Build on Cop 17 momentum – minister

2012-05-05 21:00

It is essential to build on the strong momentum of the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference to curb greenhouse gas emission and adapt to climate change, the department of international relations says.

SA moots new tyre recycling rules

2012-01-09 22:00

A new law on the recycling of tyres is to come into force later this year and is expected to curb pollution and create jobs.

2011 - Jacob Zuma's wrap

2011-12-18 22:30

SA met the challenges of 2011 with "fortitude and innovation", President Jacob Zuma has said in his end of the year speech.

Little headway on deforestation - experts

2011-12-15 16:21

The UN's conference on climate change failed to make enough headway in efforts to curb deforestation, experts warn, saying forest preservation plays a central role in the global warming debate.

COP 17: Envoys slam SA 'incompetence'

2011-12-13 22:43

Envoys at the global climate conference that ended in Durban have left late-night sessions shaking their heads about their South African hosts.

Climate deal 'took delicate touch'

2011-12-13 10:24

Pushing too hard at international climate change talks might have killed the only treaty regulating carbon emissions, says Edna Molewa.

Canada pulls out of Kyoto protocol

2011-12-13 08:01

Canada has become the first country to announce its withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, a symbolic blow to the troubled global treaty.

Molewa upbeat over COP 17 deal

2011-12-12 14:24

The Kyoto Protocol was saved by the last minute agreement reached by parties at the COP 17 conference, Edna Molewa has said.

Zuma lauds climate conference

2011-12-12 07:29

President Jacob Zuma congratulated South Africa on the success of hosting the UN Climate Change conference in Durban.

UN chief hails Durban climate roadmap

2011-12-11 21:40

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed what he called the "significant" breakthrough at UN climate talks that produced a roadmap towards an accord joining all major greenhouse-gas emitters.

Carbon tax needs 'level playing field'

2011-12-11 16:12

If the proposed carbon tax is not applied fairly, firms will be unable to create work and alleviate poverty, warns AfriSam CEO Stephen Olivier.

Australia hails Cop 17 agreement

2011-12-11 12:16

Australia has welcomed the deal reached at the climate talks in South Africa as an "important breakthrough" in tackling global warming.

COP 17 approves landmark deal

2011-12-11 10:56

Climate negotiators have agreed on a pact that will for the first time force all the biggest polluters to take action on greenhouse gas emissions.

Cop 17 approves 2015 climate pact

2011-12-11 07:11

A marathon UN climate conference has approved a roadmap towards an accord that for the first time will unite all major emitters of greenhouse gases.

Ministers battle to save climate talks

2011-12-10 19:32

Ministers are fighting to save UN climate talks from collapse, searching to narrow differences between rich and poor nations over how quickly to fight global warming.

End in sight for climate talks

2011-12-10 13:43

The latest draft document in the wrestling match over Earth's future climate has appeared, indicating that two weeks of talks are about to end.

Climate talks stumble toward uncertain end

2011-12-10 09:00

A draft global pact on climate change has boosted UN talks already deep into overtime, but negotiators worry that the late delivery could jeopardise a deal.

Frustration builds at COP 17

2011-12-09 22:47

Frustration is building at the UN climate talks and discussions have gone into extra time with China, the US and India facing pressure.

Pressure on major polluters at COP 17

2011-12-09 18:03

A growing coalition of countries demanding a new pact on greenhouse gases heaped pressure on China, the US and India.

Do or die for COP 17, says Africa

2011-12-09 16:15

It is "do or die" day for negotiators at the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban, Africa Group chair Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu has said.

Cape Town to get climate observatory

2011-12-09 10:22

Cape Town is to get the first climate change observatory in the world by 2014, according to reports.

Cosatu: Jobs before environment

2011-12-08 22:43

The transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy should not be allowed to cause job losses, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini says.

Solar heating in Luthuli's hometown

2011-12-08 21:04

Solar heaters are to be installed in homes, schools and a clinic at Groutville, the KwaZulu-Natal hometown of former ANC president Albert Luthuli.

Activists claim Zuma supporters attacked them

2011-12-08 17:00

Tensions between local activists at COP 17 in Durban and the government have exploded with activists claiming they were assaulted by “a group of pro-Zuma supporters”.

