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2010-04-12 08:30:00

A meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) over the weekend once again highlighted the differences of opinions between nations that have been ongoing since the December 2009 Copenhagen conference. The meeting, which was held in Bonn, Germany and lasted from Friday through early Monday morning, saw countries squabbling over minor policy issues, such as negotiation methods for future conferences and how to recognize and incorporate the last-minute deal that came out of...

2010-04-06 06:15:00

Countries are gathering this week to restore faith in the U.N. process for combating climate change after the bitter memories of the Copenhagen summit. Negotiators plan to meet in Bonn from Friday to Sunday for the first official talks under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the Copenhagen summit. Their first task will be to see what place climate change now has on the world political agenda. Disappointment or disillusion swept many capitals when 120 heads of...

2010-03-31 12:11:51

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced that 75 countries, which combined account for over 80-percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, have agreed to eliminate or reduce carbon emissions within the next decade. The report, announced by the UNFCCC on Wednesday, states that the pledges were made under the Copenhagen Accord, which has established the goal of cutting carbon pollution and holding global warming to just over 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit....

2010-03-11 11:54:33

Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, called for United Nations reform and ripped the international organization's efforts to enact climate change during a one-day conference on deforestation held Thursday in Paris. Sarkozy called last December's Copenhagen summit on climate change "an example of bad management," according to a March 11, 2010 AFP article. The French president called the original draft of a treaty to control carbon emissions "volapuk" or nonsense language, and called the...

2010-03-08 13:06:55

The International Monetary Fund, an organization that does not normally propose environmental policies, is proposing a plan for the world's governments to work together to raise money needed for climate change research. IMF's Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn told the Associated Press (AP) they are concerned about how much money is needed and the effect that it will have on the global economy. He said the proposal could help efforts to come to an agreement on climate change later this...

2010-02-18 12:30:00

Yvo de Boer, head of the UN's climate change convention, announced on Thursday that he would resign from his position as of July 1, AFP reported. The UNFCCC secretariat said De Boer, who is the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, would join the consultancy group KPMG as global advisor on climate and sustainability and work with a number of universities. It has been nearly two months since the Copenhagen summit on climate change and even its supporters...

2010-01-31 06:50:00

The Times Online reported that the chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was indeed informed that claims made before the Copenhagen summit about melting Himalayan glaciers were false. Rajendra Pachauri said that when he found out the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, he waited for months before correcting it.  He also failed to announce the false claims despite several leading glaciologists...

2010-01-28 11:25:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter to the UN Climate Change Convention Secretariat, the European Union and its member states today confirmed their willingness to be associated with the Copenhagen Accord negotiated during the UN climate change conference in December 2009. The EU reiterated that it remains fully committed to negotiating a legally binding agreement on climate protection for the period beyond 2012, and it also presented the EU's established...

2010-01-21 13:40:00

Yvo de Boer, head of the UN climate convention, said nations signing up to the accord reached at last month's summit would not have to do so by the deadline of January 31, BBC News reported. Originally, the "Copenhagen Accord" asked countries to send figures by the end of the month on how much they will curb emissions, but uncertainty over who is going to sign up has led the climate convention head to call the deadline "soft". De Boer said the Copenhagen summit had not delivered the...

2010-01-19 14:55:01

The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said Tuesday that countries could reach a binding agreement on climate change in Mexico City this year after failing to do so in Copenhagen. "I think we have a very short period of time in which the world has to get its act together. And if that happens, then certainly Mexico could produce a binding agreement," Rajendra Pachauri told a news conference at the third World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. "It's a daunting, but...

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