Welcome to the start of the second week of the UN climate talks in Durban! Hope you'll join us for the latest on what's happening.....
There was a great session at IIED's Development and Climate Days Sunday where Debra Roberts, who deals with climate issues for Ethekewini (Durban) Municipality, called Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, a "regressive reptile" for having left Durban to pick up the carbon footprint of the World Cup. Dealing with climate change is a game of snakes and ladders, she said - some progress up and plenty of sliding down on mistakes.
A new wave of deforestation is sweeping across Africa, decimating wildlife and threatening the resilience of its ecosystems to withstand the effects of climate change—especially in the area of food security, experts said.
“Deforestation rates in Africa… are accelerating,” said Helen Gichohi, President of the African Wildlife Foundation, during a keynote speech at Forest Day 5 in Durban on the sidelines of COP17. “The disappearing forests, the overgrazed rangelands, and conversion to crop agriculture of grasslands and wetlands that had served as a refuge to drought, have all diminished the resilience of ecosystems.”
Debra Roberts, who manages climate response for the Ethekewini (Durban) Municipality, gave a great talk on how "to rig the dice in your favour in a game of climate snakes and ladders." One key message? "Anyone who tells you climate work can be structured … is lying to you. The best way is learning by doing. There are very many twists and turns in the road."
Bangladesh is ramping up the accusations around continuing failure to make progress against climate change. “This is a new kind of terrorism – carbon terrorism," says Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, a Bangladeshi scientist and IPCC reviewer. "This is a sort of genocide that is about to be triggered”
“We should not allow leaders to fail once again and go home from Durban with a happy face," Ahmed says.
Margareta Wahlstrom speaking on the importance of education for children in disaster risk reduction
Nick Ireland of Save the Children thinks teaching kids basic disaster risk reduction skill in schools will help them help their parents
Protecting kids in disasters can be as simple as teaching them to swim. "It's not rocket science," says Antony Spalton, a disaster risk reduction specialist with UNICEF
Amanda Katil Niode, coordinator, Indonesia National Council on Climate Change, on how you get good information on climate change out in a country with more than 13,000 islands
Pablo Suarez, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre: "Harmony doesn't mean everyone sings the same tune"