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Dec 8, 2012

Doha climate talks throw lifeline to Kyoto Protocol

DOHA, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations extended on
Saturday a weakened U.N. plan for fighting global warming until
2020, averting a new setback to two decades of U.N. efforts that
have failed to halt rising world greenhouse gas emissions.

The eight-year extension of the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012
keeps it alive as the sole legally binding plan for combating
global warming. But it was sapped by the withdrawal of Russia,
Japan and Canada, so its signatories now account for only 15
percent of global greenhouse emisions.

Dec 8, 2012

Weak plan to save Kyoto pushes climate talks to brink

DOHA, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Weak proposals to extend until 2020
a shrivelled U.N. plan to fight climate change pushed marathon
talks to the brink of collapse on Saturday.

Delegates from nearly 200 nations spent hours poring over a
package deal put forward by the host, OPEC member Qatar, that
would also postpone until 2013 a row over demands from
developing nations for more cash to help them cope with global

Dec 8, 2012

Aid, climate disputes push U.N. talks to brink of failure

DOHA (Reuters) – Disagreements over how to help poor nations cope with everything from floods to rising seas pushed marathon U.N. climate change talks among almost 200 countries close to failure on Saturday.

The two-week U.N. meeting, originally due to end on Friday, was also struggling to agree on an extension of the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol, which obliges developed nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions and will otherwise expire on December 31.

Dec 7, 2012

European Union agrees deal on U.N. “hot air”: Commission

DOHA (Reuters) – European Union countries have resolved a long-standing row over surplus sovereign pollution permits, the EU Commission said on Friday, a dispute that has slowed progress at U.N. climate change talks in Qatar.

The Commission, the European Union’s executive, declined to disclose detail on the deal.

Dec 6, 2012

Rich-poor bickering over aid stymies U.N. climate talks

DOHA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Bickering over when rich nations
will step up aid towards a promised $100 billion by 2020 to help
developing nations tackle the effects of climate change
threatened to derail talks in Doha between 200 countries.

Environmental activists said the two-week talks, due to end
on Friday, were “on the brink of disaster” after rich nations
failed to set dates for releasing the promised cash or to set
goals on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Dec 5, 2012

China demands timetable to $100 billion climate aid for developing world

DOHA (Reuters) – China led developing nations on Wednesday in demanding rich countries give details of a promised surge in aid to $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the poor cope with global warming.

But most rich nations, facing economic slowdown at home that cut overall development aid in 2011, said they were unable to stake out a timetable for rising aid at deadlocked global climate talks.

Dec 4, 2012

Extreme weather is new normal, U.N.’s Ban tells climate talks

DOHA (Reuters) – Extreme weather is the new normal and poses a threat to the human race, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, as he sought to revive deadlocked global climate change talks.

Ban’s intervention came as efforts to agree a symbolic extension of the U.N. Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that obliges about 35 developed nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, looked to be faltering.

Nov 29, 2012

EU vote on plan to withhold carbon permits delayed

BRUSSELS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – EU member states will not vote
until next year on a plan to boost the European Union’s
Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) by holding back some of a huge
surplus of allowances.

The scheme is meant to be the cornerstone of the European
Union’s policies on tackling climate change, but a collapse in
the price of ETS carbon allowances means it is no longer serving
to spur greener energy.

Nov 28, 2012

Obama needs to think beyond U.S. on climate: EU’s Hedegaard

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama needs to shift focus from domestic pressure to global environmental efforts, the European Union’s climate chief said on Wednesday, a day after the president signed a rare U.S. law blocking a piece of EU emissions legislation.

Obama signed the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, even though he could have just allowed it to become law without adding his official approval.

Nov 28, 2012

Poland says cannot surrender UN pollution permits

BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Poland cannot surrender any of
its international pollution permits as they are a “sovereign
right”, Poland’s environment minister said on Tuesday,
dismissing arguments the nation’s glut of the allowances could
derail Doha climate talks.

Developing nations and campaign groups have said the rift
within the European Union over the permits, known as Assigned
Amount Units (AAUs), is the biggest obstacle to finding a way to
take the Kyoto process on tackling climate change forward.