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Statement by UNFCCC Executive Secretary on crossing of 400 ppm CO2 Threshold

Press release from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Bonn, 13 May 2013): Reacting to the fact that the global concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere last week passed the 400 parts per million mark, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres on Monday called for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by…

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Climate negotiations in Bonn end on a guardedly positive note

Climate Negotiations Wind Down in Bonn, Seek a More Flexible Approach on the Road to Paris and COP 21

The latest round of climate negotiations wound down last Friday in Bonn, Germany with most delegates from the nearly two hundred countries represented expressing guarded optimism that progress has been made toward laying the groundwork for an international agreement to be signed in 2015 at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris. In learning lessons from the past, especially with…

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Scientists and organization from around the world warn that the door is quickly closely for the chance to avert a climate catastrophe

COP 18: Bridging the Gulf between Science and Reality

In theory the slew of recent climate studies should inspire the delegates that have assembled for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18). In practice the 194 nations that are meeting in Doha, Qatar, are getting bogged down by the same old arguments. The consensus once again this year appears to be that nothing will be accomplished. The United Nations…

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Climate Negotiators Stake Out Initial Positions in Run-Up to COP17 UN Treaty Talks in Durban, South Africa

Climate change treaty negotiating teams are staking out initial positions in the run-up to the UN’s climate change talks in Durban next week. The US is setting “a high bar” at the outset, analysts say, by refusing to discuss the legal form of a binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and requesting assurances that large, fast industrializing countries would be bound by the same commitments.

Bonn Climate Talks Underway in Runup to Durban – Kyoto Deadline Will Be Missed Says Figueres

Groundwork to set the agenda for negotiations at this year’s COP17 climate conference in Durban, South Africa this winter continues as talks got underway yesterday in Bonn, Germany. Representatives from 180 nations will work to work to hammer out the foundation for negotiations in Durban, building upon the work accomplished last year in Cancun. Despite the disappointing outcome from the…

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Were the Bonn climate talks a step backward?

Bonn Climate Talks for Many a Step Backward

Despite the cautiously optimistic tone from the press release issued on Friday by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the conclusion of the latest round of climate talks in Bonn, the tone is more sour come Monday with the U.S. delegation accusing other nations of backpedaling on the agreements made last year with the Copenhagen accord….

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UNFCCC Status Report on Negotiations from Incoming Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres

Christians Figueres, the new Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) addresses the press on the status of international climate   negotiations and offers a five-step outline of actions governments should take at the COP16 climate conference in Cancun later this year.