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  • "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...

  • Climate talks 'leading to successful outcome' on Kyoto Protocol 2nd commitment period
    03 december 2012 10:29:29
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - Head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat Christiana Figueres has assured that the ongoing climate talks in Doha, Qatar, will have necessary amendments to the Kyoto Protocol to go into a second commitment period. Full text...

  • Greenpeace warns ministers in Doha to drop loopholes in climate deal
    03 december 2012 08:10:19
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - Greenpeace has urged ministers (especially from European countries), who are due to open their meeting in the Qatari capital, Doha, for the climate change negotiations Tuesday, not to side with Poland and Russia on maintaining the Kyoto Protocol’s biggest loophole, and to make real progress on a deal to prevent catastrophic climate change. 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...

  • African activists criticise developed nations on Copenhagen Accord
    01 december 2012 08:38:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African climate change activists attending the 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar, have said there is an apparent lack of ambition by the developed countries to lower the rate of temperature increases to the agreed level below 1.5 degrees Celcius. Full text...

  • Significant progress on Kyoto Protocol to be made Saturday
    30 november 2012 14:17:37
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – The UN Climate Change Conference, taking place in the Qatari capital, Doha, seen as the last opportunity to secure agreement on ambitious emission targets and rules for the period 2012-2020, is expected to make significant progress on the Kyoto Protocol by Saturday. Full text...

  • UN climate chief stresses need to cut greenhouse gases
    29 november 2012 13:17:53
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - The UN top climate change official has reminded governments meeting in Doha, Qatar, of the international commitments to cut greenhouse gases which she says are higher than they have ever been, but are insufficient to prevent the global average temperature rising beyond the 2 degree Centigrade target that governments themselves have agreed to. Full text...

  • Botswana reiterates 2014 hunting ban
    29 november 2012 08:54:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has reiterated its plans to ban hunting by 2014, in favour for photographic tourism, amid concerns the move will deny government 8 million pula (US$988,000) revenue accrued from licence fees. Full text...

  • Greenpeace expresses concern at Poland hosting 2013 climate talks
    28 november 2012 19:06:52
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe have expressed reservations at the prospect of Poland hosting the Conference of Parties (COP 19) climate talks next year. Full text...

  • Climate change talks: IPCC chair tasks govts on limiting GHGs
    28 november 2012 18:57:08
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – The Chairman of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has warned of the serious impacts that would face the world in the years ahead if governments do not take timely and adequate action to limit the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the earth’s atmosphere. Full text...

  • African expert says West ducking responsibility to fight climate change
    28 november 2012 16:47:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Developed countries are mixing issues related to climate funds with previous financing arrangements they have had with developing countries, according to the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA). Full text...

  • Climate Change: Poor countries seek separate funds to deal with loss, damage
    28 november 2012 11:26:05
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - Chair of the 48-nation Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, Pa Ousman Jarju, has asked negotiators meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, to consider establishing an international fund for loss and damage for poor countries bearing the burden of climate change impacts. Full text...

  • UNEP issues red alert to policymakers, climate scientists on thawing of permafrost
    27 november 2012 09:12:31
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released Tuesday at the Climate talks Doha, Qatar, says the expected accelerated thawing of the permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere and containing 1,700 gigatonnes of carbon, twice that currently in the atmosphere, could significantly amplify global warming. 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...

  • UN Climate negotiations begin in Doha
    26 november 2012 13:57:40
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – The UN climate change talks opened in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Monday with an urgent appeal for countries to heed the warning of the planetary emergency of climate change and expedite urgent response to climate change. Full text...

  • 'Rich nations fail to meet promises on climate finance'
    26 november 2012 11:17:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Collectively, rich nations have failed to fulfil eight substantive pledges to provide poor countries with funds for tackling the effects of climate change, according to a detailed analysis released Monday by the International Institute for Environment and Development IIED). Full text...

  • Doha climate talks must spark clean energy revolution, says Greenpeace
    26 november 2012 08:05:58
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - As governments meet for climate talks in Doha, Qatar, Greenpeace has warned they must wake up to the reality that climate change is already gripping the planet and take urgent action to avoid catastrophic global warming. Full text...

