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Dec 9, 2014

UN’s Ban says no ‘time for tinkering’ on global warming action

LIMA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no “time for tinkering” and urged a radical shift to greener economies.

Ban said there was still a chance of limiting global warming to an internationally agreed ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times to limit more floods, droughts, desertification and rising sea levels.

Dec 8, 2014

Global Environment Fund wants to coordinate green supply chains

LIMA (Reuters) – The Global Environment Facility, which has provided $13.5 billion in grants to developing nations since 1991, wants a wider role in protecting nature by tightening commodity supply chains from farmers to consumers.

Naoko Ishii, chief executive officer of the 183-nation GEF, told Reuters that efforts to safeguard tropical forests from land clearance to make way, for instance, for palm oil plantations were hampered by a lack of oversight.

Dec 5, 2014

Rift widens among greens over burying carbon as climate fix

LIMA (Reuters) – A rift is widening among the world’s biggest environmental groups over a little-tested technology for burying carbon that might help cut the cost of fighting climate change.

A report by the U.N.’s panel of climate scientists last month dismayed some greens by showing that action to slow climate change could cost 138 percent more this century if governments do not use carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Dec 4, 2014

China says climate aid inadequate, especially Australia

LIMA (Reuters) – Rich nations’ pledges of almost $10 billion to a green fund to help poor nations cope with global warming are “far from adequate”, particularly Australia’s lack of a donation, the head of China’s delegation at U.N. climate talks said on Thursday.

Su Wei also urged all rich nations to deepen their planned cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, signaling that a joint Chinese-U.S. announcement of greenhouse gas curbs last month does not mean an end to deep differences on climate policy.

Dec 3, 2014

UN sets modest hopes for climate pledges at 2015 Paris summit

LIMA (Reuters) – Government pledges due in 2015 to cut rising world greenhouse gases will be too weak to avert the worst of global warming and merely be part of a long haul to agree far tougher curbs, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told Reuters TV at 190-nation talks in Lima on limiting warming that it was unrealistic to expect a miracle solution at a U.N. summit in Paris in a year’s time.

Dec 3, 2014

This year may be hottest on record; adds urgency to climate talks-UN

LIMA, Dec 3 (Reuters) – This year is on track to be the
hottest on record, or at least among the very warmest, the
United Nations said on Wednesday in new evidence of long-term
warming that adds urgency to 190-nation talks under way in Lima
on slowing climate change.

Including this year, 14 of the 15 most sweltering years on
record will have been in the 21st century, the U.N.’s World
Meteorological Organization said of the findings presented
during the Dec. 1-12 climate negotiations in Peru.

Dec 3, 2014

This year may be warmest on record as oceans heat up – WMO

LIMA (Reuters) – Record high ocean temperatures will make 2014 the hottest year on record, or at least among the very warmest, in evidence of a long-term trend of global warming, the U.N.’s weather agency said on Wednesday.

Including this year, 14 of the 15 most sweltering years on record will have been in the 21st century, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said of the findings issued during 190-nation talks in Lima on ways to fight climate change.

Dec 2, 2014

Developing nations urge deeper climate cuts to zero emissions

LIMA (Reuters) – Developing nations called on the rich on Tuesday to do more to lead the fight against climate change in line with scientific findings that global greenhouse gas emissions should fall to net zero by 2100 to avert the worst impacts.

About 190 nations are meeting in Lima from Dec. 1-12 to decide elements of a deal, due to be agreed in Paris in a year’s time, to reverse a steady rise in greenhouse gases to limit risks of more floods, droughts, heat waves and rising sea levels.

Dec 2, 2014

At climate talks, UN calls fossil fuels ‘high risk’ investment

LIMA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Falling oil prices show the “high
risk” of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable
energies, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Monday at the start
of 190-nation talks on a deal to slow global warming.

The Dec. 1-12 meeting in Lima opened with hopes that a U.N.
deal to slow climate change is in reach for 2015, helped by
goals set by China, the United States and the European Union to
cut greenhouse emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels.

Dec 1, 2014

UN climate talks open with hopes for deal, warning time short

LIMA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – About 190 governments met in Lima on
Monday amid hopes that a U.N. deal to slow climate change is
within reach for 2015 despite warnings that time is fast running
out to keep global warming within safe limits.

Cooperation between China and the United States, the top two
greenhouse gas emitters, and a decision by the European Union to
cut its emissions have given a new sense of momentum to United
Nations talks that have failed produce agreement on a global
deal in two decades.