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Canada Pulls Out of Kyoto Protocol, Threatens to Derail Climate Action

The failure of the global community to bring the US under a legal regime is rubbing hard on the richer nations committed to Kyoto Protocol.

The announcement made by Peter Kent, the Canadian Environment Minister, to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol comes as a major jolt to the global climate action movement. The timing of the announcement – barely a day after more than 190 nations signed off a deal at Durban – is also puzzling.

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Climate Talks End With Hope for a New More Comprehensive Legally-Binding Agreement

Durban – Several key and important steps forward were agreed at the UN climate convention meeting that closed on December 11 in Durban, including an agreement to negotiate a new and more inclusive treaty and the establishment of a Green Climate Fund.

But the outcome in the South African coastal city has left the world with some serious and urgent challenges if a global temperature rise is to be kept under 2° Celsius in the 21st century.

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Durban Conference Delivers Breakthrough for Climate

Brussels – The European Union welcomes the agreement reached at the UN Climate Conference in Durban as a historic breakthrough in the fight against climate change. After two weeks of negotiations, the 195 Parties to the UN climate change convention agreed on a roadmap, proposed by the EU, for drawing up a legal framework by 2015 for climate action by all countries. The Durban conference also agreed that there will be a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, made operational for the new Green Climate Fund for developing countries, and approved a series of measures which build . . . → Read More: Durban Conference Delivers Breakthrough for Climate

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UN Climate Change Conference in Durban Kicks Off

Durban – Against a background of record greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, more frequent and intense extreme weather events, but also growing momentum for action to fight climate change, the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban kicked off on November 28.

At the start of the conference, South African PresidentJacob Zuma pointed to the climate impacts in Africa as a reason for all governments to take action.

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Good Progress in Panama Climate Talks Means Governments can Push Ahead Strongly in Durban

Panama – A week of formal climate negotiations in Panama ended on Friday, October 7, with progress on drafting those decision texts that will allow governments to push ahead strongly in Durban with concrete help for the developing world to deal with climate change.

“Panama made good progress on preparing the decisions that will help developing countries adapt to climate change and get access to the technologies they need to create their own clean energy futures,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.

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Penalizing Free-Riders: Game Theory Could Help Climate Negotiators

All international efforts to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions are hampered by “free-riding” countries. A new approach on how to deal with such countries is given by a study using economic game theory which has been published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ last week. In the study, scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research show how – at least on paper – a greater degree of international cooperation can be achieved.

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New Zealand Hosts International Climate Change Meeting

Tim Groser, New Zealand’s Minister Responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations, announced on July 22 that New Zealand will host a meeting of international climate change negotiators in Auckland next week. The meeting aims to accelerate progress before the next major meeting to be held in Durban, South Africa in December.

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Indian Minister Calls for 5-Pronged Approach to Fast-Track Climate Talks

The second Petersberg Dialogue on climate change was held in Berlin on July 3-4, 2011, to evolve political consensus on key deliverables for success at Durban and the outcomes of the Cancun climate conference. The conference was organized by the Government of Germany and the Government of South Africa, which will be hosting the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban this year.

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African Heads of State Stress Importance of Rio+20 for Continent

Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) – African heads of state have stressed the need for a common voice on sustainable development in the run-up to next year’s major Rio+20 Conference. Heads of state and government ministers from 53 states were among 130 participants at a roundtable event held in Equitorial Guinea during the African Union Summit of Heads of States and Governments, which ended July 1.

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UN Climate Change Chief Urges Progress Towards Low-Emissions Future

Bonn – Against the back-drop of new warnings about the rise in greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, the top United Nations climate change official called on governments on June 6 to make progress in the fight against global warming, building on commitments made last year.

Christiana Figueres reminded delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, of the commitments made at last year’s climate talks in Cancún, Mexico, which concluded with a package of decisions to help countries advance towards a low-emissions future.

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