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

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

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

Jan 25th, 2015 | By

(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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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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UN Climate Chief: Carbon Bubble is Now a Reality

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

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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Ban Appoints Climate Change Official Ahead of December UN Climate Conference

Jan 18th, 2015 | By

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

Jan 15th, 2015 | By

(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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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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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

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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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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DMRC comes under UN’s Clean Development Mechanism

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

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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Useful UN Climate Treaty Unlikely in 2015

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By

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

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By

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

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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The Pit Stop at Lima

Dec 25th, 2014 | By

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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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

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

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

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

Dec 16th, 2014 | By

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

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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Climate Change Deal Agreed At UN Negotiations In Peru

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

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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Lima Climate Summit: Saarc Stands Up to be Counted as One

Dec 12th, 2014 | By

The Saarc bloc has finally emerged as a united force at the ongoing climate talks with ministers and key representatives of all eight member countries formally sealing the existence of south Asia as a common entity here as far as putting across their stand at the UN forum is concerned. TOI had last week suggested

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When COPs Converge: The Biodiversity And Climate Link

Dec 11th, 2014 | By

A key theme of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that took place two months ago was integrating biodiversity targets into other parts of the United Nations development process. That theme has found voice at several side events at the 20th meeting of

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Time Presses as Climate Talks Head for Penultimate Day

Dec 11th, 2014 | By

 AFP/ec: Environment ministers from around the world face mounting time pressure on Thursday (Dec 11) to shape a blueprint for a global pact on climate change with ground-breaking carbon curbs at its core. There are concerns over an unwieldy draft text, intended to guide negotiations that by Dec 2015 must forge the most ambitious environmental

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Lima Climate Talks: South American Diplomats Hopeful of Progress on Deal

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment. Senior officials from the host, Peru, and biggest regional emitter, Brazil, told the

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Goal to End Fossil Fuels by 2050 Surfaces in Lima UN Climate Documents

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

It’s a rare thing when you can point to paragraphs in a United Nations climate negotiating text and feel they more or less match what most of the science says should become a reality. Yet in Lima on Monday, it happened. Our little revolutionary moment comes in a document with the memorable title “ADP 2-7

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Climate Neutrality – the Lifeboat Launched by Lima

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

(IPS) – Packed into stifling meeting rooms in the Peruvian capital, delegates from 195 countries are trying to find a path that would make it possible for the planet to reach climate neutrality in the second half of this century – the only way to avoid irreversible damage, scientists warn. Climate neutrality is defined as

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UN Lima Climate Talks Hit by Rift Over Funding and Adaptation Commitments

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Lima have encountered yet another stumbling block with nations divided over including finance and adaptation commitments in national action plans. The European Union and Japan want national offers to be focused only on mitigation actions to reduce planet-warming emissions. Brazil, on the other hand, wants countries to be able

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Week Ends on Optimism in Lima

Dec 7th, 2014 | By

As the first week of the UN climate talks draws to a close, the initial despair has turned to optimism but there is still a long way to go in terms of finalising key elements for contributions from countries or a draft agreement for Lima. Saleemul Huq, the director of the International Centre for Climate Change &

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COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

Today, the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20) begins in Lima (Peru) and is widely seen – as Elias Ntungwe Ngalame in an article for Deutsche Welle (DW) rightly notes – by environmental experts “as a crucial springboard to COP 21 in Paris” next year. Naturally, the large

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COP20: Make or Break for Developing Countries on New Climate Deal

Dec 4th, 2014 | By

On Monday, the first day of the 20th U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, the atmosphere was hopeful but with an undertone of urgency as UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres noted COP20 “must make history” in the battle against global warming. “This is it” was the message coming from delegates and observers in the hallways in

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Finance for Climate Action Flowing Globally

Dec 4th, 2014 | By

Hundreds of billions of dollars of climate finance may now be flowing across the globe annually according to a landmark assessment presented today to governments meeting in Lima, Peru at the UN Climate Convention meeting. The assessment – which includes a summary and recommendations by the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance and a technical report

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UN Climate Talks Set Sights on Historic Paris Pact

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By

AFP/ir/ec: To fresh warnings and appeals to seize the political momentum, UN talks opened in Lima on Monday (Dec 1) tasked with drawing the outlines of a 2015 deal to roll back climate change. Gathering 195 states, the 12-day meeting also has to agree on the pact’s heart – a format for nations to make

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UN Climate Talks Begin as Global Temperatures Break Records

Dec 1st, 2014 | By

One hundred and ninety-five nations have committed to finalising a new climate pact in Paris by 2015’s end. The process has been boosted by recent developments, including a joint announcement on cutting carbon by the US and China. The two weeks of discussions have started amid record-breaking global temperatures for the year to date. According

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Prospects Rise for a 2015 U.N. Climate Deal, But Likely to be Weak

Nov 27th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures. Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12 to work on

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Lima Talks to test Political Will for Global Climate Deal