  • Malawi govt. to stop oil drilling if lake is threatened
    24 november 2012 08:30:53
    Blantyre, Malawi, (PANA) - Malawi Energy and Mining Minister Cassim Chilumpha, has said the government will halt drilling and extraction of oil in Lake Malawi if an environmental impact assessment study found that the lake would be destroyed and livelihoods disrupted. Full text...

  • Torrential rains kill 4 in Congo
    22 november 2012 12:46:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Flooding resulting from a torrential rain has killed four persons, displaced 700 and caused massive damage in Congo's economic hub of Pointe-Noire, PANA learned Thursday from the Congolese Ministry of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and Solidarity. Full text...

  • Rio+20 outcome: AU, ECA urged to strenghten support for effective implementation
    21 november 2012 17:24:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Representatives of African member States and relevant stakeholders have requested the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as well as other development partners to step up efforts in providing the necessary facilitation and coordination support towards the effective implementation of the Rio+20 outcomes to support sustainable development efforts in Africa. Full text...

  • Climate change talks: Lack of enough scientists with IPCC disadvantaging Africa
    21 november 2012 14:56:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – As focus for the UN climate negotiations shifts to Doha, Qatar, next week, a UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) official has bemoaned the lack of enough African scientists participating in the report produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which defines the direction that negotiations will go, particularly on science. Full text...

  • Africa disadvantaged by dearth of African scientists on Climate Change panel
    21 november 2012 11:44:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of next week's UN climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar, an official of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has bemoaned the dearth of African scientists on the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which defines the direction of the negotiations, particularly on science. Full text...

  • Rainstorm injures 1 person, destroys over 100 houses in Malawi
    20 november 2012 11:47:23
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A 22-year-old man was seriously injured when a house fell on him during a heavy rainstorm that also destroyed over 100 houses in Malawi's central lakeshore district of Salima, a senior district official has said. Full text...

  • Experts debate composition of High-level forum on Sustainable Development
    19 november 2012 16:19:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A meeting of experts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, analysing the implications for Africa of the Rio+20 outcomes, is debating ways to engage high-level political leaders to provide policy guidance and ensure effective implementation of sustainable development following a proposal last June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) with a high-level forum. Full text...

  • New WB report examines risks of 4-degree hotter globe by end of century
    19 november 2012 07:06:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to a new scientific report released Monday. Full text...

  • Hong Kong records second massive African ivory bust
    18 november 2012 12:03:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Some 1.3 tonnes of African elephant ivory tusks have been seized in Hong Kong, raising the tally of contraband ivory confiscated in the Chinese city to five tonnes in less than a month, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Full text...

  • Climate Change: High expectations from Doha Conference (Feature)
    17 november 2012 16:51:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Ahead of the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, beginning 26 November in Doha, Qatar, there are high expectations that the two-week gathering will agree on a comprehensive framework for responding to climate change. Full text...

  • LDCs chair writes Obama calling for end to climate silence
    13 november 2012 12:59:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - There is simply no longer time or cause for wealthy countries to continue to stall in taking real action to fulfill the promises they made to help the world’s nations adapt to the changing climate, the chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group, Pa Ousman Jarju, has said in an open letter to re-elected US President Barack Obama. Full text...

  • 10th conference of Abidjan Convention held in Congo
    13 november 2012 12:21:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The 10th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention relating to the protection, management and development of the marine and coastal environment of the Atlantic coast of Africa opened in Pointe-Noire, Congo, Monday, with the participation of ministers from over 20 African countries. Full text...

  • Environment ministers from 5 SADC member States meet in Zambia
    12 november 2012 15:57:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Environment ministers from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are slated to meet Wednesday in Livingstone, Zambia, to dialogue on fostering trans-national collaboration and cooperation among the states. Full text...

  • Gauteng Civil Society marches for Nuclear-free SA
    11 november 2012 10:49:41
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Thousands of people from civil society groups across Gauteng on Saturday took part in a march to protest against South Africa’s nuclear expansion plans. Full text...

