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Bonn climate talks open this week, starting on the road to Marrakech

The Road to Marrakesh: Bonn Climate Talks Begin, After Paris a “New Era of Collaboration”

At the start of climate change talks this week in Bonn at UN headquarters for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), outgoing secretary general Christiana Figueres called the historic Paris Agreement the beginning of a “new era of collaboration” for climate negotiations. The 10-day conference in Bonn is the first UN climate meeting since COP 21 in Paris last December. After the formal…

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COP21: Paris Outcome - not if but how much?

A Deal in Paris is All But Assured, But How Strong Will It Be?

Delegates, ministers and observers worked late into the night last night deliberating over the latest “clean” text released by the COP presidency on Wednesday afternoon. Slimmed down to from 43 pages to only 29, the text now leaves far fewer options for ministers to decide by the Friday deadline. Many parties have suggested that Wednesday’s text “wasn’t perfect” but was a “good start,” which…

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Guarded optimism remains as the COP21 climate talks in Paris move into high gear

Can the Ghosts of Copenhagen be Exorcised at COP21?

After a week of negotiators working in “spin-off” groups, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP)  completed their work on Saturday with the final compilation of the Paris Outcome draft text officially transmitted to the COP, ready for ministerial negotiation beginning on Monday. Typically, spirits in the plenary hall and meeting rooms rose and fell throughout the week. Friday began with reports…

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Draft text whittled down to 20 pages as COP21 draws closer

The Road to Paris: UN Climate Treaty Draft Text Gets a Trim

In less than two months nations from around the world convene in Paris for the COP21 climate conference. With one more official round of negotiations before Paris, co-chairs for the United Nations ADP (Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action)  Ahmed Djoghlaf of Algeria and Daniel Reifsnyder of the U.S. have been hard at work whittling down the climate treaty…

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Can the world come together on climate change at COP 21 in Paris?

EarthTalk: COP 21 – Prospects for a Climate Agreement in Paris

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are the prospects for reaching an international agreement to rein in carbon emissions significantly at the upcoming Paris climate talks at the end of the 2015?  – Jason Cervantes, Los Angeles, CA All eyes will be on Paris this…

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COP 20 and the Lima Call For Climate Action

Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

The long road to Paris begins – It seems little has changed in the negotiating process at the latest Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. Negotiations spilled into a marathon extended session at the COP 20 climate talks, finally ending Sunday morning, 31 hours after the scheduled end of the two-week conference, with what many call a “watered down” agreement. Sound…

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COP 20 and the Lima Call For Climate Action

COP 20 Underway in Lima

The 20th Conference of the Parties – COP 20 – opened yesterday in Lima, Peru. The meeting builds on the work done over the past 5 years in the aftermath of the disappointing Copenhagen Accord of COP 15 in Copenhagen. The major hurdles of building an international post-Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, primarily the issues between developing and developed countries, scuttled…

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