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Dec 17, 2012

“Peak farmland” is here, food crop area to fall -study

OSLO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The amount of land needed to grow
crops worldwide is at a peak and an area more than twice the
size of France can return to nature by 2060 due to rising yields
and slower population growth, a group of experts said on Monday.

The report, conflicting with U.N. studies that say more
cropland will be needed in coming decades to avert hunger and
price spikes as the world population rises beyond 7 billion,
said humanity had reached what it called “Peak Farmland”.

Dec 14, 2012

Human link to climate change stronger than ever – draft report

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – International climate scientists
are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for
global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events,
according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of
experts.

The early draft, which is still subject to change before a
final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in
global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set
to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius.

Dec 9, 2012

Despair after climate conference, but UN still offers hope

DOHA, Dec 9 (Reuters) – At the end of another
lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on
curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about
climate change are close to despair.

As thousands of delegates checked out of their
air-conditioned hotel rooms in Doha to board their jets for
home, some asked whether the U.N. system even made matters worse
by providing cover for leaders to take no meaningful action.

Dec 8, 2012

Doha climate talks throw lifeline to Kyoto Protocol

DOHA, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations extended on
Saturday a weakened U.N. plan for fighting global warming until
2020, averting a new setback to two decades of U.N. efforts that
have failed to halt rising world greenhouse gas emissions.

The eight-year extension of the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012
keeps it alive as the sole legally binding plan for combating
global warming. But it was sapped by the withdrawal of Russia,
Japan and Canada, so its signatories now account for only 15
percent of global greenhouse emisions.

Dec 8, 2012

Weak plan to save Kyoto pushes climate talks to brink

DOHA (Reuters) – Weak proposals to extend until 2020 a shrivelled U.N. plan to fight climate change pushed marathon talks to the brink of collapse on Saturday.

Delegates from nearly 200 nations spent hours poring over a package deal put forward by the host, OPEC member Qatar, that would also postpone until 2013 a row over demands from developing nations for more cash to help them cope with global warming.

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.