Environment - Climate catastrophe
  • Italy/FAO: 'Recruiting lumberjacks, architects and carpenters to combat climate change'
    20 july 2016 12:38:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Forests have an acclaimed role as a carbon sink needed to tackle climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assured here but warned "Less known is how their contribution can be scaled up even after a tree has been logged." Full text...

  • Germany: Government climate action would see warming well beyond 2˚C – Report
    02 september 2015 14:50:13
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments will collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Peru: NGOs accuse rich countries of wobbling over request to scale up climate change
    07 december 2014 12:18:48
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – As the first-week of the UN climate negotiations drew to a close in Lima, Peru, developed countries at the talks have been accused of baulking at specific measures that would have them scale up climate action now. Full text...

  • UN: Top climate official wants investors to move out of high-carbon assets
    15 january 2014 14:34:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, has urged investors to accelerate their portfolios as one crucial step towards a low-carbon economy that can better cope with the threats and seize the opportunities from climate change. Full text...

  • Outcome on REDD+ reached at Warsaw UN Climate talks
    22 november 2013 17:28:59
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Negotiators at the UN Climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have agreed on the rules on financing forest protection in developing nations, a breakthrough in the negotiations scheduled to end Friday. Full text...

  • NGOs at UN climate talks in Warsaw walk out
    21 november 2013 17:05:12
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – With a day to go before the two-week UN climate negotiations ends in Warsaw, Poland, over 800 observers from NGOs and social movements on Thursday walked out of the negotiations, accusing rich industrialised countries of jeopardising international climate action. Full text...

  • UN climate conference honours 17 action projects
    20 november 2013 16:33:02
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – A special ceremony was held here Wednesday at the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland, to honour 17 prestigious activities across the global driven by people who are passionate about providing climate change solutions for their cities and communities. Full text...

  • UN Chief urges negotiators in Warsaw to lay foundation for 2015 climate global deal
    19 november 2013 18:15:44
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has told a high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland, to lay firm foundations for the 2015 global climate agreement to be entered in Paris, stressing that success in the French capital means bringing substantive progress to Lima, Peru, for next year’s negotiations before Paris. Full text...

  • Kenyan project for vulnerable women to adapt to climate change inspires delegates
    19 november 2013 14:50:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Kathleen Colson, the woman behind an inspiring project in northern Kenya that has won a UN award, says she wanted to find a solution that will make a difference to the pastoral families in the east Africa country whose traditional way of life has been devastated due to climate change. Full text...

  • NGO activists demonstrate at UN Climate conference in Warsaw
    16 november 2013 16:55:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Supporters from non-governmental organizations across the globe on Saturday marched through the city centre, near where the UN climate negotiations are taking place in Warsaw, Poland, to demand movement from policy-makers against catastrophic climate change and to also honour the ‘Arctic 30’. Full text...

  • AfDB financing low carbon development in Africa
    16 november 2013 11:42:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) provided almost US$ 27 billion worldwide, in financing to address the challenges of climate change in 2012, according to the second joint MDB report on climate finance. Full text...

  • Finance, key issue in Warsaw, says UN climate top official
    15 november 2013 16:26:50
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, says finance will be a key issue in Warsaw, and that it is critical that there is clarity on how countries are going to mobilise over time the US$ 100 billion funding that has been pledged for 2020 and when that should be on the table. Full text...

  • Ethiopia cited for having Africa’s large-scale carbon trading forestry project
    15 november 2013 14:36:00
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The Humbo project, located 342 kilometres south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has been cited as being Africa’s first large-scale carbon trading forestry project developed under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Full text...

  • LDCs finalize comprehensive plans to deal with impacts of climate change
    14 november 2013 15:13:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The poorest countries of the world, meeting here for the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties, have finalized a comprehensive set of plans to deal with the inevitable impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • African civil society at UN Climate Conference demands for finance, emission budget
    11 november 2013 17:53:30
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – As the UN Climate Change Conference opened Monday in Warsaw, Poland, the civil society groups across Africa have demanded that developed countries fulfill and implement their commitments under the UN climate convention, in order to fairly share a necessary 'emissions budget', and avoid catastrophic climate change. Full text...

  • African govts urge negotiators in Doha not to backslide from progress achieved
    04 december 2012 16:37:16
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – African governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in the Qatari capital, Doha, have said that unresolved issues among different regions of the world should not be used as instruments at the negotiation tables to backslide from decision taken so far. Full text...

