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Building for Success on International Global Warming Cooperation in Copenhagen

The last round of global warming negotiations before the Copenhagen meeting begins wrapped up last Friday in Barcelona.  Much of the actual negotiations were focused on getting the negotiating text and the underlying details contained in the text into better shape.  But there were also important discussions for what can be achieved in Copenhagen and ultimately out of this international…

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Barcelona ClimateTalks End With Little Progress and Cautious Optimism for Copenhagen

The final week of international climate negotiations before the major COP15 summit in Copenhagen next month ended in Barcelona today with little progress made on the two principal issues fueling the continuing statement between rich and poor nations, specifically mid-term mitigation targets and financing. Delegations from 50 African nations brought the talks to a halt on Tuesday, saying any further…

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Opening Press Briefing: Barcelona Climate Talks – “The Time is Up”

Characterizing the final five-day negotiating round in Barcelona as “not a spectacular session, but… an important one,” UNFCCC Yvo de Boer told reporters that the “time is up,” in achieving the mandate spelled out in 2007 with the “Bali Roadmap” at the COP13 climate conference. The talks this week in Barcelona is the last opportunity for negotiators to prepare the…

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Copenhagen – The Final Mile: “It Makes No Human, Political, or Economic Sense Not to Act Now”

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer speaks on the challenge and hope as the last five days of negotiations commence in Barcelona, Spain next week ahead of the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen this December. COP15 is where de Boer says governments must find a “clear turning point in the fight against climate change.” The recent talks in Bangkok show…

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