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U.S. Company Accused of Greenwashing Cameroon ‘Land-Grab’

Washington – Environment groups are accusing a New York-based agricultural company, Herakles Farms, of going forward with plans for a 73,000-hectare palm-oil plantation and refinery in southwest Cameroon despite a lack of government authorisation, two court injunctions, and in the face of significant community opposition.

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NGOs not enthusiastic over Durban climate deal

France has hailed the roadmap agreed at climate talks in Durban as an “important compromise”, while the European Union dubbed it a “historic breakthrough”. Environment campaigners and NGOs like Oxfam are less enthusiastic.

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South Africa: In need of a unified climate change policy

The implementation of a unified climate change policy across all of South Africa’s government departments will not be easy as the divisions currently work largely as separate entities, says Greenpeace Africa.

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Q&A: Africa keen to ensure Kyoto Protocol survives

Durban should not be the burial ground for the Kyoto Protocol, says Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, about his expectations from the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change happening in his hometown in South Africa later this year.

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Tropical Forest Summit taking place in Brazzaville

Heads of state from the Amazon, Congo and Borneo-Mekong basins are meeting in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville till 3 June: leaders hope to reach an accord on sound management of valuable rainforest ecoystems, but civil society actors believe the problems faced by local populations may be ignored.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Sound Policy Key to Renewable Energy

A radical rethink of current energy policy can cut South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in 2050 compared to 1990 levels. More than that – after an initial spike in investment – South Africans four decades down the line would pay 23 billion dollars per year less for their electricity compared to business as usual.

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