greenhouse gases

Agreement to Limit Carbon Emissions

The United States and China have agreed to limit carbon emissions, but the move might only be enough to save developed countries in the North.

Under an agreement, the United States will reduce its emissions by a quarter by 2025 and China will reach a maximum in its emissions by 2030, cap them, and then decrease them.

At the signing ceremony, President Barack Obama said: “As the world’s largest economies and greatest emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change.”

Impact of Climate Change Highlighted

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the impacts of climate change will significantly affect food security, water availability, human health and ultimately economic growth in Africa.
 
The report, which is under discussion at the opening of the four day Climate Change Dialogue at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, found that Africa's climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt.
 

IPCC Urges ‘Faster Action’ on Global Warming

The United Nations (UN) says faster action is needed to keep global warming to agreed limits and delays until 2030 could force reliance on technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.
 
In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which drew on the work of more than 1 000 experts, says a shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power was affordable and will shave only about 0.06 percent point a year off world economic growth.
 

Food Production Spikes Greenhouse Gas - CGIAR

Agriculture research organisation, CGIAR, says that food production accounts for up to 29 percent of man-made greenhouse gases, twice the amount the United Nations has estimated comes from farming.

CGIAR research programme on climate change, agriculture and food security, Bruce Campbell, points out that, "There are good economic reasons to improve efficiency in agriculture, not just to cut greenhouse gas emissions."

Africa Embarks on New Environmental Path

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says that hosting the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) on the African continent offers an opportunity to work on a future of sustainable development.

Molewa states that Africa has contributed least to the build-up of greenhouse gases globally, but will be in the front line of the adverse effects of climate change.

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