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Breakthrough at Climate Talks... But Why on Earth Has It Taken So Long?

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2011 | 7:25 PM

When I told Pricilla, a Durban-born 24-year-old of Zulu ethnicity who is working here as a volunteer, that I've been attending these U.N. climate conferences since Kyoto in 1996, she deferentially asked me, "Sir, why has it taken so long to find a solution to just this one single matter?"

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Good News From Durban

(6) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 5:46 PM

It's all-too-easy for the cynics and skeptics to drown out the voices of optimism at the climate talks here in Durban. With environmentalists passionately arguing that politicians are failing the needs of our planet, and climate change disbelievers accusing scientists of fraud, it's hard for any good news to make...

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Cancún: Triumph of Expectation Management or Victory for the Well-being of Planet Earth?

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 2:05 PM

Anticipation of a lackluster outcome from the climate summit gave way to near euphoria at the closing plenary here in Cancún in the small hours of Saturday morning. It marked a dramatic end to a grueling two weeks of touch talks.

The massive convention hall was filled with self-congratulatory cheers...

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Climate Talks: U.S. Must Transform From Diehard Recalcitrant To Inspirational Leader

(4) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 2:02 PM

Size is not everything.

With so much attention here at the Cancun climate summit focused on the convoluted politicking between such colossuses as the United States, China, India and the European Union, it's easy to overlook the small guys.

Therefore, hats off to the organizers for giving first slot...

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Climate Change Is Bad for Business

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 10:15 AM

What a difference a year makes in the U.N. climate negotiations, with only 20 heads of state showing up here in Cancun, in contrast to some 120 world leaders attending the 2009 summit in Copenhagen.

In spite of a passionate appeal from Mexico's President Felipe Calderón for government representatives to...

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Business and NGOs To the Rescue: Governments Cannot Find Climate Solutions Alone

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 3:47 PM

Arriving in Cancun this weekend evoked memories of all the previous U.N. climate conventions I've attended since those heady days in Kyoto. Seeing so many of the same faces and hearing the same debates curiously provokes a combined feeling of familiarity and anxiety.

More than 15,000 people from 194...

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There Must Be Cause for Celebration in Cancun, as Tone of Climate Talks Will Pave the Way to Success at 'Rio+20' Earth Summit

(12) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 10:11 AM

There's a big party starting in the Mexican resort of Cancun this week. It's the annual Conference of the Parties of the maladroitly named United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The absence of revelry will surely be more than compensated by the burning of much midnight oil as...

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