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Christiana Figueres: Climate finance flowing, but inadequate

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Climate financing across the globe has hit record high to about $650 billion in the last two years, but UN climate chief Christiana Figureres says it is not enough to meet the growing financial needs to tackle global warming. A new financial assessment report presented to at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru puts the lower range of global ...

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‘Selling off forests is business for Peruvian government’

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New report finds that Peruvian government is failing to address the real causes of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon while undermining indigenous peoples’ efforts to protect their forests   A new report has shown that, despite public commitments to protect Peru’s forests, the first Amazonian host of the UN COP is ignoring the real drivers of deforestation and failing to ...

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Africa demands ratification of KP2 extension at Lima talks

Nagmeldin G. Elhassan

The African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change has urged developed countries to ratify an extension of the second phase of Kyoto Protocol (KP). They say the developed nations must show leadership in tackling climate change effects by ratifying the binding treaty. Nagmeldin G. Elhassan, the Chair of the African Group of Negotiators, says ratifying the second commitment period is ...

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Meteorologists warn of El Nino over East Africa

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Few days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned of worst climate ahead, East African Meteorologists have moved to issue El Nino alert over the region. Uganda National Meteorology Authority is calling for preparation of the members of the public for the occurrence of the adverse weather event. According to the alert, El Nino is expected to occur between ...

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Extreme heat, discordant tunes reign at Lima climate talks

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Delegates from over 190 countries at the ongoing Lima global climate talks have, ironically, come under serious pressure from the weather with extreme heat trailing the negotiations. As negotiations opened on Monday morning, delegates immediately found themselves on the hot seat as IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri challenged delegates to “come to terms” with the fact that staying below the 2°C ...

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Clean water, sanitation vital in treatment for people living with HIV

Access to clean water and basic toilets is an essential but neglected part of the management and treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), new research by international development organisations WaterAid and SAfAIDS has found. The new report shows that 70% of the approximately 35 million people living with HIV in the world reside in Sub-Saharan Africa. This equates to approximately ...

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Welcoming Smart Villages Initiative to Africa

“Aid cannot achieve the end of poverty – ‘only homegrown development based on the dynamism of individuals and firms in free markets can do that.” – A former World Bank economist.   Electricity is development. It is something without which development is a mirage.  Very many African villages lack electricity because all African countries cannot provide this essential commodity for ...

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UN climate summit opens with people hungry for action

The UN climate talks in Lima (COP20) opened on Monday with a flame of solidarity as an estimated 10,000 people around the world joined together in the largest ever climate fast to show support for the victims of climate change. UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and the Peruvian Minister of Environment and President of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, offered their support for the ...

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Lima COP 20 opening ceremony in pictures

The 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) officially opened on Monday, December 1, 2014 in Lima, Peru. The forum, which is loaded with events, will come to a close on Friday, December 12. EnviroNews Nigeria presents images at the well-attended opening ceremony.         ...

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Africa eyes comprehensive 2015 draft as Lima climate talks begin

The United Nations Climate Change Conference opening today in Lima, Peru carries the prospects of putting the world on the pathway to a comprehensive climate agreement in 2015, experts have said. Amidst cautious optimism, African civil society groups under the umbrella of the Pan-African Climate Justice (PACJA) have called for a draft text to be adopted in Paris next year ...

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