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Nov 19, 2013

Carbon conundrum prompts some greens to think the unthinkable: nuclear

WARSAW, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The lack of progress at United
Nations talks to agree a deal to tackle global warming is
calling into question the insistence of many environmental
groups that low-carbon nuclear power can never be the answer.

Japan dismayed many at the 195-nation conference last week
by saying it would fail to reach its greenhouse gas emissions
targets for 2020 after the 2011 Fukushima disaster because it is
replacing nuclear power with the fossil fuels gas and oil.

Nov 18, 2013

“Clean up your act,” UN climate chief urges coal industry

WARSAW, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The U.N. climate chief urged a
radical clean-up of the coal industry on Monday to help limit
global warming, at an industry meeting in Warsaw condemned by
environmentalists as a distraction from the nearby U.N. climate
change conference.

Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N.’s Climate Change
Secretariat, told the coal summit that the industry had to
change “rapidly and dramatically” to limit high pollution and
carbon emissions, including in heavily coal-dependent Poland.

Nov 18, 2013

‘Clean up your act,’ U.N. climate chief urges industry

WARSAW (Reuters) – The U.N. climate chief urged a radical clean-up of the coal industry on Monday to help limit global warming, at an industry meeting in Warsaw condemned by environmentalists as a distraction from the nearby U.N. climate change conference.

Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N.’s Climate Change Secretariat, told the coal summit that the industry had to change “rapidly and dramatically” to limit high pollution and carbon emissions, including in heavily coal-dependent Poland.

Nov 15, 2013

Rich nations spurn call to use history to guide UN climate deal

OSLO, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The European Union and the United
States opposed on Friday a call by developing countries to
measure each nation’s historical responsibility for global
warming to guide a U.N. deal in 2015 to cut future greenhouse
gases.

Rich nations fear that any scientific study that might blame
rich nations most since they have burnt fossil fuels since the
Industrial Revolution could further delay sluggish U.N. talks.

Nov 14, 2013

Poland seeks to make “coal” a less dirty word at UN climate talks

WARSAW, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Poland is struggling to make
“coal” less of a dirty word as it hosts U.N. talks on slowing
global warming that usually focus mostly on phasing out fossil
fuels in favour of renewable energies such as solar and wind
power.

Coal-dependent Poland has angered environmentalists and put
the United Nations in a quandary by planning a coal industry
summit next week on the sidelines of Nov. 11-22 U.N. talks among
200 nations seeking ways to slow global warming.

Nov 13, 2013

2013 is seventh hottest year, rising seas worsen typhoon

WARSAW, Nov 13 (Reuters) – This year is the seventh warmest
since records began in 1850 and rising sea levels caused by
climate change are aggravating the impact of storms such as
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer
future, and more extreme weather, was inevitable, WMO
Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement during Nov.
11-22 climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.

Nov 13, 2013

2013 so far seventh hottest year, more warming seen: WMO

WARSAW (Reuters) – This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 with a trend to weather extremes and the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines aggravated by rising sea levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

A build-up of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future was now inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.

Nov 12, 2013

Haiti, Philippines hardest hit by weather extremes in 2012: study

WARSAW (Reuters) – Haiti, the Philippines and Pakistan were hardest hit by weather disasters in 2012, a report issued at U.N. climate talks on Tuesday showed, as the death toll mounted from the latest typhoon to devastate the Philippines.

Germanwatch, a think-tank partly funded by the German government, said poor nations had suffered most from extreme weather in the past two decades, and worldwide, extreme weather had killed 530,000 people and caused damage of more than $2.5 trillion.

Nov 11, 2013

Philippine delegate fasts at climate talks to urge action after storm

WARSAW (Reuters) – The Philippine delegate at U.N. climate talks began a fast on Monday in protest at a lack of action on global warming that he blamed for fuelling a super typhoon that has killed an estimated 10,000 people in his country.

Delegates from almost 200 nations held three minutes’ silence to mourn victims of typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, at the start of November 11-22 talks to plan a U.N. deal in 2015 to slow climate change.

Nov 8, 2013

UN draft stresses risk of global warming, from economy to health

OSLO (Reuters) – Global warming poses a mounting threat to health, economic growth, crops and water supplies, according to a draft report by top scientists that puts unprecedented emphasis on the risks of a changing climate.

A leaked 29-page draft by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), about the impacts of rising temperatures and due for release in March 2014, mentions “risk” 139 times against just 41 in its last assessment in 2007.