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Global Agricultural Transition Under Way to Boost Resilience to Climate Change and Reduce Emissions

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By




Paris 30 Nov: Six Cooperative Initiatives Driving Climate Resilient, Productive and Low Emissions Agriculture Paris, 1 December 2015 – Governments and food and agriculture organizations join today at the LPAA Focus on Agriculture to respond to the urgent climate challenges facing agriculture with six cooperative initiatives that will protect the long-term livelihoods of millions of

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New $500 million initiative for climate action in Developing Countries

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By




PARIS, Nov. 30, 2015 – Four European countries – Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland – today announced a new $500 million initiative that will find new ways to create incentives aimed at large scale cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries to combat climate change. The World Bank Group worked with the countries to

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Pressure on to Finish Draft Paris Climate Deal in February

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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The co-chairs of the UN climate talks have told diplomats that they must finalise the draft version of a 2015 Paris deal this February. Diplomats from around the world will meet in Geneva 8-13 February for the first time since Lima, where they crafted a sprawling 38-page text laying out the various options for the

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Climate Negotiations Reveal New Alliances in the Global South

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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The economic divides between developing countries are widening. In order to defend their interests at the climate negotiations, large emerging economies, small island states and the less advanced countries are forming alliances based on common concerns. EurActiv France reports. The previously clear demarcation between North and South used in past climate negotiations is becoming blurred. The

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Changing Winds

Jan 29th, 2015 | By




Express News Service: US President Barack Obama could hardly have missed the irony of conducting talks on climate change in what is, according to some indices, the world’s most polluted city. But despite disappointing those awaiting major concessions on emissions-reduction targets like the one Obama brokered with China last year, the modest agreement that was

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China and India Adopt UK Tool to Map Green Futures

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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The UK is responsible for less than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its actions to cut emissions, however ambitious, can only have a limited impact on the path of climate change. But a tool developed by the UK government is helping to inspire and inform low carbon policies in some 20 countries and regions,

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We Should Not Surrender to Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just

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US-India Deal Boosts Nuclear and Solar But is Quiet on Coal

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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International and national media competed to feed minute-by-minute gestures of Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was much anticipation that this meeting would be unprecedented and game-changing for Indo-US relations, shifting the dynamics of global politics. So, what did we get to see apart from bromance, Obama trying his luck with Hindi, a

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Concern Over Climate, Compromise on Nature

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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On his visit to India, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have announced a landmark civil nuclear deal, which will give India access to generating nuclear power. This follows on the heels of several announcements made by Mr. Modi on making India a hub for producing clean or non-conventional energy, posited as

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Give India IPR-free Technology to Fight Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar

Jan 26th, 2015 | By




Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday urged rich nations to provide India technology “free of IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights)” to help it tackle climate change, saying it can be a “win-win situation for all”. “If the developed world is ready to provide technology free of IPRs, it can be a win-win situation for all. We’ll

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Japanese Technology to Boost Flood Warnings in South Asia

Jan 25th, 2015 | By




IANS: A sophisticated flood forecast model developed by Japanese scientists will enhance early warnings and help mitigate the impact of climate change in the flood-ravaged trans-boundary river basins of India, Pakistan and even China. Rainfall and snowfall data from the three countries located in the Indus and Mekong river basins will be fed into a

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U.N. Asks Countries for Climate Plans After Record Warm 2014

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – The United Nations asked governments on Thursday to submit plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the building blocks of a deal due in Paris in December to limit global warming, after scientists said 2014 was the hottest year on record. Governments have agreed an informal deadline of March 31 to submit plans

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Obama’s India Visit: Hopes for Clean Energy and Climate Deals

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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Barack Obama was advised, only half-jokingly, to wear a gas mask when he appears as guest of honour at India’s Republic Day parade on Monday. The air pollution in Delhi and other Indian cities has become that bad. Providing a fix for that very unhealthy air – 13 of the world’s most polluted cites are

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Chinese Premier Pledges Low-carbon Growth at World Economic Forum

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
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China’s Premier has pledged to cut the percentage of fossil fuel in China’s energy mix while scaling up the use of renewable energy and clean technologies. Li Keqiang was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and outlined his commitment to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around

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Time For a Fruitful Climate Treaty

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By




The United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental tr­eaty negotiated at the United Nations conference on environment and development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The objective of the treaty is to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level

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Pakistan Pushes Climate Change Back up Political Agenda

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistan has reinstated its ministry for climate change, suggesting the government plans to pay more attention to the issue as countries prepare a new international deal to curb global warming. In 2013, when the same government came to power, it downgraded the ministry to a division, removing its ability to make

