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2010-08-22 09:55:00

A U.N. board that oversees a $2.7 billion market intended to cut heat-trapping gases has agreed to take steps that could lead to reining in what European and U.S. environmentalists call a gigantic scam. The executive board of the U.N.'s Clean Development Mechanism said that five chemical plants in China do not qualify for funding. The "CDM" credits have been widely used in the carbon trading markets of the European Union (EU), Japan and other nations that signed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that...

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2010-08-02 12:25:00

A climate bill failing in the U.S. Senate could cause a strain on international negotiations that began today on a new agreement to try and maintain the global warming crisis. Climate activists say that the Senate's decision has deepened the distrust among poor countries about the intentions of the U.S. and other industrial countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions that power their wealthy economies, but risk causing the Earth to dangerously overheat. The split between rich and poor nations...

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2010-06-11 06:00:00

The Earth is heading for a 5.4-degree Fahrenheit warming trend by the year 2100 despite promises to curb carbon emissions, according to a study released during UN talks on Thursday. Bill Hare of Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), said there is a "virtual certainty" that global warming will exceed 2.7 F by 2100. It could very likely exceed 3.6 F and there's a "more than 50-percent chance of exceeding 5.4 F by 2100." Nearly 120 countries have signed up to take...

2010-06-08 13:07:00

BONN, Germany, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow: The climate talks are back, this time in Bonn, Germany, where the UN is having a tough time escaping the aftermath of its failed negotiations in Copenhagen. De Boer left with only a "muffin" "The three layers of the cake collapsed and we were left with a muffin" is how UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer described the Copenhagen talks. De Boer will be exiting...

2010-06-01 08:37:00

MEXICO CITY, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Marcelo Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City and chair of the World Mayor's Council on Climate Change, will host a summit of mayors from around the world in Mexico City on November 21, 2010, with the goal of creating a new advocacy and action mechanism for cities to address global climate change. The World Mayor's Summit on Climate Change was announced at a gathering of more than 500 mayors and municipal leaders in Bonn, Germany on May 30, entitled Resilient...

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2010-05-17 11:49:59

According to recent media reports, Costa Rica's Christiana Figueres is to be the new head of the U.N. climate convention. The U.N. is expected to confirm her taking over the position of the current chief Yvo de Boer later this week. Sources close to the U.N. told BBC that she emerged as the front-runner after an intervention from small island states. She is the daughter of former Costa Rican president Jose Figueres Ferrer, and has taken part in U.N. climate negotiations since 1995. She is...

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2010-05-01 06:50:00

In an attempt to revive global talks on climate that were left in shambles after the UN summit in Copenhagen in December, three dozen plus environment ministers will meet near Bonn, Germany on Sunday. The meeting will be the highest-level political conference on climate since the Copenhagen summit which fell spectacularly short of reaching a global agreement on climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, hosts of the next UN conference at year's...

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2010-04-26 06:36:03

Four developing countries met Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss the urgency for a global agreement on climate change to be put legally into action by 2011. Environmental ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China want the process of finalizing a global agreement sped up. They are asking for rich nations to cut carbon emissions to help reduce global warming. In a joint statement by the four nations, they said "a legally binding outcome should be concluded at Cancun,...

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2010-04-23 05:50:00

In Boliva on Thursday a "people's conference" on climate change agreed to call for the halving of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 at the next UN climate meeting in Mexico in December. About 20,000 environmental activists, indigenous leaders and unionists called for "collective, then individual, obligations for the reduction of greenhouse gases," instead of the non-binding agreement that was brought forth after the Copenhagen summit last year. Pablo Solon, the UN Ambassador to Bolivia, said...

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2010-04-22 09:29:12

The loose framework and "unambitious" carbon-cutting pledges of the Copenhagen accord means that the treaty will more than likely fail to reach its target of limiting global warming to just 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), claim Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) members. In an opinion piece published Wednesday in the online journal Nature, PIK researchers Joeri Rogelj, Malte Meinshausen, and their colleagues say that it is more likely that the average worldwide...