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Canada Officially Withdraws From Kyoto Protocol
2011-12-13 13:53:26

Canada became the first country to declare it was formally exiting the Kyoto protocol on Monday, making itself a target of criticism from China and other countries. Canada decided to withdraw from the international efforts to combat climate change, which is a decision that will save the country billions of dollars. The Kyoto protocol is the only global treaty that sets down targeted curbs in global emissions and was adopted in 1997. "We are invoking Canada's legal right to formally...

Durban Conference Yields Climate Agreement
2011-12-12 06:46:36

UN leaders at the Durban climate conference (COP17) in South Africa reached a climate agreement on Sunday after embroiled talks led the summit to run 36 hours past its scheduled deadline. The 194-nation conference agreed to begin negotiations on a new climate accord that would ensure that countries start being legally bound to carry out pledges and vows that they make. The deal would take effect by 2020 at the latest. The deal, however, doesn´t explicitly compel any nation to take...

Signs Of Progress In Durban As Climate Talks Draw To A Close
2011-12-09 05:59:40

Despite a rough a start, reports are emerging from Durban that the UN climate conference may be making progress towards a legally binding deal in 2015, as poor nations form strategic partnerships with a number of wealthier countries. With talks scheduled to conclude today, one EU delegate expressed optimism that a proposed “road map” for reaching a binding agreement to cut carbon emissions by 2015 was gaining momentum. While Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent made a...

2011-12-06 12:08:36

Global carbon dioxide emissions increased by a record 5.9 per cent in 2010 following the dampening effect of the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), according to scientists working with the Global Carbon Project. The Global Carbon Project (GCP) published its annual analysis today in the journal Nature Climate Change, reporting that the impact of the GFC on emissions has been short-lived owing to strong emissions growth in emerging economies and a return to emissions growth in...

US Seen As Stalling On UN Climate Talks; Brazil, China Rule Out Deal Without Kyoto Pledge
2011-12-01 06:24:28

Environmental groups and government officials complained to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, warning that U.S. negotiators at this week´s U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, risk portraying the U.S. as an obstruction to fighting global warming due to its stalling on critical issues. In two separate appeals, the groups warned that the U.S. could derail progress at the 192-party talks if it blocks moves toward a climate change fund, worth up to $100 billion per...

Durban Day 2: Climate Talks Further Plagued By Canadian Intransigence
2011-11-29 15:23:17

In only the second day of talks at the 2011 UN climate conference in Durban,, another ominous development has taken center stage, further heightening tensions and fears of another flop similar to the 2009 Copenhagen summit. After signaling for some time that they would take a harder, more conservative position in upcoming negotiations, it now seems probable that Canadian leaders may pull out of the Kyoto protocol altogether. Moreover, inside sources indicate that they may decline...

Climate Conference Commences With Divisions And Disappointment
2011-11-28 15:21:41

As the 2011 annual UN climate summit kicks off this week in Durban, South Africa, the EU and a coalition of smaller so-called 'climate-vulnerable´ island states are already up in arms over a number of political developments that they believe are unfavorable to global progress in fighting climate change. For starters, burgeoning economic powers India and Brazil have both joined the ranks of the wealthier nations in calling for a postponement of negotiations on a legally-binding deal...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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