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No se hizo historia en Copenhague

Posted on 19 December 2009 by editor

Activistas arrestados por la policía danesa antimotines. Crédito: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Activistas arrestados por la policía danesa antimotines. Crédito: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Por Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) No se hizo historia en Copenhague. Tampoco se selló ningún pacto contra el cambio climático. Tras dos años de intensas negociaciones entre 193 países, rompe los ojos la división entre el mundo rico y el pobre.

Los países pobres quieren reducciones drásticas de las emisiones causantes del recalentamiento por parte del mundo industrial, y éste sigue resistiéndose a cortes sustantivos y metas obligatorias. Continue Reading

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History Was Not Made in Copenhagen

Posted on 19 December 2009 by editor

Climate activists arrested by the Danish police. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/TerraViva

Climate activists arrested by the Danish police. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/TerraViva

By Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) There is no Copenhagen climate treaty. History was not made here and no deal was sealed.

After two years of intense negotiations by 194 countries, what is abundantly clear is the enormous divide between the rich and poor countries. Poor countries want deep cuts in emissions by the industrialised world, and the latter continue to resist significant cuts and legally binding targets. Continue Reading

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“No hemos terminado”, advierte la sociedad civil

Posted on 19 December 2009 by editor

Marcha de la sociedad civil en Copenhague. Crédito: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Marcha de la sociedad civil en Copenhague. Crédito: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Por Raúl Pierri y Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva)  La COP-15 demostró ser un “espectacular fracaso en sus propios términos”, pero la sociedad civil tuvo algunos “éxitos”, como imponer temas en la agenda climática y hacer oír más fuerte la voz el Sur.

Así evaluaron activistas sus esfuerzos al cierre de la COP-15 (15 Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático), que todavía sesionaba agónicamente el sábado. Continue Reading

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No Real Deal, and No Exit

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

 

 

 

"It will take lot of us – probably in the streets" to make politicians face the truth, says climate scientist James Hansen. Credit: TerraViva/Stephen Leahy

"It will take lot of us – probably in the streets" to make politicians face the truth, says climate scientist James Hansen. Credit: TerraViva/Stephen Leahy

No Real Deal, and No Exit

Analysis by Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) The roof of our house is on fire but our leaders, our economic system and we ourselves are ignoring the alarms and continuing to add more fuel. There are no exit doors in our house; there is nowhere else to go.

Dangerous climate change is already here.

The two-week climate summit in Copenhagen came to an end with disappointing results and details that are still vague. Continue Reading

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Desigualdades fatales en el imperio de la ciencia

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Crédito: Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Crédito: Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Por Mario Osava

RÍO DE JANEIRO (IPS/TerraViva)  “El archipiélago de Japón se hundirá dentro de un año”. El anuncio oficial se produjo tras una violenta erupción del monte Fuji, y luego se multiplicaron los terremotos por todo el país, desafiando al mundo a acoger a 110 millones de personas en pocos meses.

Una furiosa batalla diplomática logró una dubitativa solidaridad para evacuar a 65 millones de japoneses. Veinte millones se hundieron con las islas, muchos de ellos voluntariamente, por amor a la Patria o para ceder lugar en la fuga a los más jóvenes. Los demás, se supone, murieron antes, víctimas de temblores, tsunamis y otros cataclismos. Continue Reading

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“Canada Is the Dinosaur” at COP 15

Posted on 17 December 2009 by editor

Activists inside the Bella Centre on Dec. 16, 2009. Credit: A. Libisch/TerraViva

Activists inside the Bella Centre on Dec. 16, 2009. Credit: A. Libisch/TerraViva

By Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Canada bears a large share of responsibility for any failure to make a breakthrough in reducing greenhouse gas emissions here in Copenhagen, say participants and civil society activists.

Canada is the only country to ignore its international obligations under the previous Kyoto climate treaty. It has blocked all attempts to get a new treaty to significantly cut carbon emissions, the activists and delegates from other countries charge.

