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  • 2013 among top 10 warmest years since 1850 – WMO
    13 november 2013 15:50:39
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – A report released Wednesday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland, that 2013 is currently on course to being among the top 10 warmest years since modern records began in 1850, has added to earlier reports on severe weather-related catastrophes and the need to implement substantial and sustained emission reduction. Full text...

  • Warsaw Conference: Climate Action Network calls for reduction in carbon pollution levels
    13 november 2013 13:52:17
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - As negotiations continue for laying the foundation for an ambitious and effective 2015 global climate agreement, Greenpeace says carbon pollution levels had to be reduced now to ensure safe climate and boost political impetus towards the comprehensive global climate action plan that will be signed in Paris in 2015. Full text...

  • Deadly typhoon: 50 people fast in solidarity with Philippines
    13 november 2013 12:53:44
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - Fifty people, including activists, members of faith-based groups and scientists, are currently fasting in solidarity with Yeb Sano, head of the Filipino delegation at the current UN Climate Change Conference session in Warsaw, Poland, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Liberia to transform renewables sector with US$50m climate fund endorsement
    12 november 2013 12:31:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - With the backing of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Liberia has garnered support for a far-reaching renewable energy investment plan with US$50 million from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Programme to Scale up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP). Full text...

  • Public financing not enough to bankroll climate challenges, says IETA report
    12 november 2013 11:44:42
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - As nations grapple with how to mobilise sufficient financing for the climate challenges, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) has said public financing alone is not enough. 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...

  • Climate effects loom large as UN Climate Change Conference opens
    11 november 2013 14:08:37
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference opened here Monday with negotiators from around the world being reminded about the sobering realities of current extreme weather events, including the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that has left an estimated 10,000 people dead. Full text...

  • Oxfam says poor countries left in the dark on climate finance
    11 november 2013 12:02:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Poor countries are being left with little idea about what money is available to help them cope with climate change, because of murky accounting and a lack of transparency by rich countries, international agency Oxfam said Monday. Full text...

  • South African aid group to assist Philippines
    11 november 2013 10:36:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African aid group Gift of the Givers on Monday confirmed that it has released US$200,000 for essential supplies for victims of the deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Full text...

  • Ban urges help for Sahel countries to tackle climate change impacts
    07 november 2013 21:01:27
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday underscored the importance of preparing for extreme weather patterns in Burkina Faso, which has much of the Sahel region and has been impacted by the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Ban calls for protection of natural resources in war-torn countries
    06 november 2013 21:29:16
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the importance of protecting the environment in times of armed conflict noting that strong natural resource governance can help prevent conflict and contribute to long-term peace. Full text...

  • Greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere reach new record - WTO
    06 november 2013 14:18:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change and will shape the future of the planet for hundreds and thousands of years. Full text...

  • W/African regional experts call for action plan on integrated maritime strategy
    05 november 2013 18:38:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Maritime experts from West Africa have asked the ECOWAS Commission to facilitate the development of a detailed action plan for the implementation of the proposed ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS), the Commission said in press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • WB: Climate action brings big benefits to human health
    04 november 2013 00:10:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Fast action to cut common pollutants like soot (also known as black carbon) and methane will not only slow global warming but save millions of lives, according to a new scientific study released Sunday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Post-2015 development agenda must address access to clean water, sanitation - UN
    31 october 2013 07:50:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN entities have stressed the need for member states to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services. Full text...

  • FAO welcomes moves to curb illegal timber trade in Congo Basin
    24 october 2013 14:12:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Thursday welcomed a declaration adopted jointly by some African governments, who are main timber producing countries, timber industry representatives and civil society organisations, to Full text...

  • Ban launches sustainable energy hub, urges commitments on climate financing
    24 october 2013 07:20:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the world is at a "tipping point", and how it produces, distributes and uses energy will determine if sustainable development succeeds. Full text...

