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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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The Durban Platform emerges in post-conference sessions

Last Minute Save at COP17: Durban Delegates Set Path to 2020 Emissions Reduction Treaty, Green Climate Fund

It took three days of non-stop negotiating but UN climate change treaty delegates in Durban in the end managed to agree on the 3 major issues on the agenda. While there’s no shortage of criticism, the last-minute deal does pave the way for a legally binding UN emissions reduction treaty to go into effect in 2020, as well as setting up funding mechanisms and organizational structure for the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund.

Good Intentions Plus 20 Kroner Gets a Cup of Coffee in Copenhagen – But No Climate Deal

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer’s 6:30PM press briefing was postponed nearly forty minutes last night due to his meeting with demonstrators and activists standing vigil in the cold outside the Bella Center. When later asked what took place to cause the postponement, de Boer only said he had “met with representatives outside.” UN Minister to the Convention Connie Hedegaard…

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Connie Hedegaard Gives Pre-COP15 Press Conference: “Half a Deal is No Deal”

Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard speaks at Pre-COP15 press conference yesterday after a meeting with 40 ministers and delegates from participating nations in the climate summit in Copenhagen. Hedegaard will serve as president of the COP15 conference.