The former Johannesburg mayor has 18 months to build a movement and a team to compete in the 2021 municipal elections, writes Adriaan Basson.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Norway's former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the UN environment agency and his intention to name Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano to the UN's top climate change p
A rough deadline has seen only 33 out of 195 countries submit pledges for tackling greenhouse gases under UN climate talks scheduled to conclude just over eight months from now.
The UN' top climate change official is hailing a planned new US regulation to limit pollution blamed for global warming from power plants and says she expects it to spur other countries into action.
At a Davos forum, political and business leaders have pushed for cleaner energy to limit climate change.
Poland has defended a contested "coal summit" that will be staged in Warsaw next week alongside climate talks on curbing Earth-warming fossil fuels.
The UN climate chief says a decarbonised world is now irreversible, irrefutable.
The world still has a chance to limit global warming to safer levels, but time is running out.
The UN's climate chief called on the oil and gas industry to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.
Government ministers have started arriving in Warsaw for the final stretch of UN climate talks seeking to pave the way to a global deal in 2015 on curbing global warming.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied that devastating bushfires in Australia are linked to climate change, saying the United Nations climate chief was "talking through her hat" on the issue.
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