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Total number of news: 54

 by UNFCCC http://www.rtcc.org/what-next-for-the-green-climate-fund-after-doha-dud/

date: 11 January 2013
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

'Investors, not surprisingly, look for a return on their investment, and as a result support for profitable mitigation and large-scale projects dwarfs that for adaptation. According to recent studies, only 15 percent of all climate finance goes to adaptation – for private climate finance that shrinks to a mere 5 percent.'...


 Flickr/Greenpeace Southeast Asia

date: 17 December 2012
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

Parties at the recent UN climate change conference in Doha made an important acknowledgment in recognizing the concept of 'loss and damage': adaptation has limits, and already, in some places, the impacts of climate change exceed people’s ability to adapt. As global temperatures continue to increase, so will those unavoidable losses...


date: 10 December 2012
Source(s): Australian, the

'It's a good thing the world has recognised that some countries are already suffering loss and damage as a result of climate change. But the agreement doesn't create a new funding mechanism and the existing funding mechanisms aren't delivering.' said Australian Senator Milne...


date: 10 December 2012
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

'Regardless of the pace of international negotiations, Asia must act now – as neglecting these threats will put millions of the region's most vulnerable people at increased risk of increased poverty, ill health and premature death. We need to mobilise massive funds for climate change adaptation,' said the Asian Development Bank's VP...


 by Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96996/CLIMATE-CHANGE-Snapshot-of-wins-and-losses-at-the-Doha-talks

date: 9 December 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

The developed countries indicated that, with the global recession, they are unable to make firm commitments to finance poor nations’ efforts to adapt. Instead, a decision was made to set up a work programme in 2013 to help developed countries identify ways to raise this money...


date: 9 December 2012
Source(s): United Nations Environment Programme - Headquarters (UNEP)

At Doha, governments have identified ways to further strengthen the adaptive capacities of the most vulnerable, also through better planning. Ways to implement National Adaptation Plans for least developed countries have been agreed, including linking funding and other support...


date: 9 December 2012
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Leading a delegation of 33 Red Cross Red Crescent representatives from over 12 countries, Dr. Al Maadheed said 'Communities around the world urgently need to be better prepared. The international community needs to be more ambitious by investing more in adaptation, preparedness and risk reduction,'...


NASA captures Typhoon Bopha, CC BY 2.0http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/8241425305/

date: 7 December 2012
Source(s): Financial Times (FT)

While the UN climate change conference is taking place in Doha, Typhoon Bopha brought storms, flooding and mudslides to Mindanao in the Philippines. Albert del Rosario foreign secretary of the Philippines has asked international delegates to conclude a Kyoto protocol 2 that would increase climate change adaptation aid to developing nations...


date: 7 December 2012
Source(s): Canada - government

The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister, announced a number of key initiatives to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries. One of the funded projects, the United Nations Development Programme for adaptation projects, will receive $16.5 million...


date: 6 December 2012
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

US negotiator Jonathan Pershing said it is 'committed' to funding adaptation and mitigation projects in the developing world. The pledges are likely to go part of the way to building trust between parties as the critical 48 hours of talks get underway...


date: 6 December 2012
Source(s): World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

'The Doha talks are in crisis over climate finance, as in 25 days developing countries do not know how they will be supported to adapt to climate change. Rich countries now have 24 hours to make a collective commitment to increase public climate finance from next year to at least $US60billion by 2015,' Celine Charveriat, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns for Oxfam International said...


date: 6 December 2012
Source(s): United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)

'Africa women are responsible for 80% of food production on the continent, and therefore need to be more involved in decisions relating to food security. While climate change affects us all, it does not affect us all equally. Women, though disproportionately affected, are crucial agents of change' said Heather Grady, Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation...


by Global Water Partnership - a water secure world CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalwaterpartnership/4681813394/

date: 5 December 2012
Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)

A new World Bank report offers a model, an ‘Adaptation Pyramid Framework,’ to strengthen public sector management in a changing climate, and to assist stakeholders in integrating climate risks and opportunities into all development activities. 'With these coordinated efforts the Arab world will be able to rise to the challenge once again and, as it has for centuries, successfully adapt to a changing climate'...


 Photo by  © Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN  http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96967/CLIMATE-CHANGE-Agriculture-takes-a-backseat-again

date: 5 December 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Developing countries had lobbied hard to place agriculture in the adaptation section of the text being negotiated in the 2011 talks in Durban. This would have resulted in a focus on helping farmers in poorer countries adapt to climate change rather than a focus on reducing agriculture-related emissions. 'For us, agriculture in the talks is an adaptation issue,' said S. Africa from COP18. The Gambia, Egypt and Oxfam also comment...


date: 5 December 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'To boost mitigation and adaptation and build the resilience capacity of communities in mountain areas of the world, there is an urgent need to increase understanding of the uncertainties influencing climate change scenarios and water availability in major river basins,' said Nand Kishor Agrawal, coordinator for ICIMOD Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme from COP18...


date: 5 December 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Governments in the region have begun to ask the right questions about identifying vulnerable populations and are talking resilience, the WB tells IRIN. Improving people’s adaptive capacity does not always involve money...investment in more social protection measures is also needed...


