Climate Change negotiations are almost over. Will our world leaders make concrete commitments?

Halfway through the Paris climate negotiations – the clock is ticking

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We’re now halfway through the Paris climate negotiations. What happens now? Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator Simon Bradshaw checks in

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Kiribati youth climate activist, Tinaai Teaua (centre), with some of the more than 20 Australians who met with key decision-makers at Parliament House in Canberra recently to urge stronger action on climate change. Photo: Jennifer Nagy/OxfamAUS

“I am so happy and proud of those Australians who support us!”

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Twenty-two year old Pacific Islander Tinaai Teaua is currently at the CoP21 climate summit in Paris to ensure her peoples’ future: to conserve their land and guarantee their culture.

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Join me to #StandWithThePacific

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It’s almost exactly six months since Tropical Cyclone Pam made a direct and devastating hit on Vanuatu, changing lives forever. Recently, I visited Vanuatu and Kiribati and saw first-hand the devastating impacts of climate change in action. Changing weather patterns and rising seas are threatening homes and making it harder for people to grow, buy and […]

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Australia: Show us the money to help end poverty in Addis Ababa

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Helping to end poverty and inequality, and supporting communities to tackle climate change – they’re the biggest challenges facing the world today. But at the moment, Australia is failing do its fair share on both counts. In July our leaders have an opportunity to change this. At the Finance for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Australia […]

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PM Abbott stands at the climate action crossroads

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By Oxfam Australia’s Food and Climate Justice Campaign Lead, Ula Majewski It’s crunch time in Canberra, with key ministers expected to decide on Australia’s post-2020 climate targets over the coming days. I visited Parliament House this week, accompanied by some amazing Oxfam staff and volunteers, a giant Tony Abbott, some torrential rain, a giant sign […]

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The spirit of Vanuatu: 3 months since Cyclone Pam

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About three months ago, Oxfam Vanuatu Country Director Colin Collett van Rooyen, opened his front door in Port Vila not knowing what to expect. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam had torn through Vanuatu’s capital just hours before. Today, he reflects on Oxfam’s recovery efforts and the incredible spirit of the people of Vanuatu.

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What is food and nutrition security?

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By Kate Wingrove, Dietician and Campaigns Volunteer On 26 May 2015, government representatives, researchers and civil society organisations will meet in Paris to discuss the impacts of climate change on food and nutrition security. Dietician and Oxfam volunteer, Kate Wingrove, explains this important relationship. What is food and nutrition security? Food and nutrition security is about […]

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Sharing lessons from Cyclone Pam in Samoa

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Just two months ago Vanuatu took a direct hit from Cyclone Pam — one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the South Pacific. You have seen the images, read the stories, and are no doubt following Vanuatu’s determined efforts to rebuild and recover. But there is another story waiting to be told.

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10 unique ways people are taking on climate change — and 3 things you can do to help

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From droughts in Australia to cyclones in Vanuatu, we’re all feeling the effects of climate change. But droughts, floods, storms, and other extreme weather affect some of us more than others. Discover what others are doing to battle the effects and how you can help.

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What is Illovo and three reasons why you should care

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Illovo is the latest food and beverage company to adopt a zero tolerance land grabs policy. Will it follow through in practice? The company sources from countries where land tenure is complex. It can’t go it alone or cut corners. It’ll need to enlist the support of others to help, and recognise it’s just beginning a journey.

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The Guarani-Kaiowa people are still fighting for their land in Brazil. Photo: Eduardo Martino/OxfamAus

Banking on shaky ground: one year on

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Communities unfairly forced off their land are plunged into poverty. They often face the threat of violence for speaking out as well as food shortages, inadequate housing and poor health. In the year that’s passed since the release of our land grabs report, Australian customers and investors have shown they care deeply that their bank respects land rights.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Pam in Utas, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/OxfamAUS

Journey to Ambrym: delivering aid to Vanuatu

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It was on Monday 23 March when the first Vanuatu ferry loaded its cargo of much-needed aid for some of the northern and most remote islands of Vanuatu. Oxfam had 400 hygiene kits on board ready to give to the worst affected communities on Ambrym Island.