  • African CSOs want African ministers to demand action from COP18 in Doha
    04 december 2012 16:06:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Expressing concern that Africa is on the frontline of a planetary emergency, representatives of the continent’s civil society at the ongoing climate conference in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday urged African leaders at the talks to demand deep cuts of greenhouse gas emission from developed countries. Full text...

  • "Nations are racing against time", UN Chief warns climate negotiators in Doha
    04 december 2012 15:21:06
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that countries are in a race against time to stay below the agreed threshold of two degrees Celsius to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Climate change talks: Developing nations want loss, damage high on the agenda
    04 december 2012 13:25:32
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – As the UN Climate Change Conference entered its high-level segment Tuesday, non-governmental environmental groups have urged ministers in Doha to ensure that negotiators find a mandated decision on loss and damage through the Conference of Parties (COP) work programme agreed on two years in Cancun, Mexico. Full text...

  • Developed nations turning Green Climate Fund into ‘Greedy Corporate Fund’
    03 december 2012 19:47:47
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – Powerful developed countries, in particular the US, have been accused of making the Green Climate Fund a “Greedy Corporate Fund”. Full text...

  • Africa's Civil Society demands nations not Party to KP, exit completely
    01 december 2012 13:10:50
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – Representatives of civil society in Africa, who are at the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Doha, Qatar, have demanded that countries that have expressed intentions of opting out of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) must not be allowed to benefit from flexible mechanisms such as the Clean Development Mechanisms. Full text...

  • EU reiterates commitment to adopt amendment to Kyoto Protocol
    26 november 2012 16:55:54
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has said it is prepared to adopt an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol that inscribes a new Quantified Emission Limitation Reduction Objectives (QELROs) for the EU and its member states in Annex B of the protocol. Full text...

  • Civil society groups call for action in Doha as UN climate talks begin critical phase
    26 november 2012 16:04:11
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – Representatives of civil society groups around the world who are gathered in Doha, Qatar, for the UN climate conference say Doha is a crucial turning point in addressing the global emergency of climate change as the conference kicked off Monday with an ongoing battle over the rules of the international climate controls from now until 2020. Full text...

  • UNFCCC moves to help with emission reduction projects
    16 october 2012 15:07:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - In an effort to bring the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to under-represented countries, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) secretariat, in collaboration with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), has established a CDM support office in Lomé, Togo, to help the governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to engage in the development of CDM projects. Full text...

  • South African photograph, Kenyan rap video win Connect4Climate competition
    06 december 2011 19:35:32
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - A riveting photo -- Solar Panels: The Sunny Energy -- by a young South African, Dina Osman, and a catchy rap video -- Me and My Bike, celebrating bicycle transport, by Dickson Oyuki of Kenya -- won the top honors in the Africa-wide Connect4Climate (C4C) competition which was announced in Durban, South Africa, Monday. Full text...

  • Zuma calls for trust as leaders, ministers meet at UN Climate Change Conference
    06 december 2011 17:27:58
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday called on the high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to re-build trust and re-assure one another of honest intent and commitment as ministers and heads of state strive to find solutions to elements that will remain critical in reaching any agreement in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Japan seeks new global climate change framework
    05 december 2011 17:22:41
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – At a consultative meeting at the current UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, Japan Monday called for a new single comprehensive framework with the inclusion of all major economies to agree to binding emission targets. Full text...

  • Qatar, Korea to co-host 2012 UN Climate Change Conference
    29 november 2011 15:48:29
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Qatar and Korea will co-host the United Nations Climate Change Conference at the end of 2012, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zuma tasks Climate Conference delegates on fair outcome
    28 november 2011 14:51:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African President Jacob Zuma, on Monday called on delegates attending the UN climate conference in Durban to work a "balanced, fair and credible" outcome with a view to reaffirming the Kyoto Protocol. Full text...

  • Angolan VP in South Africa for meeting on climate change (re-issued)
    28 november 2011 10:35:00
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan Vice President, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, arrived Durban, South Africa, on Sunday evening to attend the opening ceremony of the United Nations (UN) conference on Climate Change. Full text...

  • Kenyan Nobel laureate wants effective action on climate change
    29 june 2011 09:28:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the eve of the Africa Union (AU) Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate, Wangari Maathai, has called on African leaders to respond to the global climate change crisis that disproportionately impacts Africans, particularly African women. Full text...



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