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Climate talks progress on the thorny issue of loss and damage in the developing world

Latest Round of Climate Talk in Bonn Conclude with (Some) Progress on Loss and Damage

Climate talks concluded in Bonn, Germany last Friday “on track to produce the first comprehensive draft of the new, universal climate change agreement that governments are committed to reach in Paris, in December,” according to a press release from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “At this session, countries have crystalized their positions and have requested the Co-Chairs to produce a…

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Modest expectations set the tone for negotiations at the COP19 climate conference in Warsaw

COP 19 Opens in Warsaw With Modest Expectatations

Today marks the beginning of the COP19 climate talks, this year hosted in Warsaw, Poland. Expectations for ambitious progress in the coming two weeks are dampened by economic concerns, despite expression of increasing urgency from the scientific community for effective action. The the next big target for international negotiations is 2015, when the deadline for a legally-binding international climate treaty comes…

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Statement by UNFCCC Executive Secretary on crossing of 400 ppm CO2 Threshold

Press release from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Bonn, 13 May 2013): Reacting to the fact that the global concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere last week passed the 400 parts per million mark, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres on Monday called for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by…

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Climate negotiations in Bonn end on a guardedly positive note

Climate Negotiations Wind Down in Bonn, Seek a More Flexible Approach on the Road to Paris and COP 21

The latest round of climate negotiations wound down last Friday in Bonn, Germany with most delegates from the nearly two hundred countries represented expressing guarded optimism that progress has been made toward laying the groundwork for an international agreement to be signed in 2015 at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris. In learning lessons from the past, especially with…

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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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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.

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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