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    CCC is encouraging citizens worldwide to take action against climate change and to share the call for action with family and friends through social media The i speak earth initiative lives at www ispeakearth com the focal point an animated video voiced by actress and environmental advocate Cate Blanchett Compelling and direct Blanchett warns of the dangerous irreversible changes that could face the planet if appropriate action is not taken at COP15 This meeting is about the future of our earth and must establish actionable sustainable plans to reduce carbon emissions says Tim Flannery chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council There s been talk but little action concerning melting icecaps and rising sea levels Now it is time for global leaders and businesses to act decisively to create a solution i speak earth is a simple declaration that reflects a serious concern for the future of the planet By sharing the i speak earth video and critical messages about the risks of an unstable climate the voice of the global online democracy has the power to reach worldwide political and business leaders Whether through signing the PlanetCall Declaration Facebook status updates tweets emails and or instant messages global citizens can ensure that negotiations in Copenhagen reflect a new beginning in the effort to protect a habitable planet COP15 has been called the most important meeting of the century and is in fact of great global significance as it will define the role of governments and businesses worldwide in guiding the economy onto a sustainable path The complexity of global climate policy often leaves people confused and disengaged however i speak earth has the power to unite citizens worldwide and help them influence the change they seek Climate change is an issue that does and will affect every citizen on earth

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/i-speak-earth-calls-for-action-against-climate-change/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Organisation WMO are mulling over to use radio frequency for the study and research of meteorology Image credits Google Radio frequency to be used for studying meteorology It would help the meteorological organisations in monitoring and predicting weather water and climate changes and deviations if any in a better and more efficient way The ITU and the WMO recently held the first joint seminar on the use of radio spectrum for meteorology at Geneva WMO is pleased to collaborate with ITU in this first ever joint seminar on the use of radio based information and communication technologies for weather water and climate applications WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud said Radio based ICT applications such as remote sensors are the main source of observation and information about the Earth s atmosphere Both the organisations have also agreed to keep the required frequency bands for climate measurement free from interference by other users Especially in the light of climate change it is important to warrant that frequency bands required by measuring equipments such as radars satellite and radio sounds are kept free Jarraud added At present radio based ICT applications such as remote sensors are the main source of observation and information about the Earth s atmosphere and surface which have still some flaws and are not very efficient in weather prediction It has been reported that between 1980 and 2005 over 7 000 natural disasters worldwide took the lives of more than 2 million people and produced economic losses estimated at over US 1 2 trillion Ninety per cent of these natural disasters 72 of casualties and 75 of economic losses were caused by weather climate and water related hazards such as droughts floods severe storms and tropical cyclones Climate change monitoring and disaster prediction mechanisms are therefore increasingly vital for

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/radio-communications-to-monitor-climate-hazards/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    cut emissions and help countries adapt to the effects of climate change Ban noted that earlier this year the UN teamed up with mobile phone companies and other partners to install 5 000 new weather stations across Africa The weather stations will monitor the impact of climate change and when there is news text messages will be sent immediately to farmers mobile phones In addition information technologies are being used to raise awareness about climate change The Secretary General noted how the UN has mobilised young people to use Internet tools such as Facebook and Twitter in support of its campaign to seal a deal on climate change in December at the global conference in Copenhagen aimed at developing a new treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions UNEP also created a Twitter for Trees project in which one tree was planted for each of the more than 10 000 people who signed up I am sure you in this room can think of even more creative ways to use ICTs to usher in a new green economy said Ban Let us work together to find new ways to cut waste reduce emissions create jobs protect against disasters and promote better standards of living ICTs provide unprecedented opportunities to accelerate social and economic development communities that currently lack access and know how are being further marginalised The Secretary General also pointed to some progress thanks in part to information technologies in efforts to achieve the global anti poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals MDGs while stressing that much more needs to be done to improve the lives of millions of people by the target date of 2015 The ITU pointed out that while ICTs provide unprecedented opportunities to accelerate social and economic development communities that currently lack access and know how are being further marginalised It is therefore encouraging its member States to adopt school based community broadband plans to bring ICT access to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups The agency s Connect a School Connect a Community initiative aims to facilitate public private partnerships that will help countries establish school based ICT centres ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré welcomed the initiative as an important milestone in improving broadband access globally Designed not only for students but also for the communities in which they live smart policies and innovative public private partnerships promoting school based community ICT centres represent an attractive affordable and scalable step forward in addressing the digital divide Ban also welcomed the initiative noting that connected schools can become connected community ICT centres which can provide a vital link to marginalised and vulnerable groups They can become an information lifeline for women indigenous people persons with disabilities and those living in rural remote and underserved areas he stated He also stressed the need for teamwork in turning this goal into reality and emphasised the importance of political will I urge world leaders to support this effort and take the needed steps to meet the agreed targets of

