Climate Change
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:27

From Cancun to Durban

After the 15th UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen, there was a general feeling of disappointment and failure. Last year’s COP in Cancun, however, generated more positive reactions. But how are we going to move from Cancun to this year’s COP17 in Durban to ensure success?
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:26

SA gets new rules for waste disposal

South Africa’s long-awaited National Domestic Waste Collection Standard came into effect on 1 February 2011. The standard which is published under the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (Act No. 59 of 2008), aims to provide a uniform framework within which domestic waste should be collected in South Africa.
Nearly 84% of Tanzanians don’t have access to electricity and the opportunities and improved quality of life that electricity can provide. That figure rises to approximately 98% in rural areas.
Camco, an international company specialising in climate change solutions, and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), an independent economic policy research institution, recently released a case study entitled “The Construction Industry’s Path towards a Low Carbon Trajectory” with funding from the British High Commission. According to the case study, the South African construction industry has been increasingly focused on both the introduction of green practices and on energy-saving technologies.

A local researcher’s perspective

The head of the Environment Agency, Chris Smith, recently warned that corporate Britain is ill-prepared for the impacts of climate change. Smith said that businesses needed to start creating adaption plans now or face severe disruption in the decades ahead.

On 10 March, the chemicals company BASF published its Report 2010, which shows that it had reached an important goal last year: Specific greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 29% compared with 2002, meaning that the company reached its goal for 2020 for the first time.
This article was written by UN Under-Secretary general and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
In 2010, Gold Fields became the world’s first gold mining company to sell Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) in a carbon trade deal.
The availability of, and access to climate change information remains insufficient, according to many of the world's leading financial institutions. A pioneering study launched on 12 January 2011 confirms the increasing financial relevance of climate change and the fact that insurers and lenders need better information regarding the physical and economic impacts of the world's changing weather patterns.
The G20, which consists of twenty of the  largest economies in the world, committed to phase out fossil fuel studies. In its September 2009 Communiqué from Pittsburgh, the G20 committed to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies over the medium term because this would be a positive step in aligning fiscal, environmental and energy policies.

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