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Contradictions in Climate Change Negotiations: Tianjin to Cancun

The last round of international global warming negotiations before countries meet in Cancun, is wrapping up.  The meeting in Cancun needs to begin the process of implementing key elements of the international response to global warming.  Cancun isn’t expected to agree to a “new treaty”, establish a new “binding agreement”, or finalize all aspects of international action on this critical…

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Environmental News Wrap: Are Climate Negotiations Working, Where Has All the Oil Gone, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The New York Times wonders if the United Nations’s climate change negotiations are a lost cause. They certainly aren’t accomplishing anything, so why not look for alternative structures to negotiate global commitments to reducing carbon emissions. October 10th, 2010 was a day of global climate…

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Climate Treaty Viability and Privatizing the Fight Against Global Warming

The lack of progress on a comprehensive international climate change treaty has led some to question the viability of an agreement and look to the private sector for global warming solutions. This December, the world will convene in Cancun, Mexico for COP16 to continue international climate change negotiations. This summer’s climate talks in Bonn highlighted several points of contention, including ongoing disagreements on funding, monitoring, reporting, and…

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Third Round of Climate Talks Begin in Bonn

The following is a press release from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): The third round of UN climate change negotiations this year kicked off on Monday with representatives from 178 governments meeting in Bonn, Germany. The Bonn UN Climate Change Conference (2 to 6 August) is designed to prepare the outcomes of the UN Climate Change…

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: Climate Legislation – New Bills, Old Money

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with permission) Climate legislation is returning to the Senate’s docket, and leaders on Capitol Hill are hoping that this version, a compromise bill spearheaded by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), can pass without getting caught in the morass of money and politics that has delayed action so…

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Yvo de Boer is smiling here - but leaves the UNFCCC "appalled" by climate inaction from the international community

Kicking the Can Down the Road – UNFCC Chief Yvo de Boar Press Conference on the Aftermath of COP15

In his first official press conference since the conclusion of the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer acknowledged that the much-anticipated conference did not deliver all it could have, it did “set the stage” in three key elements: Raising climate change to the highest level of government Producing a document (the Copenhagen Accord (pdf)) that…

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Participants at World Water Week Send a Message to Delegates at COP15

World Water Week concludes with a statement urging delegates at the upcoming COP15 climate conference to better integrate water issues into their negotiations this coming December.