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/icts-vital-to-tackle-climate-changeun/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    facing the African continent IISD is also gathering case studies showing how ICTs help communities adapt to the effects of climate change It has observed that people already use a number of platforms to share information either online or through other means AfricaAdapt for example is a continental initiative for sharing adaptation information between researchers policy makers civil society organisations and communities Other mechanisms for sharing information and exchanging ideas between residents in a community already exist at the local level and include informal town hall style gatherings and using SMS Community radio is another effective method of disseminating information since it overcomes illiteracy problems and the information can be translated into local languages Radio talk shows in particular are very successful in allowing farmers to talk about their problems and find solutions that suit their local environment Some groups have even developed ways to use radio to get feedback from the communities to find out how they were adapting to climate change and to assess how targeted messages were being received and used Lessons for farmers A project in South Africa for example uses sensors in the Crocodile River that transmit temperature and water quality data via the cell phone network to a remote location There they are analysed so action can be taken that affect the dam downstream New more efficient and intelligent sensor networks are being tested around Lake Malawi that generate better quality data and perform initial on the spot analyses before transmitting the information resulting in a reduction of the time needed to make decisions In Uganda community knowledge workers CKWs from the Grameen Foundation use applications installed on smartphones that receive regularly updated information Users can pass this information on to farmers and also upload data from the field For example they receive regular

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/ict-led-information-exchange-can-help-adaptation-to-climate-change/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    of the UN climate secretariat and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change This Global Framework system could help reduce losses caused by extreme weather and climate events such as heat waves sandstorms cyclones drought and floods which will become more frequent and more intense as the climate continues to warm he said Climate coping Extreme weather events and changing climatic conditions affect all of us frequently resulting in humanitarian disasters and heavy losses said Swiss President Hans Rudolf Merz The climate has changed the local people can no longer rely on their traditional knowledge Better precipitation forecasts hazard maps and early warning systems are crucial to reduce impacts and assist decision makers in their respective sectors like food security water management health care and tourism he told delegates at the conference opening While people in developed countries take weather forecasting for granted many regions do not have even basic three day forecasts All of Africa has fewer working weather stations than tiny Switzerland said Walter Fust of the Global Humanitarian Forum a Geneva based NGO focused on collaborations to overcome key humanitarian challenges With more than 70 percent of Africans working in agriculture access to good weather information is the most important way to help Africa cope with climate change Fust told IPS The climate has changed the local people can no longer rely on their traditional knowledge he stressed Mobile tool To overcome this the Forum has created a Weather Info for All private public partnership that uses the existing mobile telephone network as weather stations and to SMS the information to farmers Africa has at least 60 percent mobile coverage Fust said Launched in June they plan to install 5 000 automatic weather stations at cell phone tower sites across Africa The first 19 stations have been deployed

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/new-information-tools-must-to-monitor-climate/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    issues intersect in Africa In early March the Strauss Center s Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program and AidData released a dynamic mapping tool that allows for analysis of climate change and conflict across Africa plus development assistance in Malawi Image Credits Development Gateway Launch of Mapping Tool and Malawi Geocoded Data The mapping tool uses Esri s ArcGIS platform to enable users to select and layer combinations of CCAPS data onto one map It also shows how conflict dynamics are changing over time and space This tool provides an interactive medium for researchers to explore how climate change vulnerability and conflict interact and in Malawi to see how aid is distributed across different areas Recently CCAPS and AidData made the dataset of geocoded aid activities in Malawi available to the public Now anyone can use the data for research purposes Rufus Pollock of the Open Knowledge Foundation has already auto plotted it using another tool The dataset includes sub national geocodes for approximately 550 aid projects undertaken in Malawi since 2000 representing nearly 5 3 billion in total commitments or roughly 80 of all aid reported to the Malawi Ministry of Finance during that time Initial exploration

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    practitioners About Digital Opportunity Contact Us Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Launch of Mapping Tool and Malawi Geocoded Data A dynamic mapping tool released by the Strauss Center s Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program and AidData helps visualize data on Related topics regions Aid Research

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    with its ICT investment and spending patterns to help make climate change targets attainable Cutting emissions By using additional ICT related input factors to this base line the Index score also effectively measures a country s readiness to leverage ICT to lower its carbon emissions The Index scores will allow IDC to rank nations fairly and transparently as they tackle the long term challenge of environmental and economic sustainability The Index will be accompanied by a special study offering qualitative recommendations to policy makers on where ICT investments can contribute to achieving climate change goals Countries need help to better understand where they should invest in ICT There have been many attempts to set goals and targets for nations to reduce their CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions said Vernon Turner senior vice president of IDC s Enterprise Infrastructure Consumer and Telecom Research The United Nations has led the way by highlighting the need to reduce emissions within specific time periods However IDC believes that countries need help to better understand where they should invest in ICT in order to meet any internal or international targets The ICT Sustainability Index will help countries to prioritize ICT investments in major sectors such as manufacturing transport and housing as part of their overall climate change strategy An actionable plan The IDC study will bring forward leading technology strategies within each of the major sectors Chris Ingle associate vice president EMEA added We currently have surveys in the field and IDC analysts worldwide are matching ICT technology roadmaps that have a realistic and material impact on reducing CO2 emissions Our objective is to give countries an actionable plan IDC has already tested the ICT Sustainability Index methodology using the G20 group of nations as a sample Roberta Bigliani EMEA research manager IDC Energy Insights

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