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Last Minute Save at COP17: Durban Delegates Set Path to

It took three days of non-stop negotiating but UN climate change treaty delegates in Durban in the end managed to agree on the 3 major issues on the agenda. While there's no shortage of criticism, the last-minute deal does pave the way for a legally binding UN emissions reduction treaty to go into effect in 2020, as well as setting up funding mechanisms and organizational structure for the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund.Read More

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The State of Climate Change Negotiations at COP 17

Although progress seems unlikely at COP 17, failure is not an option. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is warning participants at the deadlocked climate talks about the importance of finding solutions. “It would be difficult to overstate the gravity of this moment,” Ban said “Without exaggeration, we can say: the future of our planet is […]Read More

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Climate Negotiators Stake Out Initial Positions in Run-Up to COP17

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.Read More

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U.S. Submits Emissions Target to UN – Other Nations Follow

NOTE: See the update below for the latest from the UNFCCC and links to countries officially submitting targets and mitigation plans under the Copenhagen Accord Meeting the January 31st deadline specified in the Copenhagen Accord that president Obama helped negotiate at the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen, the State Department has formally submitted its emissions […]Read More

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Todd Stern Explains US Emissions Targets

The United States is often called to task for basing its emissions mitigation targets on 205 levels, instead of 1990 established by the UNFCCC. At a press conference earlier this week, chief US negotiator at the COP15 climate conference focused his comments on how “only in the hermetically sealed world of climate negotiations” is the […]Read More