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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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Halting progress made at COP18

The DOHA Climate Gateway: Stumbling Toward a Global Agreement

In typical international climate summit fashion, COP18 ended in a last–minute marathon session complete with frustration, accusation, acrimony and a halting step forward in what is called the “Doha Climate Gateway” deal. One of the main features of the deal is breathing the last gasps of life into the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment round of which is set to…

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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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