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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?

The Climate Post: Pleas, Hard Lines, and Accusations of Bad Faith Negotiations at Climate Talks

Mason Inman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Mason Inman

A week before the climate talks began, a new collection of 5,000 e-mails from climate researchers surfaced, apparently part of the same set obtained and then leaked in 2009 in the so-called "Climategate" affair.

'Green News Report' - December 1, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Newt make...

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.

Video Blog, Durban Day 4 - Countries Starting to Draw Lines in the Sand

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The U.S. must show leadership by helping craft a path to get a new legal agreement, not throw up barriers at the outset. They need to ensure that they aren't allergic to the meal that is served, but they can't demand that everything on the menu meet their tastes at the outset.

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.

Healthy Rivers, Not Dammed Ones, Needed to Combat Climate Change

Lori Pottinger | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Lori Pottinger

A new 3-D Google Earth video illustrates three key reasons that large dams are the wrong response to climate change.

'Green News Report' - November 29, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.29.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: What was ...

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 Negotiations Succeed?

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations begin today in Durban, South Africa. These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of ...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Canada To Quit Kyoto? | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

Global climate talks got an inauspicious start in Durban, South Africa, on Monday with reports that Canada planned to withdraw fully from the Kyoto P...

What Must Global Warming Negotiations in South Africa Accomplish?

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.23.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

In Durban, countries must be able to "walk and chew gum," while starting to sprint towards solutions that deliver low-carbon energy and reduced deforestation.

Making Some Noise To Protect The Future Of The 99%

Bill McKibben | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Bill McKibben

Since climate change is the first truly global problem, those people have to figure out how to raise a common message, one that crosses the boundaries of language. The best method -- proven in countless social movements -- may be music.

The Climate Post: Big Businesses' Call for Climate Action: Strong Treaty, More Aid

Mason Inman | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

A group of large investors urged governments to forge a binding treaty at upcoming climate negotiations in South Africa, and said global spending has not been nearly enough to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

If Kyoto Dies In Durban, It Will Be A Death Knell For The Climate Fight

The Guardian | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green

At the opening ceremony of Climate Week New York last month, Tony Blair drew a laugh from the crowd when he quipped: "It's a relief after the weeks I'...

Durban III - A Weapon of Mass Distraction

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 11.21.2011 | New York
Thor Halvorssen

The terrible irony of the conferences is that the organizers -- largely repressive, one-party regimes -- effectively use them as spectacles to distract the world from their own crimes.

Is the U.S. About to Help Canada Significantly Increase Its Carbon Pollution?

Jake Schmidt | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The Obama Administration has a simple choice -- help stop global warming and reject the Keystone XL project or approve Keystone XL and help another country fail to meet its global warming commitments.

Canada's Step Away From the Kyoto Protocol Can Be a Constructive Step Forward

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.11.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

The international community may have begun to recognize that incremental steps in the right direction are better than acrimonious debates over unachievable targets

UN Climate Negotiations: EU Ramps Up Renewables and Addresses Aviation Emissions

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

International aviation emissions grew by 66% between 1990 and 2005. They form one of the fastest growing sources of emissions. Yet they are currently excluded from the Kyoto Protocol.

US To Boycott Racism Conference At UN

AP | ANITA SNOW | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The Obama administration said Wednesday it will boycott a world conference against racism being held at U.N. headquarters in Se...

Alleged Ax Murderer Nabbed In South Africa

AP | Posted 05.30.2011 | World

DURBAN, South Africa -- South African police say they will charge a man with murder for slaying three people with an ax in a weeklong rampage. Brigad...

How to Advance Climate Change & Clean Energy Action at the Rio Earth Summit

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The world’s leaders will be meeting June 4-6, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio+20 Earth Summit.  This Summit is an important...

International Climate Negotiations Grind to a Standstill

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Not much has been said or written about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since the flurry of post-Cancun commentary. So what's been happening with the climate talks?

Netcare, South African Hospital, Charged in Organ Trafficking

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JOHANNESBURG — A major South African hospital chain and its chief executive have been charged after years of investigation into a human organ traffi...