Climate Change
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:04

Post COP15: What have we achieved?

130 heads of state and government attended the 15th annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Copenhagen from 7 – 18 December 2009.
In less than two years, the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has registered its 2 000th project. The first CDM project was registered on 18 November 2004 and it took almost three and a half years for the 1 000th project to be registered in April 2008.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 13:59

The leaked draft at Copenhagen – why the fuss?

On Tuesday, 8 December 2009, the climate summit at Copenhagen was in disarray after a draft agreement was leaked to the Guardian newspaper.
With the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Copenhagen around the corner, many countries are putting out proposals about how they are going to reduce their short- and long-term emissions. The G8 has decided on the broad target of limiting the global average temperature to 2°C, but the major question is whether the combined individual national pledges are enough to ensure that global emissions are on their way towards reaching this limit.
Monday, 09 November 2009 15:41

The Jatropha debate part 3: reports that in China, experts are warning that plans to produce biofuels in the southwest will threaten biodiversity in the last remaining section of the virgin forest in the country. At the International Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change in Beijing last year, the country was also warned against the planting of jatropha trees, which could threaten native grasses and a diverse range of animal species. But just how much of a threat does jatropha pose, and is there research to support these claims? 25°in Africa provides a roundup of the most popular veins of thinking and the evidence that supports these below:
Monday, 09 November 2009 15:34

(Un) holy cow!

Independent power producer (IPP) Lesedi Biogas Project (LBP) is planning to build one of the world’s largest open-air feedlot manure-to-power plants in Heidelberg, South Africa. The first large-scale biogas plant linked to a beef feedlot, it could make a sizably significant contribution to renewable energy in the country. Such plants use anaerobic fermentation (bacterial fermentation of organic waste, with little or no oxygen present) to produce a methane-rich gas which can be used to produce electricity.
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, tasked with leading the African team to the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen in December, has said that African countries will not blindly support any position that does not factor in the continent’s specific interests. Zenawi was recently appointed the coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of States and Governments on Climate Change.
Monday, 09 November 2009 15:23

Energising development in a changing climate

“Development and climate change are the central problems of the 21st Century. If the world fails on either, it will fail on both. Climate change undermines development. No deal on climate change which stalls development will succeed,” believes Sir Nicholas Stern, economist and author of the Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change.
First, the good news. It’s not difficult to grasp the concept greenhouse gases (GHG), the key ingredient to climate change. Given that roughly two-thirds of global emissions are tied to energy in networks that are already regulated, finding your company’s GHG hotspots should pose no great challenge.
Monday, 09 November 2009 15:13

Siemens honoured on Dow Jones

Siemens AG has once again been listed on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI), capturing the No. 1 spot in the sector Diversified Industrials, which also includes ITT, General Electric and
Toshiba. This is the tenth time in a row that Siemens has been honoured by Dow Jones analysts for its sustainable activities, and is the best the company has ever achieved.