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Environmental News Wrap-Up: April 11-19

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Obama promises that his next focus will be the environment. It will be interesting to see how hard Obama pushes against industry and how much we accomplishes. After Copenhagen the US is still looking for an international plan of action. Reuters explains the approach that…

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Where Do Things Stand on International Efforts to Address Global Warming?

It is almost 3 months after the Copenhagen Accord was hammered out by 28 of the world’s key countries that represent over 80% of the world’s global warming pollution and some of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change (as I discussed here).  Given the state of the Accord just after Copenhagen with some calling it a failure,…

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80% of the World’s Emissions are Taking Steps to Curb Their Global Warming Pollution

As I mentioned here by the end of January countries were to register their actions to reduce global warming pollution as agreed under the Copenhagen Accord.  And by deadline countries accounting for over 80% of the world’s global warming pollution (and a bit more) have registered their actions to reduce their pollution.  So what does this all mean? The Natural…

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Copenhagen Accord = Climate Action

In December 2009, more than 120 Heads of Government attended the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, the largest meeting of world leaders in history (the previous largest one was the funeral of the Pope according to Wikipedia).  Many of the leaders came to Copenhagen with new commitments to actions on global warming pollution (as I discussed here and here).  Under the…

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“Why I Went to COP15” – My Short Contribution to Planet Positive’s 2020 Vision Campaign

It was in the wee hours of Saturday December 19th that a bleary-eyed UNFCCC secretary-general Yvo de Boer was putting the best face he could on the Copenhagen Accord for the remaining press at the Bella Center in Copenhagen – the final official press conference from COP15. I was not among those remaining press, instead making my way on a…

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Obama Frustrated with Outcome of Copenhagen Climate Talks

Despite near instantaneous condemnation of his role in the culmination of the COP15 climate negotiations last week, president Obama voiced his frustration over the course those negotiations took and accord that resulted from them. Speaking with Jim Lehrer on Wednesday, president Obama said that “people are justified in being disappointed about the outcome in Copenhagen.” Lehrer asked about comments Obama…

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COP15 and the Copenhagen Accord – A Flawed Process, A Flawed Outcome

As the huge build-up and anticipation of the COP15 climate conference begins now to recede into history and the world peers down the road to Mexico City and COP16, I take stock of my own experience in Copenhagen and what I think of the process and result of the two-week climate negotiations. “On the brink of collapse” Every morning, as…

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