Latest United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Stories

2009-05-31 14:00:00

On Monday, a 192-nation UN forum will take its first look at a draft text for negotiations that will ultimately craft a global climate change pact. After 18 months of swapping visions, the 12-day huddle in the German city of Bonn, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is a giant step towards reducing global carbon emissions. Over 6 months are left before the "Bali Road Map," launched in Indonesia in 2006, reaches its supposed destination at a Copenhagen...

2009-05-27 05:50:00

The world's largest carbon polluters made progress in talks on Tuesday on how to help poor nations that may be dramatically affected by climate change. The Major Economies Forum (MEF) made headway on a new global treaty that should be crafted in Copenhagen in December, senior officials said. "We made progress on a major subject, which is finance and financial architecture. It's not final, but one feels that there is a real consensus," said French Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo. Todd...

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...

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