WARSAW (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations were deadlocked on Saturday over how to step up aid to ease the impact of global warming on developing nations as part of the foundations of an elusive U.N. climate accord due in 2015.
The Warsaw meeting, which had been due to end on Friday but extended into Saturday morning, had little to show after two weeks except for a deal on new rules to protect tropical forests, which soak up carbon dioxide as they grow.
PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Russia on Thursday to show leniency towards 30 people arrested during a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling, saying environmentalists played an important role in society.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the activists had acted wrongly and endangered lives. But seven have now been released on bail after two months in custody and most of the others have been granted bail.
WARSAW, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Polish Environment Minister
Marcin Korolec lost his job on Wednesday in a government
reshuffle, which may undermine his leadership while Warsaw hosts
U.N. climate talks involving almost 200 countries.
Korolec assumed the presidency of the U.N. Framework
Convention on Climate Change on Nov. 11, the first day of the
two-week conference that aims to make progress on a global
climate deal to be agreed by 2015.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk dismissed Environment Minister Marcin Korolec on Wednesday as part of a government reshuffle, but said the latter would continue to represent the country in ongoing U.N. climate talks.
Korolec will be replaced by Maciej Grabowski, former deputy finance minister responsible for preparing shale gas taxation.
WARSAW (Reuters) – People around the world are feeling the “wrath of a warming planet”, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, urging almost 200 governments to take tougher action to reach a deal in 2015 on fighting global warming.
Ban told environment ministers at climate talks in Warsaw they had a steep climb ahead to agree to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say fuel more extreme weather.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.