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Is the deal struck in the final marathon session at COP17 producing the Durban Platform too little, too late?

Is the Agreement in Durban Enough to Contain Climate Change?

The participants at the U.N. sponsored COP17 climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, managed to come to an agreement on a package of measures that will eventually force all the world’s polluters to take legally binding action. One of the most significant elements of the deal concerns a replacement for the soon to expire Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto protocol is…

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The Durban Platform emerges in post-conference sessions

Marathon Session at COP17 Produces the Durban Platform

Unwilling to allow the two-week negotiations at the COP17 climate conference in Durban, South Africa, a marathon session lasting 36 hours beyond the scheduled end of the talks, produced the “Durban Platform”. The document calls for all nations–developed and developing–to negotiate a treaty by 2015 to cut carbon emissions to go into effect by 2020. Nations still adhering to the…

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The Voice of Youth at COP17: Where is the Courage in These Rooms?

Speaking on behalf of the world’s youth at the COP17 climate conference in Durban South Africa on Friday, 21-year-old Anjali Appadurai, a student at the College of the Atlantic in Maine, addressed the delegates at what was intended to be the concluding session of the negotiations. Appadurai chided the delegation for their lack of real ambition and courage in dealing with the…

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The State of Climate Change Negotiations at COP 17

Although progress seems unlikely at COP 17, failure is not an option. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is warning participants at the deadlocked climate talks about the importance of finding solutions. “It would be difficult to overstate the gravity of this moment,” Ban said “Without exaggeration, we can say: the future of our planet is at stake – people’s lives,…

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News from Durban: Humans Primarily Responsible for Global Warming; Good News on Forest Conservation

News on the climate change front: New research finds human activity responsible for nearly 3/4 of global temperature rise over the past 50 years; Sierra Leone establishes the Gola Rainforest National Park; the UK sends to protect Brazil’s Cerrado scrub forest from illegal logging.

The U.S. is Hamstrung on Climate Change says UNFCCC Chief From COP17 on U.S.

UNFCCC Chairperson Christiana Figueres gave a brief comment to ClimateProgress at COP17 on the negotiating position of the US at the climate conference now at its midway point in Durban, South Africa. Figueres characterized the US as “hamstrung” on its inaction on climate change, saying that awareness needs to be raised in American civil society. Climate action is more than…

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Midway at COP17

Following is a brief summary of the pace and process of negotiations as the COP17 climate talks enter their “high level” stage for the final week of negotiations.