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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...

2009-07-04 10:45:00

In a fervent attempt to resolve differences on issues of the world's carbon emissions, officials from a 17-member, majority comprised body are coming together on the eve of a July 8-10 summit of the G8 to hold critical discussions, Reuters accounted.The meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) was called to reduce the gap between wealthy nations and developing countries like India over long-term goals on global warming and emissions, a collection of eight diplomats and climate change...

2009-07-01 13:21:25

The green group WWF and the German insurance giant Allianz reported on Wednesday that Canada ranks last among the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations for tackling climate change while Germany is at the top of the list, AFP reported. The assessment criticizes Canada for greenhouse-gas emissions that are surging "far above" its obligations under the UN's Kyoto Protocol. The group said Canada's per capita emissions are among the highest in the world and its mid- to long-term greenhouse...

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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