BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Wider public unease about climate change and stronger economic growth are likely to be needed to revive sluggish U.N. talks after hopes for quick agreement on a treaty have fizzled, experts say.
Many nations at U.N. talks in Bonn from June 6-17 seem resigned to a long haul — more like arms reduction talks or U.N. trade negotiations — after failure to agree a binding U.N. climate deal by an end-2009 deadline at a summit in Copenhagen.
BONN, Germany, June 13 (Reuters) – Wider public unease about
climate change and stronger economic growth are likely to be
needed to revive sluggish U.N. talks after hopes for quick
agreement on a treaty have fizzled, experts say.
Many nations at U.N. talks in Bonn from June 6-17 seem
resigned to a long haul — more like arms reduction talks or
U.N. trade negotiations — after failure to agree a binding U.N.
climate deal by an end-2009 deadline at a summit in Copenhagen.
BONN, Germany (Reuters) – The world is off course in fighting climate change and governments need to boost green energies to build new momentum, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists said on Monday.
Rajendra Pachauri said governments would face ever higher costs to slow global warming after new data showed greenhouse gas emissions rose to new highs in 2010.
OSLO (Reuters) – Developing countries, including post-revolution North African states Tunisia and Egypt, should limit welfare handouts to the most needy and address market bottlenecks to curb inflation, the World Bank chief said.
Robert Zoellick said authorities should resist pressure to boost wages or handouts, even as food prices surge and economic life remains uncertain after the people-power protests that ousted authoritarian leaders from Tunis and Cairo this year.
OSLO, June 8 (Reuters) – A U.N. plan to upgrade “space
weather” forecasts can help the world cope with solar storms
that might wreak up to $2 trillion in damage if the sun repeated
a giant flare of 1859, experts said.
The sun is entering a more active phase due to peak in 2013
on a roughly 11-year sunspot cycle, the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) said. Power supplies, air traffic control,
communications and satellites can all be disrupted by storms.
OSLO (Reuters) – The world must invent new ways to protect people driven from their homes by climate change without copying safeguards for those uprooted by wars or persecution, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said on Monday.
“There is a protection gap in the international system that needs to be addressed,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told Reuters during a conference in Oslo on climate change and displaced people.
OSLO (Reuters) – Rising forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia, a study showed on Sunday.
The report indicated that the size of trees in a forest — rather than just the area covered — needed to be taken into account more in U.N.-led efforts to put a price on forests as part of a nascent market to slow global warming.
, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) – A planned building in Norway will be at the most northern location so far to generate more energy than it uses, demonstrating that “green” buildings can work anywhere, its backers said on Friday.
A group including Norwegian aluminum maker Norsk Hydro and Swedish construction group Skanska said it would construct the six-to-seven-story building in Trondheim, with offices and shops covering up to 9,000 sq meters (96,880 sq ft).
OSLO (Reuters) – The world should more than double reliance on renewable energy by 2030 as part of goals to slow climate change in a drive that will need strong backing from the private sector, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.
“The new goal is to have 30 percent of energy supplies from renewable sources by 2030,” Kandeh Yumkella, head of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), told Reuters in a telephone interview.
OSLO (Reuters) – Many developing nations are missing out on a surge in investments in clean energy and need to cut red tape and agree new rules to attract funds to help fight climate change, a U.N. finance guidebook said on Thursday.
Clean energy sector investments worldwide grew 30 percent in 2010 from 2009 to a record $243 billion but 90 percent went to members of the Group of 20 — leading industrialized nations and big emerging economies led by China and India.