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Polluters Dominate the Agenda at COP 17 in Durban

At the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17), 20,000 negotiators and stakeholders from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Durban, South Africa. Although many countries are taking steps to curb GHG emissions as part of the global fight against climate change, there is little hope of a binding international agreement this year. After COP 15 in Copenhagen, there was considerable well warranted pessimism, and…

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Escalating Costs of Global Warming All Too Evident as UN Climate Treaty Talks Open

Evidence of global warming, and its escalating costs, continues to mount as some 15,000 delegates attended the opening of the UNFCCC’s COP 17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa yesterday. Nature seemed to weigh in, buffeting the coastal Indian Ocean city with an unseasonable torrential rain.

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COP17 in Durban South Africa Gets Underway

The COP 17 climate conference got underway today in Durban South Africa. Reminiscent of the hype surrounding the COP 15 conference in Copenhagen in 2009, many see the Durban conference as the last chance for continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment period of which is due to expire next year . As global carbon emissions continue to spike upwards, many see…

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Climate Negotiators Stake Out Initial Positions in Run-Up to COP17 UN Treaty Talks in Durban, South Africa

Climate change treaty negotiating teams are staking out initial positions in the run-up to the UN’s climate change talks in Durban next week. The US is setting “a high bar” at the outset, analysts say, by refusing to discuss the legal form of a binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and requesting assurances that large, fast industrializing countries would be bound by the same commitments.

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Hints from Panama and Beyond: We Can Climate Change Negotiations Accomplish at COP17 in Durban, South Africa?

The following article is reposted from Jake’s NRDC blog “Switchboard.” This is part of a three-part series on the state of the global warming negotiations in the lead-in to the Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa this December.  This post—Part 3— covers “what really matters” – actions on the ground.  Part 1 outlined the state of negotiations on the key…

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Enthusiasm at “Low Ebb” for COP17 Climate Conference in Durban

Scant sign was given last week st the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that world leaders are focused on international climate change negotiations. With only three months before the COP17 climate conference in Durban, South Africa – where a decision must be made to either extent the Kyoto Protocol into a “second commitment period” or scrap it entirely –…

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Climate Talks Conclude in Bonn

Climate talks wrapped up in Bonn today. The two-week negotiations helped pave the way for COP17 later this year in Durban, South Africa. The following video is a summary of the work done from Christiana Figueres, executive secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). [yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxsNE95X8pw'] A statement released by the UNFCCC details issues addressed at…

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