• Cold Feet: Japan threatens to drop CO2 pledge

    • Date: 12/12/09

    Reuters: Japan threatened on Friday to drop a pledge to cut greenhouse emissions by 25 percent by 2020 if the Kyoto Protocol is extended without setting emission reduction goals for the United States and China. […] Japanese Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa, speaking before leaving for the Copenhagen talks, said Japan would reiterate that its emissions […]

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  • Carbon trading fraudsters in Europe pocket €5bn

    • Date: 10/12/09

    The Daily Telegraph: Carbon trading fraudsters may have accounted for up to 90pc of all market activity in some European countries, with criminals pocketing an estimated €5bn (£4.5bn) mainly in Britain, France, Spain, Denmark and Holland, according to Europol, the European law enforcement agency. The revelation caused embarrassment for European Union negotiators at the Copenhagen […]

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  • Britain Angers Poor Nations With Plan To Switch Aid From Health And Education To Green Industry

    • Date: 10/12/09

    The Times: National aid budgets dedicated to reducing global poverty would be raided to establish a “climate fund” to help developing countries to adapt to climate change, under a British plan tabled yesterday in Copenhagen. Money earmarked for education or health would be diverted into projects such as solar panels and wind farms. The proposal […]

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  • Only Three Years To Save The Planet

    • Date: 09/12/09

    AFP: South Africa will host the 17th conference of parties under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2011, the chair of the Copenhagen climate talks, Connie Hedegaard, said on Wednesday. The 2010 conference will take place in Mexico City. The 18th conference, taking place in 2012, will be held in Asia, Hedegaard […]

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  • China, India Rule Out Binding Emission Cuts, International Verification

    • Date: 07/12/09

    ANI News: Chinese officials have said that their country’s pledge to reduce its carbon emissions relative to the growth of its economy will not be binding or subject to international verification, thereby casting doubts on the effectiveness of any agreements expected to be reached this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. China, the leading global carbon emitter, […]

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  • Copenhagen Divisions Widening?

    • Date: 07/12/09

    BBC Earth Watch: In the hours before the Copenhagen talks officially open, it appears that if anything, the paths of the industrialised and developing country blocs are moving away from each other. Last week, the BASIC group of countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – put forward proposals (originating from China) detailing some principles […]

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  • Climate Sceptics Win Australian By-Elections

    • Date: 05/12/09

    Sydney Morning Herald: Tony Abbott is defying those who think he could be a hard sell with voters after the Liberals comfortably retained the two federal seats of Bradfield and Higgins on Saturday. Just days after Mr Abbott won the Liberal leadership from Malcolm Turnbull, the party coasted to victory in the Melbourne seat of […]

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  • Blue Dogs’ Climate Revolt: No Climate Bill Without China, India

    • Date: 05/12/09

    The New York Times: A group of Senate Democrats who are considered swing votes on pending climate change and energy legislation sent a letter to President Obama Thursday morning detailing their conditions for supporting any domestic bill or international treaty to address global warming. The senators, most from industrial states or regions heavily dependent on […]

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