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‘We Can Fail’ – Conference President

Posted on 15 December 2009 by editor

“Don’t buy the lie”. Credit: Courtesy of Cindy Snodgrass

“Don’t buy the lie”. Credit: Courtesy of Cindy Snodgrass

by Servaas van den Bosch*

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – “Three years of gathering support have come down to three days of negotiating,” says U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, calling on developed nations to quickly set further emissions reduction targets.

“But developing nations should also slow the growth of their emissions,” he urged delegates at the start of the High Level Meeting. “The time for consensus has arrived. No one will get what they want in these negotiations but everyone can get what they need.” Continue Reading

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Danish Girls March For Their African Sisters

Posted on 15 December 2009 by editor

Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi
COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – As they walked down the streets with containers of water resting on their heads – an unusual sight on the streets of Copenhagen – a group of Danish school girls attracted a lot of attention from passersby.

But these girls were not seeking attention for self gratification – they were fighting for an African cause. Continue Reading

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The Many Lives of the Tobin Tax

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ActionAid protesters in Copenhagen. Credit: IPS/TerraViva

ActionAid protesters in Copenhagen. Credit: IPS/TerraViva

Julio Godoy* – Tierramérica**

BERLIN (IPS/TerraViva) In the decades since 1972, when Nobel laureate economist James Tobin (1918-2002) first proposed it, the idea of a tax on currency speculation has resurfaced and disappeared many times, according to the economic tides.

Now, the global economic crisis that resulted from real estate and stock speculation in the United States and other industrialised countries, and the need to pay for the high costs of fighting climate change, have created an ideal context for implementing the tax. Continue Reading

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“The Struggle Does Not Stop Here,” Say Witnesses at Climate Hearing

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Climate witnesses at first international climate hearing. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS.

Climate witnesses at first international climate hearing. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS.

Claudia Ciobanu

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – ‘’Those who run the decision-making on climate change are the same who have caused it,’’ said Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the world’s first international climate hearing on Tuesday.

He was pithily identifying the reason why justice has been elusive at the ongoing climate change summit in the Danish capital.

Climate victims from all over the world were practically trying to scream into the ears of the negotiators at the COP15 that everybody’s lives were at stake unless a fair deal was reached. Continue Reading

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Honduras Heads List for Climate Risk

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Hurricane Ike smashing into Barahona, Cuba.  Credit: AIN/IPS

Hurricane Ike smashing into Baracoa, Cuba. Credit: AIN/IPS

By Stephen Leahy*

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – Honduras has been hit harder by extreme weather events than almost any other country over the last 18 years, says a study of weather-related losses, released here as the climate summit continues this week.

Around the world, storms, floods and heat waves have resulted in 1.7 trillion dollars in losses and 600,000 deaths, the Global Climate Risk Index 2010 reported. Continue Reading

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Latin America’s Green Path Forward

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Laura Tuck

Laura Tuck

By Laura Tuck*

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) What happens at the global summit this week in Copenhagen is of utmost importance for Latin America and the Caribbean.

While expectations are that binding agreements on emission targets will probably not be signed until next year in Mexico City, there are many decisions – such as compensation for avoiding deforestation, technology transfers, financing of greenhouse gas reductions and adaptation to climate change – in play. The region has a stake in all of these and can play a critical role in reaching agreement on each. Continue Reading

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Venezuela: “No vamos a dejar que nos impongan”

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Legislador venezolano Ricardo Capella. Crédito: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Legislador venezolano Ricardo Capella. Crédito: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Por Raúl Pierri

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) Venezuela, pese a su condición de potencia petrolera, es una de las voces de América Latina que con más fuerza exigen un ambicioso acuerdo en la 15 Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (COP15), que concluirá este viernes en la capital danesa. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Military Activity Driving Rapid Glacier Melting

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Hydrologist Arshad H. Abbasi says Siachen glacier is melting at an unprecedented rate. Credit: Arshad Abbasi

Hydrologist Arshad H. Abbasi says Siachen glacier is melting at an unprecedented rate. Credit: Arshad Abbasi

By Zofeen Ebrahim

KARACHI (IPS/TerraViva) – For the past several years, water expert Arshad H. Abbasi has been calling attention to the environmental degradation of the Siachen Glacier, one of the Himalayan glaciers and the largest in the world outside of the polar regions.

Situated on the strategic tri-junction of India, China and Pakistan, the glacier is considered a climate regulator and an “ecological source” for South Asia, says Abbasi. Continue Reading

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Walk Out on Wednesday, Say Activists

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People waiting outside the Bella Center trying to get their accreditations. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

People waiting outside the Bella Center trying to get their accreditations. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – Accusing developed nations of attempting to kill the Kyoto Protocol and refusing to meet emissions cuts and funding obligations, the Climate Justice Action, a global network of NGOs, is saying disrupting the process is the only way forward.

“We’re trying to get parties to disrupt the sessions inside the Bella Centre and walk out,” said Climate Justice Action spokesperson Dan Glall. “We’re calling for more people – especially parties – to join us as we voice our concerns outside.” Continue Reading

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The World Needs a Hero

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Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, climate hero. Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, climate hero. Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

By Raúl Pierri

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Climate change is becoming an increasingly colossal problem, and civil society, fed up with fruitless negotiations, seems to have found its David: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed.

Because the crusade against big interests, corporations, indifferent governments and bureaucracy demands great determination, but more importantly in this age dominated by images, it also needs a symbol.

And that symbol is not media sweetheart Barack Obama, whose popularity is rapidly waning. “Earn it” is the phrase that can be read in stickers handed out in Copenhagen, asking the U.S. president whose speeches have raised so much hope to back his words with concrete actions, to earn the Nobel Peace Prize he came to accept days ago in Oslo, just a few kilometres from the COP15. Continue Reading

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