Climate Change
Friday, 28 January 2011 12:25

Global standards in carbon footprinting

Managing climate change as a key sustainable development issue for business and commerce requires the development of an internationally recognised carbon footprint.
By Marie Parramon, Sustainability Legal Consultant at IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd
Friday, 28 January 2011 12:17

How the IPCC works

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is tasked with reviewing and assessing the most recent socio-economic, scientific and technical climate change information. “The IPCC is a huge and yet very tiny organisation,” reads a statement on the IPCC’s website.
“Although developing countries urgently need a global deal on climate change, they’re not waiting for it,” said Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s Special Envoy for Climate Change ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Cancun.
Businesses need to address regulatory, environmental and social, infrastructural, reputational and financial risks that relate to climate change. In order to effectively respond to these threats, strategic and operational requirements are needed.
Friday, 28 January 2011 12:13

Temperatures in 2010 break records – WMO

During COP16 in Cancun, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) highlighted weather extremes in various parts of the world during 2010. According to the WMO, 2010 is likely to rank in the top 3 warmest years since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850.
Over 9 000 delegates from 190 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico for the 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference from 29 November to 10 December 2010.
The UK government has launched a new interactive Google Earth map showing the impacts of a 4°C rise in world temperature. The multi platform map, which can be viewed at, pushes the barriers of Google Earth technology, highlighting some of the changes that may occur if the global average temperature rises by 4°C above the pre-industrial climate average. Things to note include the higher temperatures over land compared to the sea and the extreme temperature increases in the Arctic.
A new website has been launched to provide an overview of fast start climate change finance. The website, which can be viewed at, was initiated by the government of the Netherlands, with support from the governments of Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Normal, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
Friday, 12 November 2010 10:35

COP 16: More views

“There remains a serious and significant greenhouse gap between the ambition of nations and science. This needs to be bridged if the world wants to have a chance of keeping a global temperature rise under 2ºC. Cancun offers the next opportunity to accelerate a transition to a low carbon, green economy,” said UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, at a Business for Environment (B4E) conference in Mexico City.

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