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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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Agricultural Work Programme under Threat amidst Uncertain Climate Talks

Agriculture is a necessary yet significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 14-31 per cent of total emissions. The world’s 1.5 billion members of farm families also manage the planet’s water, soil and carbon systems. Yet unlike the forestry sector, agriculture still does not have a dedicated work programme for addressing how it can be incorporated into the broader climate agreement. Such a programme is the starting point for allowing scientists, policy-makers, farmers and industry to refine understanding of key issues for mitigation and adaptation in the farming sector.

On December 4, more than four . . . → Read More: Agricultural Work Programme under Threat amidst Uncertain Climate Talks

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Cancun Breakthrough puts Climate Deal Back on Track

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change welcomed the agreement made at the international climate change summit in Cancun, describing the deal as a turning point in the negotiations. Chris Huhne said, “A global climate deal is in the UK’s national interest and Cancun shows other countries also want to get on with getting an international deal.”

“We’ve worked hard to bring countries together and the expectations have been exceeded.”

“A global deal on climate change is now back on track.”

“We’ve now got to use this momentum to . . . → Read More: Cancun Breakthrough puts Climate Deal Back on Track

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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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Acidification May Push Already Over-Stressed Oceans into the Red

Cancun / Nairobi / Plymouth – The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN Climate Convention meeting in Mexico says.

The study, entitled the “Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification”, has brought together some of the latest scientific research on ‘ocean acidification’, a process triggered by increasing concentrations of dissolved C02 which is changing the sea’s chemistry by lowering the pH of the marine environment. Launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the . . . → Read More: Acidification May Push Already Over-Stressed Oceans into the Red

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UNICEF Bringing the Voices of Youth to COP16 in Mexico

New York – The outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) being held in Cancun, Mexico, will have an important impact on the future of all young people. To amplify their voices, UNICEF is leading a series of communications technology initiatives to make sure they are heard by world leaders and governments attending the conference.

Through facilitating access to use of social media, UNICEF and partners are enabling young people – most of whom are not able to attend the conference in person – to participate in these important discussions.

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