Climate roundup - 9-15 April 2011

Climate news roundup

Each Friday we 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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Negotiations, markets and methodologies:

Bangkok climate change talks wrapped up with parties agreeing on an agenda based mostly on the Cancun decisions, and UNFCCC Chief urged countries (PDF) to continue implementing their climate work in 2011. UNEP finds a gap between 2009 emissions pledges and reality; UNFCCC has high hopes for Nigeria's ability to produce global certified emissions reductions, while India wants CDM credits from agriculture.  FAO releases Ex-Ante Carbon Tool v.3 and World Bank Institute/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) share methodologies for Estimating the Opportunity Costs of REDD+. McKinsey rejects claims it underestimated emissions abatement costs. China's emissions trading scheme leaves US behind, while Japan's possible return to fossil fuelled energy, may undermine its climate pledges. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are still touted for industrialised economies, and the ethics of biofuels are questioned (PDF).

Water, water, everywhere...

Floodwaters in northern Namibia will not abate; Thai floods spark climate change debate, and Ugandan government pledges to build new homes for 50,000 people at risk from disasters. World Bank says coastal wetland management (PDF) can mitigate climate impacts, while environment-development conflicts in Mekong basin cry out for transboundary approach. 

Climate risks and food security:

CARE examines adaptation and food security (PDF) challenges, and food security initiatives in Malawi are preparing farmers for climate shocks, but Zimbabwe food security remains "under threat". Could it be partly because seasonal climate forecasts are available, but African farmers are missing out? Meanwhile, Bolivia tries to reduce emissions and adapt (video). Despite a warming world, cold spells could be persistent and severe ($).


The climate roundup is compiled by Susan Buzzelli, IFPRI and edited by Vanessa Meadu, CCAFS.