durban day 3

COP Day Date of publication
17 3 30th November 2011

“The Africa Group would like to declare clear and loud that it will not let African soil be a graveyard for the Kyoto Protocol.”

COP17 was very much alive and buzzing yesterday, and the name that seems to be on everyone’s lips is Canada. Canada the infamous villain of these negotiations, is doing a good job of instilling confusion into the process for delegates here. Though its actions are not entirely unexpected, that doesn’t make it sting any less… More


Enhancing women leadership to address the challenges of climate change

Women serve as agents of social change and development, through their unique roles in family and child care, agricultural labour, food and nutrition, security, health and disaster risk reduction… More


Profile: Ahmed Djoghlaf

Nationality: Algerian

Country of residence: Canada

Current Position: Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity… More


How many wake up calls do Governments need?

Workers around the world are deeply concerned at the loss of momentum on climate change. The usually conservative International Energy Agency says we are 5 years from a point of no return on CO2 emissions. Brazil’s chief negotiator, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, has warned America and other industrialised countries that they could prompt the collapse of the Durban climate talks if they try to escape their commitments to a $100bn climate aid fund.  More


Don’t count on a good COP

SustainAbility’s Chairman, Geoff Lye argues that it is time to shift the leadership focus from policy makers to market shapers… More

The future is about to be written: young people will have a say in what it will look like

During the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio a 12 year old Severn Suzuki stood on the stage to share her perspective and encourage her negotiators to think about the long-term impacts that their decisions would have on the environment and her future. The Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity were two of the significant outcomes of the UNCED and since then young people have been actively involved as participants in a range of multi-lateral environmental conferences… More

The door is closing, but when will we be “locked-in”?

The energy sector accounts for the bulk of human induced green-house gas emissions, but the average lifetime of its infrastructure renders it difficult to implement the quick and deep abatements that would be required to put the world onto a 2 degrees trajectory. More

UN Agencies in South Africa share approaches to addressing climate change

Innovative ‘out of the box’ approaches are needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to promote the effective and efficient use of otherwise scarce resources…More

Quote of the day

Do or do not. There is no try

Daisy Streatfeild’s favourite quote from Yoda

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Country of residence: U.K

Current Position: Head of International Climate Finance Negotiations for the UK.

What propted your early interest in the environment?

About ten years ago, I read a book called Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming by Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer. It’s a short accessible summary of the science of climate change, and the scale of the challenge. I defy anyone to read it and not feel the urgent need to do something about climate change.

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