Looks like an interesting event on climate change adaptation in Madagascar on Wednesday the 30th - 13:15 in the Apies River room
Still raining - maybe some galoshes as well as the umbrella?
Sunny morning here in Durban and the talks begin at 10 am. Join us for all the updates!
Thanks to our many partners taking part in this live blog: CDKN, CIFOR, IRI, IIED, COMplus, Farming First and many more!
Don't miss the climate film festival at IIED's Development and Climate Days this coming weekend! I had the privilege of being one of the judges this year and there was some amazing work from all around the world.....
How much is climate change affecting food production? Look at some of the figures from a new Oxfam report:
In an area of chronic vulnerability and political conflict, severe drought in the Horn and East Africa has pushed over 13 million people into crisis. In July, sorghum prices in Somalia were up to 393% higher and maize prices in Ethiopia and Kenya up to 191% and 161% higher respectively versus the five-year average prices.
Drought and fires following a massive heat wave in Russia and Ukraine destroyed much of the 2010 harvest and triggered a 60% to 80% increase in global wheat prices in just three months. By April 2011, wheat prices were 85% higher on international markets than the year before.
Heavy monsoon rainfall and multiple typhoons in Southeast Asia have killed more than 1,100 people and helped send the price of rice up about 25% and 30% in Thailand and Vietnam respectively versus the previous year.
In Afghanistan serious drought helped send prices of wheat and wheat flour in July 2011 up to 79% higher in affected areas over their levels a year before.
Opening session to start in about 15 minutes here. Rajendra Pachari of the IPCC is in the room, as is the South African host delegation
Huge Chinese presence here at COP17 - almost half the side events in the first-day program are China-related
Fantastic isicathamiya singing in the lobby at COP17 this morning - nice way to start the day
President Zuma late to the opening plenary.....