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Polluters Dominate the Agenda at COP 17 in Durban

At the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17), 20,000 negotiators and stakeholders from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Durban, South Africa. Although many countries are taking steps to curb GHG emissions as part of the global fight against climate change, there is little hope of a binding international agreement this year. After COP 15 in Copenhagen, there was considerable well warranted pessimism, and after COP16 in Cancun, …

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Escalating Costs of Global Warming All Too Evident as UN Climate Treaty Talks Open

Evidence of global warming, and its escalating costs, continues to mount as some 15,000 delegates attended the opening of the UNFCCC's COP 17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa yesterday. Nature seemed to weigh in, buffeting the coastal Indian Ocean city with an unseasonable torrential rain.

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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 COP17 as a vital …

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Putting a Price on Carbon

Despite conspicuous resistance from the U.S., governments around the world are putting a price on carbon. Emissions trading has increased dramatically in the last five years and over the next five years the trading of carbon emissions is expected to become the world’s largest commodity market. The provisions for international emissions trading were introduced with the establishment of the Kyoto Protocol. The establishment of carbon …

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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.

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Combating the Culture of Climate Change Denial

Overcoming a culture that pits Man against nature

The failure to accept the anthropogenic origins of climate change may be partly attributable to a fallacy of modern culture. Popular culture pits us against nature which in turn undermines efforts to curtail climate change. Man versus nature is one of seven conflicts in literary studies, it relates to the theme in literature that places a character against the forces of nature. Many disaster films and …

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Hints from Panama and Beyond: We Can Climate Change Negotiations Accomplish at COP17 in Durban, South Africa?

The following article is reposted from Jake’s NRDC blog “Switchboard.” This is part of a three-part series on the state of the global warming negotiations in the lead-in to the Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa this December.  This post—Part 3— covers “what really matters” – actions on the ground.  Part 1 outlined the state of negotiations on the key political issues that will …

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