Washington, DC ...On 19 November at the UNFCCC COP19 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will release the first-ever Environment and Gender Index which monitors gender equality and women's empowerment in the environmental arena. The Index ranks 72 countries on how they are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning. The strongest performers are Iceland, Netherlands and Norway. The lowest rankings went to Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen and Mauritania. The United States ranked 14 out of 72.
A new study by British and Canadian researchers shows that the global temperature rise of the past 15 years has been greatly underestimated. The reason is the data gaps in the weather station network, especially in the Arctic. If you fill these data gaps using satellite measurements, the warming trend is more than doubled in the widely used HadCRUT4 data, and the much-discussed "warming pause" has virtually disappeared.
Obtaining the globally averaged temperature from weather station data has a well-known problem: there are some gaps in the data, especially in the polar regions and in parts of Africa. As long as the regions not covered warm up like the rest of the world, that does not change the global temperature curve.
One Million Climate Jobs Campaign held its National Summit from the 08th November until Saturday, 09th November 2013 at Cedar Park, Gauteng attended by various community based-organizations, trade unions and non-governmental organizations and activists.One Millions Climate Jobs Campaign Summit was duly addressed, amongst others, by Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian Environmentalist and the Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation. He shared some of the climate changes issues from his book 'to cook a continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa'.
The Summit emphasis was 'on promoting a debate and awareness on climate change and enabling the working class to provide solutions on a just transition'.
The One Million Climate Jobs Campaign held a very successful National Conference at the Cedar Park Hotel in Johannesburg from Thursday 8 to Saturday 9 November 2013. It was attended by 250 delegates from all corners of the country, and from a range of different organisations and sectors. These organisations included trade unions, social movements, environmental & community based organizations (CBO's), Non-Governmental Organization (NGO's), and faith based organisations. On the Friday delegates attended different workshops, focusing on different sectors such as energy, water, transport, agroecology, and human settlements; and different issues such as mining reclamation, unemployment and the women and climate change. Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian environmentalist, writer and activist, and director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, gave the key note address at the opening session on Thursday evening.
The world has found itself in a tricky situation concerning energy. Global population is on the rise, leading to a higher demand for electrical power. At the same time, countries around the world are working to reduce their reliance on fossil-fuels, which have been their primary energy source for centuries. As countries move away from fossil-fuels, they are beginning to embrace renewable energy. A new report published by Amadee & Company suggests that there may be immense economic opportunities in the renewable energy market that have yet to be fully recognized.
The establishment of a regional centre for renewable energy in southern Africa is expected to increase the uptake of clean energy, enabling the region to address its energy challenges. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been experiencing power shortages dating as far back as 2006 due to a combination of factors including the lack of investment in the energy sector.
This is despite the fact that the region has an abundance of energy sources, particularly renewable energy which, if fully harnessed, could boost power generation in the region.
In this regard, SADC countries have intensified efforts on how to exploit its renewable energy resources that range from wind, hydro to solar.