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Picture this: Caring for the Earth

Dear all,

UNDP, Olympus Foundation and Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation organize Picture This: Caring for the Earth photo contest which seeks out single photos and photo essays profiling people in Africa working to reduce the effects of climate change in their countries, cities and communities.
Check it out:
http://picturethis.undp.org/about

Population and Climate Change

Population Action International’s latest working paper, Projecting Population, Projecting Climate Change: Population in IPCC Scenarios, shows that population growth is not adequately accounted for in the emissions scenarios produced by the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This is the second in a three part series that explores role of population dynamics in climate change mitigation and adaptation. This working paper:
· Explains the population projections used in scenarios of emissions growth

A book on Climate Change

Innovative New Book Highlights the Threat of Climate Change

Dr. Tammy Boyce, formerly of Cardiff University and now at The King’s Fund, London and Dr. Justin Lewis of Cardiff University have co-edited a groundbreaking new study on climate, Climate Change and the Media, published by Peter Lang Publishing.

Internatiopnal Media Studies-Masters Program in Germany

International Media Studies - Master's Programme Scholarship
Deadline Date
May 31, 2009

Investment Climate Facility for Africa.

The Investment Climate Facility (ICF) for Africa and the Thomson Reuters Foundation have launched a call for applications to their groundbreaking business journalism training course being held in Zambia next month. Participants have until Tuesday 19 May to apply for the Zambian course that will be delivered in English in Lusaka from 25 – 29 May 2009.

'Land Grabbing' by Foreign Investors in Developing Countries.

In response to the global food crisis, countries such as China, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates are buying or attempting to buy agricultural land in poor countries to meet the food demands of their own populations. The land acquisitions have the potential to increase investment into agriculture and rural areas in developing countries, but they raise concerns about the impact on small-scale farmers. A new brief by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) sheds light on these controversial issues and offers recommendations to safeguard the interests of affected people.

Training Fellowship Opportunities at University of California Berkeley

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UC Berkeley Fellowships for African Journalists
http://www.journalism.berkeley.edu/press/african_journalists/

The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at
Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for two yearlong
fellowships for accomplished African journalists, beginning in August
2009.

The fellowships will each total $36,000, including roundtrip airfare,
professional stipends, and rent while in Berkeley. The initiative
will also offer dedicated funding for both domestic U.S. and Africa
travel for research and reporting work.

Join the Conference Call Briefing for Journalists:

Join the Conference Call Briefing for Journalists:
Securing a Place for Agriculture at the International Climate Change Negotiations

Negotiations are currently underway for the UN meeting on climate change in Copenhagen in December. Agriculture needs to be high on the agenda. Climate change will have a significant impact on the availability of water and food, particularly in rural areas of developing countries, where agriculture is the major source of income and employment. In turn, agriculture contributes significantly to greenhouse gases.

KENYA LONG RAINS SEASONAL FORECAST-MARCH, APRIL AND MAY

Ref. No. Met/ 7/23 Date: 6th March 2009
CLIMATE OUTLOOK FOR MARCH-APRIL-MAY 2009 (“LONG RAINS” SEASON)

1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • The March-April-May 2009 seasonal rainfall forecast indicates that most parts of the country are likely to be depressed, except in Western, Nyanza, parts of Rift Valley and Coast Provinces;
  • Sporadic heavy and shortlived rainfall storms may, however, occur in the arid and semi arid lands (ASALS);

Uganda Climate Forecast March, April and May

THE RAINFALL OUTLOOK FOR MARCH TO MAY 2009 RAINFALL SEASON

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.1 Introduction
Following the conclusion of the 23rd Climate Outlook Forum for the Greater Horn of Africa held in Mombasa, Kenya from 2nd to 4th March 2009, the International, Regional and National scientists reviewed the state of the global climate systems and their implications on the seasonal climate of the sub-region.

1.2 Highlights for the past season (September to December 2008)

Trees Getting Bigger Absorbing More Carbon

Forest trees are getting bigger and absorbing more carbon (CIFOR)
An international team of scientists, including researchers from CIFOR, have discovered that rainforest trees are getting bigger, storing more carbon from the atmosphere and slowing climate change.

According to the findings, tropical trees in undisturbed forests around the world are absorbing nearly a fifth of the carbon-dioxide (C02) released by burning fossil fuels. That is significantly more than the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the world’s transport sector.

What is Climate Change?

Climate change refers to the variation in the Earth's global climate or in regional climates over time. It describes changes in the variability or average state of the atmosphere over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by processes internal to the Earth, external forces (e.g. variations in sunlight intensity) or, more recently, human activities.

Interview with Professor Graeme Hammer

This is the first of an ongoing series of interviews with prominent thinkers in the area of climate risk management. Over the next year, we will be sharing their insights on how climate science and information can help meet the goals of development and adaptation. These individuals are pioneers in fields as diverse as climate science, sustainable development, economics and policy.

We kick off this series with a Q&A with Graeme Hammer, a specialist in crop ecophysiology and modeling who sits on IRI's International Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee.

Advancing Conservation in a Social Context

Greetings,

The Advancing Conservation in a Social Context project is asking for your help in our research into the relationship between conservation and development goals. As part of our research, we are conducting a series of surveys that examine the relationship between conservation and development goals.

We are looking for participants who are professionally involved in conservation and/or development, including but not limited to students, practitioners, and professors. Please feel free to pass on this link (http://acscsurvey.asu.edu) to anyone else you think would be interested.