Poorest nations vow to lead push for ambitious global climate treaty

The head of the UN’s climate change secretariat, Christiana Figueres, has praised the leadership of the Group of Least Developed Countries, after it signalled that it was willing to sign up to binding emission reduction targets as part of any new international climate treaty.

Writing on Twitter, Figueres said the group had shown “remarkable leadership ahead of [a] 2015 agreement”, which aims to provide a new draft international climate change treaty that will then be enacted by 2020.

Climate change threatens food security of urban poor

It says the combination of rising populations, soaring food prices and uncertain harvests will impact heavily on what it calls the ‘urban poor’, who do not have direct access to food.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) study argues there is too much focus on rural food production and not enough on ensuring poor people can access and afford food.

“Food security is back on the agenda thanks to rising prices and the threat that climate change poses to agricultural production,” says the report’s author Dr Cecilia Tacoli.

“But policies that focus on rural food production alone will not tackle the rising food insecurity in urban areas. We also need policies that improve poor people’s ability to access and afford food, especially in urban areas.”

Pacific nations urged to call for global shift to renewable energy

25 March 2013, Auckland, New Zealand – A powerful challenge was made to the Small Island Developing States today at the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand.

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change called upon the Pacific Island Small Island Developing States to use their voice to call for a faster transfer to renewable energy use across the globe.

Tibetan Plateau glaciers shrinking

About 90 per cent of glaciers in the Third Pole region are shrinking, accelerated by black carbon being transferred from South Asia to the Tibetan Plateau, a top scientist has warned.

The Third Pole region, which is centred on the Tibetan Plateau and concerns the interests of the surrounding countries and regions, covers more than 5 million square kilometers and has an average altitude of more than 4,000 meters.