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Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

Blog: Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

The climate negotiations in Durban are stuttering. There is little progress on agreement on the emission reductions needed to keep warming below 2 degrees. There is also a rumbling debate about how to fill the Green Climate Fund.

Barbecued mealies (corn cobs), madumbes (root vegetable like potatoes), grilled beef, and puthu (stiff maize porridge), South Africa. Photo: Paul Weinberg/Oxfam.

Blog: Angélique Kidjo: Climate Action, One Bite at a Time

There is an old African riddle I am very fond of: “How do you eat an elephant?” To which the answer is “A bite at a time.” It should be on every ones lips at the climate change talks in Durban. It can seem that climate change is so big, so complex, so all encompassing that, like our culinary elephant, it is too big to handle and there is nothing we can do to make a difference. Not true. It just needs to be taken a bite at a time. 

Can Durban be the bridge to a better future on climate change?

Blog: Can Durban be the bridge to a better future on climate change?

It’s now two years since the frantic campaigning and manic diplomacy that led to the Copenhagen climate change conference, and the blame games that followed its inadequate result. As the next UN climate talks get under way this week in Durban, South Africa, we need a new script to explain what has been achieved since 2009 and what must come next in the fight to tackle climate change.

I ♥ Kyoto Protocol - activists call for Japan to commit to the Kyoto Protocol. Photo: Ainhoa Goma / Oxfam

Blog: Kyoto - a final push for commitment

Since UN climate talks began in Mexico last week, there's been one issue that's threatened to seriously derail progress here at the summit – Japan's decision to back away from the Kyoto Protocol.

Why is this a big deal? The Kyoto Protocol is the world's only legally binding agreement for the reduction of greenhouse gases. Adopted in 1997, Kyoto obligates countries to take action to tackle climate change. And until more ambitious targets and policies are agreed internationally, Kyoto remains the only solution we've got.

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