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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...

2009-02-22 10:00:00

As more nations fall under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon emissions, Singapore's climate envoy said Saturday that small, affluent island nations should not be judged solely on their wealth and emissions.Under the United Nation's main climate treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, just 37 industrialized nations pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 2008-2012.However, the Kyoto's definition of rich and developing nations was created in 1992, and many wealthy nations such as...

2009-01-30 12:10:00

World leaders convened in Denmark on Friday to discuss revolutionary cuts in greenhouse gas emissions during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. "It is essential to engage heads of state and government stronger in the whole process to ensure a positive result in Copenhagen," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark's prime minister. Proposals came in the lead-up to a year-end meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, during which leaders are expected to...

2009-01-15 13:46:43

The transport sector is facing strong pressure to launch aggressive initiatives aimed at drastically reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. Representatives of twenty-two nations met in Tokyo on Thursday to take part in a discussion on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions "“ over 20 percent of which are caused by the transportation sector. Transport ministers, including those from large polluters in the United States, China and India, took part in the...

2008-12-13 12:25:40

Industrialized European nations haven't set carbon emission levels low enough to end global warming, say environmentalists at a U.N. conference. The U.N. climate conference in Poznan, Poland, ended Friday with sharp criticism of the European Union countries by environment groups who contend wealthy nations have not shown enough ambition, the BBC reported. Yet again the rich countries, who carry the historical responsibility for climate change, have failed to offer sufficient cuts, Tim Jones...

2008-12-13 08:10:00

In a speech met by thunderous applause, former Vice President Al Gore spoke at a UN climate change conference in Poznan on Friday, warning leaders that they must welcome stricter targets on greenhouse gas emissions if they wish to prevent devastating climate change. The former presidential candidate, who won a Nobel Peace Prize last year for his work on climate change,  said the "sclerotic" politics of today must change.  European Union leadership is widely acknowledged as a...

2008-12-12 13:52:00

POZNAN, Poland, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As UN climate negotiators neared the end of two weeks of debate over measures to deal with the impacts of global climate change, island nations in the North and South Pacific struggled to cope with a new round of devastating tidal surges that brought severe flooding to low-lying regions over thousands of square miles. A low-pressure system, coinciding with high tides, generated nine- to ten-foot waves and tidal surges that swept over atolls...

2008-12-12 08:25:16

According to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world must agree to a "Green New Deal" to fix its climate and economic woes. "We must re-commit ourselves to the urgency of our cause," Ban told 100 environment ministers in Poznan, Poland, who were reviewing the progress of a new U.N. climate treaty. "The financial crisis cannot be an excuse for inaction or for backsliding on your commitments," he said. The climate crisis "affects our potential prosperity and peoples' lives, both now and...

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