Developing Countries Coping With Climate Change

ASIA-PACIFIC: Refugees of Climate Change Rising Steadily

Asian countries, home to about 60 percent of the world's population, will be hit hardest by changing weather patterns and a degrading environment, research indicates.

Floods Leave Thai Economy Gasping

No guns are needed in this battle. Only the muscle of Thai soldiers defending a sprawling industrial estate on the eastern end of this city from an advancing enemy - flood waters.

Climate change will increase water pressure on the stressed Limpopo, Nile and Volta River Basins on which more than 300 million people depend. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: A Threat to Food Security in Africa’s River Basins

While Africa has successfully avoided conflict over shared water courses, it will need greater diplomacy to keep the peace as new research warns that climate change will have an effect on food productivity.

UNCCD's Dennis Garrity Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

Q&A: “Grabbing of Drylands is a Serious Concern”

Designated Drylands Ambassador, United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification (UNCCD), at its 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) in South Korea in October, Dennis Garrity is mandated to raise awareness of land degradation.

Arzu Begum testifies at the climate hearings for women in the deltaic village of Char Nongolia.  Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Bangladeshi Women on the Brink

Char Nongolia village is a basket case when it comes to climate change impacts such as increasing salinity, frequent cyclones, tidal surges, erratic rainfall and extended droughts.

Women in Nepal

ENVIRONMENT: Nepali Women Live With Climate Terror

Suntali Shrestha wrings her hands in tension and despair as she recounts how she has been spending sleepless nights fearing that the flood alarm in her village would go off while she slept and she would be submerged.

Early morning in submerged Bangkok on Nov. 1, 2011. Credit:  Withit Chanthamarit/CC BY 2.0

ENVIRONMENT-THAILAND: ‘Bangkok Ignored Warnings’

This sinking mega-city’s eight million people are paying the price of ignoring warnings over many years concerning its climate vulnerability and the incapacity of its soggy foundations to handle flooding.

Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of the UNCCD, at Changwon. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

Q&A: ‘Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security’

Luc Gnacadja, in his second three-year term as executive secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is widely seen as delivering on his commitment to manage the world's drylands.

Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Burkina Faso, saved his arid land from desertification. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi

AFRICA: “The Man Who Stopped the Desert”

Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Burkina Faso, is known as the "man who stopped the desert." But when he first tried to save his arid land from desertification by planting the trees that have since grown into a 15-hectare forest, people in his village thought he was mad.

Mercy Hlordz (l), Akos Matsiador (centre) and Mary Azametsi (r) are all victims of climate change.  Credit: Jamila Akweley Okertchiri/IPS

GHANA: The Woes of Women Amid Climate Change

As streams dry out, groundwater levels dwindle, and forests and other vegetation yield to droughts or sever storms, women who live their lives in the rural areas of Ghana have to spend more time and energy finding water and food for their families.

Upo wetlands - a Ramsar site in South Korea preserves natural resources. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

SOUTH KOREA: Preventing Desertification Better Than Cure

"Humanity is the only desert-making species and we’ve been degrading usable land at one percent per year," says Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Sea levels on the coasts of Côte d

Rising Seas Gnawing at West Africa’s Coastline

Sea levels on the coasts of Côte d'Ivoire and other West African countries have risen again this year, devastating houses and other infrastructure. The search for effective solutions is lagging behind accelerating coastal erosion.

Seventy percent of Namibians depend on agriculture.  Credit: Servaas van den Bosch/IPS

TRADE: Climate Change Will Impede North-South Trade

Climate change is increasingly playing a role in North-South trade, as carbon emissions are being used as an excuse to protect markets, with poorer countries likely to lose out.

Lavender cultivation offers a viable alternative to Kashmiri farmers facing crop losses from climate change.  Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

INDIA: Facing Climate Change With Flower Power

Gazalla Amin’s office on the outskirts of this city, capital of Jammu & Kashmir state, is redolent with the fragrance of lavender wafting up from heaps of the dried flowers in a corner bowl.

Ferrial Adam, a climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace Africa. Credit: Tinus de Jager/IPS

SOUTH AFRICA: In Need of a Unified Climate Change Policy

The implementation of a unified climate change policy across all of South Africa’s government departments will not be easy as the divisions currently work largely as separate entities, says Greenpeace Africa.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Youth Demand Action Now

Children and youth from 120 countries called on world leaders on Tuesday to pay heed to the looming climate crisis and act to prevent the natural disasters that are in store for the planet.

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu will lead the COP17 negotiations on behalf of the African Group of Negotiators.  Credit: Leila Mead/IISD

Q&A: “We Expect the Polluters to Pay”

Africa will have to present a strong position at the United Nations climate change conference later this year to ensure the continent will receive the financing to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

A vegetable vendor in Bangalore using a solar lamp to light her stall. Credit: SELCO/IPS

INDIA: ‘Women Make Good Business Sense’

Harish Hande believes that involving women in design, manufacture and sales pays dividends in any business, but especially in those making products that women ultimately use.

African women farmers are the overwhelming majority of farmers on the continent and civil society would like them to benefit from the GCF. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS

Developing Countries’ Designs for the Green Climate Fund

With its coffers largely dry and its management being contested, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) remains a hot topic among African civil society. Ahead of the upcoming international climate change meeting in South Africa, African ministers have already met to set their agenda and civil society is looking to do the same.

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, said Africa will be looking to a binding treaty at COP 17.  Credit: CIVICUS

Q&A: Africa Keen to Ensure Kyoto Protocol Survives

Durban should not be the burial ground for the Kyoto Protocol, says Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, about his expectations from the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change happening in his hometown in South Africa later this year.

Chandrakumari Paneru, (fifth from right), at the Bhorle Community Seed Bank. Credit: Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Nepali Women Sow a Secure Future

Learning a lesson from crop failures attributed to climate change, Nepal’s women farmers are discarding imported hybrid seeds and husbanding hardier local varieties in cooperative seed banks.

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