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Dec 1, 2010

Poor accuse Japan of jeopardizing U.N. climate talks

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Developing countries accused Japan on Wednesday of reneging on promises to extend the fight against global warming beyond 2012 and said the talks in Mexico would fail unless Tokyo backed down.

Japan, which is among almost 40 rich nations curbing greenhouse gas emissions under the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol until 2012, said it will not extend the cuts beyond 2012 unless countries like the United States and China also join in.

Nov 30, 2010

Old rifts mar U.N. climate talks on ‘balanced deal’

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Old splits between rich and poor nations re-emerged on Tuesday over a plan to slow global warming, but both sides maintained a “balanced package” is the goal of U.N. talks in Mexico.

After an opening day largely dominated by ceremony, almost 200 countries showed little sign of compromise on past demands that have brought deadlock since last year’s Copenhagen summit fell short of a binding U.N. climate treaty.

Nov 30, 2010

U.S. sees progress in easing climate row with China

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Washington claimed progress on Monday in easing rifts with Beijing on ways to fight global warming as U.N. climate talks got under way in Mexico with warnings about the rising costs of inaction.

The United States and China, the world’s largest economies and top greenhouse gas emitters, have accused each other of doing little to combat global warming in 2010, contributing to deadlock in the U.N. talks among almost 200 nations.

Nov 29, 2010

U.N. talks urged to seek modest climate deal

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations at U.N. climate talks in Mexico must compromise on a modest package of measures or face escalating damage from floods, droughts and rising seas, scientists and politicians said on Monday.

“Our relation with nature is reaching a critical point,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the opening of the two-week talks in a tightly guarded hotel by the Caribbean with warships patrolling off the coast.

Nov 29, 2010

Worst case study: global temp up 7.2F degrees by 2060s

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – World temperatures could soar by 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the 2060s in the worst case of global climate change and require an annual investment of $270 billion just to contain rising sea levels, studies suggested on Sunday.

Such a rapid rise, within the lifetimes of many young people today, is double the 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) ceiling set by 140 governments at a U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen last year and would disrupt food and water supplies in many parts of the globe.

Nov 25, 2010

Small islands seek 2011 deadline for climate deal

OSLO (Reuters) – Small island states want U.N. climate talks in Mexico next week to set an end-2011 deadline for agreeing a new treaty as a step to slow the rise in sea levels, a spokeswoman said.

Many other nations, including the United States, fear that setting a time limit may be counter-productive after the U.N.’s Copenhagen climate summit failed to meet a 2009 deadline for a binding deal.

Nov 25, 2010

Maldives takes step to “carbon neutrality” by 2020

OSLO (Reuters) – The Maldives took a step on Wednesday towards a goal of becoming the first “carbon neutral” nation by 2020 with an audit showing its citizens emit the same amount of greenhouse gases as tourists flying to its islands.

The audit, of the emissions by 310,000 citizens living in the Indian Ocean archipelago, is a prelude to a plan next year to seek investments in solar, wind or wave power and limit fuel imports that cost 15 percent of gross domestic product.

Nov 24, 2010

2010 so far “tied for hottest year”

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – This year is so far tied for the hottest year in a temperature record dating back to 1850 in a new sign of a warming trend, the three major institutes which calculate global warming estimates told Reuters.

U.N. climate talks resume next week in Cancun, Mexico, where expectations are no longer for a comprehensive deal to slow warming, but smaller progress for example to curb deforestation, in a bid to agree a pact next year or later.

Nov 24, 2010

Major nations’ plans for slowing climate change

OSLO, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The world will seek to break a
U.S.-China standoff and agree modest steps to rein in global
warming at U.N. talks in Mexico next week amid worries that the
first climate treaty since 1992 may still be years away.

Most nations have few hopes for the meeting of environment
ministers from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10 in the Caribbean resort of
Cancun after U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders
failed to agree a treaty at last year’s U.N. Copenhagen summit.

Nov 24, 2010

U.N. seeks climate progress; deal may be years off

OSLO (Reuters) – The world will seek to break a U.S.-China standoff and agree modest steps to rein in global warming at U.N. talks in Mexico next week amid worries that the first climate treaty since 1992 may still be years away.

Most nations have few hopes for the meeting of environment ministers from November 29 to December 10 in the Caribbean resort of Cancun after U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders failed to agree a treaty at last year’s U.N. Copenhagen summit.