• UN Climate Talks: The Never-Ending Story

    • Date: 08/04/10

    Climate negotiators meet in Bonn on Friday for the first time since the fractious Copenhagen summit but with scant hopes of patching together a new legally binding U.N. deal in 2010. Delegates from 170 nations gathered on Thursday for the April 9-11 meeting that will seek to rebuild trust after the December summit disappointed many […]

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  • Global Warming Treaty in Danger As China Battles The U.S.

    • Date: 06/04/10

    China rallies developing nations to oppose emissions restrictions championed by the U.S. and its allies. Tensions between China and the U.S. are already running high. You can now add one more contentious issue to the mix — global warming. In December, President Barack Obamatraveled to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in […]

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  • William R. Hawkins: Alienating India

    • Date: 05/04/10

    India has long been regarded as an American ally but a series of missteps by the United States may be driving a strategic American partner directly into China’s embrace. One sign of that comes from India’s ministry of defense, which released its annual report last week. Cloaked in bureaucratic language is the highly significant revelation […]

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  • Proposed Shipping Industry Climate Regulations Left All At Sea

    • Date: 30/03/10

    Negotiations over how to fit shipping into any post-Kyoto climate change treaty ended in another stalemate on Friday, after the UN shipping agency failed to reach agreement on a proposal aimed at curbing carbon emissions from new ships. Delegates attending a session of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) marine environment protection committee (MEPC), had considered […]

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  • Forget Brown’s Promises: EU Leaders Make Climate Finance Conditional

    • Date: 25/03/10

    European Union leaders meeting in Brussels today (24 March) are set to confirm their commitment to providing €2.4 billion in immediate support to help poor nations tackle global warming, but only if other industrialised nations also make similar contributions, according to draft summit conclusions obtained by EurActiv. “The EU and its member states will implement […]

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  • Saran: US, UK Tried To Divide Developing Nations At Copenhagen

    • Date: 21/03/10

    Shyam Saran, who was the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on climate change, has said that at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December last year, the developed world had tried hard to break the unity of the developing countries and also derail the mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. The US and the UK were part […]

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  • Mexico Climate Talks Get Dim Prognosis

    • Date: 20/03/10

    Government negotiators are already writing off chances for a global treaty to fight climate change, nine months before the annual talks begin in Cancun, Mexico. Kunihiko Shimada, principal international negotiator at the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, said a deal this year is “almost impossible.” Jos Delbeke, who spearheads European Union climate policy at the […]

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  • China And India Dig Heels In Over Carbon Emission Scrutiny

    • Date: 14/03/10

    The two steps forward, one step back nature of international climate change negotiations was again underlined yesterday after it emerged that China and India’s support for the Copenhagen Accord remains highly conditional. The two countries this week wrote to the UN confirming they could be “listed ” in the agreement, which they helped to broker […]

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