date: 4 December 2012
Source(s): Bloomberg.com

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has announced in Doha at the 18th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC that Britain would give 1.8 billion pounds ($2.9 billion) as climate aid to developing nations in 2013. The funds will help poorer countries to curb emissions and adapt to climate change...


 by ARM Climate Research Facility CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/armgov/4618690989

date: 4 December 2012
Source(s): Bloomberg.com

'Richer countries can quickly adapt if hit by a climate change disaster. For us, it takes ages. It destroys.' said Fatou Gaye, Gambia’s environment minister and lead delegate for the group of least developed countries said at the UN conference on climate change at Doha...


date: 4 December 2012
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

One of the issues at the ongoing UN climate conference in Doha, Qatar is food security, especially in the light of increasing climate change induced droughts and heat waves. In fact, 40 per cent of global land mass are drylands...


date: 4 December 2012
Source(s): Fiji - government

At COP18, developed country Parties acknowledge the many challenges faced by vulnerable states to severe climate change impacts. Nevertheless, there has been resistance from developed countries on the establishment of an international mechanism to assist in compensation for the loss and damage to small island developing states, according to a Fiji government statement...


date: 4 December 2012
Source(s): AME Info FZ LLC (AME)

'Combating climate change along with climate proofing of interventions and commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) must be a priority for business,' said Dr R Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank from COP18. 'Climate change financing models will contribute to sustainable development.'...


date: 4 December 2012
Source(s): Nature Conservancy, the

Citing the aftermath of recent drought, wildfire and hurricanes in the US, the Nature Conservancy highlights its work both in Doha and outside the UN process to help countries take climate action now by promoting green infrastructure as a core element of solutions to reduce climate and disaster risks and raises big questions over the pathway to ramp up toward the $100 billion, or even smaller funding flows, that are needed for climate finance in the next five years...


date: 3 December 2012
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

'Australia committed $599 million of what was called 'fast start finance' back in 2010 and we have actually delivered all of the $599 million,' Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus told ABC Radio from COP18...


date: 3 December 2012
Source(s): Taiwan Today

'All the research shows that maintaining a business-as-usual scenario in the face of global warming is not an option. The ROC is ready to share its abundant technical expertise in green energy, disaster prevention and relief to the fullest extent with the world community,' stated ROC Environmental Protection Administration Deputy Minister Yeh Shin-cheng...


 OCHA http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96956/CLIMATE-CHANGE-Dealing-with-loss-and-damage

date: 3 December 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

In a formal letter to Qatar - host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to help country negotiators address the contentious issue...


date: 3 December 2012
Source(s): Star, the; Toronto Star

'The devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy is prompting renewed thinking about climate change and national security,' writes Lord Hunt of Delft University and former director-general of the UK Meteorological Office and Johnny Chan chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s Tropical Cyclone Panel...


date: 30 November 2012
Source(s): Malta Independent, the, Standard Publications Ltd

A new audit report on how adaptation policies are implemented at a national level across Europe was launched at 18th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Adaptation. Issues investigated by the report include identification and quality of risk and vulnerability assessments and implementation...


 by CC BY-NC 2.0 kgbbristol http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgbbristol/5065320841

date: 30 November 2012
Source(s): Acclimatise

'Serious climate change will only be averted if governments and private investors work together. With severe weather events increasing in frequency and intensity, economic losses as a result of these events are increasing in turn. These losses impact upon the investments and retirement savings of billions of people,' said Stephani Pfeifer of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change...


date: 29 November 2012
Source(s): Economic Times, the

Industrialized nations claim that they did meet their commitments to fast start finance targets, a $30 billion aid to help developing countries to adapt and mitigate climate change, in spite of the economic crisis, reports Economic Times...


date: 29 November 2012
Source(s): CARE International (CI); United Nations University (UNU)

At the 18th UN Climate Change Conference, the findings of an innovative comparative study confirm that rainfall variability and food insecurity are key drivers for human mobility. The empirical research carried out by CARE International and the United Nations University in eight countries revealed that migration is an important risk management strategy for vulnerable households...


date: 29 November 2012
Source(s): World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

'No one wants to be forced to relocate, but if it is necessary, compensation will be required to restore such people’s livelihoods. We must start planning now, or we can never hope to catch up with the tragedies climate change will cause,' said Harjeet Singh, International Coordinator, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation at ActionAid...


 by Global Water Partnership - a water secure world CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalwaterpartnership/5464469693

date: 29 November 2012
Source(s): Inquirer.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer

'So far, few developing Asian countries have focused on disaster risks in their economic development plans. As a region, we no longer have a choice. We must invest in disaster prevention—not only in infrastructure, but also in the region’s social development,' stated Bindu N. Lohani of the Asian Development Bank...


date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): Zimbabwean Limited, the

'Agriculture is still considered a sideshow in the climate arena and a decision has been lacking over several years of UN climate negotiations. Agriculture will be massively impacted by climate change, both the increase in extreme conditions and the rising temperatures. We need global action to ensure food security under climate change,' Bruce Campbell of CGIAR said...


