‘Lee Emphasizes Green Growth at G20 Toronto’

Lee Myung-Bak, President of Korea visited Toronoto in Canada. The G-20 Financial Summit he attended has ended. During the summit, President Lee discussed the importance of industrial development in line with Green Growth and regulations and reform in financial sectors and related international bodies and studied coordination between countries in regards to the overall financial crisis around the world and economic recovery with world leaders.

At its 4th G20 summit in Toronto, leaders agreed to cut national budget deficits in half by 2013 without stunting economic growth. Summit host Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the group’s richest members should halve their deficits within three years. And it is known that every major G20 country had already committed to that target before the summit.

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‘African Countries Showcase Green Economy Initiatives’

South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have taken bold initiatives to achieve a green economy transformation. These initiatives were presented at a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) event during the 13th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Bamako, Mali.

 The event, which focused on “fostering a Green Economy Transformation in Africa”, provided a platform for Ministers and delegates at AMCEN to share experiences on Green Economy initiatives being undertaken in several African countries as well as opportunities and challenges for Africa to achieve a green economic transformation, building on national sustainable development and poverty reduction initiatives that are underway on the continent.

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‘From Copenhagen to Cancun – Lessons Learnt and Future Opportunities’

With plans to decrease deforestation and reduce carbon emissions worldwide, the Copenhagen climate summit has made some valuable steps forward.

 The Copenhagen climate summit was neither the breakthrough so many had hoped for nor the breakdown that seemed possible in the late hours of that final day in December 2009.

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‘Beyond Expectation Environmental Project: A Short Video’

Beyond Expectation Environmental Project (BEEP) is a registered Non Profit Organisation. It was conceived and founded by Lindela Mjenxane to utilise nature, and Table Mountain National Park in particular, to conduct workshops for school learners in a tranquil and relaxed environment, to expose them to a variety of subjects relevant to their lives, and thus empower them to escape the trap of poverty and the worst aspects of township life.

For more information on BEEP visit: www.beyondexpectation.co.za

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‘Green and Decent Jobs: The Case for Local Action’

Green jobs are often heralded as the solution to the twin challenges of lowering our greenhouse gas emissions and bringing down unemployment. However, very little has been said about what new green jobs might look like – who will be doing them, how much might they pay and where will they be?

Unequal access to jobs, low pay and a lack of progression routes are endemic problems in some parts of the UK labour market. In this paper we argue that to maximise the benefits of the green jobs revolution, we must make sure that green jobs are also good jobs, paying a decent wage and offering more and better employment opportunities to a wide range of people.

To make this a reality, we make the case for greater action at the local level, and by a greater range of individuals and organisations. We examine the potential for new partnerships between lots of different organisations – based on examples of best practice from the USA – to help ensure that new green jobs are right for local communities.

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The nine planetary boundaries

Researchers argue in order to avoid catastrophic environmental change, humanity will have to stay within the nine planetary boundaries for Earth system services and processes.

For more information: See here and here.

‘National Environmental Management Act, No 107 of 1998 (NEMA) Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (EIA), 2010′

On 18 June 2010 the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Buyelwa Patience Sonjica, published in Government Gazette 33306 Notice Number 543 the regulations pertaining to environmental impact assessments under sections 24(5), 24M and 44 of NEMA. These regulations and the Listing Notices mentioned below will take effect on a date to be determined by the Minister by Notice in the Gazette.

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‘Climate Change and Natural Resources Conflicts in Africa (June 2010)’

This monograph contains papers that were presented at the International Conference on Climate Change and Natural Resources Confl icts in Africa, 14–15 May 2009, Entebbe, Uganda, organised by the Environment Security Programme (ESP) of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Nairobi Offi ce.

The climate change phenomenon is a global concern, which typically threatens the sustainability of the livelihoods of the majority of the population living in the developing countries. Africa, particularly the sub-Saharan region, is likely to be negatively impacted by climate variability and change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Africa’s vulnerability arises from a combination of many factors, including extreme poverty, a high rate of population increase, frequent natural disasters such as droughts and fl oods, and agricultural systems (both crop and livestock production) that depend heavily on rainfall. Extreme natural occurrences such as floods and droughts are becoming increasingly frequent and severe. Africa’s high vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate variability and change is also attributed to its low adaptive capacity.

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‘Brown Dystopia or green hope?’

With dwindling fossil fuel resources and climate changes looming, researchers argue that the world as we know is about to change. The fossil fuels that have predicated the matchless expansion of the 20th century show difficulties in keeping up with increasing demand. At the same time, continued use of remaining fossil fuel deposits risks pushing the world towards catastrophic climate changes.

On 9 june 2010 SEI executive director Johan Rockström and researcher Karl Hallding teamed up with Professor Kjell Aleklett from Global Energy Systems Group, Uppsala University to discuss future energy and climate security challenges.

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‘EU sees solar power imported from Sahara in 5 yrs’

Engineering News, 21st June 2010

Europe will import its first solar-generated electricity from North Africa within the next five years, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in an interview on Sunday.

The European Union is backing projects to turn the plentiful sunlight in the Sahara desert into electricity for power-hungry Europe, a scheme it hopes will help meet its target of deriving 20% of its energy from renewable sources in 2020.

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