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Signs of Incremental Progress as COP16 Climate Talks Wind Down in Cancun

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with permission) This year’s round of the United Nations-led climate change negotiations, ongoing in Cancun, Mexico, for the past two weeks, end today. No matter what the official outcome, the progress made on dealing with global climate change and carbon emissions will be incremental. The problem, at base, lies with …

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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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“Leaked” UN Draft Shows COP15 Deal Will Lead to 3 Degree Warming by Century’s End

But what of Tuvalu? It’s been something of a blizzard of “leaked” texts and drafts here in Copenhagen these past two weeks (and before).  Each text proffered ostensibly aims to help forge a deal, but ultimately causing accusations of back-room dealing, most often on behalf of developed nations at the expense of developing nations. Yesterday I attended a press conference with the Prime Minister …

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Tuvalu’s Ian Fry Gives Impassioned Plea at COP15 for the Fate of His Country

As has been widely reported, plenary sessions where suspended last Wednesday when Tuvalu’s chief negotiator Ian Fry pleaded for consideration of the “Tuvalu Protocol” calling for strengthening of the Kyoto Protocol and sharply limiting greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of containing global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius – far more than developed nations are proposing. On Friday he again addressed the session, …

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