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  • Nigerian govt to investigate latest oil spill from Shell field
    25 december 2011 09:26:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has said it will probe Tuesday's oil spill from Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company’s (SNEPCo's) offshore Bonga deep water field. Full text...

  • Shell Oil Spill in Nigeria: 'Spill remains offshore'
    23 december 2011 11:55:32
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Shell announced on Friday that the oil spill from its 200,000 barrels-a-day offshore Bonga Field has remained offshore and has thinned, and that the source of the leak has been found. Full text...

  • Shell oil spill in Nigeria: Environmentalists urge independent verification
    23 december 2011 09:49:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid growing concern about the massive oil spillage from Shell's offshore Bonga Field in Nigeria on Wednesday, some environmental rights campaigners have urged the Nigerian government to order an independent verification of the scope of the spillage. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate says Shell should pay compensation after latest spill
    22 december 2011 16:02:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Senate said on Thursday that the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch oil giant Shell should be ready to pay compensation to Nigerians affected by its latest oil spill. Full text...

  • Death toll from Dar es Salaam floods hits 13
    21 december 2011 18:08:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The death toll from the floods following a downpour that pounded Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, for two consecutive days has risen to 13, the state-run TBC television announced late Wednesday quoting local authorities. Full text...

  • Floods claim two more lives in Dar es Salaam
    21 december 2011 12:29:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two more persons drowned in floods here Wednesday, as heavy rain pounded Tanzania’s commercial capital for the second day, bringing the death toll to six, government officials confirmed. Full text...

  • Downpour floods Dar es Salaam, claims four lives
    21 december 2011 09:50:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With at least four people reported killed in flash floods, Tanzania's meteorological agency is asking resident's of the country's Indian Ocean coastal areas to brace up for more downpours and flooding. Full text...

  • Ban tasks youth on planet's sustainable future
    12 december 2011 17:15:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Monday called on the youth to help combat the multiple threats faced by the planet, such as climate change and environmental destruction, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Full text...

  • UN hails new climate change deal
    12 december 2011 15:50:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the set of decisions reached by countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, saying "they represent a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years". Full text...

  • Climate talks end with landmark deal
    11 december 2011 07:28:13
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, rounded off two days behind schedule on Sunday, but the delay proved worthwhile as the parties agreed a groundbreaking establishment of the Durban Platform, a universal legal agreement to negotiate a new global agreement by 2015. Full text...

  • UN negotiators seek breakthrough in Durban climate talks
    10 december 2011 17:48:51
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  • Mountain forests under threat, warns FAO
    10 december 2011 14:12:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The integrity and resilience of mountain forests is under threat from increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity, warns a new FAO publication released on Friday. Full text...

  • UN climate talks yet to come up with final outcome
    10 december 2011 10:15:57
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – The United Nations Climate Change Conference, which was scheduled to end on Friday continued on Saturday with the final outcome of negotiations yet to be decided. Full text...

  • Hundreds protest at UN Climate Talks in solidarity with Africa, Small Islands
    09 december 2011 16:17:30
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Hundreds of people protested Friday in the halls of the UN Climate Change Conference here to demand that nations do not sign a “death sentence” in Durban, in solidarity with the millions of people already feeling the impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • EU says Durban climate deal is within reach, but warns time is running out
    09 december 2011 12:28:14
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As the UN Climate Change Conference holding in Durban, South Africa, enters its final day on Friday, European Union (EU) Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard has said the success or failure of Durban hangs on a small number of few big countries which, she said, are not yet committed to the road map. Full text...

  • Climate Change: Zambia expects Durban to deliver legally-binding agreement
    08 december 2011 17:29:14
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Zambia on Thursday joined other countries calling for a legal agreement on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, which is one of the crucial issues being negotiated at the current UN Climate Change Conference ending here Friday. Full text...

  • Demonstrators at UN climate change assaulted as they try to engage Zuma
    08 december 2011 17:11:37
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As tension rose with a day to go before negotiators at the Durban Climate Change Conference reach agreement on critical issues, violence broke out here Thursday when peaceful civil society demonstrators were attacked during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • UNEP praises efforts to shift to green economies
    08 december 2011 16:59:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Poor countries across the world are engaging with the rich countries to reduce emissions from forests and fast track transitions to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEPP) said Thursday. Full text...

  • African Group at Climate talks insists on new legally-binding agreement
    08 december 2011 16:53:02
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – Closed-door ministerial consultations were taking place Thursday as ministers gathered here for the UN Climate Change Conference tried to reach compromise on critical issues, particularly that relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Green Climate Fund before the conference ends Friday. Full text...

  • UN official says Africa able to spend climate funds
    08 december 2011 16:38:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary Abdoulie Janneh has dismissed as a 'false debate', the assertions that African nations did not have the capacity to handle funds available to deal with climate change, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said Thursday. Full text...

  • African super trade bloc unveils new climate change strategy
    08 december 2011 16:27:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have launched a joint five-year Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Canada says Kyoto Protocol not solution to climate change
    07 december 2011 18:57:10
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Canada, which has indicated that it will not commit to a second period of the Kyoto Protocol, on Wednesday suggested at the current UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, that, “the Kyoto Protocol is not where the solution lies – it is an agreement that covers fewer than 30 per cent of global emissions. Full text...

  • African Group sets out key demands at Durban Climate talks
    07 december 2011 17:33:50
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As the United Nations Climate Change Conference draws to an end, the African Group of negotiators here have set out five key demands that include an agreeing to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Full text...

  • Annan tasks industrialized countries on climate fund
    07 december 2011 17:05:02
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, has said it is crucial that developed countries deliver on their commitment to mobilise US$ 100 billion by 2020 for the Green Climate Fund. Full text...

