Climate Change
Friday, 12 November 2010 10:31

COP host cities join forces

The governments of South Africa, Denmark and Mexico have established a troika “that facilitates close cooperation by the three governments on the ongoing climate change negotiations under the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)”. Last year’s climate change talk, COP15, was held in Denmark. This year’s talk will be in Mexico and the climate change talks of 2011 will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Department of Environmental Affairs embarked on a six-month long campaign to inspect compliance to environmental legislation throughout South Africa. The Environmental Management Inspectorate, commonly referred to as the Green Scorpions, will be carrying out compliance assessments.
Friday, 12 November 2010 10:28

WWF launches Living Planet Report 2010

WWF’s Living Planet Report is a health-check on the natural world and this report is launched every second year. The 2010 Living Planet Report aims to raise public awareness of the pressures on the biosphere and spreading the message that “business as usual” is not an option.
A study by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) shows that global environmental damage caused by human activity in 2008 represented a monetary value of US$6.6-trillion, equivalent to 11% of the global GDP. The most environmentally damaging business sectors are utilities, oil and gas producers, and industrial metals and mining.
There are many myths and fears of implementing a carbon footprint strategy throughout an operation. This article, which was written by Andrew Johnston of Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron), hopes to dispel some of these myths and provide practical advice on how to achieve a carbon footprint strategy.
With the effects of climate change becoming a strong reality, this year sees the inception of a brand new global initiative: the Katerva Challenge. This competition is designed to inspire and applaud ideas that solve global problems.
One of the focuses of the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009 was to come up with a post-2012 climate regime, determining, among other things, long-term greenhouse gas emission targets and the future contributions of industrialised and developing countries.
Viewing climate change activities as an investment rather than an expense can open doors to hidden opportunities, Ernst and Young (E&Y) stated after conducting a survey on business perspective on climate change policies.
In terms of climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopts two broad approaches to dealing with climate change, namely mitigation and adaptation. Awareness of both of these, and their implications for the undertaking of future activities which may impact the environment, should likely inform the assessments to be undertaken in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:25

COP16 analysis – what we are expecting

After the less than successful COP15, Mexico has been assigned the task to create an environment where a legally binding agreement would be more viable with COP16. Besides the immense logistic preparations, the Mexican government will be facilitating a fragmented group of that still needs to reach consensus.