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The Climate Post: Surprise Deal Emerges at United Nations Climate Talks

Mason Inman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Mason Inman

In a surprise turnaround, the UN climate talks produced a new deal to eventually curb global emissions moving forward.

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.

Occupy Movement Stands In Solidarity With Community Displaced By COP17

Heather Box | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Heather Box

As the United Nations Climate Negotiations droned on last Friday night, a very different gathering was happening 100 meters from the conference center...

Durban Climate Change Agreement: 'A Remarkable New Phase'?

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.12.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Does the Durban Platform really "set a new course for the global fight against climate change"? Maybe, but it will require a whole lot of work by the likes of the United States and China to keep the world on that course.

Important Progress At Global Warming Negotiations In Durban; Major Work Ahead

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.12.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The agreements reached in South Africa make important progress, but much more work lies ahead to address global warming. Here is a quick overview of what was agreed and what it means:

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.

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.

"People Power" --  A New Song for the Climate Justice Movement

Rev. Lennox Yearwood | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Rev. Lennox Yearwood

"People Power" is a new song written and sung by artists across the African continent in collaboration with the global Hip Hop community. The song tells the story of climate impacts across Africa, but it is also a call to action.

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.

To Begin to Negotiate a New Legal Agreement or Not?

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Each country can make strong shifts which will ensure that Durban defines a clear mandate to negotiate a new legally binding agreement in the immediate future. Let's hope they take this opportunity and help the world move forward to address global warming.

Compromise is Hard: The Problems and Promise of REDD+

Susanna Murley | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Essentially, these programs would be funded by developed nations to help pay for community forestry projects in developing countries, if the communities can demonstrate that their efforts are saving forests.

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.

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.

Is a Better Forecast in Our Future?

Astrid Caldas | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Astrid Caldas

Yellowstone is expected to be up and running by next summer. I for one will be looking at forecasts in a completely different way.

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.

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.

UN Climate Negotiations: Denmark and Bolivia Present Their Emissions Reductions

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Bonn, Germany -- On Thursday, specific nations presented their work to reduce emissions. Thursday morning, Canada, the EU, the Alliance of Small Islan...

US Airlines Say They Are "Green" While Fighting Anti-Pollution Efforts

Jake Schmidt | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

If an airline claimed to be "green" but was actively working to gut carbon pollution standards, what would you do?

China and Germany Race Ahead of the U.S. in Clean Energy Investments

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

China invested $54.4 billion on clean energy in 2010, $20 billion more than the U.S., according to the latest report from Pew Charitable Trusts and Bl...

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...