SA faces climate risk from land use

2011-12-08 14:57

A South African study on the risk of climate change has revealed that governance and changing land use contributed to the risk from extreme weather events.


Private sector urged to tackle climate

2012-01-13 22:28

Institutional investors have opened a new front in the fight against climate change, urging the private sector to mobilise.

India against binding emissions pact

2011-12-27 16:27

India will reject any global pact legally binding it to cut greenhouse gas emissions as such a move could stifle economic growth needed to eradicate poverty.

Russia slams Kyoto Protocol

2011-12-16 21:05

Russia's Foreign Ministry has supported Canada's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol and reaffirmed that Moscow will not take new commitments.

COP-Out 17. Now what?

2011-12-14 07:45

The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action represents little more than a bunch of promises to plan to do something in a non-legally-binding sort of way in the future, says Andreas Späth.

EU climate chief to tackle US, China

2011-12-13 22:13

European climate chief Connie Hedegaard, who salvaged Durban talks on global warming, has the task of striving to shame the world's biggest polluters into real action.

Canada withdraws from Kyoto Protocol

2011-12-13 08:56

Canada has become the first country to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, saying the pact on cutting carbon emissions is preventing the world from effectively tackling climate change.

Durban deal - too little, too late

2011-12-12 21:24

The world is forecast to grow hotter, sea levels to rise, intense weather to wreak even more destruction and the new deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions will do little to lessen that damage.


Greenpeace at Cop 17

2011-12-12 13:07

Watch this overview of the 2011 UN climate negotiations in Durban, seen from a Greenpeace perspective.

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NGOs: Polluters 1, environment 0

2011-12-11 22:41

The interests of profit-hungry and polluting corporations have won at the recent COP 17 UN climate talks, with the environment losing out, several NGOs claim.

COP 17 establishes working group

2011-12-11 20:57

An ad hoc working group will work towards charting a new universal legal agreement on climate change, the presidency of the 17th United Nations Conference of Parties says.

COP 17 draws to a close

2011-12-11 11:25

Minister of international relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has expressed satisfaction with the outcomes reached by the 17th United Nations Conference of Parties.

We're satisfied with Cop result: Minister

2011-12-11 10:23

Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has expressed satisfaction with the outcome reached by Cop 17 in Durban.

Fragile optimism at crunch climate talks

2011-12-10 22:38

South Africa, chairing the world climate talks has urged countries to accept a compromise as signs of progress returned to the troubled conference.

SA struggles to save UN climate talks

2011-12-10 14:40

South Africa is struggling to find a compromise deal that could save UN climate talks from collapse.

Climate indaba deep into overtime

2011-12-10 11:27

Deep into overtime, negotiators from 194 nations have worked straight through a second night, parsing drafts and seeking compromises to map out the future pathway to fight global warming.

US, China and India could derail COP 17

2011-12-10 08:05

In the final hours UN talks close to a package deal on climate change at the COP 17, the outcome hinges on the US, China, India.

COP 17 protest ends peacefully

2011-12-09 18:41

A demonstration at the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban has ended peacefully when UN police carried out the last protester.

Protest outside COP 17 hall

2011-12-09 17:16

A group of about 60 protesters have blocked the corridor leading to the hall where negotiations are taking place at the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban.

EU allies with Aosis nations at COP 17

2011-12-09 12:15

Europe has joined some 85 of the world's most vulnerable nations in an alliance to lobby for a new global pact on greenhouse gases.

Eat green sarmies and save the planet

2011-12-08 22:43

Be vegetarian and go green to save the planet is the slogan a group of environmentalists are using to woo thousands of COP 17 delegates into eating their veggie sandwiches.

Zuma condemns climate talks chaos

2011-12-08 18:22

President Jacob Zuma has condemned violent behaviour during a climate change meeting at the Durban City Hall.

No buzz as COP 17 remains deadlocked

2011-12-08 16:20

World climate talks are searching for a diplomatic charm to coax China, the United States and Europe towards a historic compromise on tackling global warming.

Climate meeting takes unruly turn

2011-12-08 13:13

Chaos has erupted at Durban’s City Hall where President Jacob Zuma is due to address a climate change meeting.

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