Environment

Call for Useful Policy on Biofuels

A policy to govern the development of bio-fuel sector should involve the communities that are likely to be affected by the new venture. This is the view of Action Aid Tanzania.

The organisation says that involving communities during preparation of the legal document will help the country to refrain from social and environmental devastations associated with bio-fuel development.

The organisation further says that, “The process to enact a policy should be participatory."

Rich Nations Urged to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Poor nations have made serious proposals to combat global warming at climate talks being held in Bangkok and it is time for wealthier countries to step forward with their own commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This is according to the United Nation's (UN) climate.

UN climate chief, Yvo de Boer, says that there is growing frustration from some developing countries that their promises of action have not been met with long-promised financial commitments from rich countries or the acceptance of greater emissions cuts for industrialised countries.

ZNRI Embarks on Clean-up Exercise in Harare

The Zimbabwe’s National Revival Initiative (ZNRI), a coalition of churches, NGOs and government has taken a bold stand in which the organisation attempts to get rid of the garbage in Harare.

ZNRI project manager, Aaron Mushoriwa, says that the project aims to keep the environment clean while improving the image of Zimbabwe prior the 2010 World in South Africa.

Director in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Sylvester Maunganidze, argues that the initiative will contribute to the attraction of visitors in Harare.

Understanding Farmers' Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change and Variability

‘Understanding Farmers' Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change and Variability: The case of the Limpopo Basin, South Africa’ outlines how climate change is expected to have serious environmental, economic, and social impacts in South Africa. The report states that rural farmers, whose livelihoods depend on the use of natural resources, are likely to bear the brunt of adverse impacts.

Climate Change Hearings, Sasol on Trial

Press Release

7 September 2009

On Thursday the 10th of Sept. 2009, a trial on Sasol's climate change crimes will be held outside of Sasol's Rosebank headquarters (1 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg). The trial will begin at 10:00am and end at 2:00pm. Spectators will be pouring in from all across Gauteng and surrounds to witness Sasol being charged and prosecuted for contributing to climate change.

AfriForum Criticises ANC Over Rector Appointment

AfriForum has accused the African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State of forcing the University of the Free State (UFS) into appointing a party loyalist as new Rector.

AfriForum CEO, Kallie Kriel, has also criticised the disapproval voiced by the ANC spokesperson in that province, Teboho Sikisi, about the shortlist of five candidates and his demand that the so-called "progressive black academic" should be appointed.

Sustainable Development 2009

The Wessex Institute of Technology is hosting a conference entitled “Sustainable Development 2009” from 13-15 May 2009 in Cyprus.

The conference will be of interest to planners, environmentalists, engineers, architects, ecologists, economists, policy makers and other governmental officials, researchers and academics involved in the field of sustainability.

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