Emissions Punted to Durban, Breakthrough Seen on Forests

If success is measured by delaying difficult decisions, then the CancĂșn climate meeting succeeded by deferring crucial issues over financing and new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the next Conference of the Parties meeting a year from now in Durban, South Africa.

Cambio climĂĄtico, un drama que aĂșn no entendemos

“Somos el país más frío del mundo..., así que el calentamiento global es bueno para nosotros. Cuanto más tibio, más cosechas".

En el aire nuevo tratado climĂĄtico

“El pan tambiĂ©n se puede quemar en la puerta del horno”, fue el comentario del canciller ecuatoriano Ricardo Patiño al referirse al crucial cierre de la cumbre climĂĄtica celebrada en MĂ©xico.

Political Will Needed to Travel Last Mile

Countries must redouble their efforts to achieve a successful outcome at CancĂșn, says U.N. climate chief Christina Figueres.

India Ups Ante with Offer for Binding Targets

By Darryl D’Monte CANCÚN, Dec 9, 2010, (IPS/TerraViva) – A rough yardstick for identifying which Asian countries make the biggest ripples in CancĂșn is the number of journalists who crowd around the spokesperson immediately after a press conference.

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Africa’s Future Lies in a Green Energy Grid

14 December 2010

By Stephen Leahy* UXBRIDGE, Canada, Dec 14, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Development in Africa could falter as climate change grips the continent, increasing the length and severity of droughts and floods by altering precipitation patterns, among other impacts. Continue Reading

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Decisiones climåticas difíciles quedan para después

11 December 2010

Si el Ă©xito se logra dejando para despuĂ©s las decisiones difĂ­ciles, entonces la reuniĂłn climĂĄtica de CancĂșn fue exitosa porque pospuso la adopciĂłn de metas cruciales sobre reducciĂłn de gases invernadero, financiaciĂłn y bosques para la prĂłxima conferencia, dentro de un año en SudĂĄfrica. Continue Reading

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Emissions Punted to Durban, Breakthrough Seen on Forests

11 December 2010

If success is measured by delaying difficult decisions, then the CancĂșn climate meeting succeeded by deferring crucial issues over financing and new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the next Conference of the Parties meeting a year from now in Durban, South Africa. Continue Reading

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Cambio climĂĄtico, un drama que aĂșn no entendemos

11 December 2010

“Somos el país más frío del mundo..., así que el calentamiento global es bueno para nosotros. Cuanto más tibio, más cosechas". Continue Reading

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En el aire nuevo tratado climĂĄtico

11 December 2010

“El pan tambiĂ©n se puede quemar en la puerta del horno”, fue el comentario del canciller ecuatoriano Ricardo Patiño al referirse al crucial cierre de la cumbre climĂĄtica celebrada en MĂ©xico. Continue Reading

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Little Drama Closes COP16

11 December 2010

Drama unfolded outside the Azteca Expocentre of the Moon Palace when police rounded up a group of about 20 youths who were protesting on the slow pace of the climate change negotiations. Continue Reading

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Khor: Climate Funding a “Chicken and Egg Problem”

10 December 2010

As negotiations approach their conclusion at COP16, Nastasya Tay speaks to Martin Khor, the Executive Director of the South Centre, a civil society organisation that champions the views of the developing world, to see what developing countries hope to achieve in this round of talks. Continue Reading

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CancĂșn Diary Day 8: Nastasya Tay

10 December 2010

Nastasya Tay navigates her way between riot police, media scrums, children and the UN, exploring the warm fuzzy side of herself. Continue Reading

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CancĂșn Diary Day 6 & 7: Nastasya Tay

10 December 2010

Nastasya Tay returns to CancĂșn, recovering from a weekend of legislative debauchery, and explores the world of climate talk acronyms in the lead up to the opening of the High Level Session of negotiations. Continue Reading

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Urgently Searching for a Path Forward

10 December 2010

Civil society organisations here are demanding real progress in talks at the 16th Conference of the Parties on the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Continue Reading

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Besoin de 5 gigatonnes pour plus de réductions

10 December 2010

MĂȘme si toutes les parties devaient honorer les engagements pris dans l'Accord de Copenhague, les rĂ©ductions des Ă©missions n’atteindraient pas le niveau nĂ©cessaire pour Ă©viter le rĂ©chauffement catastrophique de la planĂšte. Continue Reading

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Political Will Needed to Travel Last Mile

10 December 2010

Countries must redouble their efforts to achieve a successful outcome at CancĂșn, says U.N. climate chief Christina Figueres. Continue Reading

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Waves and high tides are eating away at the beaches in Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park, where the vegetation is uprooted and washed into the sea. Credit: Diego Arguedas/IPSInformal gold mining is the main source of mercury emissions in Latin America. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.Community leader Olga Vargas and her granddaughter Valery (backs turned to the camera) chat with local residents on one of the hiking paths that the Women’s Association created in the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIn Quebrada Grande, the Agrarian Development Institute dedicated 119 hectares of land to forest conservation, which the Womens’ Association has been looking after for over a decade. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS
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