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Comparing tar sands oil with renewable energy clearly demonstrates that renewable energy is the way of a prosperous and sustainable future

Keystone XL vs. Renewable Energy

A head-to-head comparison demonstrates the overwhelming superiority of renewable energy over the Keystone XL. If approved, the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta to the Gulf Coast in Texas. In addition to risks from spills and potential water impacts, the pipeline will facilitate the mass extraction of…

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Key Steps on Global Warming Need to be Agreed in Mexico at COP16 Later This Year

This December, 194 countries will be in Cancun, Mexico to continue negotiations on international efforts to address climate change.  My colleagues and I are in Mexico City this week for a series of discussions with key government officials, NGOs, businesses, and members of the media so we’ve been reflecting on Cancun. The Cancun climate negotiation session (COP16) must serve three…

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Halting progress made at latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn

Climate Talks Close in Bonn: Easing Divisiveness, Looking To Cancun, Capetown and Beyond

The “Road to Cancun” moves haltingly forward with the conclusion last Friday of the United Nations climate talks in Bonn. According to a UN press release, the two-week negotiating session made “important progress towards concluding what was left incomplete at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009”. The Bonn talks were the first official negotiations since the end…

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Yvo de Boer: The “Danish Text” Sunk COP15

Despite the flourishing rhetoric at the outset of the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen last December, by the time the conference got underway it was already apparent that the degree of tension and mistrust between the developed and developing world would likely hobble efforts to negotiate a “fair and binding” agreement to deal with climate change at an international level….

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EarthTalk: What Really Happened at COP15?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: There have been many contradictory reports (“it was good; it was bad”) about what came out of “COP 15,” the December 2009 international Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen. Can you set the record straight? – Jay Killian, Brookline, MA…

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COP16 ends on optimistic note

Bonn Meeting Meant to “Pick Up the Pieces” of the Shattered COP15 Talks

The first meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the chaotic conclusion of the COP15 climate conference late last year in Copenhagen concluded yesterday amid a general theme of “picking up the pieces” from the “shattered” process of international climate negotiations. COP15 ended with the Copenhagen Accord, hammered out in the final hours of the…

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Memo Reveals China Fears Developed Nation “Conspiracy” at COP15 Climate Conference

A leaked internal document commissioned by the Chinese environment ministry and written by a Chinese government think-tank claims that “A conspiracy by developed nations to divide the camp of developing nations [was] a success.” The purpose of the conspiracy was apparently to divide developing nations at the climate conference in Copenhagen last December, citing the demand from the Alliance of…

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