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2008-11-19 08:30:00

A single entity focused on controlling the use of carbon credit trading to stop deforestation could be in the near future, as rainforest nations plan to lobby the United Nations at a conference next month in Poland. "A new body should be built to coordinate initiatives (on cutting emissions from deforestation) that are going around now," Federica Bietta, Deputy Director of New York-based Coalition for Rainforest Nations, which represents about 40 countries, said during a deforestation...

2008-10-06 14:25:00

Efforts to fight climate change must not be allowed to falter amid the global financial crisis, said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change. De Boer said he was concerned about the impact the current credit crisis may have on international initiatives to combat climate change as U.S. and European governments sink cash into sustaining commercial banks. "You can only spend a dollar or a euro once," he said. "I certainly think it's a worrying...

2008-08-26 08:20:00

U.N. delegates said progress is pulling ahead on ways to slow deforestation in developing countries, during climate talks in Ghana. "It's moving pretty well now," said Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat. He said the discussions are defining the building blocks of a new U.N. global warming pact to be solidified by the end of 2009."We're getting beyond some of the rhetoric," he said of the 160-nation meeting among about 1,500 delegates. "People are beginning to understand...

2008-07-09 03:00:04

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By Janice Tang] Toyako, Japan, July 9 - Leaders of 16 major greenhouse gas emitters agreed Wednesday on the need for "deep cuts" in global emissions but failed to concur on a specific numerical target during their meeting a day after the Group of Eight leaders declared they want the world to share the vision of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The G-8 and the heads of Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa,...

2008-07-07 08:00:00

The U.N. climate chief told world leaders Friday that food shortages and climate changes are undeniably connected, and urged the world's richest countries to reduce carbon emissions in the next dozen years. G-8 host, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, set the global warming theme. However, experts believe food security and sky rocketing oil prices will overtake climate change as the priorities. Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change said food...

2008-04-24 10:30:00

China's Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang, announced the need for "a mechanism for technological transfer" among international community to share technological advancement with developing countries that need help combating global warming.China currently produces more greenhouse gases than any other country on earth. Chinese government officials refuse to adhere to an international agreement to reduce emissions, but claims it will increase its energy efficiency.Wan spoke before a...

2008-04-05 00:00:00

Climate negotiators have unveiled an ambitious agenda for talks designed to form a historic global warming pact between Japan and other developing countries on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions. A schedule was planned after a five days meeting in Bangkok"”requiring negotiators to settle contentions issues that include how countries will cut their emissions and how rich nations will help the poor adapt to climate change effects. "This is significant in the sense that it's an important...

2008-02-01 10:30:00

Delegates from 16 nations, plus the E.U. and the U.N., representing 80 percent of emissions that scientists say contribute to global warming met in Honolulu to discuss ways to reduce the advancement of global climate change The delegates told the AP that they hope that the Hawaii talks will lead to a 2009 road map for fighting global warming.Phil Woolas, Britain's environment minister, said the closed-door talks addressed the options of compiling a series of national commitments to...

2007-12-02 18:45:00

BALI, Indonesia -- World powers meeting at a U.N. climate change conference in Indonesia this week won't be able to craft a meaningful plan to address global warming without cooperation from the United States, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.N.'s climate chief said Sunday. The United States refused to sign the last major international treaty on reducing greenhouse gases, undermining its effectiveness. Delegates from 190 nations will gather on the resort island of Bali on Monday for...

2007-11-20 20:34:42

BONN, Germany (AP) - The industrial world is hurling more carbon into the atmosphere than ever before, and governments have a narrow window of just a few years to reverse the trend and avert calamitous climate change, the U.N. climate secretariat said Tuesday. Though overall emissions are rising, U.N. projections showed that the 36 countries which pledged to cut carbon emissions by 5 percent under the Kyoto Protocol will easily meet their targets by 2012, and will emit nearly 11 percent less...

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