Doha Climate Change Conference
This year's United Nations climate change negotiations, taking place in Doha from Nov. 26 until Dec. 7, marks the 18th time nations have met to address their conflicting approaches toward reducing the industrial emissions of heat-trapping gases. Representatives from 190 nations will debate to narrow those differences, but a global agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol isn't likely to be reached before 2015.
The deal to extend pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol restricts the ability of Japan, Russia, Canada and New Zealand to take advantage of carbon market mechanisms under the United Nations treaty.
The international effort to curb global warming inched forward with an agreement that extends pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol and calls for work on a mechanism that would pay aid for climate-related disasters.
Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the Qatari diplomat chairing United Nations climate treaty talks in Doha, proposed a set of decisions to break a deadlock on discussions about climate aid and damages payments.
The world’s richest and poorest countries are divided over whether to create a new fund to help vulnerable nations such as Bangladesh, Kenya and the Philippines cope with loss and damage caused by climate changes.
Envoys inched toward a deal at United Nations global-warming talks in Doha after working through the night to settle differences on climate aid and fossil-fuel emissions, paving the way to a new treaty by 2015.
President Barack Obama’s envoy at United Nations global-warming negotiations said he’s willing to participate in discussions on the issue of fairness in how nations plan to curb climate change, paving the way for drafting a new treaty by 2015.
Islands that are most vulnerable to rising oceans are seeking an insurance program to protect against damage related to climate change, adding to pressure on industrial nations to increase aid committed to fight global warming to more than $100 billion a year.
Rich countries spend five times more on fossil-fuel subsidies than on aid to help developing nations cut their emissions and protect against the effects of climate change, the Oil Change International campaign group said.
As leaders in Washington obsess about the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring the first fossil- fuel emissions cuts from both the U.S. and China.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.
The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.
Exxon Mobil Corp., a lightning rod for environmental activists since the Valdez oil spill a quarter-century ago, is appeasing some of its harshest critics by agreeing to disclose internal risk and cost assessments.
The U.K. government said it’s forming a “lab” to study ways to boost funding for climate- protection projects, part of a United Nations-led effort to channel $100 billion a year into the industry by 2020.
Global greenhouse-gas emissions may peak before 2020 if China achieves a plan to drastically cut its coal use, reducing carbon production equivalent to Australian and Canadian output combined, Greenpeace says.