durban climate conference

Ultimately, I think it will be women who make the difference as it became clear to me that at the moment climate change affects women more than it does men. One of our delegates - Beatrice Nyambeki - is from Kenya, gave a speech about how climate change affects girls and young women in Kenya.
The recent UN Climate Change meeting in Durban, South Africa was in many ways the marmite of such events. Opinions are polarised on whether to love or hate the outcome.
After two busy weeks, the Durban COP was extended by a full day and then went well into a second, with long nights of negotiation
A "political realignment" among the world's nations was hailed by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne as one
Where this ancient landscape runs into the Indian Ocean is Durban City and its suburbs, only 100 years old and home to three million people. For the past fortnight, another 10,000 people came to Durban from across the world over to discuss what to about manmade climate change.
In a scene in the BBC comedy series set in the WW1 trenches, Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Blackadder enquires as to the wisdom of the British Army's tactics - why "go over the top" for the 16th time, when it had been a disastrous failure the last 15 times?
Hopes were dimming on Saturday afternoon that a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions plan to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol
Delegates at the UN climate conference in Durban are expected to work early into Saturday morning in the hope of finding
Here's a funny thing. It was possible to stay perfectly busy at the climate talks without going anywhere near the actual talks. This was not about sitting around gossiping over a cup of coffee, although there seemed to be plenty of that going on. Nor was it about dressing up as a polar bear or a lump of coal and waving placards outside.
The final episode of Frozen Planet featured narrator Sir David Attenborough as he explained the ways in which shrinking ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic are radically changing life at the poles for all species, including humans. But the seventh instalment of the BBC's extraordinarily successful series has attracted undeserved controversy for its focus on the impacts of climate change.
Whether we like it or not, alternative energy sources must be invested in. The 'green' issue cannot be ignored just because the world's economy is in freefall and we're all distracted by whether there will be any money left to pay our pensions or not. Now is the time to put pressure on our MPs and government to tackle these issues and, while we look to them to take the big steps, we must remember our responsibility to all the little steps - even those that require more effort than sorting the plastic bottles and newspapers into different coloured bins.
We've had nearly 20 years of negotiations under the UN Climate Convention, and this is now the seventh year that countries have met to discuss ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions after 2012. The pledges currently on the table are so weak they will lead to 5°C global warming that will cause catastrophic climate change threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. How did it come to this?
We have to do more to build adaptation and resilience for rural communities and significantly reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases if we are truly serious about tackling climate change globally.
Climatologists have recently issued a warning over global weather patterns, stating that the world will experience more severe storms, droughts and flooding and that they attribute this to increased man-made global warming. Durban should be a wake-up call for the world to listen and act.
As governments gather in Durban for the annual UN climate change conference, climate change is worryingly low down the international agenda. This is perhaps not surprising given the turmoil in the global economy. However, the stakes at Durban are very high. The meeting is the last real opportunity for governments to provide certainty on the future of the Kyoto Protocol and lay out a path to a future global climate agreement.
With delegates, energy/environment  ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders arriving in Durban for COP 17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions.
Governments can hardly claim they haven't been warned. In the last few weeks, four pieces of news have landed on their desks that ought to cause them grave concern. These weren't the latest growth rates or unemployment figures, or the latest credit rating agency downgrades. But they are every bit as worrying.