Each Friday we'll bring you the climate change stories that sparked our attention during the week, many of which have significant implications for agriculture and food security.
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UNFCCC: A new round of UNFCCC climate talks begins in Bangkok, aiming to thrash out tough details of the Cancun agreement, including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), the Green Climate Fund, and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) (PDF); but some countries are seen as backtracking on the hard-won Cancun outcomes. Meanwhile, non-UNFCCC climate adaptation funds set up by industrialized countries are being criticized for competing with the UNFCCC efforts. NGOs are also panning ASEAN countries for lacking a unified voice and the neglect of women’s roles and needs in climate discussions. The Guardian questions if the UN can ever stop climate change. Pew Climate reviews the Clean Development Mechanism (PDF); the World Resources Institute reviews Transparency of Climate Finance after Cancun; and the Global Climate Observing system considers closer involvement with the UNFCCC (PDF).
Issues: The World Bank looks to limit funding for coal-fired power stations; global water research is on the rise; the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance looks at private sector achievements (PDF); a new rush for biofuels raises food prices and hunger fears (reg); and IIED suggests direct cash transfers to the poor can help them meet their basic needs and build up adaptive capacity.
Around the world: the U.S. senate rejects measure to stop EPA on climate; Zambia turns to the Internet to fight climate change; thousands are displaced by Namibian floods; climate shifts take health toll on South Africa’s HIV infected; Climate updates from the Caribbean community (PDF); Arctic Ocean freshwater will cause 'unpredictable changes on climate'; Russia, Turkey climate action seen as insufficient; assessment of emissions reductions in transition economies; The Netherlands is preparing for a warmer planet; CCAFS is mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity across the global tropics; Bangladesh communities show how they adapt to climate change; Khofi Annan urges investment in African farmers to aid world food security; and the dwindling West African rainforest threatens long-term food security.
Events: International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management from 30 Nov – 3 Dec 2011 in Irvine, CA; Central American Regional Forum on Rural Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification from 5-7 May 2011 in Guatemala City; and the Aspen Environment Forum from 30 May – 2 June 2011 in Aspen, Colorado.
The climate roundup is compiled by Susan Buzzelli, IFPRI and edited by Vanessa Meadu, CCAFS.