African agenda set at COP 17

first_img28 November 2011South Africa acknowledged its role as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions on the continent, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said as the African agenda was set at COP 17 in Durban on Monday.The all-important 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) got under way at Durban’s International Convention Centre on Monday.“We are responsible for 38 percent of Africa’s total emissions,” said Molewa, who leads South Africa’s negotiating team at COP 17.“The National Climate Change Response White Paper states our commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 34 percent … in 2020 and by 40 percent in 2025 before stabilising our emissions in absolute terms and ultimately reducing them.”DeforestationDeforestation was another major challenge, Molewa said, with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) placing six out of the 10 largest forest losses in the world in sub-Saharan Africa. This was largely due to forest areas being converted for relatively low-income usage.“A programme of incentives to avoid deforestation in Africa could make great inroads into mitigating CO2 emissions, at the same time supporting greener alternatives,” Molewa said.Although Africa has contributed the least to the build-up of greenhouse gases globally, it will bear the brunt of the adverse effects of climate change because the continent is already highly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as rain-fed agriculture.It is said that the average African generates about 13 times less greenhouse gases than someone in North America.In the absence of an overriding mitigation and adaptation agenda, this figure is set to rise in coming years, as development and population rates grow.‘Green’ opportunities for developmentHowever, opportunities for economic development were vast, and Africa therefore needed to embark on a path of sustainable development with new, clean, appropriate technologies and to build climate-resilient communities, Molewa said.There are around 550-million people in Africa that do not have access to electricity, putting the continent in a position to become a world leader in the deployment of renewable energy sources.“Hydropower, for instance, is an under-utilised energy source, with less than 10 percent of the hydropower potential in Africa being utilised currently,” Molewa said.“A national, regional and international effort towards unlocking this potential is an example of how African societies could go from being amongst the most vulnerable to becoming climate-resilient.”Partnership with African UnionThe minister added that the African Union has partnered with South Africa to ensure that the African Pavilion at COP 17 effectively presented the issues of climate change that Africa was grappling with, as well as the opportunities for green development in response to climate change.“Because of Africa’s vulnerability to climate change, failure to contain average global temperature increases to within 2 degrees would be an unacceptable outcome for the global mitigation effort,” Molewa said.“The impacts of climate change know no borders, and have been a driving force for cooperation between African governments,” she added, noting that the Commission of the African Union had begun work on an African Strategy on Climate Change.This strategy was based on four interrelated themes, namely: climate change governance; mainstreaming climate change in development; harnessing education, science, research and innovation for climate change; and promoting regional and international cooperation and partnerships in combating climate change.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more



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Infographic: how South Africa fared in the RWC2015

first_imgSouth Africa gave a stellar performance in this year’s Rugby World Cup, despite experiencing a shocking start when they lost in their opening match against Japan. Overall, the Springboks secured a solid third place following their 24-13 bronze play-off win against Argentina. Research and text: Priya Pitamber Graphic: Sachin Baboo Click on the image below for a larger view. Source: Rugby World Cup That is a hat-trick try to @BryanHabana as he scores 64th test try and another in RWC history joining Jonah Lomu = 15 pic.twitter.com/hvefZGuyfd — South African Rugby (@Springboks) October 7, 2015Having equalled @JONAHTALILOMU‘s RWC try record of 15, @bryanhabana enjoyed the moment with fans after RSA’s win https://t.co/aMsDN7tqwf — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 7, 2015What a privilege it has been pic.twitter.com/qCwNBy3oRG — Victor Matfield (@VictorMatfield) October 31, 2015Now that’s what we call a selfie. #RSA pic.twitter.com/uHuxYWWmgC — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 30, 2015#RSA and #ARG, you’ve been great. Thanks for the #RWC2015 memories! pic.twitter.com/shdGgjrtdk — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 30, 2015last_img read more



