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Majority of world’s countries miss Copenhagen Accord deadline

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The bulk of the world’s nations ignored a January 31 deadline to submit action plans to combat climate change under the terms of the Copenhagen Accord (pdf). But the majority of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions will be affected by commitments that were submitted to the United Nations in recent days, in keeping with the [...]

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Draft text of new “Copenhagen Accord”

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Here is the latest draft text of the "Copenhagen Accord" put forward on December 18 by the U.S., China, India and South Africa, among other countries, at the climate summit in the Danish capital. Copenhagen Accord The Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers, and other heads of delegation present at the United Nations Climate [...]

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Lonely senator says Copenhagen necessary for climate action in U.S.

COPENHAGEN—Not a lot of U.S. Senators will make the trek to the United Nations’ climate summit here—a delegation led by California Sen. Barbara Boxer will stay home to focus on the ongoing health care debate while arch-contrarian Senator James Inhofe (R–Okla.) stopped in but briefly. But Sen. John Kerry (D–Mass.) made the trip to say [...]

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Copenhagen climate conference kicks off

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To be or not to be? That is the question. Will 192 world governments agree in the next two weeks on a framework to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and thereby combat climate change? Or will they dither and divide at the Copenhagen climate summit, as they did with previous efforts, including the ineffectual Kyoto [...]

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Obama and (climate) change: Indian edition

The U.S. launched this week a historic program to advance clean energy in India—where simply moving the 40 percent of the South Asian nation’s citizens who still burn coal, dung or wood to electricity could deliver major improvements for development, clean air and climate. Last week, it was a similar historic program to advance clean [...]

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What’s in a name? “UN Sustainable Development Conference”

After 10 years of zooming around the world to cover the ozone, climate, and biodiversity negotiations, I realize the outcome of Rio+20 (and meetings of the like) has been staring me in my face. It became clear when Rio+20 concluded with much applause, but little else in terms of solid outcomes. Yes, there’s a lukewarm [...]

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