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“We’re Not Finished Yet,” Civil Society Warns

Posted on 19 December 2009 by editor

Civil society march in Copenhagen. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Civil society march in Copenhagen. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

By Raúl Pierri and Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva)  COP15 proved to be a “spectacular failure even according to its own terms,” but civil society had “some successes,” such as the inclusion of certain issues on the climate agenda, and making the voice of the South heard loud and clear.

That was how activists assessed their efforts at COP15 as the climate change talks came to an agonising end Saturday in Copenhagen. Continue Reading

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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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Climate Change: Scientific Fact, Not Political Issue

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Fabricio Vanden Broeck

Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO (IPS/TerraViva) – “In a year’s time, the Japanese archipelago will be completely under water.” This official announcement was made following a violent eruption of Mt. Fuji, as a series of devastating earthquakes shook the country, forcing the world to face the challenge of taking in 110 million refuges within a very short time.

After a brutal diplomatic battle, the Japanese government managed to secure frail support from its fellow nations and evacuate 65 million people. Twenty million sank with the islands, many of them voluntarily, out of love for their country or to give younger people a better chance of fleeing. The rest are believed to have died before the islands sank, victims of the quakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters. Continue Reading

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NGOs Getting Ready for Mexico

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Activists meeting at Klimaforum. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Activists meeting at Klimaforum. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Before the outcome of COP 15 has even emerged, Latin American social organisations are already discussing their strategies for the next climate summit, to be held in a year’s time in Mexico.

The primary challenge is to broaden and strengthen the links between the different civil society movements and networks in the region, the international coordinator of Jubilee South, Beverly Keene, told TerraViva. Continue Reading

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Draft Accord Weak on Cuts, Funding

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Civil society's message to the leaders meeting in Copenhagen. Credit:Ana Libisch/IPS

Civil society's message to the leaders meeting in Copenhagen. Credit:Ana Libisch/IPS

By Servaas van den Bosch*

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Heads of state and government are working fervently to complete an agreement in Copenhagen, but texts coming out of their midst so far lack details on emissions cuts and long-term funding.

Negotiations – resumed after U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech failed to deliver any tangible targets – are likely to continue into tomorrow. Continue Reading

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Obama Disappoints

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

President Barack Obama meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a bilateral at the COP15 on Dec. 18. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

President Barack Obama meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a bilateral at the COP15 on Dec. 18. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.


By Mantoe Phakathi

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Tempers flared after U.S. President Barack Obama dropped a bombshell before making a quick exit from an informal meeting of heads of state and government at COP15 Friday.

“Obama said something very ridiculous this morning before going out through that small door,” fumed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Continue Reading

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“The Intelligence We Lacked”

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Members of Friends of the Earth not allowed into the Bella Center. Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

Members of Friends of the Earth not allowed into the Bella Center. Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

By Claudia Ciobanu* COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) World leaders speaking in Copenhagen on Friday, the last day of negotiations for a deal on climate change, retreated into their national positions.

US President Barack Obama and his peers could not have been further from the call to “cooperate internationally to ensure respect for human rights everywhere in the world” contained in the People’s Declaration issued by NGOs working at the KlimaForum09 alternative summit. Continue Reading

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Glacial Data Crucial to Combating Climate Change

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

By Darryl D’Monte

COPENHAGEN  (IPS/TerraViva) – People living in the Himalayan region are increasingly confronted by rising temperatures and glaciers melting at an unprecedented rate, threatening their very survival. This much the world already knows.

Yet, experts say, there is still no accurate and reliable data on the Himalayan glaciers and many aspects of its ecosystem, which should facilitate determining mitigation measures addressing current and future impacts of climate change on the Himalayas.

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Everything Left to Accomplish

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Copenhagen demonstrators and police. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Copenhagen demonstrators and police. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi*

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – “It’s clear now – we’re not getting a binding deal at the end of tomorrow,” said the president of Friends of the Earth-United States, Erich Pica.

Industrialised nations are burying their heads in the sand and poor countries seem set to be forced to continue bearing the burden of global warming. The demonstrations, flyers, news media and all kinds of pressure to get the Western countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and compensate poor countries with financial resources and technology seem to have fallen on deaf ears. 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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Present Deal Condemns Millions to Misery

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

Claudius

Claudius

By Claudia Ciobanu

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – An internal note from the UN Secretariat dated December 15 states that the current emission reduction pledges made by Annex 1 countries and the voluntary actions and policy goals announced by non-Annex 1 states “could lead to concentrations equal or above 550 ppm with the related temperature raise around 3 degrees.”

The UN note was leaked to some media and NGOs on Thursday evening, further emphasising the deadlock in negotiations. Continue Reading

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Sociedad civil mira hacia México

Posted on 17 December 2009 by editor

Activistas reunidos en el Klimaforum. Crédito: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Activistas reunidos en el Klimaforum. Crédito: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Por Daniela Estrada

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) Antes de develarse el resultado de la COP-15, organizaciones sociales latinoamericanas discutieron sus estrategias de cara a la próxima cumbre climática, que se celebrará en México en 2010.

“El primer desafío es profundizar, expandir, ampliar, fortalecer nuestra capacidad y nuestras articulaciones en la región. En estos momentos hay distintos movimientos, distintas redes, y nuestro reto es articular esos esfuerzos”, dijo TerraViva Beverly Keene, coordinadora internacional de Jubileo Sur. Continue Reading

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