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2009-11-27 07:15:00

With the burden of his own promises weighing heavily on his shoulders, President Barack Obama will soon be on his way the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen in little more than a week.  Facing a Congress that continues to cast a critical eye at a multinational climate treaty, he will likely have difficulties delivering on his vows to take action against global warming. On December 9, Obama will set off for Denmark's historical capital city with an American offer to curb US carbon...

2009-11-25 15:34:00

CEOs from Nation's Leading Electric Utilities, Consumer Giants, Manufacturers and Clean Energy Companies Applaud Administration's Announcement and Commitment to Lay the Foundation for a New, Clean Energy Future WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Business leaders representing a network of over 150 companies from more than 30 states today applauded President Obama's decision to travel to Copenhagen on Dec. 9 to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference and to...

2009-10-22 07:21:02

Industrialized nations had a one-percent rise in carbon emissions in 2007, which is a point of concern as the December climate summit in Copenhagen approaches. The Bonn-based UN Climate Change Secretariat said Wednesday that 2007 emissions from 40 industrialized countries with reporting obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were about four percent less than 1990 levels. However, levels were up by three percent over the 2000-2007 period, AFP reported. "The...

2009-10-19 12:35:00

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned on Monday that world leaders must place priority on meeting at this year's climate summit in Denmark in order to avoid a "catastrophe of unchecked climate change." At the Major Economies Forum in London, Brown urged other world leaders to join him in appearing at this year's climate summit in order to address a crucial need for cuts in carbon emissions. "We can't afford to fail. If we fail, we pay a heavy price," said Brown. "For the planet, there is...

2009-10-01 08:00:00

PARIS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kofi A. Annan, President of the Global Humanitarian Forum, was today joined by Melanie Laurent (star of Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds') and David Jones (Global CEO, Havas Worldwide) for the launch of a specially re-recorded version of Midnight Oil's 'Beds are Burning' as a global musical petition to demand climate justice at the UN's Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December. 'Beds Are Burning' was produced by The:Hours, and is to...

2009-09-30 13:00:00

Delegates at UN climate talks in Bangkok on Tuesday were urged to include plans to reward nations for saving their forests in any deal on global warming, AFP reported. The survey, released by WWF International, a leading environmental group, said that investors showed "significant support " for a carbon market mechanism, which would address the estimated 20 percent of global carbon emissions due to deforestation. Thailand is hosting the meeting of officials from 192 countries who have...

2009-09-28 06:40:00

U.S. delegates taking part in part in U.N. climate change talks in Bangkok this week are casting anxious eyes toward Capitol Hill as they wait for signs of the fate of a bill aimed at capping carbon emissions.  American ambassadors say that the outcome of the legislation could significantly affect their relative strength at the negotiating table with other countries. Attempts to forge a new U.N. climate treaty have already been hampered by reluctance from a number of nations to commit...

2009-08-14 15:10:00

The issue of who will provide funding to assist developing nations in reducing carbon emissions has emerged as a significant challenge during a five-day U.N. climate meeting concluding Friday in Bonn. The negotiations had many participants frustrated with the lack of progress just four months ahead of an upcoming U.N. conference in Copenhagen to agree upon a successor treaty to the Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012. Some say the best that can be expected from the December meeting is an...

2009-08-12 06:10:00

The top UN climate official found that cutting greenhouse gas emissions to slow global warming and adapting to impacts such as droughts and rising sea levels will be expensive. It's likely to cost about $300 billion a year, according to Yvo de Boer.  A new U.N. climate pact is due to be agreed on at a meeting in Copenhagen in December. "Over time, according to my own analysis, we are going to need $200 billion a year for mitigation and probably in the order of $100 billion a year for...

2009-08-01 07:19:33

Despite India's opposition to binding carbon emission cuts and difficulty accepting scientific evidence about global warming, it claimed to be committed to coming to an agreement on battling climate change during the upcoming UN summit in Copenhagen. "We are not defensive, we are not obstructionist. We want an international agreement in Copenhagen," Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh told reporters in New Delhi. He urged affluent nations to provide financial aid to developing countries to...

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