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  • The Face Of Climate Change in Africa

    Blogpost by Olivia Langhof and Rianne Tuele - December 2, 2011 at 9:49

    Raising a Wind Turbine in Durban

    Greenpeace and Tcktcktck volunteers raise a wind turbine on the beach at dawn in Durban, South Africa. To send a message of hope for the latest round of UN climate change talks opening here on Monday. Campaigners say Durban must be a new dawn for the international negotiations to agree a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty to avert climate chaos. They are demanding that politicians stop listening to the polluting corporations and listen to the people who want an end to our dependence on fossil fuels. Africa is on the front line of dangerous climate change, with millions already suffering the impacts through increased drought and extreme weather events, threatening lives and food security. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace


    As COP17 delegates sit in air-conned conference rooms and discuss climate change over coffee in the Baobab cafe, millions of people across Africa have never heard about the COP, KP, REDD or ’15. They are living with what delegates only talk ... Read more >

  • The third of December will mark the crucial mid-point of the COP17 climate negotiations. It will also be the day that people across the world come out onto the streets of Durban to demand action from world leaders inside the ICC. It's a march organi... Read more >

  • Climate Change Has No Borders

    Blogpost by Prudence Wanko - December 1, 2011 at 11:24

    Following the successful launch of Greenpeace's climate impacts documentary, in Durban last night, a member of the documentary ground team writes about her experience travelling to Mali for The Weather Gods:

    An arid landscape shot from The Weather Gods documentary.


    Gwelekoro may sound strange and ... Read more >

  • Tutu Calls on Canada to be a Climate Leader

    Blogpost by Tzeporah Berman and Monica Davies - December 1, 2011 at 11:13 1 comment

    The advert that appeared in numerous Canadian newspapers this week, condemning Canada's weak position against climate change and its proximity to big oil companies.


    During the COP17 climate talks earlier in the week, it was leaked that the Canadian government would be pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol this year. 

    Santa won’t be delighted to hear that news (the North Pole may soon be ice-free in the sum... Read more >

  • Coal: The Dirty Truth, a view from COP17

    Blogpost by Caroline Chisholm - November 30, 2011 at 8:00

    No Future in Coal

    Burning coal is driving climate change – and Africa’s people are on the frontline. So, as the continent’s largest CO2 emitter, and the 12th largest in the world, South Africa is a major player on the global polluter’s stage. More than 90 percent of ... Read more >

  • Zuma's Opening Speech Misses the Mark

    Blogpost by mbaillie - November 28, 2011 at 15:10 3 comments

    President Zuma’s opening speech for COP17 this morning left a lot to be desired. 

    The opening address was a real opportunity for Zuma to step up and show his mettle to the world. It was a chance for him to really push the urgent need for decisive cli... Read more >

  • Occupying COP17

    Blogpost by Mike Baillie - November 28, 2011 at 14:46

    Occupy COP, the Conference of the People, Durban.

    As the official COP17 climate negotiations got underway in Durban this morning , a radically different meeting was taking shape on a grassy mound just outside the main conference venue, sandwiched between three busy roads.

    The meeting was the ver... Read more >

  • Young activists speak out against climate change at COP17

    Blogpost by Vivek Rampersad - November 25, 2011 at 9:12

    Meet the first of the young Greenpeace enthusiasts from around the world, the Green Reporters, who have come to COP17 to offer themselves as a two-way microphone for the common global youth voice who demand “It’s Our Future, Use Renewables Now!”

    In S... Read more >

  • The Environment Takes Leading Role On Screen During COP17

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - November 22, 2011 at 13:27

    An arid landscape shot from The Weather Gods documentary.


    Greenpeace Africa will be putting our climate and all the problems it’s facing on the big screen during COP17, with our Environmental Film Festival that will be running throughout the conference.

    The Festival (powered entirely by solar and ... Read more >

  • IPCC report: Extreme weather is fuelled by climate change

    Blogpost by Brian Blomme, Greenpeace International - November 22, 2011 at 13:18 1 comment

    Flood Documentation in Bangkok

    A buddhist monk paddles a small boat through the flooded temple compound. Flood waters are now threatening the country, experiencing it's worst flooding in 50 years. Greenpeace warned that intensifying climate impacts coupled with unsustainable development could bear heavy economic costs, damage agriculture and pollute water sources in Southeast Asia. © Athit Perawongmetha / Greenpeace


    For the first time, climate scientists have teamed up with experts in disaster risk management on a report on climate change, which found that the consequences of climate change on people around the world are going to increase.

    The inescapa... Read more >

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