Monday 14 May 2012
World living beyond its resources, summit off-track: WWFReuters | 14 May 2012
GENEVA (Reuters) - Biodiversity has decreased by an average of 28 percent globally since 1970 and the world would have to be 50 percent bigger to have enough land and forests to provide for current levels of consumption and carbon emissions, conservation group WWF said on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe: Climate Change Policy Long OverdueAllAfrica.com | 14 May 2012
[The Herald] IMPLEMENTATION of the Zimbabwe National Climate Change Policy has not been swift and as desirable, even in the face of the deadly impact of climate and weather. It is nonetheless and in a significant manner, a very decisive response to the science of climate change capable of moving people and animals away from harm's way. Indications last week that work on the policy had reached high gear are instructive and encouraging in a lot of ways.
Soft drinks sector braced for sustainability driveEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 14 May 2012
Plans to develop a sustainability roadmap to improve resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the soft drinks industry have been unveiled.
UK needs Scottish renewable energy says MinisterEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 14 May 2012
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing today welcomed a DECC analysis showing that household bills will be lower with green policies and renewable energy than if the UK continues with the status quo.
Coffee growers turn to carbon credits for helpEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 14 May 2012
The devastating impact of climate change on coffee production globally could be significantly off-set by reforestation programmes funded by carbon trading, using carbon credits earned by newly planted trees.
Australian project simulates climate changeGuardian Unlimited | 14 May 2012
Multimillion-dollar study subjects bushland to heightened CO2 levels and altered rainfall patternsAn Australian university has embarked upon an ambitious project - hailed as the first of its kind in the world – to simulate how the environment would cope with runaway climate change.The decade-long...
Costa Rica's Figueres family's green revolutionGuardian Unlimited | 14 May 2012
As the Bonn climate talks begin, John Vidal speaks to former president José María Figueres about Costa Rica's journey towards sustainabilitySay the name Figueres in Costa Rica and it's bound to get a reaction. José "Don Pepe" Figueres led the 1948 revolution, was president three times, nationalised...
Heartland Institute grows isolated as three more donors disassociateGuardian Unlimited | 14 May 2012
Ultra-conservative climate sceptic thinktank continues to lose mainstream support, damaging its prospects of expansionHeartland Institute was cut off by three more corporate donors on Monday, further isolating the ultra-conservative thinktank from the mainstream business world.The defections...
Impact of climate on mountain ecosystems under scrutinySCIDEV.NET | 14 May 2012
A four-year project aimed at addressing the lack of knowledge about the impacts of climate change on food security, livelihoods and economic prosperity in mountain ecosystems has been launched in East Africa. The project, Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa (CHIESA) will be coordinated by the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) with funding from Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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