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News wrap Week 1: A dramatic shift in geopolitics since the official negotiating process began in 1992 is resulting in major clashes which threaten to undermine the bedrock of the very architecture of the UN Climate Talks.
One of the major problems surfacing this week, are growing tensions among the 132 countries constituting the G-77 and China. The BASIC nations - Brazil South Africa,and India and China - while part of this group - currently have significantly higher emissions and larger more prosperous economies than they did back in the 1990s. Their desire to postpone any decision on cuts to their emissions for ten more years is just one example of how marginalized AOSIS and other LDCs have become.
Over the two weeks of COP17, The Daily Durban provides a resource guide as well as a collaboration of writers and social media teams to provide 24x7 coverage of live events, news, side events, videos and radio shows from the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, SA.
Joining the team @ Kos are Kelly Rigg (GCCA), Franke James (Canadian enviroartist), Janet Redman, (Institute for Policy Studies), Victor Menotti (International Forum on Globalization) Bill McKibben (350.org), and Ian Sullivan (Oxfam) with team collaboration among tcktcktck, Post Carbon Institute, Oxfam, Sierra Club, Wiser Earth, Transition US, and Ecoequity .
eCOP is also sharing content with the People's Conference C17 and Occupy COP17.
Throughout the talks, Daily Kos Eco writers are also re-posting relevant diaries at The Durban Daily.
Visit the intro Earthship for pre-launch highlights.
Live and Interactive from COP17
Join OneClimate. Beginning 30 November (3pm Durban, 1PM, London 8AM New York), OneClimateTV will be Broadcasting live.
Durban climate talks must deliver action to prevent spiraling hunger
In the last year extreme weather events shocked global markets contributing to soaring wheat prices and imperiling food security in many parts of the world, according to research compiled by Oxfam at the start of the Durban climate talks.
This year could be a grim foretaste of what is to come as new warnings from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show extreme weather events are likely to increase in frequency and severity without action to tackle climate change.
**Global Day of Action march: Friday, from Curries Fountain. A mass march by national and international labour, youth, academics, and religious and environmental organisations, to draw attention to the need for meaningful action on climate change.
**Global Day of Action concert: Friday at the Tech Fields. Gates open at 1pm. Thirty thousand people are expected to attend this free concert.
**Future convention cities initiative: Friday to December 9 at uShaka Marine World. Launched by the Seoul Tourism Organisation, a strategic collaboration and knowledge-sharing forum of leading cities, each with a significant convention centre. E-mail Haroon.Karodia@kzndae.gov.za.
Photo Credit: Earth - Following a Polar Ice Melt Photo by Kevin M. Gill.Earth as it would appear should the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets melt, raising ocean levels by an estimated 67.5 meters (~221.5 ft). The Greenland ice sheet is estimated to contribute 7 meters to global ocean levels. The Antarctic ice sheet would contribute 60 meters if fully melted. Additional glaciers and ice caps in the margins of Greenland and Antarctic peninsula would contribute an additional 0.5 meters. Roads were added for reference. Sources: ETOPO1 Global Relief 1 arc-minute elevation raster data provided by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Satellite imagery provided by the NASA's Earth Observatory Blue Marble project. Estimates of ocean level effects from polar ice found on Wikipedia. Rendered using jDem846.