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South Africa:U.S.$1 Million Public Pool Nears Completion After Nine Years

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:51
[GroundUp] After nine years and over R14-million, the construction of a public swimming pool in Butterworth is very close to completion. But there is no water to fill it due to the drought.

Malawi:Nsanje DC Urges Defiant Communities to Move Upland

Tue, 2017-11-21 16:08
[Nyasa Times] Nsanje District Commissioner (DC) Gift Rapozo has called on defiant communities reluctant to relocate from flood prone areas to reconsider their decisions as there are growing fears that the district may experience more devastating floods this rainy season.

Namibia:Shifeta Calls for Green Climate Fund Visibility in Africa

Tue, 2017-11-21 12:23
[New Era] Windhoek -Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta says the Green Climate Fund (GCF) should provide financial resources without any prejudice and should by all means avoid the discriminatory classifications of developing countries as part of eligibility criteria for funding projects.

Somalia:Galmudug Appeals for Humanitarian Aid After Severe Drought

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:17
[Shabelle] Somalia's central Federal State, Galmudug has appealed for international aid for thousands of people who have been hit by a severe drought early this year.

Africa:Can a Mobile App Help East African Farmers Adapt to Climate Change?

Mon, 2017-11-20 18:00
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] A simple mobile app has been developed to help farmers and local authorities in East Africa choose the right kind of tree to plant - key to helping countries meet curb their emissions and adapt to a changing climate, say the developers.

Africa:UN Talks Offer Little Help for Soaring Losses, Climate-Hit States Say

Mon, 2017-11-20 15:57
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bonn, Germany -From Fiji to St. Lucia, small island nations have taken every opportunity to flag the growing risks of climate change to their land and people at U.N. talks in Bonn - but their cry for help has fallen on deaf ears, officials and experts said on Friday.

Africa:Financing Will Continue to Be Key Issue in Battling Climate Change

Mon, 2017-11-20 15:34
[IPS] Bonn -"The Bonn climate talks were foundational, paving the way to finalize the rules that underpin the Paris Agreement next year and setting the stage for countries to commit to enhance their national climate plans by 2020. On both counts, the climate talks in Bonn were a success. However, negotiators have plenty of homework to do to get there.

South Africa:Could 'Good Water Saving' By Capetonians Result in Them Paying More?

Mon, 2017-11-20 14:40
[News24Wire] The City of Cape Town is considering introducing a water levy to be paid by consumers because "good water saving by residents" has negatively affected its revenue, Mayor Patricia de Lille has said.

Africa:Climate Change - the World's Poorest Will Judge Us By Action

Mon, 2017-11-20 13:38
[IPS] Bonn -Two years ago, 197 parties came together in Paris and agreed to the historical Paris Framework. Since that December 2015, we all have seen countless pictures of utterly devastating floods, wildfires, hurricanes happening more and more frequently all over our planet mainly affecting the poorest among us.

Africa:On Gender Day At Climate Meet, Some Progress, Many Hurdles

Mon, 2017-11-20 13:11
[IPS] Bonn -"Five years ago, when we first started talking about including gender in the negotiations, the parties asked us, 'Why gender?' Today, they are asking, 'How do we include gender?' That's the progress we have seen since Doha," said Kalyani Raj.

Africa:Global Insurance Partnership Beefed Up to Protect Poor From Climate Risks

Mon, 2017-11-20 12:52
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bonn -Germany on Tuesday pledged $125 million to boost the work of an international insurance partnership that aims to cover 400 million more poor and vulnerable people against disaster risks by 2020.

Nigeria:Nigeria, 189 Countries Agree to Scaled Up Climate Action

Mon, 2017-11-20 12:47
[Guardian] After two weeks of negotiations, Nigeria and other nations have agreed to launch the next steps toward higher climate action ambition before 2020.

Africa:Economic Development Vs. Climate Action - Rebutting Deniers and Wafflers

Mon, 2017-11-20 12:03
[IPS] San Francisco -As negotiators meet in Bonn to put together a deal to implement the Paris Agreement, John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, stressed that economic development and climate change mitigation and adaptation are not 'either-or' but must be pursued together.

East Africa:Grassroots and Peasants Movements Deliver Solutions That Cop23 Fails to Provide

Mon, 2017-11-20 11:55
[Fahamu] Food sovereignty and peasant agroecology - which should be understood in the context of national sovereignty - are the true solutions to build resilience and resistance.

South Africa:SA Forges Ahead With Paris Agreement

Fri, 2017-11-17 16:40
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa is forging ahead with the implementation of the Paris Agreement, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday.

Africa:Better Soil Could Trap As Much Carbon As Transport Produces - Study

Fri, 2017-11-17 14:45
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -The extra carbon that could be stored from rejuvenated soil is equivalent to 3 to 7 billion tonnes of planet-warming carbon dioxide

Malawi:Rain Storm Damages Over 50 Houses in Mangochi

Fri, 2017-11-17 11:35
[Malawi News Agency] Mangochi -Mangochi District Council has established that the stormy rain that poured on early this week in the district has left over 52 houses damages in two villages of Matambo and Chipalamawamba in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda.

Africa:Climate Goal in Peril As Science Points to 3 Degree Warming

Fri, 2017-11-17 10:52
[SciDev.Net] Bonn -As developing countries push the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, scientists and leaders at the UN-led climate talks underway in Germany say the world will fail to meet the key goal of limiting global average temperature rise to well under two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

South Africa:SA Sees Snow in November

Fri, 2017-11-17 10:26
[SAnews.gov.za] As the country woke up to winter-like temperatures on Thursday, the South African Weather Services (SAWS) has issued a special weather advisory for heavy rain and snowfall for some parts of the country.

Uganda:Uganda's Oil Detrimental to Efforts On Climate Change

Fri, 2017-11-17 10:10
[Observer] On November 6, 2017, an important event for all humanity commenced in Bonn, Germany.

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