News and Reports from the Climate Change Conference in Doha Qatar

 Doha climate talks: Any signs of life?

2012 is the year the climate changed. I’m not talking about extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, the Arctic sea ice melt or flooding in Venice.

I’m talking about the climate in the corridors of power at the CIA and the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and some of the biggest consultancies in business, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Alarms are finally ringing in the offices of the bureaucrats and “conservative” businessmen.

Despite this, the United Nations climate talks in Doha (COP 18) threaten to be another round of brinkmanship between the so-called global north and south, developed and developing nations, with each waiting for the other to blink – and no one taking leadership.

Climate change book tells stories of remarkable women

Stories of how women successfully faced the challenge of climate change have been highlighted at the first ever Gender Day organised as part of the annual UN Climate Change Conference.

Thuto Ya Batho Women and Climate Change: Teachings from our People, was written by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the South African MP who was President of COP17/COP7, the previous UN Climate Change Conference held in Durban last year.

Day 2: Report from local ‘Qatar Climate Update’

The Qatar Climate Update, a bulletin covering some of the daily happenings at COP18/CMP8 Doha, launched at the beginning of the sessions. The bulletin, a joint project by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2012, COP18/CMP8 Doha, is being produced by a group of young Qataris whose training is part of a legacy, a unique capacity building project.

The bulletin represents a local project aimed at building capacity in Climate Change conference reporting, not the official views of the COP18/CMP8 Presidency. The full text of their daily bulletins are available here:

Solar Mama shines as beacon of hope for her community’s future

Rafea Anadi appears almost lost within her long, black veil. Short of stature and slightly bowed, she seems she could be blown away by the wind.

But one look in her dark brown eyes – unflinching, unafraid – and you know that Ms. Anadi is someone who is not to be trifled with.

Ms. Anadi is the star of the documentary film Solar Mamas. The film follows Ms. Anadi and her friend, the older, quieter Umm Badr, as they journey to India to be trained in solar engineering and return to their remote village to implement what they have learned.

Ocean-dependent peoples threatened

Fish are a primary source of protein for more than one billion of the poorest people on the planet. They are the most vulnerable to the effects of changing oceans due to adverse climate change. Warmer oceans push fish migration patterns closer to colder waters near the Earth’s poles, and acidification resulting from warmer oceans destroys fish habitats, such as coral reefs.

This issue is highlighted in a recent report published by Oceana, the largest international organisation focused solely on ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems and endangered species. The report, “Ocean-Based Food Security Threatened in a High CO2 World” lists the countries that are most vulnerable to the rapid changes taking place in the nature of ocean life caused by climate change.



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