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Human influence on climate clear, IPCC report says

Thomas StockerThomas StockerHuman influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident in most regions of the globe, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes.

It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has grown, thanks to more and better observations, an improved understanding of the climate system response and improved climate models.

Africa Sees U.N. Climate Conference as “Court Case” for the Continent

By Isaiah Esipisu

Section of a geothermal power plant in Kenya. Some African countries have invested heavily in green energy showcasing what Africa can do given resourcesSection of a geothermal power plant in Kenya. Some African countries have invested heavily in green energy, showcasing what Africa can do, given resources. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPSAs the clock ticks towards the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris in December, African experts, policy-makers and civil society groups plan to come to the negotiation table prepared for a legal approach to avoid mistakes made during formulation of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty which extends the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that commits countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, based on the premise that global warming exists and that man-made CO2 emissions have caused it.

Water Remains Largely Marginalized in Climate Talks

By Thalif Deen

Credit to WaterAidCredit: WaterAidU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently turned the spotlight on the “record number” of extreme weather-related events the world is witnessing these days.

With an eye on the upcoming climate change talks in Paris, he warned that in the South Pacific, entire islands are at risk, largely threatened by a sea-level rise.

In southeast Brazil, they’re suffering through the worst drought in 80 years. In California, it’s the worst drought in a century – plus wildfires.

Seven ways to get water on the climate agenda

1. Create a grassroots movement

There is a need for a grassroots movement to strengthen the case for water in the climate debate. This grassroots movement for water exists, but could be stronger. In many countries local NGOs, water committees and youth associations have worked on raising awareness. In France, local water parliaments work together to tackle water and climate change issues. These initiatives could be further shown in other countries. Heloise Chicou, deputy director and climate program officer, French Water Partnership, Paris.

EU climate chief outlines criteria for Paris success

By Ed King

World must agree to zero emissions trajectory by 2100 says Miguel Arias Canete, or 2015 deal will lack credibility

Europe’s chief climate official has outlined four elements of a global climate deal he says must be in place if the agreement set to be finalized in Paris this December can be deemed a success.

A long term emission reduction goal, regular reviews charting progress, the commitment of all major polluters and a common method for measuring carbon cuts were all essential ingredients, said Miguel Arias Canete.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene November - December 2017 Vol.12 No.6