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Cancun, 5 December 2010 (IRIN) - Taking steps to control global temperatures is a key issue at the UN talks on climate change in Cancun. Within the next four decades maize prices could rise by up to 131 percent, there could be 17 million more undernourished children in the poorest countries, and some African farmers might have to give up agriculture if the planet keeps getting hotter, new studies show.

"[We wanted] … to get countries in Cancun to take action now to keep the global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius by the turn of the century – otherwise we are headed towards a four degree rise if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked," said Phillip Thornton, of the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), who used climate models in a study showing the serious impact of a four-degree Celsius rise in temperature on food production in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2090s.

Read more: CLIMATE CHANGE: Staple food crops do not want global warming

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MANILA, Philippines - Local governments can expect better resiliency and protection against natural disasters with the establishment of its first-ever Climate Change Academy, which was launched recently at the LGU Summit +3i Luzon Convention of the League of Provinces of the Philippines in Legazpi City. According to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, the academy will be a repository of knowledge and expertise on local adaptation practices and venue for the propagation of best practices.

The Academy’s academic partners are the University of the Philippines in Los Baños and the Bicol University where the academy will be housed.

Read more: RP's first Climate Change Academy launched

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More financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing world agriculture needed

3 December 2010, Rome - Floods and droughts in major grain producing countries this year have triggered a sharp increase in food prices, highlighting the vulnerability of the world's food production systems and agricultural markets. Such developments are likely to reoccur more frequently and with greater intensity in the decades to come due to climate change.

Yet while there are many examples of how the agricultural sector can both become more resilient to climate change and reduce its own sizeable carbon emissions (as detailed here), mechanisms for funding such efforts are lacking.

"Available financing, both current and projected, are substantially insufficient to meet the climate change and food security challenges faced by the agriculture sector," said Peter Holmgren, Director of FAO's Climate, Energy and Tenure Division

This is one of the key messages that FAO is stressing during the annual meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico (29 Nov. - 10 Dec.)

Read more: Funding gaps for climate change adaptation a threat to food supplies

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[CANCUN, MEXICO] Bamboo, a wild grass that grows in Africa, Asia and Latin America, could help tackle climate change and provide income for local communities, a conference has heard.

It can sequester carbon faster than similar fast-growing tree species such as Chinese fir and eucalyptus when properly managed, said Coosje Hoogendoorn, director-general of International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), based in Beijing, China.

Read more: Bamboo can capture carbon fast, says report

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“I now close my career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty.” US General Douglas MacArthur

What fate awaits the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol? Will they just fade away, victims of the current diplomatic impasse on the scope and form of a future agreement? Are they doomed to become an irrelevance as key stakeholders look elsewhere for answers? Or are fears of their demise premature? Will the UNFCCC and perhaps even the Kyoto Protocol instead be restored to their former pre-Copenhagen stature, renewed and ready for the post-2012 period?

Read more: The UN Climate Convention and Kyoto Protocol: Redux or Redundant?

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EU_logo_2The European Union – Focused-Food Production Assistance to the Vulnerable Sectors (EU-FPAVAS) is a project being implemented by SEARCA in partnership with CIRAD-France and provincial governments of the twin provinces of Camarines, Mindoro, and Misamis.

Recognizing that climate change is one of the most compelling environmental issues of our time, one of the project components is mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) in local development plans. Mainstreaming is “the integration of policies and measures that addresses climate change into development planning and sectoral decision-making” (Climate Change Commission, 2010). It encompasses linking and networking with institutions in order to better address the adverse impacts of climate change.

Read more: EU-FPAVAS Climate Change Component

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MANILA, Philippines - The provincial government of Albay launched the Climate Change Academy at the conclusion of the Local Government Units Summit +3i on Climate Change held last Nov. 4 to 6 in Legazpi City. The League of Provincial Governors in Luzon, as well as vice-governors, local government legislators and planners, scientists and NGO officers attended the summit. The summit was sponsored by Albay province and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN System in the Philippines.

“Essentially, the academy will be a repository of knowledge and expertise on local adaptation practices and a venue for their dissemination,” said Gov. Salceda, who has been declared by the United Nations as a UN senior champion of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. “Its academic partners will be Bicol University and University of the Philippines in Los Banos. Bicol University will house the Climate Change Academy, with the Department of Education regional office in Bicol as its operations site. Other committed partners of the Academy include the League of Provinces of the Philippines, the Publishers’ Association of the Philippines, Inc., and the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists.”

Read more: Climate Change Academy launched

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MANILA, Philippines – The Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 will hasten the country’s shift to a low carbon development path.

This was the bold statement issued by Go Organic! Philippines, a network of natural farming advocates, during the opening of the 7th National Organic Agriculture Conference at the Queen Margaret Hotel in Lucena City.

The conference was organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA.)

Go Organic! Philippines said the release of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10068, as the law is otherwise known, will usher in a shift from chemical intensive to ecologically-sound food production practices.

Read more: Organic agri law to hasten low carbon dev't path

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SURIGAO CITY, Philippines – In an effort to mitigate the effects of global warming, climate change, a community-driven campaign for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction was launched at Philippines downtown hotel here on Wednesday.

Dubbed "Depensa!", the big activity was spearheaded by Oxfam and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC).

The objective of the activity is to create high community awareness and action on the need for climate change adaptation.

Read more: Campaign to mitigate global warming launched

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* Adaptation Fund seen able to manage "green fund" aid

* Signed first deal last week: $8.6 mln to Senegal-Khan

A tiny U.N. fund that is starting to help developing nations adapt to climate change could expand to manage part of a planned $100 billion aid mechanism to be debated at U.N. talks in Mexico, the chair of the fund said.

Developing nations reckon the existing Adaptation Fund, which signed its first deal last week to give $8.6 million to Senegal to fight coastal erosion, could overcome objections from donors to win a wider role, Farrukh Iqbal Khan told Reuters.

Almost 200 nations will meet in the Mexican resort of Cancun from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10 to discuss measures including a new "green fund" to help the poor shift from fossil fuels and adapt to floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels.

Read more: Tiny UN climate fund could take bigger role-chair

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