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As delegates from 190 countries seek to negotiate a new international agreement for cutting carbon emissions at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa has urged Canada to reconsider entering into a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol.
South Africa will probably continue to make use of coal as its primary source of energy, but will increasingly explore clean energy initiatives as it moves towards a lower-carbon economy, says Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.
Anglo-African bank Investec and the European Investment Bank are to establish a 100-million renewable energy funding facility that will promote clean energy generation and energy-efficiency initiatives in South Africa.
South Africa has become the fourth country with an accredited national implementing entity for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Adaptation Fund, which started operating in January and has already conferred $50-million in grants this year.
The dust is starting to settle at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban after two days of drama following Canada's announcement of its imminent breakaway from the Kyoto Protocol.
South Africa is taking advantage of the UN Climate Change Conference currently under way in Durban to demonstrate various "green" economy initiatives that form part of the country's new growth strategy.
If you're looking for state-of-the-art innovations in energy efficiency, the South African Climate Change Response Expo, running alongside the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, has got it all.
Shipping emissions are rising fast and must be tackled immediately to have a chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, Oxfam International climate adviser Tim Gore said on the sidelines of COP 17 in Durban on Tuesday.
Global temperatures in 2011 are currently the tenth highest on record since records were first kept in 1850, according to a report released at the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa on Tuesday.