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Budget Passed in Congress Will Invest in International Efforts to Curb Global Warming (but still not enough)

This post first appeared on the Natural Resources Defense Council blog Switchboard The long drama of whether or not the US Congress would invest in international efforts to curb global warming pollution or gut these investments is finally over – at least for the rest of this fiscal year.  Last week President Obama signed into law a budget for the…

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Yvo de Boer Leaves UNFCCC Post “Appalled” by International Inaction

Yvo de Boer officially steps down today from his post as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), making way for incoming UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres. Mr. de Boer took over the position in September of 2006, shepherding the unwieldy international climate negotiating process through several landmark sessions, including Bali in 2007 and Copenhagen last…

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EarthTalk: What to Expect from the COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What do organizers hope to accomplish at the upcoming (December 7-18, 2009) United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen? – F. Rojas, Oakland, CA The upcoming COP15 meeting in Denmark—so named because it is the 15th such…

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Climate Change Outpacing Recent Projections: UN Report Sees 7 Degree Warming This Century

The United National Environment Programme has released a compendium of 400 peer-reviewed scientific studies from the last three years that show climate change is quickly outpacing even the projections of the IPCC 2007 assessment reports. The new research indicates a seven degree rise in global temperature may be likely by the end of the 21st century.

Copenhagen Aims To Be Carbon Neutral By 2025

Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, announced it will aim to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025. The city launched a new climate plan last week which incorporates 50 specific measures to reduce carbon emissions. The first stage of the plan will be to slash 20% off Copenhagen’s net CO2 output by 2015. We are launching an ambitious plan containing…

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