Local authorities are urging China's central government to boost relief efforts amid a severe drought affecting several parts of the country. Over the past year, parts of China have seen precipitation levels fall by as much as 90 per cent, with some of the worst affected provinces including Henan, Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong and Jiangsu.
Executive secretary Christiana Figueres said nations had to follow up their UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, last year with higher global emission cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds to show the world that a new era of international co-operation on climate change is an established fact.
Agricultural research produced in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation concluded last week that Africa should stop relying on just a handful of crops and developing new seeds as the default solutions to end hunger and poverty.
The message, outlined in a report by the Worldwatch Institute, appears out of step with the Gates foundation’s funding of agrotechnology initiatives to achieve agricultural development in Africa.
The government's flagship policy on community land deeds could jeopardise conservation efforts that have seen Thailand's forest area increase for the first time in decades.
Adis Israngkura, a researcher from the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said deforestation had slowed from 3 million rai a year to 300,000 rai a year.
Fishermen communities of Mubarak Village have urged the government to provide them alternative sources of income as the fisheries sector is under tremendous pressures and could hardly meet their economic needs. They demanded that a special development plan be made to boost the economic activities in their village.
Worried about the nation’s dependence on oil, many have advocated a paradigm shift to agriculture, another means to further boost the economy and reduce poverty.
They hinged their argument on the fact that rural-urban drift which at the end make majority of the youths roam the cities in search of jobs that are not available could be tamed if agriculture is made attractive and the rural areas equipped with basic infrastructures like electricity and good roads among others.
Frequent fire outbreaks in agricultural communities have led to soil degradation, which meant low crop yields, and more crippling poverty for farmers who have had to deal with this scourge every year without a reprieve, a sensitization campaign against wildfires in the Fonis heard as officials of the forestry department, the Brikama Area Council and the West Coast governor’s office met local communities.
Dynamite fishing was successfully controlled, almost to zero level, when the Irish government supported the Tanga Coastal Zone Conservation and Development Programme (TCZCDP).
However, when it ended in 2006, dynamite fishing erupted with vengeance. Suddenly reported dynamite blasts shot up from almost zero to 69 blasts per month in the following year (2007). This is until another donor showed up in the form of the World Bank-financed Tanzania Marine and Coastal Environment Management Project (MACEMP).
The Philippines got a $4.97-million World Bank grant to help farmers cope with the effects of climate change, the multilateral lender said in a statement released on Friday. The government and the World bank signed the agreement last Dec. 21, the statement said.
The grant, to come from the Global Environment facility of the World Bank-managed Special Climate Change Fund, will help finance the $55.42-million Philippines Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP).
Quietly cutting through the chronic traffic of Manila, the sprawling capital city of Philippines, is a fleet of brightly colored electric vehicles.
Can these e-vehicles -- eco-friendly versions of the iconic Philippine form of public transport -- lead the country towards a clean, green future?
One of the agreements reached during the climate change discussions is support for the world’s least developed nations in regards to global warming through the creation of the Green Climate Fund. As the US, EU and Japan desired initially the Green Climate Fund will use the World Bank as a trustee. In essence the Green Climate Fund plans on administering a majority of the $100 billion from more developed, wealthy nations to less developed, struggling nations as promised last year at the Copenhagen climate change conference.
The Philippines, home to less than 10 million hectares of forest, is highly respected in the international forum on REDD-plus, or reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, especially because its chief negotiator comes from an indigenous community. The Philippines strongly supports the need to respect the rights of indigenous people in forest management.
While frustration over the glacial pace of progress at global conferences gets all the headlines, useful work on the ground continues to be done to help people adapt better to climate change.
While most of the work of the greentech sector is focused on mitigation technologies that can reduce carbon emissions, from clean power to energy efficiency, given that this latest agreement will not prevent the rise of global temperatures within the range that scientists say is needed (though it made some progress on other key issues), perhaps it’s time for those in the greentech industry to start betting that adaption will one day be a hot market.
Elements of last year's Copenhagen Accord moved a step closer to reality as two weeks of talks concluded in Cancun this week with a new consensus on the path forward for international negotiations to combat climate change. Over the objections of Bolivia, the so-called Cancun Agreements text was adopted by more than 190 countries, setting the stage for ongoing negotiations on subjects ranging from greenhouse gas emission cuts from industrialized and developing countries to rules for reducing deforestation.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamaruzaman Ampon said social problems are the cause of most environmental problems in the State and elsewhere. He said inequality of access to natural resources drives the poor to desperation. In this instance, he said that natural resources provide them with a safety net.
India bolstered troubled UN climate talks on Friday by saying it could eventually commit to legally binding emissions reduction targets, a newspaper reported, in a major shift in the government's stance.
India is the world's No 3 greenhouse gas polluter after the United States and China, and rapid economic growth and consumption are driving up production of planet-warming carbon dioxide from coal fired power plants, transport and industry.
One of the big sticking points at the climate summit in Cancun is how best to distribute the $30 billion promised under the Copenhagen Accord. The money, known as Fast Start Finance, is designed to help poor countries reduce their own carbon emissions and protect themselves against climate impact for the next two years.
Glaciers in many parts of the world are increasing, according to a new United Nations report, despite climate change.
The Dominican Republic's coral reefs are vital for tourism, but they are under threat.
Seminar on Disaster Risk Management and Poverty Reduction for Asian Countries Successfully Closed in ChengduPosted on: 4 November 2010 - 11:17am
September 28, 2010---The Seminar on Disaster Risk Management and Poverty Reduction for Asian Countries hosted by IPRCC and organized by Sichuan Bureau of Poverty Alleviation and Immigration Affairs and UNDP China was successfully closed in Chengdu on September 28, 2010. IPRCC Chief Technical Advisor Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed presided over the closing ceremony. IPRCC Deputy Director-General He Xiaojun and trainee representatives delivered summary reports.