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Greed beats logic: why a legal rhino horn trade won’t work

. It’s nearly three full years until the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) takes place in South Africa. Yet a propaganda battle – or charm offensive, if you’re feeling expansive – is already under way in […]

After Durban: Not phasing out HFCs ‘indefensible’

EIA Global Environment Campaigner Natasha Hurley was in Durban last week for COP17, the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011; here she considers the event and what needs to happen next. The outcome of this year’s United Nations Climate Conference, which drew to a close in Durban at the weekend, is an important step forward […]

Durban blog: Hope, alarm and the value of sandbags

As I write this, COP17, the international climate conference which began two weeks ago under a big storm cloud and torrential flooding, is about to enter the home stretch. The sense of surrealism I mentioned in an earlier post reached its apex today. Just to the right of the bench I’m on, an amateur pianist […]

Durban blog: Air-con helps focus on issue of F-gases

Durban was hot and steamy yesterday – it’s getting on for high summer in the Southern Hemisphere – and I spent the best part of the afternoon in a glorified prefab (aka the “EU Pavilion”). COP17 has been mercifully light on air conditioning, a huge relief after the two weeks spent shivering in Cancún last […]

Durban blog: Higher stakes in play at climate conference

Last Sunday night, flash floods killed eight people in and around the city of Durban and left thousands homeless. Just one in a series of recent extreme weather events here in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province, it probably wouldn’t have crossed most people’s radar screen were it not for the fact that thousands of foreign delegates […]

Massive climate subsidies for HFCs industry to continue

UNFCCC CDM approves further payments to HFC producers   DURBAN: As United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiators meet in Durban, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling on all Parties to reject HFC-23 carbon credits following widespread evidence and acknowledgement that most of the credits do not represent real emission reductions. Last […]