  • 4 Africa-based projects selected by UNFCCC secretariat
    07 november 2012 14:16:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Climate Change secretariat Wednesday announced that nine projects, four of them based in Africa, have been selected in the latest round of public-private “lighthouse activities” in developing countries which combat climate change and help the urban poor. Full text...

  • International community tasked on post-2015 development priorities
    06 november 2012 08:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, Government of Finland, WaterAid and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation have called on the international community to place equality, human rights and sustainability as the foundation of the post-2015 development priorities. Full text...

  • UNEP highlights cost of deforestation on Kenya's economy
    05 november 2012 16:57:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has lost US$ 68 million as a result of deforestation, which costs the national economy some 3.6 percent of its overall wealth, a new report by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Kenya's Forestry Services revealed Monday. Full text...

  • African law enforcers, lawyers call for stiffer penalties for poachers
    02 november 2012 16:41:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Top legal minds came together in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday for a judicial discussion surrounding the need to enforce harsher penalties for wildlife-related crimes. Full text...

  • Nigerian state prepares for 'ripple effect' of hurricane Sandy
    31 october 2012 09:18:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The government of Lagos State, one of Nigeria's coastal states, is bracing for the 'ripple effect' of Hurricane Sandy that has caused deaths and massive devastation in the US, according to the state's Commissioner for Waterfront Development and Infrastructure Adesegun Oniru Full text...

  • Kenya intensifies crackdown on Ivory poachers
    30 october 2012 16:46:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Wildlife authorities have intensified their vigilance against suspected Ivory poachers in Kenya following a series of discoveries of Ivory hauls in Thailand, the wildlife body said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa holds first hunting conference
    30 october 2012 11:31:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Africa’s first-ever hunting conference got underway at Sun City in South Africa's North West province on Monday, with the aim of encouraging dialogue between the Department of Environmental Affairs and the hunting community. Full text...

  • Attendants pile corpses on roof tops as floods "sack" Nigerian mortuary
    28 october 2012 10:34:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The floods that caused havoc across Nigeria has "sacked" the General Hospital, Patani, in Patani Local Government Area of the Southern Delta State, forcing officials to stack corpses evacuated from the morgue on an emergency platform constructed between the ceiling and roof of the endangered health institution. Full text...

  • Shell Petroleum donates US$ 1m to Nigeria's Flood Relief Fund
    27 october 2012 15:05:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has donated US$ 1 million towards relief efforts in support of persons displaced by floods in 24 states across Nigeria, the oil giants said in a press statement, issued Thursday and received by PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • UN agencies, Congolese govt sign US$ 4m agreement towards REDD process
    26 october 2012 18:20:48
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government and the United Nations agencies Friday signed a Co-operation agreement for the National Programme in support of Congo’s REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) project. Full text...

  • ADF makes case for domestic policy reforms in mining
    25 october 2012 14:50:32
    Addis, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Development Forum (ADF), which ended its meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has urged African countries to undertake all-round domestic policy reforms in the mining and other sectors as the continent seeks to imbue activities in Africa with a much greater development role. Full text...

  • SA man stages toenail protest over rhino killings
    25 october 2012 11:15:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A South African man has mailed his toenails to the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria because he is upset with the escalating number of rhino killed by poachers. Full text...

  • Forest in Africa must play significant role in accelerating growth - OECD
    24 october 2012 19:43:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa has been urged to address forests in the broader context of sustainable development by ensuring that they play significant role in accelerating growth. Full text...

  • UN calls for measures to tackle alarming loss of forests in Africa
    24 october 2012 17:46:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, has described as alarming for Africa the loss of some 3.4 million hectares of forests between 2000 and 2010. Full text...

  • African countries urged to join efforts in managing e-waste
    23 october 2012 17:23:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Participants in the Urban Recycling Forum, an event held on the sidelines of the eighth ongoing African Development Forum (ADF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have called for an African joint solution to electronic-waste (e-waste) management. Full text...

  • Africa's natural resources not a curse to the continent - Ethiopian Premier
    23 october 2012 11:46:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa must categorically and unequivocally reject the notion that its natural resources are a curse to the continent, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Tuesday while addressing the 8th African Development Forum taking place in Addis Ababa. Full text...

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