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Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

the tamera site covers 330 acres in southern portugal
The Tamera site covers 330 acres in southern Portugal and is home to 200 people. Photograph: Nigel Dickinson

Tamera’s ecology experts transformed an area at risk of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world

March 7, 2017 — The land undulates upwards into gentle hills, cradling nooks of fertile terraces growing sweetcorn, sunflowers and tomatoes, before rolling down into tranquil lakes. It looks like a natural Edenic paradise on earth. But 20 years ago this land was arid and barren, and farming was a struggle. Continue reading Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

Time to Protect Our Common Home

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Timor Leste on Independence Day 2016. JAMES D. MORGAN VIA GETTY IMAGES

Creating the legal framework and promotion of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, possible substitution of fossil fuels, building climate-resilient infrastructures, sustainable ecosystem management and enhancing institutional capacity

November 8, 2016 — Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a historical landmark agreement in Paris on 12 December 2015, charting a fundamentally new course for global climate efforts.  Continue reading Time to Protect Our Common Home

The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Act on Climate Change

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Koutoubia mosque, Marrakech, Morocco

The goal is to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, sustainable future. Knowing this, our focus now must be to follow the pathway set out in Paris

November 8, 2016 — The world celebrated in December when a new global agreement on climate change was reached in Paris. Less than a year later, that agreement has entered into force. This is a remarkable achievement by any account. Now the need is for rapid and effective climate action.  Continue reading The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Act on Climate Change

Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

internally displaced women carry jerry-cans of water on their backs from a well in somalia's capital mogadishu
Internally displaced women carry jerry-cans of water on their backs from a well in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu September 6, 2011. Famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia, with 750,000 people facing imminent starvation, the United Nations said on Monday, and hundreds of people are dying each day despite a ramping up of aid relief. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta (SOMALIA – Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

The planet just saw the hottest five years on record

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Nov. 8, 2016) ― The five years from 2011 through 2015 were the warmest on record, a trend that’s increasing the prevalence of extreme weather, including flooding and drought, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization has found.  Continue reading Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows before praying at the altar during the funeral of late Prince Mikasa, uncle of the current Emperor Akihito, at the Toshimagaoka cemetery in Tokyo, Japan, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai – RTX2RU0K

Japan aims to play a leading role in crafting arrangements that raises transparency in each country’s emission cuts to help accomplish the spirit of the Paris agreement

November 8, 2016 — Japan on Tuesday ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement to cut emissions and prevent climate change, four days after the global pact officially entered into force.  Continue reading Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

jemaa el-fnaa square in marrakech, morocco
Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where global leaders are meeting for the 22nd UN climate summit (Cop22). Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP

The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity

November 8, 2016 — Almost as staggering as the current enormous influx into cities across the globe is the dramatic slowdown in urbanisation that will follow it. The world is literally going to town on urbanisation – but it is a project that is both immense and historically fleeting.  Continue reading This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

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READY FOR THE NEGOTIATORS. A general view taken on October 31, 2016 shows part of the site of the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh a week before the start of the talks. AFP/Stringer

As 15,000 negotiators, CEOs and activists from 196 nations gathered in Marrakesh settle in for the 12-day UN talks, all eyes are on the United States, where voting Tuesday November 8, could thrust climate denier Donald Trump into the White House

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Nov. 7, 2016) — Under an ominous shadow cast by the US presidential election, the world’s nations gather in Morocco Monday, November 7, to flesh out a landmark climate deal that promises to save humanity from itself.  Continue reading Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

Duterte to sign Paris climate pact

president rodrigo duterte delivers a message during the regional convention of the integrated bar of the philippines greater manila chapter at pandango hall, manila hotel
CLIMATE DEAL. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a message during the Regional Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Greater Manila Chapter at Pandango Hall, Manila Hotel, November 4, 2016. Presidential Photo

The President reaches the decision barely 3 months after he declared his misgivings about it

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday, November 7, that he will now back the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, after a near-unanimous approval by his Cabinet, and he will be signing the historic pact.  Continue reading Duterte to sign Paris climate pact

What to expect during COP22; our expectations for the results

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Delegates in Marrakech have to stay true to the spirit and words of Paris and ensure the rules reflect that spirit as well

November 6, 2016 — With the Paris Agreement coming into force the week before this big UN climate meeting, the timing couldn’t be better for swiftly moving forward.  Continue reading What to expect during COP22; our expectations for the results

Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table

fossil fuel companies such as exxon mobil and rio tinto will be represented by groups such as the world coal association
Fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil and Rio Tinto will be represented by groups such as the World Coal Association through their ‘observer status’. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP

Is it a conflict of interest to have representatives of coal and oil companies at the climate change discussions?

November 6, 2016 — As the world gathers in Morocco for the historic first meeting under the Paris agreement – called “COP22” but now also “CMA1” – it does so with the unprecedented Continue reading Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table