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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...

2007-01-09 16:47:16

PARIS -- The chief of the United Nations' effort against climate change said Monday there is widespread recognition of the seriousness of global warming but a lack of leadership has created a sense of helplessness. Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said he will ask the new U.N. secretary-general to coordinate a worldwide response and organize a conference of world leaders. "Just opening a newspaper" shows evidence of this sea change in...

2006-09-12 00:25:00

HELSINKI, Finland - European and Asian leaders pledged Monday to keep cutting greenhouse gases after the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. But delegates at the two-day summit stopped short of setting new targets beyond the Kyoto agreement, reflecting Asian concerns that sharp emissions cuts could sap the strength of energy-hungry developing economies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the climate change discussions were "fruitful." "In comparison to 10 years ago, now all countries...

2006-06-26 09:54:38

By Gerard Wynn LONDON (Reuters) - Washington cannot rule out joining any successor to the UN's Kyoto Protocol for curbing global warming beyond 2012, despite pulling out of the original treaty, the U.S. chief climate negotiator said on Monday. President George W. Bush withdrew the United States from Kyoto in 2001, saying its caps on greenhouse gases would cost jobs and that poor nations were wrongly excluded until 2012. "I never rule anything out," Harlan Watson told Reuters during...

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