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Dec 4, 2010

Cities should step up climate change fight: World Bank

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Cities should play a much bigger role in fighting global warming and can act more easily than governments struggling to agree on a U.N. climate accord, the World Bank said on Friday.

“The 10 biggest cities in the world emit more greenhouse gases than Japan,” Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s special envoy for climate change, told Reuters. He urged reforms including changes to carbon markets to help cities become greener.

Dec 4, 2010

Cities should step up climate change fight -W.Bank

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Cities should play a much
bigger role in fighting global warming and can act more easily
than governments struggling to agree on a U.N. climate accord,
the World Bank said on Friday.

“The 10 biggest cities in the world emit more greenhouse
gases than Japan,” Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s special envoy
for climate change, told Reuters. He urged reforms including
changes to carbon markets to help cities become greener.

Dec 4, 2010

China says some at climate talks want to kill Kyoto

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – China accused some developed nations on Friday at U.N. climate talks of seeking to kill the Kyoto Protocol pact to curb global warming in a damaging standoff with Japan, Russia and Canada.

Venezuela and Bolivia also branded some rich countries “unacceptable” for distancing themselves from the Kyoto agreement, stepping up sparring before ministers arrive for next week’s climax of the November 29-December 10 talks in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun.

Dec 3, 2010

India expects to break logjam in climate talks

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – An Indian proposal could break a deadlock between rich and poor countries over how to share the burdens of tackling global warming, India’s environment minister said on Thursday before heading to U.N. climate talks in Mexico.

India’s environment minister Jairam Ramesh said a proposal that would require countries to report what actions they are taking to fight global warming could win critical support from the United States and increase chances that representatives at the U.N. climate talks could reach a broader agreement.

Dec 2, 2010

Ocean acidification may threaten food security: U.N.

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Acidification of the seas linked to climate change could threaten fisheries production and is already causing the fastest shift in ocean chemistry in 65 million years, a U.N. study showed on Thursday.

Production of shellfish, such as mussels, shrimp or lobsters, could be most at risk since they will find it harder to build protective shells, according to the report issued on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Mexico.

Dec 2, 2010

2010 to be among three warmest years – U.N.

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – This year is on course to be among the top three warmest since records began in 1850, and the past decade was the warmest, in a new sign of man-made climate change, the United Nations said on Thursday.

This year so far was slightly warmer than both 1998 and 2005, the previous top two, but could slip if December is a cool month, the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in a report issued on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Mexico.

Dec 2, 2010

2010 to be among three warmest years, U.N. says

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – This year is on course to be among the top three warmest since records began in 1850, and the past decade was the warmest, in a new sign of man-made climate change, the United Nations said on Thursday.

This year so far was slightly warmer than both 1998 and 2005, the previous top two, but could slip if December is a cool month, the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a report issued on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Mexico.

Dec 2, 2010

Africa can feed itself within a generation: study

CANCUN (Reuters) – African nations can break dependence on food imports and produce enough to feed a growing population within a generation despite extra strains from climate change, a study said on Thursday.

Research into new crops resistant to heat, droughts or floods, better support for small-scale farmers and greater involvement by national leaders in setting policies in sectors from transport to education were needed, it said.

Dec 2, 2010

Developing nations say Japan blocks climate talks

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Developing countries accused Japan on Wednesday of breaking a pledge to extend a U.N. pact for fighting global warming beyond 2012 and said that climate talks in Mexico would fail unless Tokyo backed down.

Japan, among almost 40 industrialized nations curbing greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol until 2012, said it will not extend cuts unless other big emitters like the United States and China also join in.

Dec 2, 2010

UN urges global switch to low-energy lightbulbs

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The United Nations on
Wednesday urged a global phase-out of old-style lightbulbs and
a switch to low-energy lighting that it said would save
billions of dollars and combat climate change.

About 40 countries already have programs to switch from
incandescent lightbulbs, the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP,
said in a report issued on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks
in Cancun.