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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 at stake – people’s lives,…

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News from Durban: Humans Primarily Responsible for Global Warming; Good News on Forest Conservation

News on the climate change front: New research finds human activity responsible for nearly 3/4 of global temperature rise over the past 50 years; Sierra Leone establishes the Gola Rainforest National Park; the UK sends to protect Brazil’s Cerrado scrub forest from illegal logging.

The U.S. is Hamstrung on Climate Change says UNFCCC Chief From COP17 on U.S.

UNFCCC Chairperson Christiana Figueres gave a brief comment to ClimateProgress at COP17 on the negotiating position of the US at the climate conference now at its midway point in Durban, South Africa. Figueres characterized the US as “hamstrung” on its inaction on climate change, saying that awareness needs to be raised in American civil society. Climate action is more than…

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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…

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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.

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…

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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 –…

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