South Africa Paris Climate Agreement

In addition, the installation of micro-grids would be built at thresholds that would withstand the extreme weather events predicted for these areas, therefore reducing the Community`s vulnerability to events that might otherwise result in loss of electricity and the effects of lost revenue. In other words, such an initiative would use an Article 6 approach to create climate-resilient economies and communities. The effects of climate change have been highlighted by the recent severe drought in the Cape Region and the lingering threat of “Day Zero” when the city`s taps are dry and residents have to queue for water. The bill was welcomed with mixed reactions and was hailed as “a clear signal that climate change is a cross-sector and global challenge,” but it has been criticized for not containing a specific reference to the 1.5-C warming ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Activists have also argued that the government`s policy in favour of coal is contrary to the objectives of the climate law. The consultation period for the bill ended in August. In 2011, the South African government adopted its White Paper on Responding to National Climate Change (pdf), which aims to “effectively manage the inevitable effects of climate change” and “contribute equitably to global efforts to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.” On 31 August 2018, South Africa presented its third national communication report under the UNFCCC. The report highlights projected climate trends and changes and provides an update on greenhouse gas emissions. This is one of the key findings of the recent G20 Brown to Green Reports, developed by Climate Transparency, a global partnership of 14 climate research organizations and NGOs from most G20 countries.

Given that the climate agreement refers to the need to restore as many as 127 million hectares of degraded land in Africa and Latin America, including through agricultural ecosystems, the net benefit to Africa could be greater agricultural productivity leading to food security, climate adaptation, income creation and job creation. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, agriculture employs about 64% of all Africans, and 70% of the rural poor earn their living. CAPE TOWN, November 14 (Xinhua) – South Africa`s climate goal is not in line with the Paris agreement because of the country`s heavy dependence on coal, according to a G20 climate report released Wednesday.