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2010-04-22 09:29:12

The loose framework and "unambitious" carbon-cutting pledges of the Copenhagen accord means that the treaty will more than likely fail to reach its target of limiting global warming to just 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), claim Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) members. In an opinion piece published Wednesday in the online journal Nature, PIK researchers Joeri Rogelj, Malte Meinshausen, and their colleagues say that it is more likely that the average worldwide...

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2010-04-12 08:30:00

A meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) over the weekend once again highlighted the differences of opinions between nations that have been ongoing since the December 2009 Copenhagen conference. The meeting, which was held in Bonn, Germany and lasted from Friday through early Monday morning, saw countries squabbling over minor policy issues, such as negotiation methods for future conferences and how to recognize and incorporate the last-minute deal that came out of...

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2010-04-06 06:15:00

Countries are gathering this week to restore faith in the U.N. process for combating climate change after the bitter memories of the Copenhagen summit. Negotiators plan to meet in Bonn from Friday to Sunday for the first official talks under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the Copenhagen summit. Their first task will be to see what place climate change now has on the world political agenda. Disappointment or disillusion swept many capitals when 120 heads of...

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2010-03-31 12:11:51

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced that 75 countries, which combined account for over 80-percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, have agreed to eliminate or reduce carbon emissions within the next decade. The report, announced by the UNFCCC on Wednesday, states that the pledges were made under the Copenhagen Accord, which has established the goal of cutting carbon pollution and holding global warming to just over 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit....

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2010-03-11 11:54:33

Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, called for United Nations reform and ripped the international organization's efforts to enact climate change during a one-day conference on deforestation held Thursday in Paris. Sarkozy called last December's Copenhagen summit on climate change "an example of bad management," according to a March 11, 2010 AFP article. The French president called the original draft of a treaty to control carbon emissions "volapuk" or nonsense language, and called the...

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2010-02-18 12:30:00

Yvo de Boer, head of the UN's climate change convention, announced on Thursday that he would resign from his position as of July 1, AFP reported. The UNFCCC secretariat said De Boer, who is the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, would join the consultancy group KPMG as global advisor on climate and sustainability and work with a number of universities. It has been nearly two months since the Copenhagen summit on climate change and even its supporters...

2010-01-28 11:25:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter to the UN Climate Change Convention Secretariat, the European Union and its member states today confirmed their willingness to be associated with the Copenhagen Accord negotiated during the UN climate change conference in December 2009. The EU reiterated that it remains fully committed to negotiating a legally binding agreement on climate protection for the period beyond 2012, and it also presented the EU's established...

2010-01-11 13:10:02

President Obama's visit to China before December's Copenhagen conference underlined views that the international strategy to tackle climate change truly hinges on cooperation between the United States and the developing Asian economies. This relationship, as represented in the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP), is controversial to environmental analysts. In two papers published today in WIREs Climate Change, analysts debate the significance of the APP and its role as an alternative to the Kyoto...

2009-12-18 08:36:00

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens of Hopenhagen gathered in City Hall Square with Mayors from around the world to mark WWF's Earth Hour Hopenhagen in a show of support for reaching a global deal on climate change. As the lights were switched off, West Wing actor Bradley Whitford made a moving declaration of hope to the assembled crowd: "On behalf of my children and my children's children, I hope our leaders have the imagination and vision to face the issue of a lifetime."...

2009-12-16 13:14:00

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Ministers meet in Copenhagen desperately seeking to find a set of meaningful mitigation actions, negotiators have provided the ray of hope in the form of a draft agreement to work with the Montreal Protocol to eliminate a group of greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Often referred to as 'super' greenhouse gases, many HFCs have global warming potentials thousands of times greater than CO2, and have become the primary...


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