  • Africa urged to agree on adaptation funds before Warsaw climate conference
    23 october 2013 16:27:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III), meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended Wednesday with a strong appeal for Africa to agree before next month’s UN Climate Change Conference in Poland on how much money is needed, realistically, for urgent adaptation in Africa. Full text...

  • Africa urged to consider MAPS as alternative strategy for long-term development
    22 october 2013 18:13:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A recent research shows that Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) is relevant to the African context and emerges as an alternative strategy for an African global climate change framework that has domestic assessments as its core. Full text...

  • Warsaw to resolve key issues to realise Africa’s expectations of COP 19
    22 october 2013 14:34:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – With time running out for finalizing the current round of negotiations before securing a new global agreement on climate change by 2015, it is crucial for Africa to step up so that key issues are resolved at the UN Climate Change Conference next month in Warsaw, Poland, to give Africa a chance to avert potentially- catastrophic climate impacts. Full text...

  • Let's persuade skeptics of climate change in Africa - ECA boss
    21 october 2013 11:50:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday against a background of growing sense of urgency to respond to the impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • 'Vulnerable groups forgotten in climate change debate'
    21 october 2013 11:21:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of next month's UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) has expressed concern that the conditions of vulnerable groups are often forgotten in the midst of the debate, as discussions focus on semantics, markets, rights and other issues. Full text...

  • Experts to meet on Climate Change and Development in Africa
    20 october 2013 16:36:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Experts and stakeholders will gather in the Ethiopian capital city, Addis Ababa, starting Monday, for a conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa, organisers said. Full text...

  • WHO calls for end to production, use of lead paint
    19 october 2013 18:30:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments to strengthen national actions to eliminate lead paint, a major source of potential poisoning for young children which causes some 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities each year. Full text...

  • UN climate talks in Warsaw, essential for 2015 global climate agreement
    18 october 2013 15:14:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As governments prepare to meet in November for the 2013 UN climate negotiations in Poland, the UN climate top official says the meeting in Warsaw is an essential step towards the new and universal climate agreement which governments will deliver in 2015. Full text...

  • Ban calls for greater financial investment to combat climate change
    14 october 2013 13:52:44
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has called on the international community to step up its financial investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat climate change, saying that time was running out to address this global threat. Full text...

  • UN tasks countries on safety of persons with disabilities
    13 october 2013 18:01:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the UN on Sunday called on countries to ensure the safety of persons with disabilities by including them in their planning and preparedness measures. Full text...

  • Africa to discuss common climate change position
    11 october 2013 10:33:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - African environment ministers are scheduled to meet in Gaborone, Botswana, 15-18 Oct. to further consolidate and enhance Africa’s common position in the climate change talks. Full text...

  • Bonn meetings facilitate further action towards 2015 global climate agreement
    10 october 2013 12:33:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Several key issues central to negotiations towards the 2015 global climate agreement have been further elaborated following three days of focused discussion in the German city of Bonn, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • Climate change: Rwanda turns to resilient crops to enhance food security
    09 october 2013 21:00:58
    Nyaruguru, Rwanda (PANA) - New crops that are more resilient to rising temperatures must be adopted by local communities in flood and drought-stricken rural areas in order to ensure better yields and ultimately tackle food security in Rwanda, agriculture experts said. Full text...

  • UN chief says water holds key to sustainable development
    08 october 2013 18:41:45
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday stressed the vital role of water in sustainable development, noting its importance with regard to food security, climate change and sanitation. Full text...

  • World Habitat Day: UN officials call for improved urban resilience, mobility
    06 october 2013 16:28:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Un officials have stressed the need to ensure that cities become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive. Full text...

  • Botswana FM urges support to mitigate effects of climate change
    01 october 2013 17:01:58
    New York, US (PANA) – Botswana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Phandu Skelemani, on Tuesday in New York said more needs to be done to assist vulnerable countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, to cope with the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Mauritius PM calls for climate change agreement by 2015
    28 september 2013 19:12:56
    New York, US (PANA) – The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, on Saturday in New York called on the international community to have a legally binding agreement on climate change by 2015. Full text...