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UN Climate Chief: Carbon Bubble is Now a Reality

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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Green groups have warned that huge reserves of oil, gas and coal are overvalued and could lead to a “carbon bubble”. This is because increasingly stringent climate policies will require around half of known fossil fuels to stay in the ground, instead of returning a profit to investors. Many, including oil giant Exxon Mobil, have

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India to Focus on Green Energy and Efficiency Instead of Emission Reductions

Jan 21st, 2015 | By




The first meeting of India’s reconstituted Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change called for a shift in global attitudes from emission cuts to adopting green energy and improving energy efficiency. The meeting that comes a few days before US President Barack Obama is to visit India reiterated the country’s stand declared at the Lima climate

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Pakistan, Trade, Emissions Issues Could Frustrate Closer Indian-US Ties

Jan 20th, 2015 | By




In a few days, Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit India twice while in office. The two countries are undoubtedly getting closer, but, it might be not as wonderful as it appears, because they both build their ties by taking advantage of each other. The US, frankly speaking, has never

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IPCC Should go Prescriptive at Lower Levels of Governance

Jan 20th, 2015 | By




Science is central in understanding precise nature of the risks climate change poses. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the prime body reviewing and synthesising latest scientific knowledge on multiple dimensions of climate change has been pivotal in elevating the status of climate change as the key development and environmental policy agenda at international

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Call For Nation To Be Forceful On Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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THE College of the Bahamas’ Climate Change Initiative group is calling on The Bahamas to forcefully put forward its position on protecting the country’s rights and interest in global climate change negotiation meetings. CCI members Lisa Benjamin and Dr Adelle Thomas made the plea following reports that 2014 was recorded as the hottest year since

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Montreal Protocol Averts Threat of Large Increases in Skin Cancers

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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The threat of large increases in skin cancers has been avoided due to the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in controlling ozone depletion, according to the newly published “Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment” report, produced by the Environmental Effects Assessment

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Last Year Was Earth’s Hottest on Record, U.S. Scientists Say

Jan 18th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – Last year was Earth’s hottest on record in a new sign that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases to the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday. The White House said the studies, by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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Ban Appoints Climate Change Official Ahead of December UN Climate Conference

Jan 18th, 2015 | By
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today. According to a press release, Mr. Pasztor will serve as the Senior Adviser of the Secretary-General on climate change until the critical 21st UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) scheduled

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Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

Jan 16th, 2015 | By
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For the average Central European citizen, the temperatures of the Libyan desert are probably quite hard to cope with. However, these are the climatic conditions that, according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Central Europeans will face in the year 2300. By then, climate researcher Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the PIK,

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States, Donors Must do More to Tackle Rising Disaster Risk: U.N.

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As economic losses from disasters rise around the world, more effort is needed to reduce the risks from extreme weather and earthquakes in every area, from infrastructure to health, the United Nations disaster prevention chief said. Margareta Wahlström, head of the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), said in an

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Obama to Slash Methane Emissions 45% by 2025

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
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The White House laid out its long-awaited strategy to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on Wednesday. Methane, a greenhouse gas that has 25 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide, must be reduced to 40-45% below 2012 levels by 2025, the government announced. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue proposed

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U.N. Chief Urges India to Play “Leadership” Role in Climate Change

Jan 14th, 2015 | By




(Xinhua) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday urged India to take the lead in reaching a global climate change pact in Paris later this year. “I expect as one of the most critically important member state of the United Nations and as one of the fastest growing economy, India should be responsible to

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South Korea Launches Asia’s First National Carbon Market

Jan 13th, 2015 | By
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Asia’s first national carbon market began trading in South Korea this week. Second in size only to Europe’s, the carbon market forms part of South Korea’s strategy to cut emissions 30% in 2020, compared to business as usual. The first permits changed hands on the Korea Exchange at US$7-8 a tonne on Monday, similar to

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We Are the Last Generation That Can Fight Climate Change. We Have a Duty to Act

Jan 12th, 2015 | By




This year the UN marks its 70th anniversary. Sadly, there is little time for reflection or celebration. More pressing are the competing demands and challenges fuelled by an upsurge in conflict, disease and human suffering. These compel the international community to step up and provide the leadership needed to tackle them. Ebola continues to plague

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Obama’s India Visit Could Yield Progress on Climate Change and Solar Power

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
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There could be progress on US-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when US President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, US officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, the officials said

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Knowledge Sharing Vital to Fight Climate Change

