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Is the deal struck in the final marathon session at COP17 producing the Durban Platform too little, too late?

Is the Agreement in Durban Enough to Contain Climate Change?

The participants at the U.N. sponsored COP17 climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, managed to come to an agreement on a package of measures that will eventually force all the world’s polluters to take legally binding action. One of the most significant elements of the deal concerns a replacement for the soon to expire Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto protocol is…

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COP17 in Durban South Africa Gets Underway

The COP 17 climate conference got underway today in Durban South Africa. Reminiscent of the hype surrounding the COP 15 conference in Copenhagen in 2009, many see the Durban conference as the last chance for continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment period of which is due to expire next year . As global carbon emissions continue to spike upwards, many see…

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UNFCCC chief warns that 2 degree target is not enough, especially for the most vulnerable nations and regions of the world

UNFCCC Chief Says Two Degrees is Not Enough

UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres said yesterday that the generally accepted 2 degree Celsius target for limiting global warming is not enough. “Two degrees is not enough – we should be thinking of 1.5C. If we are not headed to 1.5C we are in big, big trouble,” Figueres said at the International Trading Association’s annual Carbon Expo conference. The statement…

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Cancun Talks Move to All-Nighter Phase in Negotiations – Kyoto Protocol Hangs in the Balance

Intransigence prevails over fate of Kyoto Protocol As the final days of the climate talks in Cancun come to pass, so do the obligatory all-night negotiating sessions in an attempt to pull out some progress at the COP16 climate conference – or perhaps just keep the Kyoto Protocol alive for further debate. In a process that demands compromise across a…

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