  • Germany grants Mali 6.5b FCFA to fight climate change
    07 december 2011 10:27:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Germany has granted Mali a financial support of 6.5 billion FCFA, or 10 million euro, to fight climate change, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Women most at risk from climate disasters - UN report
    07 december 2011 07:54:18
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Women, particularly those living in mountain regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks like human trafficking, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly adopts resolution to protect deep sea life
    06 december 2011 20:50:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution on Oceans and Sustainable Fisheries which calls on high seas fishing nations to take stronger actions to protect deep sea life. 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...

  • UN chief urges negotiators in Durban to consider 2nd commitment period of Kyoto Protocol
    06 december 2011 16:13:23
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has underscored the need for negotiators, meeting here for the UN Climate Change Conference, to carefully consider a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Full text...

  • UK pays tribute to late Environmentalist, Wangari Maathai
    06 december 2011 08:21:11
    Durban South Africa (PANA) - The Special Representative for Climate Change, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hon. John Ashton, has paid glowing tribute to late Wangari Maathai of Kenya, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, describing her as a “great environmentalist, a great African and a great global citizen.” Full text...

  • COMESA, EAC, SADC agree to up-scale climate smart agriculture
    05 december 2011 18:00:21
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday launched an innovative Tripartite Climate Change Programme intended to up-scale Climate Smart Agriculture in the region. 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...

  • 5 int'l banks agree to finance enviromental packages for African cities
    05 december 2011 15:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amid growing deadlocks over financing climate change, five leading international banks announced an agreement on Monday, on a financing package for African cities to bolster their efforts in tackling the effects of global warming. Full text...

  • Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa launched
    05 december 2011 11:18:49
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - A 14-member ''network of African networks'', tagged the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), was launched here Sunday to help promote agro-ecology as a solution to climate change, feeding people, biodiversity, livelihoods and healing the soils. Full text...

  • African negotiators pep up as Climate Conference enters final week
    05 december 2011 10:31:56
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As the UN Climate Change Conference enters its second and final week here, the African Group of negotiators on Monday highlighted key positions they want to push, ahead of Tuesday's start of the high-level ministerial segment. Full text...

  • Libyan youth organization launches campaign to clean up Tripoli streets
    02 december 2011 19:15:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Youth Organization for charities in Libya on Friday launched a campaign to clean up the streets of Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Full text...

  • Climate confab: Developing countries task industrialized States on CDM projects
    02 december 2011 14:12:48
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – Some developing countries, meeting here at the UN Climate Change conference, have insisted that a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol be reached in Durban or else they will not allow the continuation of projects from industrialized countries under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Full text...

  • Countries raise concern over Green Climate Fund
    01 december 2011 12:10:50
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Countries represented at the UN Climate Conference here have raised concerns over the recommendations on the design of the Green Climate Fund, tabled here by the Transitional Committee, a group of 40 government representatives established last year in Cancun, Mexico, to design the Fund. Full text...

  • Durban Climate Conference 'makes progress' on establishment of institutions
    01 december 2011 10:36:28
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The President of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17), South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said progress had been made at the current global climate negotiations on the institutions that were agreed in Cancun, Mexico, last December. Full text...

  • Africa laments climate finance short fall
    30 november 2011 18:11:18
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the technical arm of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa) programme, has charged that while 97 per cent of the promised US$ 30 billion agreed in Copenhagen in 2009 for "fast-start finance" had been pledged, only an infinitesimal number had been committed, allocated and disbursed. Full text...

  • Kenyan PM urges UN Climate talks to agree on funding plan
    30 november 2011 16:09:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the UN Climate talks in Durban, South Africa, must agree on an enhanced financial plan to help deal with the disasters caused by climate change, which will alter the lives of millions of people in the Horn of Africa region. Full text...

  • EU still largest funder to climate finance flows to developing countries
    30 november 2011 14:38:36
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The European Union (EU) remains the largest contributor of climate finance flows to developing countries, with the EU’s fast-start funding for mitigation in 2011 currently reported at 880 million euros. Full text...

  • Africa expects balanced outcome at UN Climate Change Conference
    30 november 2011 14:13:13
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The African Group at the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently taking place in the South African city of Durban said it expects a balanced outcome at the end of the negotiations, including a legally-binding outcome on the scale of emission reductions to be undertaken by developed countries. Full text...

  • Campaign to save threatened forests launched
    30 november 2011 11:07:05
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Wildlife Works has announced the launch of CODE REDD, an emergency action campaign to save the world’s wild forests using private sector financing within the Voluntary Carbon Market. 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...

  • World's shipping industry could face emission cuts
    29 november 2011 12:51:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The world shipping industry could accept a global levy on carbon emissions from merchant ships, under a deal that would also channel proceeds to poor countries. Full text...

  • 'East Africa hit by severe drought, flood'
    29 november 2011 10:55:12
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Severe drought developed in parts of East Africa in late 2010 and continued through most of 2011, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2011 warmest year with La Nina event - WMO
    29 november 2011 10:46:56
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Global temperatures in 2011 are currently the 10th highest on record and are higher than any previous year with a La Niña event, which has a relative cooling influence, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has disclosed. Full text...

  • 'Unresolved Kyoto Protocol 2nd commitment will have ramification on other issues'
    28 november 2011 15:04:14
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As governments gathered Monday in Durban, South Africa, to begin two weeks of negotiations to build on agreements reached in Cancun, Mexico, on climate change last December, South Africa has warned that if the question on the Kyoto protocol second commitment period is not resolved, the outcome on other matters in negotiations will be extremely difficult. Full text...

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