Jan 12th, 2015 | By




People will learn to effectively battle climate change once they pick up the idea of sharing knowledge, experience and good practices, experts and professionals told the concluding session of a four-day international conference yesterday. “Tackling climate change is inherently a learning-by-doing process,” said Dr Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and

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Latin American Countries at COP20

Jan 11th, 2015 | By




According to Guy Edwards and Timmons Roberts of the Brookings Institution, the Latin American countries have played a key role in the advance of the UN climate change negotiations. The results of the Lima climate conference (COP20) last December are generally considered a success, albeit a very limited one. A last minute agreement was reached

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India Positive for Paris 2015 Climate Change Negotiations

Jan 11th, 2015 | By
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India was positive of a good outcome at the Paris 2015 climate change negotiations which must yield an agreement to keep the global temperatures from rising over two degrees Celsius, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Saturday. “We are very positive of the Paris 2015 outcome. We want it to come out with a good outcome

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Poor Countries Shouldn’t Sacrifice Growth to Fight Climate Change

Jan 9th, 2015 | By
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Last week, a draft of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Transform report on the potential impact of increasing international temperatures was leaked to the press. According to news accounts, the panel is set to report that the globe may possibly quickly strategy a temperature exactly where the Greenland ice sheet begins irreversibly melting. More than

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Paris Climate Talks the Most Significant Task Ahead of us in 2015

Jan 6th, 2015 | By




23 months and counting This year’s almost mythic, defining task is to roll the boulder of a new climate agreement uphill to Paris. There’s a whole sack of new sustainable development goals to sign-off as well. Intended to allow the whole human population to thrive within planetary boundaries, these 17 principal goals were meant to

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China Plans to Extend Green Vehicle Subsidies Until 2020

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – China will extend subsidies for new energy “green” vehicles to 2020, according to draft rules published on Tuesday, extending the current incentive scheme which expires at the end of 2015. The policy represents China’s latest effort to fight severe pollution and snarling traffic and is a boon to firms such as Warren Buffett-backed

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DMRC comes under UN’s Clean Development Mechanism

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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PTI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been registered as the world’s first transport sector project under the Programme of Activities (PoA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), enabling it to quantify climate change benefit from all metro operations in India, a statement said on Sunday. The move will also

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Four New Missions to Boost Response to Climate Change

Jan 4th, 2015 | By
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Seeking to broaden India’s response to climate change, the government will soon add at least four new ‘missions’ to the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), including one to promote wind energy, and another to build preparedness to deal with impacts on human health. A programme for more effective management of India’s coastal resources

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Useful UN Climate Treaty Unlikely in 2015

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
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There will not be a meaningful United Nations climate agreement signed in Paris in 2015, even if a treaty is cobbled together. The reason is simple: The United Nations basic approach, created in 1992, cannot work. Data shows the UN’s operational framework, on which all UN decisions are based, is ineffective and fundamentally flawed. The

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All Leaders Must Rise to the Challenge for December 2015, Warns Outgoing EU Climate Chief

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By




Climate change talks next year will be make or break for international efforts to curb global warming, with the credibility of the UN-backed process at stake, the outgoing EU climate chief, Connie Hedegaard, has warned. World leaders are expected to sign an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 onwards at a Paris conference

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Climate talks: Optimism Over-supply, Action Short-supply

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
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I sent New Year greetings to all my friends who are prominent members of the climate negotiating teams of their governments. It ran thus: “CO2operation and Not CO2nflicts! Let 2015 be year of Paris ProtoCO2l on Climate. Happy New Year!” One of the friends from a large emerging economy immediately shot back: “Why do you

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Pachauri: IPCC Future Not Tied to Paris Climate Deal

Dec 30th, 2014 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading UN body for the assessment of climate change, will continue its work, no matter whether countries arrive at a global climate deal next year in Paris or not. Its successive science-based reports had always been key inputs for negotiators in the past over two decades. The

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Adaptation, Not Mitigation, the Realistic Climate Change Debate

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
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Since 2014 has been globally recorded the warmest year for the past 135 years, 2015 could be the year of serious climate changes. The coming year of 2015 is raising the big question of whether the nations’ leaders will take serious measures to reduce global warming and gas emissions. Next December, Paris will be hosting

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Interconnected World: Banuri Links Growth With Social Justice, Climate Issues

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
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The idea of sustainable development remains to be incomplete without addressing growth, social justice and environmental issues simultaneously as they all are interlinked and can’t be taken in isolation, Professor Dr Tariq Banuri, a pioneer development expert and academic says. “Other issues will not be resolved if we simply focus on growth as we did