  • New report says climate change ''getting worse''
    27 september 2013 18:34:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A new expert report, released for signing by governments Friday in Stockholm, Sweden, says climate change ''is happening now, it’s getting worse and human beings are responsible", PANA reports from here, quoting a statement from Climate Action Network for West Africa (CAN WA). Full text...

  • US$38m approved for Zambia’s climate-resilient growth in Kafue Sub-Basin
    27 september 2013 08:59:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia, with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has received approval for a US$38 million infusion of support from the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) to undertake the Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-Basin project. Full text...

  • Nigeria, 4 others to implement new maritime security strategy
    26 september 2013 18:20:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Determined to effectively curtail crude oil theft, piracy and other illegalities within their territorial waters, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Togo and Niger are working out the implementation of a new maritime security strategy. Full text...

  • UN officials urge renewed efforts to rid world of nuclear threat
    26 september 2013 16:27:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Senior UN officials on Thursday called on member states to take renewed steps to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Full text...

  • Ban invites world leaders to climate summit next September
    25 september 2013 14:51:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a climate summit in September, next year, to forge a new path towards a low carbon economy. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau ratifies Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
    25 september 2013 07:48:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Guinea-Bissau has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), bringing the total number of ratification to 160, according to Mr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Full text...

  • Hotter world, hungrier world - Oxfam
    24 september 2013 10:30:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Climate change will leave families caught in a vicious spiral of falling incomes, rising food prices, and declining quality of food, leading to a devastating impact on the health of millions, international charity Oxfam has warned. Full text...

  • 4 African nations agree to UN-backed plan on key water resources
    18 september 2013 15:05:12
    New York, US (PANA) – Four African nations -- Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan -- on Wednesday agreed to a UN-backed plan that seeks to optimize the use of a key underground aquifer system and improve the management of water resources. Full text...

  • Compensation talks between Shell, Nigerian oil community deadlocked
    14 september 2013 10:52:55
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Compensation talks between Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and the Bodo community in Nigeria's oil-rich Rivers State have ended in a deadlock, after the fishing community which suffered an oil spill in 2008 rejected the 300,000 Naira (US$1,875) per family offered by the oil firm. Full text...

  • Tanzania receives Climate Investment Funds
    12 september 2013 20:49:49
    Tunis, Tunisia, (PANA) - The Republic of Tanzania on Thursday received endorsement from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) of an investment plan which will help the country to scale-up the development of its abundant renewable energy resources, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said. Full text...

  • Flooding imminent in 4 States in northern Nigeria - Met Services
    12 september 2013 18:56:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Citing the saturation of soil moisture, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Thursday warned of imminent flooding in four States in northern Nigeria -- Bauchi, Kaduna, Plateau and Gombe. Full text...

  • Africa gears for 2013 talks on global climate change
    10 september 2013 08:37:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Sustained actions are needed to ensure that Africa’s position in all international events related to ongoing negotiations on climate change and development is informed by science and deep reflection, a meeting of senior officials and technical experts from lead institutions of the continent has agreed. Full text...

  • Darfur: Body of missing UNAMID peacekeeper recovered
    06 september 2013 07:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The body of a United Nations/African Union peacekeeper who went missing while assisting flood victims has been recovered in Darfur, Sudan, the UN said in a statement here on Friday. Full text...

  • Oldest land-living animal identified in South Africa
    05 september 2013 08:47:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - An academic from Wits University in South Africa, Dr. Robert Gess, has discovered the oldest known land-living animal from Gondwana in a remote part of the country's Eastern Cape. Full text...

  • Flood displaces over 100,000 people in 3 Nigerian states
    05 september 2013 08:21:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Flood has displaced 105,700 people so far this year in three Nigerian northern states of Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba, according to Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Muhammed Sani Sidi. Full text...

  • 'Southern Africa could be hardest hit by rising temperatures'
    04 september 2013 15:40:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Southern Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture and challenging questions for policymakers, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in its latest book. Full text...

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