BBC NEWS | 2009/12/21 | 14:25:07 GMT
Gordon Brown will accuse a small group of countries of holding the Copenhagen climate summit talks to ransom. The 193-nation UN conference ended with delegates simply “taking note” of a US-led climate deal that recognised the need to limit temperature rises to 2C. Mr. Brown said on Monday the talks were “at best flawed and at worst chaotic” and called for a reformed UN process. And he is expected to say in a podcast that a global deal should not be “held to ransom by a handful of countries.” Energy Secretary Ed Miliband has singled out China for vetoing an agreement on emissions but in an article in The Guardian, both he and Mr. Brown say a diluted deal was better than nothing at all.
BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg says politicians were “pointing the finger” after the disappointment of the outcome of the summit. The prime minister will say in his podcast: “Never again should we face the deadlock that threatened to pull down these talks. Never again should we let a global deal to move towards a greener future be held to ransom by only a handful of countries.” He said lessons must be learned from the “tough negotiations” that took place in Copenhagen. Continue reading
BRIAN WINTER | AP | ABC News | Nov. 28, 2009
A controversy over leaked e-mails exchanged among global warming scientists is part of a “smear campaign” to derail next month’s United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen, one of the scientists, meteorologist Michael Mann, said Tuesday. Unknown hackers illegally broke into a server last week at the climate institute at Britain’s University of East Anglia. The hackers then published hundreds of candid private messages in which top climate change specialists debate how to address recent data showing temperatures leveling off, the university says. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., called Monday for a congressional investigation into whether the messages demonstrate a deliberate effort by some of the scientists to overstate the effects of man-made global warming. Climate change skeptics “don’t have the science on their side anymore, so they’ve resorted to a smear campaign to distract the public from the reality of the problem and the need to confront it head-on in Copenhagen,” said Mann, professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University who was the recipient of several of the published e-mails.
Officials from the United States and 191 other nations will meet in Copenhagen from Dec. 7 to Dec. 18 to try to reach a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of global warming. President Obama, who has said he might attend the summit if his presence would add impetus to the talks, has warned it will likely fall short of its original goal of a binding global treaty. However, he said Tuesday after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; the world’s nations are “a step closer” to a less ambitious political agreement. Continue reading
The Guardian | Tuesday 24 November | 2009
- Barack Obama to announce target in next three weeks
- Figure to be provisional in nature, officials say
The White House said today it would go to the Copenhagen climate change summit with a proposed target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions after facing international pressure to commit to stronger action on climate change. An administration official told reporters that President Barack Obama would propose the targets before the climate meeting, which is less than three weeks away. The move removes the biggest obstacle to a political deal at Copenhagen. America is the only major industrialised country that has yet to reveal its emissions reduction plan. The official did not give details on the stringency of the proposed cuts, but it is thought likely they would range from 14% to 20% from 2005 levels – still below those put forward by the EU and other industrialised countries. “The one thing the president has made clear is we want to take action consistent with the legislative process,” the official told reporters. “[We] don’t want to get out ahead or be at odds with what can be produced through legislation.
The Observer reported on Sunday that the US was considering a “provisional target” at Copenhagen. Todd Stern, the state department climate change envoy, told the Observer: “What we are looking at is to see whether we could put down essentially a provisional number that would be Continue reading
NYT | November 20, 2009
With less than three weeks remaining before negotiators gather in Copenhagen to hammer out a global response to climate change, a rapid-fire succession of countries are unveiling national plans that serve as opening bids for reining in heat-trapping emissions. “The list of what is on the table is rather long,” said Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the sponsor of the meeting, which runs from Dec. 7 to 18 in Copenhagen. But, speaking at the United Nations headquarters on Thursday, he seized on the latest pledges to take aim at the United States, which has not yet played its hand. “We now have offers of targets from all industrialized countries except the United States,” Mr. de Boer said. He emphasized that he was looking to the United States for “a numerical midterm target and commitment to financial support.” “This is essential, and I believe this can be done,” he said.
In an interview, Todd Stern, the chief climate negotiator for the United States, said that the Obama administration was trying to decide whether to release a proposal in the coming days. “What we are looking at is whether we feel that we can put down a number that would be provisional in effect, contingent on getting our legislation done,” he said. “Our inclination is to try to do that, but we want to be smart about Continue reading
Reuters | Tue Nov 17, 2009 | 9:12pm IST
U.N. talks on a new climate deal are struggling to overcome differences on how to share the cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and of preparing for global warming, which is now considered inevitable. U.S. President Barack Obama met Chinese President Hu Jintao this week to discuss a climate deal. Their countries account for 40 percent of all carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. Following is a breakdown of the top 15 emitters of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels up to end-2008.
The International Energy Agency estimates that global carbon emissions will fall by as much as 3 percent in 2009 as a result of the financial crisis. Estimates of carbon emissions that include deforestation can be far higher, notably for Indonesia.
BBC NEWS | 2009/11/16 | 11:50:55 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a “single global vision” from world leaders to
address the problems of world hunger and pollution. Mr. Ban’s comments came at the start of a UN conference in Rome aimed at stabilising world food prices. He said the summit needed to co-ordinate closely with the UN climate meeting at Copenhagen in December. The UN says one billion people are hungry and that food production must increase to feed a growing population. The World Summit on Food Security comes a year after major rises in food prices caused chaos in many countries. Mr. Ban said both the Rome and Copenhagen summits “must craft a single global vision to produce real results for people in real need.” He called for a more co-ordinated approach to the issues, saying there “can be no food security without climate security. The food crisis of today is a wake-up call for tomorrow. By 2050, our planet may be the home of 9.1 billion people. By 2050 we know we will need to grow 70% more food, yet weather is becoming more extreme and more unpredictable,” AFP news agency quoted him as saying. “We must make significant changes to feed ourselves, and most especially to safeguard the poorest and most vulnerable.” The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that if more land is not used for food production now, 370 million people could be facing famine by 2050. Continue reading