Although Kenyan companies lost out in the first round of international contracts on carbon emissions reduction, the fact that a number of carbon market consultancy firms have decided to base themselves in Nairobi means they should do fair better in the next round. KenGen, the electricity generator that is exploring geothermal opportunities, Mumias Sugar Company, the sugar manufacturer producing electricity from cane waste, and the East Africa Portland Cement that is using biomass to generate energy for its kilns are some of the likely first beneficiaries. One of the reports in the series entitled “Kenya companies lose out on carbon trade”, illustrates the wider picture of how Kenyan companies are pursuing climate change investment projects to create cheaper, cleaner energy and create new revenue flows.
A new framework for reducing carbon emissions takes a crack at the knottiest dilemma confronting a global climate solution: how to divvy cuts between rich and poor nations. The approach attempts to sidestep rancor that has stymied climate negotiations for years. It starts with a surprising finding that virtually every country has a class of individuals – the so-called "high emitters" - enjoying a rich, carbon-intensive lifestyle. If those individuals, no matter their locale, are forced to take responsibility for their emissions, a great swath of countries become participants in the climate effort. "It's ingenious," said one climate expert. "It's a great way to shift the conversation."
As the only journalist from Singapore invited to cover the World Energy Summit J. Cheam gained access to world leaders to discuss renewable energy and climate change issues. The result was a package on climate change and energy that provides insight into the world’s rapidly evolving energy landscape and the global shift towards renewable energies. The story was written to appeal to a wide audience but also includes local voices and facts to make it relevant to the local reader. It was accompanied by a published online blog on carbon offsets which Jessica had purchased to offset her travels. The entire package was published as the cover story of the Saturday section of The Straits Times, and was subsequently republished by various publications.
Blessed with gigantic oil deposits, Abu Dhabi has the world´s highest per capita consumption of energy. Now, a green metropolis is being built there, eventually to become a center for regenerative forms of energy. Is this going to work ? A report from the construction site.
The Arctic has lost more than a third of its ice during the past 30 years. A record meltdown in summer 2007 shrank its sea ice down to 4.2 million square kilometers, from 7.8 million in 1980. If melting continues at this increasing rate, some scientists project that the Arctic summer could be ice-free by 2013.
Raghida Haddad was awarded by the World Federation of Science Journalists to join an international scientific expedition onboard the Canadian research icebreaker Amundsen. In July-August 2008, she navigated for two weeks in the Arctic Ocean to get first hand experience of global warming where it is unfolding the fastest, find out what research the 50 scientists were doing onboard, and relay this experience to readers. She was the first Arab journalist to go this far north and field report about meltdown and global warming.
Trash is Cash, written by Lilian Tende, who will be coming to Copenhagen to accept the award on behalf of the group, is the most recent song performed by Wafalme. The core idea behind this song is to highlight the problems that climate change is causing in people's daily lives. Acute water shortages and a lack of renewable energy sources make life hard across Kenya. “When we sit back and consider the significant events in the past, the important aspects of our current life, and our future goals, we realize that the underlying theme is not only education (personal and environmental), but also appreciating diversity, especially across ethnic and socio-economic class lines.” Lilian Tende, Wafalme
A report on the impact of climate change on the glacier-fed Indus River and the rising geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan. Both countries depend on the river to generate hydropower and, in Pakistan's case, as a primary water source for agricultural irrigation. It is part of a series of print, broadcast, and multimedia reporting sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on which, Anna-Katarina Gravgaard, and Bill Wheeler are working. The project looks at water distribution and the impacts of climate change on hydrology from the Himalayan glaciers of Nepal to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Indus River offers us a case study in the diplomacy needed to counter climate-induced destabilization. “The Water’s Edge,” first appeared in GOOD Magazine, and was subsequently republished by The Quietus and The Caravan magazines.
