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Environmental issues: Time to abandon blame-games and become proactive

Published on December 17, 2012 by in Home

    By, Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC The Economic Times     The results of the UN climate-change conference that closed in Doha, Qatar, last Saturday show once again that the international negotiations are progressing, albeit slowly. At the heart of these negotiations is the most challenging energy transformation the world has ever seen. Past energy

 
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Disappointment in Doha

Published on December 13, 2012 by in Home

  Lack of progress at climate talks in Qatar.   David Keating europeanvoice.com   It was, according to many observers, the least productive international climate summit in years. Yet even the meagre results were agreed only after tense negotiations had spilled over into an extra day of talks, finally ending late on Saturday (8 December).

 
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PwC: Doha experience proves 2015 treaty agreement will be tough

Published on December 12, 2012 by in Home

  By RTCC Staff   Global consultancy PwC warn the difficulties experienced agreeing on a series of texts at the Doha climate summit demonstrate how hard it will be to achieve a global treaty in 2015. The COP18 talks concluded 26 hours after their scheduled finish, with conference President Al Attiyah closing the 2012 talks despite

 
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The Doha climate talks were a start, but 2015 will be the moment of truth

Published on December 10, 2012 by in Home

  With time running out to tackle global warming, sustained global pressure must be put on governments to reach a deal in 2015   Michael Jacobs guardian.co.uk     The Doha deal creates a bridge from the old climate regime to a new one, but leaves its future shape and ambition still to be determined. By

 
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Pollution Limits Renewed With UN Push for Climate Aid

Published on December 9, 2012 by in Home

  By Alex Morales & Ewa Krukowska Bloomberg      The international effort to curb global warming inched forward with an agreement that extends pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol and calls for work on a mechanism that would pay aid for climate-related disasters. The deal endorsed by ministers from more than 190 nations in Doha yesterday restrains

 
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Civil Society speaks at final session of COP 18 in Doha, December 8.

Published on December 9, 2012 by in Home

 

 
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Doha climate talks: US faces dilemma over final text

Published on December 8, 2012 by in Home

  By Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment analyst, Doha, Qatar   There has been a historic shift in the UN climate talks in Qatar, with the prospect of rich nations having to compensate poor nations for losses due to climate change. The US has fiercely opposed the measure – it says the cost could be unlimited.

 
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Weak plan to save Kyoto pushes climate talks to brink

Published on December 8, 2012 by in Home

  Reuters New Delhi Post      DOHA (Reuters) – Weak proposals to extend until 2020 a shrivelled U.N. plan to fight climate change pushed marathon talks to the brink of collapse on Saturday. Delegates from nearly 200 nations spent hours poring over a package deal put forward by the host, OPEC member Qatar, that

 
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Is Doha the place where global solutions go to die?

Published on December 6, 2012 by in Home

  Canadian Youth Delegation “The deal on the table fundamentally screams of climate injustice.”   by AAN EDITORS There is growing concern in the negotiating halls today, as meetings went on until 4am without seeming to tackle the difficult political issues that will make or break Qatar’s reputation as skilled diplomats. More importantly, there is concern

 
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Doing well by doing good

WEDNESDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2012   Private sector can act to cut energy use without waiting for government thestar.com Published on Monday December 03, 2012 Mike Pedersen Moving toward a low-carbon economy was high on the agenda of policy-makers prior to the financial crisis and ensuing global recession. Priorities shifted with these events, but a series

 
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COP18 Live: Latest news from Day 9 of Doha climate summit

Published on December 5, 2012 by in Home

  By John Parnell RTCC in Doha -Contact us by email or twitter! -Those on the ground in Qatar can also visit the Climate Change Studio in Hall 4, a collaboration between the UNFCCC and RTCC. Contact the Secretariat to request an interview. - Finance: Room for optimism on climate finance at UN talks. - Russia: Russia backsliding on 25% emissions reduction goal. - Brazil: Absence of acceptable Kyoto deal threatens UN climate process. Today’s

 
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In Doha, We’re Getting a Raw Deal

Cameron Fenton National Director, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition   Time, rope or runways, whatever the metaphor is for climate action, we are running out of it. Two days ago the 16th extreme weather event to hit the Philippines, Super-Typhoon Bopha, made landfall. At the 18th round of United Nations climate talks in Doha, Qatar the Philippine’s negotiator

 
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Fossil fuel subsidies seen as ‘missing piece’ of climate puzzle in UN talks

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Karl Ritter AP/Toronto Star     DOHA, QATAR—Hassan al-Kubaisi considers it a gift from above that drivers in oil- and gas-rich Qatar only have to pay $1 per gallon at the pump. “Thank God that our country is an oil producer and the price of gasoline is one of the lowest,” al-Kubaisi said, filling

 
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Post-Sandy, urgent preparation is needed for storms of the future

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Julian Hunt and Johnny Chan Toronto Star     The devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy (253 deaths in the Americas and more than $50 billion in economic damage and disruption), is prompting renewed thinking about climate change and national security. Several leading U.S. politicians have called for congressional hearings on this issue, while a

 
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Candian Youth Delegation: We Stand With the Philippines

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  CYD/DJC Doha- COP18   As the COP18 climate talks drag into their second week, for some the reality of a changing climate is striking home. In the Long-Term Cooperative Agreement Plenary session yesterday, a delegate from the Philippines said “instead of getting ready for christmas, we may be counting our dead” referring to the

 
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