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Cyclone Pam and climate change

Meeting the global climate challenge: What would a fair contribution from Australia look like?

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In December, the world will come together to finalise a new global climate agreement. Well before negotiators land in Paris to hammer out the details, countries must announce their provisional targets for the post-2020 period, when the new agreement will take effect.

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Battle of the Brands

Battle of the Brands: the annual scorecard update

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Twice a year, Oxfam takes a look at publically available information on the agricultural sourcing policies of the top ten food and beverage companies. We assess how well the top 10 companies are performing on our seven themes: transparency, women, workers, farmers, land, water, and climate. Want to see how your favorite brands did?

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Sendai: why the fight to reduce disaster risk is more important than ever

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Just days after the President of Vanuatu almost broke down as he spoke of the devastation that Tropical Cyclone Pam had inflicted upon his nation, the mood is bittersweet at the closing of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai, Japan.

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Sendai Update: Will the World’s New Disaster Risk Reduction Deal Be An Empty Promise?

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What do you call a plan with no agreement on how to finance it? In the US government, the nasty epithet for such a thing is an “unfunded mandate.” In other spheres, there are simpler descriptions: incomplete, incoherent, and irresponsible.

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International Women's Day. Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Women leading the fight against climate change

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Climate change affects us all, but it often impacts women the hardest. In many parts of the world it tends to be women who grow the family’s food, fetch fuel and water, and bring up the children. It’s women who are most likely to be in harm’s way when disaster strikes. So when clean water becomes harder to find during a drought, or when crops are destroyed by floods, it’s often up to women like Ipaishe to find solutions.

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20–25 typhoons will impact The Philippines every year. Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Disasters are increasing on a global scale

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As natural disasters are increasing globally in both frequency and impact, Oxfam’s work in vulnerable countries like The Philippines has become even more critical. According to the World Bank, every dollar invested in preparing for natural disasters now can save seven dollars in recovery costs in the future.

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Lilia Malinao, 72 years old. Photo: Tessa Bunney/Oxfam

Lilia is prepared for the worst

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Vulnerable communities in The Philippines are struggling to cope with increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather. But, thanks to your support, women like Lilia (pictured) can have an amazing impact.

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Photo: Tessa Bunney/Oxfam

Help Josephine prepare for disaster

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Like eight in every ten families in The Philippines, Josephine’s has been impacted by natural disaster. After a tornado struck one night her family lost their crops and livestock- everything they were depending on to get through the months ahead. But this wasn’t a one-off event. Josephine lived through three natural disasters in the following five years.

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Powering up against poverty: coal fired power is not the solution

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Emissions produced from burning coal for power are the single biggest driver of climate change. And climate change is a major threat in the fight against hunger. If Australia truly wishes to help bring low-cost energy to the world and build a bright economic future for itself, it’s time we stopped exporting dirty coal and promoting it as a false solution to poverty.

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2014 the hottest year globally since records began

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Recently NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced 2014 as the hottest year globally since records began. A staggering 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000. With 2015 set to be a defining year for international action on climate change, it’s now Australia’s turn to step up.

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What has ANZ done (and not done) on land grabs?

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People often tell us that the bank response to their email about land grabs is confusing and full of jargon. Lately we’ve had a lot of questions about ANZ. Below is a recap of what ANZ has done, and not done, since Oxfam launched its Banking on Shaky Ground report in April.

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The end of UNFCCC COP20 in Peru: What will it take for governments to act?

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After two weeks of splitting hairs over key elements of a new climate treaty at the UN climate talks here in Lima, governments failed once again to put the world on a pathway to keep global warming under control. It is sobering to think that this same process of UN climate negotiations started 20 years ago! What will it take for governments to act?

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