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2009-05-21 06:15:59

Recent climate change negotiations are delivering "encouraging developments," said the head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, BBC News accounted.  The UNFCCC website published his comments, which come as the first "negotiating text" for the UN's December climate change conference.  This document marked "an important point on our road," said Yvo de Boer. The text is based on a collection of discussion proposals from all of the nations planning to be involved in the...

2009-05-11 14:50:00

Most nations have submitted less-than-ambitious proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the months leading up to the UN convention on climate change in Copenhagen in December. Australia on Monday announced plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 while postponing its carbon emissions trading plans by a year to mid-2011. The country cited the ongoing economic recession in its decision. According to Reuters calculations, international plans amount to average reductions in...

2009-04-21 06:40:00

African nations are asking for billions to fight the threat of droughts, heat waves, and rising seas - all natural disasters they believe are imminent due to climate change. According to a new African text for negotiations on a U.N. climate treaty, developing nations will need at least $267 billion a year by 2020 to fight climate change. The figure is more than double current development aid from wealthy nations who gave a record $120 billion in 2008. "Africa is one of the most vulnerable...

2009-04-17 08:30:00

It was announced on Thursday that the United States and Mexico are embarking on a new partnership to address climate change and will encourage environmentally-friendly forms of green living. U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, in a conference in Mexico City, decided to expand political and technical partnership on those subjects by creating a "US-Mexico Bilateral Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change," the White House said. "The Bilateral Framework will...

2009-04-02 14:15:00

According to a green ranking of stimulus plans released Thursday, Germany and U.S. economic recovery plans are more climate friendly that those in France, Britain or Italy, but all fall short of what is needed to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.A G-20 summit is being held in London on Thursday with the world's largest economies in an attempt to align efforts to combat global recession."These packages amounting to billions of dollars provide a clear opportunity to shift to a more...

2009-03-31 15:50:00

U.N. delegates discussed on Tuesday targeting several new industrial chemicals for inclusion in a climate treaty to succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.  Scientists caution that these new synthetic compounds are powerful greenhouse gases that in large quantities could contribute substantially to global warming.  "In terms of the impact these new gases will have over the next decade, it is not that significant," said Steve Sawyer, executive director of the...

2009-03-30 13:40:00

The environmental group Greenpeace said on Monday that carbon market prices could drop by a staggering 75 percent if credits for safeguarding forests are added to markets for industrial emissions, Reuters reported. A flood of forest carbon credits could also slow the fight against global warming and divert billions of dollars from investments in clean technology, according to the report issued on the sidelines of U.N. talks in Bonn working on a climate treaty. Roman Czebiniak, Greenpeace...

2009-03-30 06:35:00

According to a top climate negotiator, the US is engaged in UN talks to create a global climate treaty, but will not rescue the troubled process on its own. The US team has entered into negotiations with over 190 states at the 11-day United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Talks have been tense due to divisions between rich and developing nations, and due to former President George W. Bush's climate policies. "We are very glad to be back," said Todd Stern, US...

2009-03-27 13:13:23

The recession may slow proceedings of President Barack Obama's negotiators at the U.N. climate talks on Sunday, Reuters reported. The meeting in Bonn from March 29-April 8 will host up to 190 nations working towards an emissions cutting pact due to be agreed upon in December. Japan, Russia, Ukraine and many other nations have not even set goals for key 2020 cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The mood in Bonn would be helped by U.S. plans for stronger action, according to the U.N.'s climate...

2009-02-27 16:00:00

European Union Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said on Friday that the world faces its final opportunity to reach an agreement to combat global climate change during an upcoming U.N.-led meeting in Copenhagen in December. World leaders from some 190 countries will meet in Copenhagen in hopes of reaching a consensus on a global framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. "It is now 12 years since Kyoto was created. This makes Copenhagen the world's last chance to...

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