Tag Archives: international climate change

U.S. Pledges Far-Reaching Climate Cooperation with China and Japan: the Possibility of Progress Beyond Formal UN Climate Talks

John Kerry made climate change a centerpiece of his first Asia tour as Secretary of State over the weekend, signing agreements with both Japan and China for cooperation in implementing practical measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreements with both nations stressed practical measures available for reducing greenhouse gases, largely ignoring the contentious United Nations process for hammering out an international climate change agreement that …

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Enviro News Wrap: No Debating Climate Change; Cornbelt Inching Northward; GeoEngineering for Profit, and more…

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GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Environmentalism has become a partisan issue. Many forget that most of our national environmental laws were signed into law by Nixon. Since then the dirty energy industry has realized that there is public opposition to their business and has flooded politics with money and influence. Republicans …

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Enthusiasm at “Low Ebb” for COP17 Climate Conference in Durban

Scant sign was given last week st the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that world leaders are focused on international climate change negotiations. With only three months before the COP17 climate conference in Durban, South Africa – where a decision must be made to either extent the Kyoto Protocol into a “second commitment period” or scrap it entirely – little mention of global …

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If Cancun Climate Talks Falter, Blame the U.S.

World governments make effort to reduce their carbon emissions

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) The most recent round of United Nations-led climate change negotiations began this week in Cancun, and although international expectations are muted this year, the stakes are still high. As Mother Jones‘ Kate Sheppard explains,”The 2010 meeting could make or break the future of global negotiations.” This is the …

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Climate Treaty Viability and Privatizing the Fight Against Global Warming

The lack of progress on a comprehensive international climate change treaty has led some to question the viability of an agreement and look to the private sector for global warming solutions. This December, the world will convene in Cancun, Mexico for COP16 to continue international climate change negotiations. This summer’s climate talks in Bonn highlighted several points of contention, including ongoing disagreements on funding, monitoring, reporting, and verification. With many Americans …

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EarthTalk: What Really Happened at COP15?

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EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: There have been many contradictory reports (“it was good; it was bad”) about what came out of “COP 15,” the December 2009 international Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen. Can you set the record straight? – Jay Killian, Brookline, MA Indeed hopes were high …

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New Report Offers Little Hope for International Climate Agreement, Suggests “New Thinking” in Climate Diplomacy

It’s the big pink elephant in the room that few others wish to acknowledge, but a central theme in a new report by former climate negotiator Nigel Purvis: An international climate change treaty isn’t likely to be signed anytime soon. Purvis served as president Clinton’s chief UN climate negotiator, and in his report released today Purvis says that the United States and Europe should …

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