date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

Gonzalo Oviedo, Senior Adviser on Social Policy at IUCN talks about the links between climate change and traditional communities. He says traditional people all over the world have already been adapting to environmental changes, reports RTCC. Watch the video...


date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

Professor Richard Klein, Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute talks about the importance of keeping the adaptation talks going under the UNFCCC. He says the science community has been saying for a long time that adaptation deserves equal focus at the talks as mitigation, reports RTCC from COP18. Watch the video...


date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): Inter Press Service International Association (IPS)

'Adaptation strategies should prioritise the farmers, particularly women who are mainly into subsistence agriculture, and the communities they live in. society as a whole needed a mind shift to allow women to make meaningful contributions at all levels of the climate change process,' Mozambican Minister of Environment Acinda Abreu told IPS...


© WMO http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_966_en.html

date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

WMO’s provisional annual statement on the state of the global climate was released today to inform negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. WMO will release a 10-year report on the state of the climate, '2001-2010, A decade of extremes' on 4 December 2012 to highlight the warming trend for the entire planet, its continents and oceans during the past decade, with an indication of its impacts on health, food security and socio-economic development...


date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

'Now is the time to act. Farmers around the world are experiencing the impacts of climate change today and they need support if they are to adapt. Farming can also become part of the solution, given the potential of agriculture to mitigation,' Tracy Gerstle, co-Chair of Farming First...


 Shermaine Ho/IRIN http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96895/CLIMATE-CHANGE-Natural-disasters-made-history-in-2011

date: 27 November 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Countries participating in the Doha climate meeting 'could decide to start building a strategic, comprehensive approach to dealing with loss and damage, which could be in the form of an international mechanism. Much of it will focus on adaptation, but there will also be the need to increase work on rehabilitation and multi-national insurance schemes, says Germanwatch...


date: 27 November 2012
Source(s): South African Governement News Agency

'Women are the face of the climate realities, while we as negotiators and political leaders are discussing, sometimes with questionable urgency, to find a global response that could address their plight,' said the minister at the launch at COP18 in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday...


  Robin Wyatt http://www.iied.org/rich-nations-fail-meet-8-climate-finance-pledges-analysis-shows

date: 26 November 2012
Source(s): International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

The wealthier nations promised in 2009 to provide developing countries with US$30 billion by the end of 2012, and said this should be 'new and additional' finance balanced between support for adaptation and mitigation activities. According to IIED analysis, only US$23.6 billion of the US$30 billion promised has been committed...


date: 26 November 2012
Source(s): Asian Scientist Publishing Pte. Ltd.

In advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, China has released its China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change report which gives an overview of the extreme weather and climate events of 2011 in China. According to the report, 430 million people were affected by 'natural disasters' and economic losses amounted to 309.6 billion yuan (US$49.6 billion)...


date: 25 November 2012
Source(s): Oxfam International Secretariat

After another year of extreme weather, developing countries face a looming climate ‘fiscal cliff’ at the end of 2012 with no clarity about how they will be supported to reduce emissions and adapt to the devastating impacts of climate change, international aid agency Oxfam said just ahead of the UN Climate Change negotiations in Doha, Qatar...


 Jason Gutierrez/IRIN http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96867/CLIMATE-CHANGE-When-the-damage-is-done

date: 23 November 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

UN climate change talks in Doha could be on the verge of adding a focus on 'loss and damage' to its framing of the global response to climate change. Risk reduction, risk retention and risk transfer are approaches often prescribed in response to loss and damage. But the work programme found that these approaches are also limited...


date: 23 November 2012
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

In connection with the 18th Conference of the Parties climate conference that will be taking place in Doha, Quatar, Helen Clark, head of the UN Development Programme and other experts are to host a live chat on the website of the Guardian...


date: 23 November 2012
Source(s): Chinaview.cn, Xinhua News Agency

'The impact of climate change is felt differently by different genders hence the need to entrench gender in climate change issues,' told Annabell Waititu, Executive Director of the Institute of Environment and Water (IEW)...


photo by flickr user mtsofan, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtsofan/8159068401/

date: 22 November 2012
Source(s): Canberra Times, Fairfax Media, the

If Sandy should act as a wake-up call for the need to increase business commitments, there is also a need for a co-ordinated effort among every level of society, business and government, especially as negotiators from around the world will soon gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18)...


date: 22 November 2012
Source(s): Daily Star, the

One of the issues to be discussed at the eighteenth Conference of Parties (COP18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Quatar will be the topic of Loss and Damage. For countries, such as Kiribati for example, there is a limit to adapt to climate change, particularly to sea level rise...


date: 22 November 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters

As world leaders will be negotiating climate change adaptation funding at the UN Climate Change Summit in Qatar next week, two experts (Julian Hunt and Pereira) writing for Reuters are urging goverments to support the use of social media in disaster forecasting and recovery...


date: 16 November 2012
Source(s): Namibia Economist

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has invited community-based adaptation activities in Namibia to participate at the 2012 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities, reports Namibia Economist...



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