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2009-06-23 10:18:00

Global Campaign to Harness Action Around the U.N. Climate Change Conference CANNES, France, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Nations, together with the International Advertising Association (IAA) and a coalition of the world's leading advertising, marketing and media agencies, today launched Hopenhagen -- a movement that empowers global citizens to engage in the December U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen -- at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival....

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2009-06-22 09:20:12

The U.S. summoned environment ministers from the world's largest polluters to meet in Mexico today to expedite a key United Nations climate accord. The U.S. and China, the most industrialized nations, are listed as the greatest environmental offenders. The Major Economies Forum's (MEF) objective is to assist in forming a new agreement to mitigate greenhouse gases that will ultimately be replacing the Kyoto Protocol upon its expiration in 2012. The Kyoto Protocol is a UN international...

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2009-06-12 06:05:00

According to science academies from across the globe, rich and developing nations need to lead the transition to a low-carbon economy to help fight the effects of climate change. In the message, which was sent to the Group of Eight industrialized nations and leaders of developing Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, the group of science academies said stopping this environmental challenge should be coupled with efforts to strengthen the global economy. "The need to find solutions...

2009-06-09 07:49:51

An optimistic assessment of the global economy is likely at the Group of Eight finance ministers' meeting, sources told Japan's Kyodo News Tuesday. The two-day ministerial meeting convening this weekend in Lecce, Italy, is expected to say signs of improvement are emerging in many major economies because of the coordinated efforts of various governments in fighting the global recession, the sources said. Observers will be closing analyzing the words or expressions on the global economy the G8...

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2009-06-09 07:25:00

On Monday, a coalition of environmental organizations unveiled their manifesto for a new climate treaty, calling on wealthy, developed nations to reduce their carbon emissions by more than 40 percent by 2020 and by 95 percent by 2050.The ambitious plan, which the group calls the "Copenhagen Climate Treaty," was released publicly just as the UN wraps up its planning sessions for worldwide negotiations on climate change scheduled to take place in the Danish capital in December."Industrialized...

2009-06-05 09:48:00

ARCADA, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Internews (http://www.internews.org), the global media assistance organization, opened the Earth Journalism Awards on World Environment Day (http://www.unep.org/wed/2009/english/) today, calling on professional and citizen journalists around the world to enter their best reporting on climate change. Winners will be flown to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (http://unfccc.int/2860.php) in Copenhagen this December, where they will cover these...

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2009-06-02 15:14:40

Dozens of the world's top scientific academies urged the United Nations on Monday to include the issue of ocean acidification in upcoming discussions aimed at establishing a global climate change treaty. Their appeal coincided with the start of a 12-day meeting in Bonn under the banner of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The group is tasked with guiding 192 parties towards a climate change agreement in Copenhagen in December that will establish targets for...

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2009-05-31 14:00:00

On Monday, a 192-nation UN forum will take its first look at a draft text for negotiations that will ultimately craft a global climate change pact. After 18 months of swapping visions, the 12-day huddle in the German city of Bonn, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is a giant step towards reducing global carbon emissions. Over 6 months are left before the "Bali Road Map," launched in Indonesia in 2006, reaches its supposed destination at a Copenhagen...

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2009-05-27 05:50:00

The world's largest carbon polluters made progress in talks on Tuesday on how to help poor nations that may be dramatically affected by climate change. The Major Economies Forum (MEF) made headway on a new global treaty that should be crafted in Copenhagen in December, senior officials said. "We made progress on a major subject, which is finance and financial architecture. It's not final, but one feels that there is a real consensus," said French Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo. Todd...

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2009-05-23 08:24:13

An international medley of business leaders, scientists from a variety of fieldsn and politicians are scheduled to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday to discuss the role that industry can play in the fight against global climate change. The World Business Summit on Climate Change has assigned itself the challenging task of seeking out ways for world manufacturers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while remaining profitable in one of the bleakest economic environments that the world has...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'