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Durban Climate Talks

Durban: An Important Step Forward in Combating Global Climate Change

Todd D. Stern | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Todd D. Stern

I've heard some people question whether the dates embedded in Durban Platform mean that we've put off "real" action on climate until 2020. The answer is emphatically no.

Let California Show the World How

Jennifer Gennari | Posted 02.13.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Gennari

Climate talks are moving more slowly than glaciers now. Rather than wait, elected officials and local advocates have taken matters into their own hands. And the newest innovator on the block is the City of Mountain View.

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.

Science Loses Status as a Climate Arbiter in Durban

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The EU, Australia, and a few others will continue to attempt unilateral cuts to their emissions, but the leading polluters, China, India and the U.S., will not make substantive emissions cuts until at least a decade from now.

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.

Climate Movement Gives UN Climate Talks a "Reality Check"

Jamie Henn | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Jamie Henn

Hundreds of people marched through the halls of the UN Climate Talks this afternoon to demand that negotiators not sign a "death sentence" in Durban.

The Occupation of COP17 was Inevitable

Bianca Jagger | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Bianca Jagger

Today, the planet is entering a period of consequences. If allowed to proceed unchecked, climate change will exact a huge cost in terms of human life and our economies.

Our Global Choice: Asserting U.S. Leadership on Climate and Energy

David Burwell | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
David Burwell

While we wish our leaders success at Durban, an international climate framework is unlikely. Continued global climate inaction begs individual action.

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.

Will Durban Climate Talks Leave us on the Wrong Side of History?

Heather Libby | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Heather Libby

It is easy to reconcile the act of waiting until 2020 in an air-conditioned hall. It is easy to vote against the Kyoto Protocol when you've never pulled your children out of the remains of your house after a rainstorm washed it away.

Without an Asteroid-Annihilating Rocketship, We're Toast

Sarah Davidson | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Sarah Davidson

Ok, so we pulled a fast one on you. There is no asteroid projected to destroy the planet by 2017 -- but there might as well be. This time frame and the threats being posed to our way of life are indisputably real.

Beyond Denial: The Next Frontier in Climate Change

Peter B. DeMenocal | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Peter B. DeMenocal

It's time to shift the discussion to what people hold dearest, for these are the things in play in the coming decades. We evidently agree now that global warming is real. Now, it's time to move on and discuss what's really at stake.

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.

Good News From Durban

Jonathan Wootliff | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Jonathan Wootliff

In spite of the treacherously slow pace of these negations, and the ever-present danger that the whole process might collapse, there are more attractive snapshots to convey from this littoral city than just its beautiful beaches.

The Most Important News Story of the Day/Millennium

Bill McKibben | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Bill McKibben

Corporate power has occupied the atmosphere. 2011 showed we could fight back. 2012 would be a good year to step up the pressure. Because this time next year the Global Carbon Project will release another number. And I'm betting it will be grim.

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.

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.

Once More Into the Breach, Dear Friends

Carl Pope | Posted 01.29.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

The story on the failure of the industrial world to keep the promise that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton flew to Copenhagen two years ago to make -- that $100 billion in climate aid would be provided to the poor nations -- is titled "A Pledge That Didn't Meet Its Potential."

Can the Durban Climate Talks Prevent 'Betrayal of all Humanity'?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The window of opportunity to deal with climate change in a sensible way is closing quickly. We have already reached 1°C of warming and the impacts are already being felt in the form of drought, heat waves and extreme precipitation.

Climategate 2.0? New Emails Hacked -- Pay No Attention to the Energy Industry Behind the Curtain

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

A new batch of nearly 230,000 illegally hacked emails is up online in the same old places the last batch went up in November of 2009, being taken totally out of context. It seems like old times.