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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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Climate Talks Conclude in Bonn

Climate talks wrapped up in Bonn today. The two-week negotiations helped pave the way for COP17 later this year in Durban, South Africa. The following video is a summary of the work done from Christiana Figueres, executive secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxsNE95X8pw’] A statement released by the UNFCCC details issues addressed at the conference, and expectations …

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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 COP15 climate conference in …

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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 wide gulf of competing …

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Environmental News Wrap: Progress in Cancun, Overfished Tuna, Closing Out the Hottest Decade on Record, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun is a week in and the UK’s Guardian provides a summary of issues focused on thus far. One of the most contentious issues is whether or not to uphold the Kyoto protocol, which sets clear targets for reducing carbon emissions. As part …

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The Power and Energy of the Fossil Fuel Industry

If our leaders can't stand up to the vested interests of Big Oil and Big Coal, then we must do it ourselves. It is time for a change.

Amidst the devastation that is, or perhaps was, the Gulf Coast, an immense spill in China, thousands of abandoned offshore wells continuously leaking, and the effects of GHG-driven climate change becoming increasingly apparent, one could have thought that now is the time for climate legislation. But alas, no – as evident in the wake, (and I mean wake) of the Senate’s failure to pass …

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Lowering Expectations for UN Climate Negotiations

Conflicting positions are undermining efforts to find agreement on greenhouse gas reductions. Delegates at the recent climate talks in Bonn made no progress on binding targets to reduce carbon emissions, nor were they able to agree on a deal to replace the soon to expire Kyoto Protocol. The climate change talks began with a document called “A Shared Vision for Long-Term Cooperative Action.” The problem is, there is no shared vision …

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