Environment

World Bank's Climate and Governance Disaster

Press Release

8 April 2010

Both Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and groundWork, Friends of the Earth, South Africa are disappointed with the World Bank's decision to go ahead with its loan to Eskom. By making this decision, the World Bank has shown, quite clearly, that it has no regard for the state of the world's climate and environment, the future of South Africa, and economic principles of transparency and corruption. The World Bank is not a responsible lender.

SA Commemorates the Earth Hour

On Saturday night, a global community supported Earth Hour and switched off lights for 60 minutes to mark the importance of creating awareness about electricity consumption and carbon emissions.

The Department of Environmental Affairs marked the event by switching off the lights at its Pretoria office.

The department spokesperson, Albi Modise, says to ensure the staff’s participation, it hosted, an Earth Hour Information Session for staff members to heighten awareness and generate interest internally.

NGOs Criticise World Bank Loan to Eskom

The World Bank has defended its proposed R29 billion loan to Eskom amid growing criticism from environmental groups and NGOs.

The NGOs, Climate Justice Now, groundWork and the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, have criticised the loan, supported by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Council of Churches.

They say if it is approved, the poor will bear the burden of Eskom debt.

Statement from South Africa and CSOs on Eskom’s Proposed US$3.75 Billion World Bank Loan

Press Release

12 February 2010

Should the World Bank grant a US$3.75 billion (R28.125 bn) loan to Eskom when the Bank Board meets on March 24? No. We South African and African organisations which for years have advocated social and environmental justice here and abroad, oppose Eskom’s proposed Bank loan – and indeed its new construction programme more generally, for several reasons.

Climate Change

The story of climate change is the story of all life on Earth. ‘Climate Change’ shows how the environmental challenges we face are leading to big changes in our lives. It shows how people are already making adaptations and adjusting to cope with climate change. Most importantly it suggests that, if we work together, we can still avert a climate crisis.

Integrity of NERSA Hearings Questioned

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa has questioned the integrity of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (NERSA) public hearings into Eskom's proposed tariff hike.

The WWF says it also questions the intentions behind the energy ministry's publication of a purported Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) on the last day of 2009.

NGOs Criticise West Rand Environmental Disaster

Press Release

19 January 2010

From: Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (Acid Mine Drainage Working Group)
Endorsed by: Legal Resources Centre, Federation for a Sustainable Environment, The GreenHouse People's Environment Centre, Public Environmental Arbiters

Contacts for further information:

Rachel Adatia email: amd.workinggroup@gmail.com cell 082 420 1436
Mariette Liefferink email: mariettel@iburst.co.za Tel: 011 787 7965 cell: 073 231 4893

UN Climate Conference Gets Underway

The largest and most important United Nations climate change conference in history is underway in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Conference president, Connie Hedegaard, says the key to an agreement is finding a way to raise and channel public and private financing to poor countries for years to come to help them fight the effects of climate change.

In the same vein, diplomats from 192 nations have warned that this could be the best, last chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming.

IPCC Slams Climategate Exposers

The head of the United Nation's Nobel-winning panel of climate scientists has attacked the so-called Climategate affair as a suspected bid to undermine the credibility of his organisation.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), used the opening ceremonies of the UN climate talks in Copenhagen to lash those who had hacked into e-mails among top scientists in Britain assessing global warming.

United Nations Climate Change Conference / COP15 - Follow Conference Online

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) will be held from 7-18 December 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen. 

COP15 - the official title of the conference - refers to the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

More than 15 000 delegates from 192 countries, including 100 world leaders, will convene in Copenhagen for the most important UN conference on climate change to agree a new global climate deal aimed at protecting the future of our planet.

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