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Grindrs Chinese ownership a national security risk US government reportedly says

first_img1:54 Share your voice 0 Following its sale to Kunlun last year, Grindr released a public statement preempting user distrust of the app’s new owners. “Nothing changes with how we will protect your personal information,” the company noted.”CNIUS’s action shows a commendable awareness of the fact that big data is not just a matter of privacy, but also a matter of antitrust,” Guido Noto La Diega, senior lecturer in cyber law at Northumbria University, said to CNET in an email. ” I agree that Grindr’s acquisition from a Chinese tech group exposes the LGBTQ dating app’s users to some privacy and security risks, in light of Chinese laws on security, cybersecurity, and audio-visual content.”This said, however, one could argue that the move to force Grindr’s sale is not necessarily motivated by actual security and privacy concerns, since Trump has been pushing to strengthen intelligence programs that allow surveillance of targets abroad.”The reported move follows the US’ systematic blockading of Huawei over similar national security firms. Huawei is known to most for its dazzling phones, but it’s also in the telecommunications business. The US fears that Huawei, if commissioned to build internet infrastructure in the US, could purposefully create security flaws which the Chinese government could at some point take advantage of.Originally published March 27.Update, March 28: Adds comment from Guido Noto La Diega.  Border security: Tech options that could replace a wall Leon Neal/Getty Images LGBTQ dating app Grindr was bought last year by a Chinese gaming company called Beijing Kunlun. The US government considers the deal a national security risk and is pressuring Kunlun to sell, according to a Reuters report.Kunlun fully acquired the California-based Grindr app in January of last year for an estimated $152 million after buying an initial $93 million stake in 2016, reported TechCrunch. However, neither of these transactions was cleared with the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), according to Reuters.CFIUS has told Kunlun that its ownership of Grindr equates to a US national security risk, the report adds. CFIUS did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. Grindr declined to comment. The specific manner in which Kunlun’s ownership constitutes a national security threat wasn’t explained in the report. However, Grindr said last year it had 3.8 million daily users from “every country in the world,” presumably excluding countries it’s banned in, and 27 million users in total. Those users’ data could be seen as a honeypot for unsavoury actors.center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more



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BSE closes points 2767 up on Dec 31

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 27.67 points up to stand at 21,170.68. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.90 points up to stand at 6,304.00. Future Retail and Gitanjali Gems were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.10% and 6.03% along with Apollo Tyres and CRISIL with an increase of 5.77% and 5.52% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and Muthoot Finance Ltd. with a decrease of 3.15% and 2.70% along with RAMCOCEM and Dena Bank with a decrease of 2.06% and 2.02% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 6.51 points at 12,258.83 while the banking sector is up 15.81 points 13,001.94 and the realty sector is up 2.46 points at 1,433.41. The Indian currency is up 0.18% at Rs 61.80 per dollar.last_img read more



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Raising Awareness for Domestic Violence in DC

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRODomestic Violence is a complex issue that takes shape in many forms. Domestic Violence can take place in any type of relationship, to anyone and according to the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is not limited to physical abuse but often includes “the pattern of control, intimidation and verbal abuse.”The DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence is hosting over 30 events in October to support domestic violence survivors and increase public awareness about how domestic violence affects so many lives. The events are an opportunity to learn more and support organizations and individuals dedicated to the fight against domestic violence.(Courtesy Photo)On Oct. 23 the coalition partnered with Ujima to host the “Be A Voice for Survivors: Op-Ed Writing Workshop.” This workshop showed individuals how to write a persuasive opinion piece with a strong emphasis on incorporating survivors needs and being true to their own voices.Many who couldn’t make it to an event in person, joined a twitter conversation entitled: “What is your #1thing?” 3 p.m., Oct. 24. In collaboration with the Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s Advisory Group, they challenged people to share the steps they took to turn their awareness into action. To see the conversation, search the #1thing hashtag.At 5 p.m., Oct. 25 the Mission Dupont “DCVLP Happy Hour” in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place so participants can mix and mingle with members of the DC Volunteer Lawyers program and learn how to volunteer for future opportunities.Then, Washingtonians have the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Latino Agencies United to Stop Violence Against Women at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for their annual “Latinx March and Vigil.” This event, at Lamont Park, is an opportunity to increase awareness and support the Latinx immigrant community as they fight to end domestic violence.To see the full list of events this month, visit www.spreadlovedc.org. To find out more about DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, their work and how you can get involved, visit www.dccadv.org.last_img read more



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