experts in conjunction with members of the civil society from the East and Central African region have developed evidence based strategies that will help the region form resilience against climate change, and develop opportunities out of it. In a workshop which was held in Mombasa, the experts were categorical that climate change comes with either a ‘package’ of advantages, or one of disadvantages, and that it is important for countries to explore the advantages and make opportunities out of them...
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  • The right to survive

    28 April 2009, source: New Statesman
    URL: http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2009/04/aid-world-climate-disasters

    London:  The hero of Slumdog Millionaire, Jamal Malik, faces many hazards before he can win the game-show and get the girl: growing up in a Mumbai slum, orphaned in religious violence, living on a rubbish dump, getting caught up with gangsters. But the film misses out on an increasingly dangerous threat to Jamal and his ilk – the weather...
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