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Michael Jacobs

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Could There Yet Be Hope in Durban?

4 Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 10:18:58 (EST)

The United Nations climate change conference now under way in Durban, South Africa, has been widely dismissed, particularly in the US. Another failure looms, it is said, proving that the top-down negotiated approach to tackling climate change cannot work.

But as the talks get serious, it seems that failure...

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Cancún - restoring a climate of hope

Posted December 16, 2010 | 08:49:26 (EST)

The deal struck at the UN climate conference which concluded in Cancún, Mexico, at the weekend has been hailed by some - mainly governments - as a remarkable achievement, and by others - mainly environmentalists - as badly inadequate. In fact, it is both. The Cancún Agreements perform the remarkable...

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Copenhagen was not a (complete) failure

Posted November 9, 2010 | 08:23:28 (EST)

Living as we do in a time in which arguments about climate change are being turned on their heads - my favourite recent example being the creed of a Tea Party group in Ohio: "The regulation of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere should be left to God and not government...

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Europe's Carbon Choice

Posted October 7, 2010 | 12:10:14 (EST)

As international negotiators meet in the Chinese port of Tianjin for the final preparatory talks before next month's UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico, a remarkable debate is brewing in Europe. Governments and businesses are posing a radical question: should the European Union simply ignore the international climate change negotiations...

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Arctic oil - the battle begins

Posted September 6, 2010 | 10:34:05 (EST)

The dramatic occupation by Greenpeace campaigners of an oil rig in the freezing seas off the coast of Greenland last week marks the first skirmish in a critical environmental battle. On the one side, a multinational oil industry desperate for new drilling fields to meet the world's insatiable demand for...

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