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Dec 8, 2012

Qatar seeks to extend Kyoto to break climate change deadlock

DOHA, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Qatar proposed keeping an existing
U.N. plan for fighting climate change in place until 2020 on
Saturday in an attempt to break a deadlock at talks over a new
deal to curb world greenhouse gas emissions.

The OPEC nation hosting the negotiations among almost 200
countries also suggested putting off until 2013 a dispute about
demands from developing nations for more cash to help them cope
with global warming.

Dec 8, 2012

Aid, climate disputes push U.N. talks to brink of failure

DOHA (Reuters) – Disagreements over how to help poor nations cope with everything from floods to rising seas pushed marathon U.N. climate change talks among almost 200 countries close to failure on Saturday.

The two-week U.N. meeting, originally due to end on Friday, was also struggling to agree on an extension of the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol, which obliges developed nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions and will otherwise expire on December 31.

Dec 7, 2012

European Union agrees deal on U.N. “hot air”: Commission

DOHA (Reuters) – European Union countries have resolved a long-standing row over surplus sovereign pollution permits, the EU Commission said on Friday, a dispute that has slowed progress at U.N. climate change talks in Qatar.

The Commission, the European Union’s executive, declined to disclose detail on the deal.

Dec 6, 2012

Rich-poor bickering over aid stymies U.N. climate talks

DOHA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Bickering over when rich nations
will step up aid towards a promised $100 billion by 2020 to help
developing nations tackle the effects of climate change
threatened to derail talks in Doha between 200 countries.

Environmental activists said the two-week talks, due to end
on Friday, were “on the brink of disaster” after rich nations
failed to set dates for releasing the promised cash or to set
goals on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Dec 5, 2012

China demands timetable to $100 billion climate aid for developing world

DOHA (Reuters) – China led developing nations on Wednesday in demanding rich countries give details of a promised surge in aid to $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the poor cope with global warming.

But most rich nations, facing economic slowdown at home that cut overall development aid in 2011, said they were unable to stake out a timetable for rising aid at deadlocked global climate talks.

Dec 4, 2012

Extreme weather is new normal, U.N.’s Ban tells climate talks

DOHA (Reuters) – Extreme weather is the new normal and poses a threat to the human race, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, as he sought to revive deadlocked global climate change talks.

Ban’s intervention came as efforts to agree a symbolic extension of the U.N. Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that obliges about 35 developed nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, looked to be faltering.

Dec 1, 2012

Qatar permits rare protest for workers’ rights

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar permitted a rare protest for workers’ rights on Saturday at a government-approved rally of about 300 activists demanding action to combat climate change.

Marchers, mostly foreigners attending the November 26-December 7 talks among 200 nations on slowing global warming, chanted “Arab leaders, time to lead” and “climate action now” as they marched along the waterfront past skyscrapers in central Doha.

Nov 30, 2012

UN calls for urgency on climate, says Doha deal to delight no one

DOHA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Friday
greater urgency was needed to slow climate change and that even
success at current low-ambition talks among 200 nations in Doha
would delight no one.

The world economic slowdown has taken the spotlight off
global warming and no big nations at the Nov. 26-Dec. 7 talks in
Qatar have announced new measures to slow rising temperatures
and help avert projected floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising
seas.

Nov 30, 2012

Pledges to fight global warming inadequate, U.S. off track: study

DOHA (Reuters) – Major nations’ policies are inadequate to limit global warming and the United States is off track even in carrying out its weak pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific scorecard showed on Friday.

The Climate Action Tracker report, issued on the sidelines of talks among almost 200 countries in Doha about climate change, said a toughening of policies was still possible to avert damaging floods, heat waves and rising seas.

Nov 28, 2012

Extreme weather calls for action, UN climate chief says

DOHA, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Extreme weather from melting Arctic
ice to Superstorm Sandy shows snail-paced U.N. climate talks
have to do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the
U.N. weather agency and its climate chief said on Wednesday.

“Climate change is taking place before our eyes,” Michel
Jarraud, the head of the U.N.’s weather agency, said of the
shrinking of ice floating on the Arctic Ocean to a record low in
September and other extremes.