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As the latest round of United Nations climate
change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, draws to a close after another series of familiar delays, it is important to recall the tremendous scale of the challenge we face and the precious little time ...
Governments worldwide must step up efforts to save the planet from global warming in the biggest challenge humanity has ever undertaken, according to United Nations` climate
chief Christiana Figueres.
Developing and industrialised ...
Big companies should report their impact on the environment in addition to their earnings under a U.N. plan to boost economic growth and ease poverty by 2030, according to recommendations by a panel of world leaders released on ...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Monday that in the quest for binding international
emissions targets to fight global warming, doing nothing is "not an option".
"I'm under no illusion that there is a long road ahead," Merkel said ...
State of the Union addresses are wearying rituals, in which stitched-together lists of never-gonna-happen goals are woven into idealistic catchphrases, analyzed as rhetoric by an unqualified panel of poetry-critic-for-a-night political reporters, ...
Not long after the European parliament cast doubt on the future of the EU’s key policy to confront global warming, José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, huddled with his climate
commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, in the VIP lounge ...
It is clear why Iceland is interested in China: the Arctic nation’s prime minister is currently in Beijing to sign a free-trade agreement that will boost Icelandic fish exports more than somewhat. But why is China so interested in ...
Fewer United Nations climate summit
s and more incentives through carbon pricing could speed up international
efforts to slow the pace of global warming, a draft European Commission paper seen by Reuters says.
talks have yet ...
Last week, a 36-year-old man named Ricken Patel gave the Commonwealth Lecture at the Guildhall in London. It was entitled "The opportunity of our time" and promised a "new politics, a new activism, a new democracy".
The vaunting sense of ...
The European Commission has outlined new targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and using more green energy by 2030, according to a policy paper seen by Reuters.
The paper reflects industry demands that climate
goals have to take ...
“This gathering represents man’s earnest endeavor to understand his own condition and to prolong his tenancy of this planet.”
With these stirring words, Indira Gandhi, India’s Prime Minister, galvanized the 1972 UN Conference on the ...
When super-typhoon Bopha struck without warning before dawn, flattening the walls of their home, Maria Amparo Jenobiagon, her two daughters and her grandchildren ran for their lives.
The storm on 4 December was the worst ever to hit the ...
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama affirmed his commitment to tackle the issue of climate
change, "If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will." He further stated, "I will direct my Cabinet to come up ...
The Environment Audit Committee (EAC) has responded angrily after the government today rejected its recommendation for a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.The EAC recommended last September that drilling in Arctic waters ...
Wales is making "good progress" towards its goal of delivering three per cent year-on-year greenhouse gas emission reductions, according to a new report from the UK's independent Committee on Climate
The report, which was ...
The vast majority of Europeans believe investment in renewable energy should be prioritised over the next 30 years, compared to alternative energy sources including shale gas, nuclear and carbon capture and storage (CCS) plants.
That is ...
For many energy experts around the world, the New Year starts this coming week in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit
This year, the summit
is coupled with two political conferences dedicated to renewable energy: the Assembly of ...
The outcome of the Doha Climate Summit
disappointed observers and activists alike, but it was in fact another step towards creating the enabling conditions for civilisational change and moves to addressing global injustice, argues Bo ...
When do "alarmists" become thought leaders? Is it when their numbers reach a critical mass? It is when the threat they identify becomes so obvious to enough people, it becomes impossible to deny? Is it when long-time climate
change deniers, ...
For those of us (wonks, admittedly) interested in the fate of the Green Climate
Fund – potentially the most important multilateral institution to deal with climate
change in the near future – the outcome of 2012 Doha climate summit
was a ...
The world's climate
could be hijacked by a rogue country or wealthy individual firing small particles into the stratosphere, claims a warning that comes not from a new Hollywood movie trailer but a sober report from the World Economic Forum ...
Four Deutsche Bank staff have reportedly been jailed in the latest twist to a European carbon trading fraud investigation that has seen the bank's co-chief executive brought in for questioning.
Five bank staff appeared before judges ...
It is almost a ritual now for UN climate
change negotiations to reach the brink of collapse before a nail-biting, past-the-deadline compromise is achieved. But the tortuous conclusion to this year's talks in Doha, Qatar, only sets the stage for a ...
The 18th UN climate
is taking place in the small, but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. Delegates, press, dignitaries and the legions of low-paid, foreign guest ...
United Nations climate
talks are on the edge of collapse Thursday, according to a coalition of civil society and representatives from half of the world`s countries.
Once again, rich industrialised nations are putting nothing on the table ...