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2007-12-11 18:38:23

BALI, Indonesia -- Delegates at the U.N. climate conference struggled to agree Tuesday on whether they will call on rich nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by specific amounts, and the U.N. chief warned that the human race faces oblivion if it fails to confront global warming. Ban Ki-moon, who is presiding over the final days of a conference aimed at setting an agenda and deadline for talks on a pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012, urged quick action as negotiators haggled over...

2007-12-11 10:25:44

BALI, Indonesia -- The battle over whether to include greenhouse gas emissions targets in the "roadmap" for a new climate accord intensified Tuesday, with the Europeans and environmentalists clamoring for the targets against opposition by the U.S. and others. Talks at the U.N. climate change conference, now in its second week, stepped up with the scheduled arrival of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Australia's new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, who signed onto the Kyoto Protocol on global...

2007-12-02 18:45:00

BALI, Indonesia -- World powers meeting at a U.N. climate change conference in Indonesia this week won't be able to craft a meaningful plan to address global warming without cooperation from the United States, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.N.'s climate chief said Sunday. The United States refused to sign the last major international treaty on reducing greenhouse gases, undermining its effectiveness. Delegates from 190 nations will gather on the resort island of Bali on Monday for...

2007-09-19 08:00:00

UNITED NATIONS -- The science is clear and the time short, but the political will is lacking to confront global warming, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday. Ban Ki-moon said he hoped next Monday's "climate summit" here will help galvanize leaders to take action "before it is too late." Asked at a news conference about President Bush's planned separate meeting to discuss global warming measures among a handful of countries later next week, the U.N. chief said Bush assured him it would be...

2007-08-23 20:11:14

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- The treaty that replaces the Kyoto Protocol on climate change could be a potpourri of legal obligations, nonbinding commitments and aid arrangements for the developing world, but each nation should choose its own course, the U.N.'s top climate official said Thursday. At the outset of a season of climate negotiations, Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said countries like the United States are mistaken if they dismiss the Kyoto...

2007-08-03 08:47:42

UNITED NATIONS -- Nearly 100 countries speaking at the first U.N. General Assembly meeting on climate change signaled strong support for negotiations on a new international deal to tackle global warming. There was so much interest among worried nations - many facing drought, floods and searing heat - that the two-day meeting was extended for an extra day so that more countries could describe their climate-related problems, how they are coping, and the help they need. "We now have the...

2007-05-14 12:39:48

BONN, Germany -- Efforts to limit global warming must move into a new phase this year or risk a breakdown that would hurt poor countries threatened most by climate change, says the U.N.'s top climate official. Delegates from 166 countries began a second week of talks in Germany on Monday to prepare for a decisive meeting in December intended to launch negotiations on a new set of rules for controlling greenhouse gas emissions. The new accord would succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which ends in...

2007-05-09 20:15:00

UNITED NATIONS -- Industrialized nations must assume responsibility for having "filled up the atmosphere" and work to reinvigorate the fight against pollution, a new U.N. representative for climate change said Wednesday. Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former prime minister of Norway, said the unequal relationship between industrialized countries and developing ones was "at the heart of the problem" of climate change. "We, the industrialized nations, must assume the largest responsibility," she...

2007-05-07 16:19:52

BONN, Germany -- Developing countries called for more money and expertise to help them fight the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming, as more than 1,000 diplomats began work Monday on a new accord to control greenhouse gases. The 166 countries and organizations at a two-week meeting of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn are to negotiate key elements of a treaty to succeed the 10-year-old Kyoto Protocol, which set binding targets on industrial countries to...

2007-04-29 07:30:00

As the world warms and scientists' warnings grow urgent, climate negotiators are counting down toward make-or-break talks later this year, hoping for progress on a long-term deal to sharply reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Experts are beginning to fear, however, that as time runs down the best that can be hoped for may be an extension of the relatively weak Kyoto Protocol, due to expire in 2012. The alternative is a world without any carbon-reduction rules at all. The year's bad news on...

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