SA ready for climate conference

2011-09-30 16:02

Durban - South Africa is ready to host the UN climate change conference COP17, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Friday.

"We are working closely with the city of Durban and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to ensure that we host an international event that meets UN requirements," she told reporters in Durban.

More than 6 000 hotel rooms had been booked and paid for.

"The layout for the conference at the International Convention Centre and the Durban Exhibition Centre has been finalised," said Nkoana-Mashabane.

International negotiators will descend on Durban November to attempt to hammer out a binding deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but some activists have suggested the talks will not produce tangible results.

Nuclear power

"We're of the opinion that COP17 has already failed. If you consider what's been happening in the talks in the run-up to, which is pretty much where most of the work happens, the most that's going to come out of it is some global environmental fund or facility which, quite frankly, is generally going to be a bad idea," said Muna Lakhani Cape Town branch co-ordinator for Earthlife Africa.

Utilities have said that nuclear power was better able to cope with expanding energy demand than renewable energy projects, while reducing atmospheric emissions.

"Base load is not the most sustainable way of us using our energy. We actually lose a lot of our energy supply and Greenpeace has come out with our Energy Revolution, where we show that actually, you don't really need base load for our electricity supply to work," said Ferial Adams of Greenpeace Africa.

The international consensus is that global warming should be limited to 2°C, but this is not a guarantee that climate change is will be avoided.

"While there is still some uncertainty about when feedback effects will kick in, we know that above 2° average global warming, the risks escalate very rapidly," said Richard Worthington WWF climate change programme manager for the in South Africa.

  • George - 2011-09-30 16:15 it .....who pays though...mother chuckers........

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-09-30 16:22

    Has no one ever thought just just MAYBE the slight rise in temperatures, if any, could be attributed to the increased solar acitivity over the past decade?

      leonard - 2011-09-30 17:37

      @Agent Bastard........Agreed,but add in the following.All the hot air and cr#p put out by the ANC.The extra exhaust emission from the jet hired by you know who to leave Norway(refused to be screened)The extra chopping down of trees for firewood because people cannot afford electricity.....Shall I go on?????????

      HowardX - 2011-10-01 14:18

      The slight decrease in temperatures over the last decade has taken the hot air out of their balloon, shame, they're grabbing at straws for their carbon taxes, but the world has gotten wise to their fraud...

  • Dmitri - 2011-09-30 17:02

    And how much of my tax money is going towards this?

  • Patrick - 2011-09-30 17:56

    It's the SUN, you warming wakners! Is South Africa the ONLY country that still believes these warmista's? They should be jailed for crimes against humanity.

  • Hugh - 2011-09-30 19:59

    South africa hyas failed. Having attended the recent Cop 17 summit runup i can catagoricalkly stae that the governments interest is in the money stream Stuff the well being of SA's people. At every turn we were tols about energy and how bad we were in using it but then told how the grand plan was to build more generation. Exactly five minutes of 16 hrs of TALK was spent not on options or alternatives but meerly as an obligatory mention. Nothing on the mitigation of our water problems and the use of Urban rainwater harvestin as a complimentary alternative water source. Alolways remember one litre of the national resource saved is one liter spare for the day of drought. SAVE water now for climate change.

      HowardX - 2011-10-01 14:22

      The whole thing is now about money. It's the treasuries of every government in the world and the UN that are salivating about the $$$ they are going to screw out of everyone, not to mention Al Gore and his carbon exchange. Bunch of greedy hypocrites, jetting around the world in private aircraft, and living with the carbon footprint of 500 normal people, all the while drumming up fear so that people will follow their criminal agenda. They all belong in jail.

  • Kevin - 2011-09-30 20:20

    Presumably the delegates will not object to having their hand luggage Scanned.

  • sipholess - 2011-10-01 10:20

    Climate change conference in SA......... One wonders how these ANC parasites set out there priorities....there again, logic has nothing to do with it when the dark masses are involved !

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