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

UN climate talks opening in Lima on 1 December will be pivotal to gauge political will for a new global climate deal.  Governments are expected to agree on the outline of an agreement to be approved in Paris in 2015. With overwhelming scientific evidence of the increased rate and impact of climate change, it is

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UNFCCC Welcomes US China Emissions Deal

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

Agreement between China and the US on limiting future carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has been welcomed by the head of the United Nations body charged with implementing a global emissions reduction treaty. The China US deal was hailed as “Clear leadership” in a tweet following the announcement of the agreement by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary

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Pakistan Lags Behind S Korea, Vietnam in Carbon Reduction

Nov 9th, 2014 | By

Due to the lacklustre performance of a cell at the Climate Change Division, Pakistan lags far behind China and India in approving projects for carbon credits in the international market. Carbon credits and carbon markets are a component of national and international attempts to cap greenhouse gas emissions and to allow market mechanisms to drive

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World Has Decided Not to do More to Fight Climate Change Till 2020

Oct 29th, 2014 | By

Do not expect any country to up its fight against climate change between now and 2020. That is the plain reading of the diplomatic gobbledygook produced at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s recently concluded negotiations. The EU was once a leader on climate change. It is now trying hard to come down to the

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Climate Change Fact or Fiction

Oct 27th, 2014 | By

Climate change facts abound, and those who doubt the authenticity of claims from climate change scientists see these statistics as fiction rather than fact. The Climate Change / Global Warming debate has been going on for decades now, with mixed results. Believers on the left, naysayers on the right. Climate change is back in the

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No Concrete Result Reached in UN Climate Talks in Bonn

Oct 26th, 2014 | By

(Xinhua) — The third round of United Nations’ 2014 climate talks wrapped up in Bonn, Germany, on Saturday, reaching no concrete result and leaving heavy workload to climate conference in Lima, Peru, in December. In the past six days, nearly 1,200 negotiators from 176 countries and organizations gathered in the city which hosts the secretariat

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Loss and Damage: a Guide for the Confused

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

At the nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Warsaw, Poland in December 2013, all parties agreed to set up a new Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage with an Executive Committee and three year mandate to report back at COP22 in December

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The 2015 Agreement, Civil Society and Climate Clubs

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

The recent special report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), “Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement”, contains several interesting ideas for the 2015 climate agreement. The report focuses on keeping the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius and reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuels to zero by 2070 at the

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2 Bold Proposals Emerge to Change Climate Negotiations

Oct 5th, 2014 | By

Out of the ashes of the U.N. climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010 rose a stick to beat erring nations with: To avoid the worst climate impacts, the world must keep its temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. Since then, some scientists have said that goal cannot be

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Could the 2C Climate Target be Completely Wrong?

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: In a nondescript conference centre five years ago, as temperatures fell to freezing outside in the streets of Copenhagen and protesters gathered, world leaders did something remarkable: they put a limit on how high temperatures should be allowed to rise as man-made global warming takes hold. It was the first time the nearly

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Developed World Must ‘Walk The Talk’ on Climate Change: India

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: India has told a high-powered summit on climate change convened by UN chief Ban ki-Moon that if the developed world “walks the talk”, the international community can certainly achieve the targets it has set to tackle climate change. India’s Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told

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New Momentum Needed to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By

Twenty-two years after the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted in a bid to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, CO2 emissions continue to rise as international negotiations over how to implement reductions in the discharge of climate-changing gases drag on. On Tuesday, world leaders will assemble in New York

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UN Summit to Test Commitment to Climate Fund

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

AFP: A global fund created to spearhead climate change financing faces a key test at a UN summit this week when it looks to the leaders of the industrialised world to stump up billions of dollars to fill its underflowing coffers. For the South Korea-based Green Climate Fund, the climate summit in New York on

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Climate Summit Previews Push for New Global Treaty

Sep 18th, 2014 | By

Nature: When the United Nations Climate Summit begins on 23 September in New York City, US President Barack Obama will be there. But many of his counterparts from other major greenhouse-gas-emitting countries — including China, India, Germany and Australia — plan to stay at home. Still, the meeting could offer important clues to how a UN push

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The Stage’s Set

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

Republica: World leaders will descend at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 23 to attend the Climate Change Summit called by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. This will be a historic initiative after the world leaders failed to agree on a climate agreement at the UN Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.

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Indian Negotiators in the Dark as Informal Climate Summit Approaches

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By

The absence of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping from the informal climate summit convened by the UN Secretary General on September 23 is likely to cast its shadow on formal climate negotiations as well. Moreover, Indian bureaucrats conducting those negotiations have still not been told by the country’s new government the

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On Climate Change, Much Work is Needed to Save Our Globe

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world’s population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not. Climate change, as we have known for years,

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Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Demands Unity

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

What do rigged corporate trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Treaty, an international climate agreement to be signed in 2015, have in common? They are both tools being pushed by the power elite to rip away our hopes for democracy and to commodify all things to monetize them for profit. It is

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Africa: Higher Profile for Climate Change in New SDGs

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, a successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire at the end of 2015, are to be formally adopted at the 69th session

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