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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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UNFCCC Chief Says Two Degrees is Not Enough

UNFCCC chief warns that 2 degree target is not enough, especially for the most vulnerable nations and regions of the world

UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres said yesterday that the generally accepted 2 degree Celsius target for limiting global warming is not enough. “Two degrees is not enough – we should be thinking of 1.5C. If we are not headed to 1.5C we are in big, big trouble,” Figueres said at the International Trading Association’s annual Carbon Expo conference. The statement comes on the heels …

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UN Chief Christiana Figueres Urges Urges Progress on Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund is a key aspect of the Cancun Climate Agreement

The following is a statement from the press office at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC: The Green Climate Fund, a part of last year’s broad international climate agreement in Cancun, Mexico, must become the window into an era of vastly greater financing for climate action in the developing world, the head of the United Nations climate change secretariat said on Friday. “I am convinced …

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The Best and the Worst Environmental News of 2010

Here is a quick review of some of the best and the worst environmental stories of 2010. BEST: Mass Production of Electric Cars Cars and trucks are responsible for a quarter of US carbon emissions. However, this year, both Chevrolet and Nissan were amongst a slew of car makers who launched electric vehicles. Even SUVs, crossovers, luxury cars, station wagons and hatchbacks are getting more efficient. Social Media Activism Working for the …

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UNFCCC Chief Figueres Urges Nations to Step Up Their Commitments and Work Toward Comprehensive Climate Treaty

It's full speed ahead for Christian Figueres as she urges nations to expand the commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions

When Christiana Figueres took over the reigns as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), she emphasized lowered expectations for the COP16 climate talks. In comments made last summer, Figueres predicted that a full and binding climate treaty, if ever reached, would “certainly not happen in my lifetime” Now that COP16 has ended on a much more positive note, …

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How Successful Was COP16?

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with permission) Was Cancun Climate Conference a Success? The United Nations-led Climate Conference at Cancun was not a diplomatic disaster, but for climate activists and grassroots groups, it wasn’t a success either. Representatives sent from around the globe to hammer out an agreement on climate change were unresponsive to grassroots …

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