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IPCC Climate Experts Say 2015 Will be Hotter Than 2104

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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As the hottest year on record 2014 draws to a close, climate experts at Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued a fresh warning about the possible impacts of global warming and how those could change the face of this planet in the near future. The average temperatures around the world might increase 2-degree-Celsius

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The Pit Stop at Lima

Dec 25th, 2014 | By
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It is now common knowledge that the countries at the negotiating table on climate change are actually negotiating the mother of all economic treaties, one whose implications may dwarf those of the WTO agreements. This is because, at the bottom, the countries are largely deciding on a global rationing scheme of affordable energy resources, and

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UNFCCC and India’s Interests

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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The Climate Change Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol was held in Lima (Peru) this year . In this regard, the minister of state for environment, forest and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, issued a Suo-muto statement in Loksabha. During the speech he said that

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Fast-Tracking Elimination of Production of Remaining Ozone-Depleting Substances Could Speed Up Ozone Layer Recovery by 11 Years

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
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The recovery of the ozone layer – the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – would come sooner if we were to fast-track the elimination of the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS)hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and manage otherODSs that remain in equipment, building walls and chemical stockpiles, according to the

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Asia-Pacific LDCs Meeting Vows Sustainable Graduation by 2020

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




Least developed countries (LDCs) of Asia-Pacific region have envisaged sustainable graduation of the LDCs of the region during the ministerial meeting that concluded here today by issuing a 24-point declaration, which is fully focused on meeting the graduation criteria by 2020 as per their commitment in Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). The fourth United Nations

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Change the System, Not the Climate!

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations known as COP 20 (Conference of Parties) was held in Lima, Peru from December 1-14. Delegates from 196 countries gathered and deliberated on the agenda to be presented at the United Nations climate treaty conference to be held in Paris in December 2015. Notwithstanding all the

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Taiwan’s UNFCCC Partaking Scores Great Results

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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The ROC is deeply concerned with global negotiations on climate change issues, and will respond to related developments in a timely manner, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 16. “Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the country is committed to joining international efforts and

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Mostly Cloudy

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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Yet another depressing charade played out at Lima, Peru, where the 20th conference of the parties (COP) to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded on December 14, with a 43-page negotiating text, with several alternative formulations for virtually every provision. It is unlikely that, within the deadline set by the Paris COP

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UN Chief Positive After Lima Climate Conference

Dec 17th, 2014 | By
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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has hailed the outcome of the Lima climate conference that concluded on the weekend in Peru and praised officials for setting the groundwork for a binding agreement to be reached in Paris next year 2015, according to a UN statement. The annual UN Climate Change Conference, also known

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US and India to Announce Joint Climate Change Action During Obama Visit

Dec 16th, 2014 | By
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America and India will unveil joint efforts to fight climate change when Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month, as the US tries to keep up the momentum of international negotiations. Obama’s visit – on the back of the United Nations talks in Lima – is seen as a key moment to persuade one of

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Critics Warn Over COP 20’s ‘Vague’ Final Agreement

Dec 16th, 2014 | By
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After running two days over its anticipated schedule, the 20th UN Conference of the Parties on climate change (COP 20) concluded yesterday with an agreement that reiterates some of last year’s commitments towards more vulnerable countries, such as the ‘loss-and-damage mechanism’ — but many believe a far bolder approach to climate change response is urgently

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Lima Climate Talks: Narrow Outcome Gives More Clarity on Path to Paris

Dec 16th, 2014 | By
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The annual United Nations climate talks concluded in Lima, Peru, with a narrow outcome that provides some additional clarity on the path to finalizing a new climate agreement next year in Paris. Nations were able to make limited progress on the modest goals expected of them, including: clarifying how countries will report their “intended nationally determined

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UN’s Technology Mechanism Launches First Project in Chile

Dec 14th, 2014 | By
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The first research project to be funded under the UN’s Technology Mechanism, a process that supports the development of technologies that can help mitigate climate change, has kicked off. The project, which involves designing a network to monitor Chile’s biodiversity in the context of climate change, began the week before the UN’s COP 20 climate

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Climate Change Deal Agreed At UN Negotiations In Peru

Dec 14th, 2014 | By
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United Nations member states have agreed an agreement on tackling climate change at negotiations in Peru, that ran days longer than scheduled. The deal will see each country set a target to reduce carbon emissions by next year. It also significantly departs from one of the core principles of recent international climate change negotiations —

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