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Nov 15, 2013

Rich nations spurn call to use history to guide UN climate deal

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.

Nov 14, 2013

Poland seeks to make “coal” a less dirty word at UN climate 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.

Nov 13, 2013

2013 is seventh hottest year, rising seas worsen typhoon

WARSAW, Nov 13 (Reuters) – This year is the seventh warmest
since records began in 1850 and rising sea levels caused by
climate change are aggravating the impact of storms such as
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer
future, and more extreme weather, was inevitable, WMO
Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement during Nov.
11-22 climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.

Nov 13, 2013

2013 so far seventh hottest year, more warming seen: WMO

WARSAW (Reuters) – This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 with a trend to weather extremes and the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines aggravated by rising sea levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

A build-up of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future was now inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.

Nov 12, 2013

Haiti, Philippines hardest hit by weather extremes in 2012: study

WARSAW (Reuters) – Haiti, the Philippines and Pakistan were hardest hit by weather disasters in 2012, a report issued at U.N. climate talks on Tuesday showed, as the death toll mounted from the latest typhoon to devastate the Philippines.

Germanwatch, a think-tank partly funded by the German government, said poor nations had suffered most from extreme weather in the past two decades, and worldwide, extreme weather had killed 530,000 people and caused damage of more than $2.5 trillion.

Nov 11, 2013

Philippine delegate fasts at climate talks to urge action after storm

WARSAW (Reuters) – The Philippine delegate at U.N. climate talks began a fast on Monday in protest at a lack of action on global warming that he blamed for fuelling a super typhoon that has killed an estimated 10,000 people in his country.

Delegates from almost 200 nations held three minutes’ silence to mourn victims of typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, at the start of November 11-22 talks to plan a U.N. deal in 2015 to slow climate change.

Nov 8, 2013

UN draft stresses risk of global warming, from economy to health

OSLO (Reuters) – Global warming poses a mounting threat to health, economic growth, crops and water supplies, according to a draft report by top scientists that puts unprecedented emphasis on the risks of a changing climate.

A leaked 29-page draft by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), about the impacts of rising temperatures and due for release in March 2014, mentions “risk” 139 times against just 41 in its last assessment in 2007.

Nov 6, 2013

Hopes for strong 2015 climate deal fade, as risks grow

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – World governments are likely to recoil from plans for an ambitious 2015 climate change deal at talks next week, concern over economic growth at least partially eclipsing scientists’ warnings of rising temperatures and water levels.

“We are in the eye of a storm,” said Yvo de Boer, United Nations climate chief in 2009 when a summit in Copenhagen ended without agreement. After Copenhagen, nations targeted a 2015 deal to enter into force from 2020 with the goal of averting more floods, heatwaves, droughts and rising sea levels.

Oct 31, 2013

Cold killer Breivik said sorry to mother for ruining her life

OSLO, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Norwegian mass killer Anders
Behring Breivik, who refused to show remorse for killing 77
people in 2011, hugged his mother and apologised for ruining her
life before she died of cancer this year, according to a new

“The Mother”, based on hours of conversations with Wenche
Behring Breivik by journalist Marit Christensen and published on
Thursday, says she once described herself as the world’s
“saddest mother” who both hated and loved her son.

Oct 11, 2013

Chemicals weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (Reuters) – The global chemical weapons watchdog charged with overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile during a civil war won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a relatively small organization with a modest budget, dispatched its experts after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,400 people in August.