Climate action
December 4, 2008 09:00 AM - Fincancial Times

Sometimes deferring pain simply makes matters worse. We can only hope this point is not lost on the government delegates currently gathered at the United Nations climate change conference in Poznan, Poland. There to continue negotiations for a new treaty to replace the Kyoto protocol, the representatives of some 190 countries are finding that progress, even on this burning concern, can be tortuously slow.

Obama climate goals not enough: China, India
December 4, 2008 08:43 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama's goals for curbing greenhouse gases to 2020 are inadequate to fight global warming, Chinese and Indian delegates told Reuters at U.N. climate talks on Wednesday. Developing nations welcomed Obama's plan for tougher goals than President George W. Bush but said Obama's target of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020 was not enough to avoid dangerous global warming.

Island states seek tougher U.N. climate deal
December 3, 2008 10:08 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - A group of 43 small island states called on Wednesday for tougher goals for fighting global warming than those being considered at U.N. climate talks, saying that rising seas could wipe them off the map. "We are not prepared to sign a suicide agreement that causes small island states to disappear," Selwin Hart of Barbados, a coordinator of the alliance of small island states, told Reuters at the 187-nation meeting.

Ice beetles impacted by climate change
December 2, 2008 09:16 AM - California Academy of Sciences

In the summer of 1968, Dave Kavanaugh set off on a hike that would change the course of his life. As a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado, he had joined a climbing club with a few members of the biophysics department, and the group had set their sights on Gray's Peak—the ninth highest mountain in Colorado. Kavanaugh, who has never been able to do anything slowly, scampered up to the top of the peak in record time and sat down to wait for the rest of the group.

U.N. climate boss warns of "cheap, dirty" energy fix
December 1, 2008 09:35 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - The world must avoid a "cheap and dirty" fix for the economy that could undermine the fight against global warming, the U.N.'s top climate official said on Sunday. Yvo de Boer said the world risked a second financial crisis if governments reacted to economic slowdown by building cheap, high-polluting coal-fired power plants that might then have to be scrapped as climate impacts hit.

Building trust tops global climate agenda
December 1, 2008 09:04 AM -

A year-long push to devise a new global climate-change treaty — one that picks up where the Kyoto Protocol leaves off — gets under way Monday in Poland, with delegates from more than 190 nations set to resume grappling with the thorny issues of how much more to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and who will pay.

UN climate summit seeks clarity
December 1, 2008 08:55 AM - BBC

This year's round of UN climate talks are opening in Poland with nations attempting to set the terms of a new deal on all aspects of climate change. The talks, in the city of Poznan, mark the halfway point in a two-year process agreed at last year's UN conference.

Climate change remains a top priority
November 30, 2008 09:58 AM - SF Gate

Skeptics believed that the fiscal crisis would force Obama to put his plans to address global warming on the back burner. But in a videotaped speech to a climate summit co-hosted by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this month, Obama said, "Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option."

Poorer nations bear brunt of climate change
November 28, 2008 09:40 AM -

Delegates from nearly 200 countries meet in Poland Monday to work on a new global climate-saving pact, finding ways to help poorer regions

Greenhouse gases hit record levels last year
November 26, 2008 09:50 AM - Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Gases blamed for global warming reached record levels in the atmosphere last year, the United Nations weather agency said on Tuesday. Concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) touched new highs after more steady rises in 2007, and methane had its largest annual increase in a decade, the World Meteorological Organization said.

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