“Canada is the dinosaur at these talks,” said Canadian David Cadman, president of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, an international association of local governments that hosted this week’s Mayor’s Conference on climate change here. Continue Reading

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El reloj climático corre para América Latina

Posted on 17 December 2009 by editor

La agropecuaria será el sector más afectado por el calentamiento. Crédito: Sociedad de Criadores de Hereford del Uruguay

La agropecuaria será el sector más afectado por el calentamiento. Crédito: Sociedad de Criadores de Hereford del Uruguay

Por Daniela Estrada – Tierramérica *

COPENHAGUE (Tierramérica) América Latina debería aprovechar el tiempo de que dispone para buscar un nuevo modelo de producción, consumo y distribución adaptado a las realidades del cambio climático. Pero sin un acuerdo mundial para reducir las emisiones contaminantes, para 2100 podría perder casi 137 por ciento de su producto interno bruto (PIB).

Esa es la conclusión del estudio “La economía del cambio climático en América Latina y el Caribe”, presentado el miércoles por la Cepal en la COP-15, que se desarrolla hasta este viernes en la capital danesa. Continue Reading

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Five Degrees or Low Carbon Cities

Posted on 16 December 2009 by editor

Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, at the Mayor's Summit. Credit: Stephen Leahy/TerraViva

Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, at the Mayor's Summit. Credit: Stephen Leahy/TerraViva

By Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) On its current carbon emissions path, humanity faces a 50-percent chance of warming the planet a whopping 5.0 degrees C by the end of this century, warned Nicholas Stern, an economist who is chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

“Hundreds of millions of people will be forced to move. It will be the most severe global conflict in human history. That is what the science is telling us,” said Stern, author of the well-known Stern Review, the 2006 report that documented the effect of global warming on the world economy.

Humanity’s other option is to embrace a new energy revolution unlike anything ever seen. Continue Reading

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Flood for Climate Justice

Posted on 16 December 2009 by editor

20091216_FloodPodcast_EditedActivists are calling for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, far beyond what has so far been put on the table by polluters. Joshua Kyalimpa was on the scene for  the Copenhagen Flood for Climate Justice.

Joshua Kyalimpa was there.

 

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Aging Coal Plants Still a Fixture in U.S. South

Posted on 16 December 2009 by editor

By Jonathan Springston

ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S. (IPS/TerraViva) As governments negotiate future greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen, a recent report from Environment America has highlighted the problem of the nation’s older coal-fired power plants, which generated nearly three-quarters of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in 2007.

Altogether, U.S. power plants dumped 2.56 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air in 2007.

Of the nation’s 25 dirtiest power plants, 10 are in the South – and all but one of those was built before 1980. The nation’s dirtiest power plant, the Southern Co.’s Plant Scherer in South Georgia, emitted more than 27.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2007. Continue Reading

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No To False Alternatives

Posted on 16 December 2009 by editor

Demonstration for climate justice in Copenhagen. Credit: Courtesy of Cindy Snodgrass

Demonstration for climate justice in Copenhagen. Credit: Courtesy of Cindy Snodgrass

By Joshua Kyalimpa

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – Looking at what is on the table this week, Camilla Moreno would rather no climate deal at all is reached this week, than have 192 countries embrace what she calls false alternatives.

Moreno is with the forests and biodiversity programme of Friends of the Earth in Brazil. She is worried about some of the proposals for reducing deforestation. She’s opposed to the way carbon trading schemes in the deal could support the parceling out of large chunks of indigenous people’s land to companies and wealthy Brazilians. Continue Reading

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Venezuela: “No vamos a dejar que nos impongan”

Posted on 15 December 2009 by editor

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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Necesitamos un héroe

Posted on 14 December 2009 by editor

Mohammad Nasheed, héroe climático. Crédito: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Mohammad Nasheed, héroe climático. Crédito: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Por Raúl Pierri

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) El cambio climático es un problema que se agiganta, y la sociedad civil, harta de negociaciones infructuosas, parece haber hallado a su David: el presidente de Maldivas.

Es que la cruzada contra los grandes intereses, los empresarios poderosos, los gobiernos indiferentes y la burocracia diplomática necesita de mucha fuerza de voluntad, pero también, y especialmente en esta era de imágenes, de un símbolo. Continue Reading

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Majority in U.S. Want Decisive Action on Emissions

Posted on 14 December 2009 by editor

By Matthew Berger

WASHINGTON (IPS/TerraViva) A new poll released by the global activist group Avaaz echoes the findings of several recent polls – a majority of U.S. respondents support taking action to fight climate change.

The poll, released Monday, found 61 percent want the U.S. to sign a treaty in Copenhagen that would see global greenhouse gas emissions start to decline by 2015. Continue Reading

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