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Durban Climate Conference

What Jeremy Lin and US-China Cooperation on Climate Change Don't (Yet) Have in Common

Angel Hsu | Posted 04.25.2012 | Green
Angel Hsu

If China and the U.S. aim to bring their own version of "Linsanity" to climate and energy policy under new leadership, then both countries must pursue active and open dialogue and seek middle ground in the current race of self-interest.

Canada Is Making the Wrong Decision on Tar Sands Oil

Kelly Rigg | Posted 03.18.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The Canadian government and its vested oil interests should have realized that in a year that produced the Arab Spring and the Occupy movements, business as usual is no longer good enough.

Daily Life During COP 17

Sam Wolson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Sam Wolson


Durban Climate Talks -- What Happened?

Rebecca Anderson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Rebecca Anderson

The international climate negotiations have wrapped up in Durban, South Africa. I'm curious as to what percent of Americans even knew that these negotiations were happening.

What's Next Now That the Durban Climate Negotiations Are Behind Us?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 02.18.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The good news is that Durban set the stage for negotiating legally-binding commitments that will eventually cover all countries. The bad news is that these commitments may turn out to be about 10 years too late.

PHOTOS: How Do The World's Farmers Adapt To Climate Change?

Posted 12.19.2011 | Green

From CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security: Farmers and agriculture experts began COP17 pushing for negotiators t...

Making Sense of the Durban Climate Talks

Kassie Siegel | Posted 02.14.2012 | Green
Kassie Siegel

The hard truth about the this year's climate conference in Durban, South Africa, is that the outcome is horrendously inadequate for the scale and immediacy of the climate problem we face.

Assessing the Climate Talks -- Did Durban Succeed?

Robert Stavins | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The key question, at this point, is whether the Durban outcome has put the world in a place and on a trajectory whereby it is more likely than it was previously to establish a sound foundation for meaningful long-term action.

Puff And Bluster At Armageddon

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

There's an ironic smile hovering in the air after the haggling in Durban, South Africa. In a season of giving, negotiators at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change hoarded.

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

Jonathan Wootliff | Posted 02.10.2012 | Green
Jonathan Wootliff

Furnished with an increasing body of irrefutable information, it's more than understandable why Durban-born, 24-year-old Priscilla wonders why our governments are still struggling to find a political solution to the climate challenge.

Locked-in Syndrome

Robert Walker | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

We are, for the moment, locked-in to a course that is almost certainly unsustainable. Our best hope is that the "global body politic" can be spurred to action on climate change before it's too late.

Fiddling on Climate

Laura Carlsen | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Laura Carlsen

Of the hundreds of closed-door sessions, official meetings and informational seminars at the climate change talks in Durban this week, all that's come out so far is cacophony.

It's Time for Solutions

Carl Pope | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

Now that I've returned from my stint at the Durban Climate Conference, it's clear that the fundamental dynamic we are dealing with is that the global economic crisis has caused most leaders to focus exclusively on short term problems.

U.S. Obstructionism Is Hurting Climate Talks

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

The time has come for the U.S. to stand aside. If it is not willing to save lives, save jobs, and save whole ecosystems, then it should get out of the way and let those who are willing move on.

Head of Greenpeace Calls for Civil Disobedience in Durban

Anuradha Vittachi | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Anuradha Vittachi

The head of Greenpeace International has called for non-violent civil disobedience at the UN climate talks in Durban.

The Cost of Climate Change Is Jobs

David Foster | Posted 02.02.2012 | Green
David Foster

Whether in South Africa or in the United States, the cost of climate change is deep and far reaching. It's costing us money. It's costing us economic growth. And it's costing us jobs.

Climate Talks Can Impact Green Building Worldwide

Roger Platt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Roger Platt

The global community has never been as transparently interdependent as it is today. I know that will be particularly clear for those of us in Durban, South Africa, for two weeks of international dialogue on a future pact to tackle global warming.

In Durban, Canadian Youth Bake to Beat Oil Companies

Betwa Sharma | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green
Betwa Sharma

Canadian youth activists in Durban organized a bake-sale to protest against the government's pro-oil company polices that appear to be dictating its performance at the U.N. climate talks in Durban.

Could There Yet Be Hope in Durban?

Michael Jacobs | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green
Michael Jacobs

The UN climate change conference now under way has been widely dismissed, particularly in the US. Another failure looms, it is said, proving that the top-down negotiated approach cannot work. But as the talks get serious, it seems that failure is not yet guaranteed.

Letter From Durban

Carl Pope | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

Although the formal negotiating process is a disappointment -- particularly the U.S. role -- the opportunities we face keep increasing, along with the challenges. Can Durban be the turning point?

C Plus: China's Civil Society Groups Stand Up and Get Counted in Durban

Lucia Green-Weiskel | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Lucia Green-Weiskel

With greenhouse gas emissions hitting record levels, a new group of Chinese activists traditionally silenced by an authoritarian government is making its voice heard at the United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa.

Refereeing the UN Climate Games

Anuradha Vittachi | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Anuradha Vittachi

If the UN's Copenhagen climate talks in 2009 were anything to go by, Durban will have its full share of diplomatic headaches.

Sweat, EU vs. US on Science, and a Movie - Durban (30th November)

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

We're behind the EU when it says we need a comprehensive and binding treaty by 2015. But the EU is going to undermine its position fairly fundamentally if it argues that it should lock in its own weak target for another eight years.

Occupy Durban: Climate Talks Draw Protests Inside and Out

Bryan Farrell | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Bryan Farrell

Durban is a symbol of what people power can achieve and these next two weeks are without a doubt the right time for that legacy to grow.

Limited Government in an Era of Unlimited Harm

Douglas A. Kysar | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Douglas A. Kysar

The most critical obstacle to progress on climate change is the inability of the United States to make any credible commitments to the rest of the world, given the upcoming presidential election and a chronically dysfunctional Congress.