Can carbon capture and storage save the climate from the consequences of fossil fuel burning? This in-depth report from Scientific American surveys global efforts to eliminate climate impacts from power generation. Without such technology, it will be extremely difficult for the world's largest emitters—China, U.S., the European Union and India—to combat climate change and produce the energy to power the global economy. As an environmental journalist since 1999, I have been covering climate change for a decade now. From the failures of previous negotiations, I have witnessed firsthand the critical role technology will play in solving the problem of excess greenhouse gas emissions as well as making climate change politically possible to solve.
Climate change is real, it is happening and its consequences are devastating. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Indus Delta which lies in the southern Sindh province of Pakistan. Due to rising sea-levels and declining levels of fresh water in the Indus River, the sea has intruded 54km upstream along the river, destroying fertile land and killing off the thick mangrove forests. With the help of WWF-Pakistan, the local fishermen are adapting to climate change by planting new mangrove species and installing wind turbines to take care of their energy needs. Mangroves provide rich breeding grounds for fish, in addition to protecting the coast from storms.
This article exposed sharp practice at the office of climate change in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the use of funds to protect rainforests. UN climate talks and a prospective U.S. climate bill have laid the foundations for a scheme whereby rich countries pay tropical countries to protect their rainforests and in return earn carbon offsets to help them meet their greenhouse gas emissions targets. But development and environment groups have warned that multi-million carbon deals already taking place in advance of such a deal threaten to stoke corruption and land grabs.Reuters in May ran an exclusive report using leaked 2008 papers which showed that the director of the office of climate change had endorsed a $10 million donation to the office from Australia-based carbon brokers. In return, that deal would have given the brokers exclusive rights to sell the carbon stored in vast swathes of the country's forests even though these are owned by the thousands of people that live in them. Reuters obtained a face-to-face interview in Bali with the director of the office of climate change who confirmed the authenticity of the papers. The report raised concerns of questionable practice in emerging forest carbon markets in Papua New Guinea. Shortly afterwards further news of misdeeds at the Office of Climate Change emerged in The Economist. Both these stories resulted in the Head of this office being suspended. The Reuters story was published as negotiations progressed to include a rainforest carbon market in a global deal to be agreed in Copenhagen in December.
This five-part series explores the phenomenon of climate migration in Bangladesh, one of the world’s most vulnerable countries. It looks at the issue through the lens of Bangladesh because -- unlike low-lying small island states where the link between rising sea levels and migration is clear – the story here is far more complicated. In countries like Bangladesh, climate change comes amid a background of extreme poverty, poor infrastructure and overpopulation. Climate change also weaves into social trends like globalization and urbanization. These stories are an attempt to delve into the nuances of how rising sea levels, fiercer storms and other weather-related consequences of warming temperatures will – and in many cases already are – changing the lives of people around the world.
This report was broadcast on Alsat-M news in both Macedonian and Albanian. It focuses on two themes: adaptation to climate change and irrigation. This report highlights how people can adapt to the effects of climate change by embracing new ideas: the villagers of Negorci, near the Macedonian town of Gjevgelia, are experimenting with the farming of tropical fruits as the temperatures are raising in the region. But the report also shows the problems related to irrigation, today and possibly in the next 50 years in Macedonia.
Eritrea is one of the world's poorest countries. Yet it has made some strides in trying to adapt to the impact of climate change, such as, trying to generate electricity through wind power or initiating water harvesting techniques. This article highlights how sheer determination and political will can help overcome a lack of resources.
Every day we hear stories of global warming – melting glaciers, wildfires and drought. But there’s another problem, which may be even more dangerous to sea life, yet many people have never heard of it. It’s ocean acidification: the gradual change in pH as CO2 dissolves in the seas. The frightening thing is that it may already be too late to do much about it. There’s a lag in time between CO2 building up in the atmosphere and its effect on the sea. Current atmospheric levels are high enough to slow the growth of corals, and stop other animals from building shells. To learn more about the problem – and get a clear sense of what we are about to lose – John Pickrell joined Australian scientists on a marine survey vessel over the Great Barrier Reef. Here he learned that entire ecosystems could collapse along with fisheries and tourism. This story follows the desperate struggle of scientists to document changes and find solutions before it’s too late.