After dangerous lull, war on climate change faces crunch year

After a year in which it nearly lost its compass, the campaign against climate change heads into 2009 needing top-level political commitment, creative thinking and a deep well of money. Next year holds a big dream: by its end, the world will have forged a treaty in Copenhagen to shrink global warming from mankind-threatening juggernaut to manageable problem.

Climate change no fairy tale, says Sore
December 15, 2008 09:04 AM - Solomon Star

THE bad effect of climate change is not a fairy tale but an on-the-ground reality, the Solomon Islands told the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Poland. “On a daily basis, we are experiencing coastal erosions, we are fighting sea level rise and we are drinking brackish water,” said Rence Sore, the Permanent Secretary of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology.

Russia may not join global deal on climate change
December 12, 2008 11:29 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - Russia may not join a new global deal to fight climate change if it is against Moscow's interests and will set a national mid-term target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions next year, an official said on Friday. "If the conditions for the international agreement are not favorable for us we may not join such an agreement," Alexander Pankin, deputy head of the Russian delegation at U.N.-led December 1-12 climate negotiations in Poland, told Reuters.

Coral Reef Loss Suggests Global Extinction Event
December 12, 2008 07:12 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The world is on the brink of a massive extinction event, according to the United Nations. Rapid releases of greenhouse gas emissions are changing habitats at a rate faster than many of the world's species can tolerate. "Indeed the world is currently facing a sixth wave of extinctions, mainly as a result of human impacts," said Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Programme in a statement.

Time for 'Green New Deal' on climate change, financial crisis: Ban

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for a "Green New Deal" to tackle climate change and the world financial crisis, as a key EU summit began in Brussels and global talks in Poland entered their final 48 hours. Ban pleaded with the heads of the European Union (EU), locking horns over a deal for curbing their greenhouse-gas emissions, to demonstrate the leadership for which the world yearned.

World must avoid backsliding in climate fight: U.N.
December 11, 2008 08:38 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - The world must avoid backsliding in the fight against global warming and work out a "Green New Deal" to fix twin climate and economic crises, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday. "We must re-commit ourselves to the urgency of our cause," Ban told about 100 environment ministers at December 1-12 U.N. talks in Poland working on a new climate treaty but overshadowed by worries about recession.

Wetter and wilder: the signs of warming everywhere
December 10, 2008 10:22 AM -

In the third part of our series on the eve of the Poznan conference, we look at how climate change is already changing ordinary people's lives from Australia to Brazil Joao da Antonio's eyes are full of tears. If good rains do not come, he says, he will pack his bag, kiss his wife and two children goodbye and join the annual exodus of young men leaving hot, dry rural north-eastBrazil for the biofuel fields in the south.

Ozone hole weakens oceanic carbon sink
December 10, 2008 09:58 AM - naturenews

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica may be impairing the Southern Ocean's ability to mop up carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere, according to work presented at a meeting in France today.

The Financial Proposals At Poznan
December 10, 2008 08:42 AM - , Triple Pundit

The ongoing global climate negotiations in the Polish town of Poznan are all about financing, insiders say. So what proposals are on the table? A roundup of some headline generating plans: The future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is at the heart of the discussions. New projects in this mechanism, which allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to sell credits to industrialized countries wishing to meet their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol, are worth $25 billion. Last year alone, $82 billion worth of carbon credits were traded globally. The certificates are aimed at boosting technology transfer to developing countries.

Sarkozy urges Poland not to block EU climate deal
December 6, 2008 09:35 AM - Reuters

GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy sought to persuade Poland on Saturday to drop a threatened veto to new European Union climate goals with a compromise likely to center on coal concessions. Sarkozy, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, met Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the start of a summit that will also include leaders of seven other ex-communist nations in an effort to thrash out a deal ahead of a December 11-12 EU summit.

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