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UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok Concludes on a Mixed Note

Bangkok – On the final day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok (3-8 April), UNFCCC Executive SecretaryChristiana Figueres said that while positive and constructive, the meeting in Thailand had also highlighted continuing divisions between governments that needed to be resolved in the course of the year in order to come to a strong outcome in Durban in December.

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The Cancún Agreements: Good or Bad for Climate Change?

On 11 December 2010, in Cancún, Mexico, the Cancún Agreements on Climate Change were adopted by 193 nations during the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 6) to the Kyoto Protocol.

With these new developments, many consider Cancún as an important milestone in the history of climate change talks under the UNFCCC. The authors took on the opportunity to revisit the lessons of Cancun to best understand and find ways for moving . . . → Read More: The Cancún Agreements: Good or Bad for Climate Change?

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EU ETS Endorsed As Growing More Cost-Effective, Survey Shows

Amsterdam – Confidence is growing in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), according to respondents to the sixth annual carbon market survey carried out by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, the leading provider of market intelligence, news, analysis, forecasting and advisory services for the energy and environmental markets.

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Transform Cancun Agreements into Action, Urges Christiana Figueres

Tokyo – Speaking to media Tuesday on a visit to Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to quickly transform the Cancún Agreements, agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico in December of last year, into tangible action on the ground, and provide clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

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Outcome of Cancun Climate Negotiations: An Ethical Analysis

Two dramatically conflicting headlines about the outcome of the recently concluded Cancun United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 16th Conference of the Parties are initially defensible: One might be: Some developed nations tragically fail to make meaningful commitments on climate change for the twentieth year in a row as scientists tell the world that we are running out of time to prevent dangerous climate change. Another might be: Cancun surprises many by keeping hope alive for a global climate change deal.

This article by Donald A. Brown looks at these conflicting conclusions about Cancun through . . . → Read More: Outcome of Cancun Climate Negotiations: An Ethical Analysis

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Cancún must be followed by Higher Global Emission Cuts and Rapid Launch of New Climate Bodies/Funds

Bonn – Nations must follow up their successful UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún with higher global emission cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds to show the world that a new era of international cooperation on climate change is an established fact, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said on Monday.

“Cancún was a big step, bigger than many imagined might be possible. But the time has come for all of us to exceed our own expectations, because nothing less will do,” she said.

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Cancun Agreements Raise Expectations for COP17 in South Africa Next Year

Cancun, Mexico – Last-minute agreements at the just-ended Cancun UN Climate Change Conference have been greeted with enthusiasm by negotiators and participants who now see a real possibility for some kind of a legally binding instrument being adopted in Durban, South Africa next year, according to the Information and Communication Service (ICS) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Citing key aspects of the agreements arrived at in the Mexican sea-side resort, ICS reports that after the post-Copenhagen pessimism, the mood among negotiators and participants was generally upbeat, heightening expectations for the next conference, COP17, billed . . . → Read More: Cancun Agreements Raise Expectations for COP17 in South Africa Next Year

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UNFCCC COP16 Adopts a Balanced Package of Decisions

Cancun – The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.

The package, dubbed the “Cancun Agreements” was welcomed to repeated loud and prolonged applause and acclaim by Parties in the final plenary. Cancun has done its job. “The beacon of hope has been reignited and faith in the multilateral climate change process to deliver results has been restored,” said UNFCCC . . . → Read More: UNFCCC COP16 Adopts a Balanced Package of Decisions

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