DURBAN (Reuters) – The European Union said key developing states backed its roadmap for a binding pact to fight global warming, but warned U.N. climate talks could still collapse on Friday unless all major polluters came on board.
The EU plan sets a 2015 target date for a new deal that would impose binding cuts on the world’s biggest emitters of heat-trapping gases, a pact that would come into force up to five years later.
DURBAN (Reuters) – Rich and poor nations at climate change talks are lining up behind an EU plan for achieving a global pact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, but delegates said time was running out to reach a deal before talks end on Friday.
Ministers made incremental progress overnight towards a deal that many envoys see as being a political agreement, with states promising to start talks on a new regime of binding cuts in the gases blamed for global warming and environmental devastation.
DURBAN (Reuters) – The United States is sceptical that China’s comments it could support a legally binding deal to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions marked a breakthrough in troubled climate talks, an Obama administration official said in Durban Sunday.
China gave U.N. climate talks a lift Friday by suggesting it may sign up to a legally binding deal to cut emissions, a move that could help rescue talks about the future of the Kyoto Protocol, which sets legal targets on many major economies.
DURBAN (Reuters) – The U.N.’s climate chief said on Saturday she believes countries can snap the deadlock that has lasted for years and sign up to fresh and binding commitments to cut greenhouse gases, after a week of climate talks between nearly 200 countries.
“Countries are now looking at how they might bring about a second commitment period and no longer if there is going to be a second commitment period,” climate chief Christiana Figueres told Reuters in an interview.
DURBAN (Reuters) – Taxes on financial transactions, part of a $100 billion fund for climate change projects, were not present in a draft document of a major working group released on Saturday, raising questions about how the fund’s coffers will be filled.
The draft negotiating text is the first major paper produced from the U.N. talks among nearly 200 nations that started this week in the South African port city of Durban.
DURBAN (Reuters) – Japan believes extending Kyoto Protocol emission cuts is not nearly enough to tackle the greenhouse gas blamed for global warming and is looking for a fresh deal that covers all major emitters, its climate envoy said Friday.
It plans to honor pledges made to provide financing for a fund to help developing countries manage a steadily warming planet, even though its own finances are strained as it rebuilds from a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.
DURBAN, Dec 1 (Reuters) – South Africa, the host of
U.N. global climate talks, is faced with a conundrum — it wants
to wean itself off of coal-powered plants seen as primate
culprits of greenhouse gas emissions and find a cleaner energy
It is turning to nuclear power, despite the catastrophic
environmental degradation the world witnessed after Japan’s
Fukushima plant disaster this year.
DURBAN (Reuters) – The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and humans are to blame, a report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.
It warned increasing global average temperatures were expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns.
DURBAN (Reuters) – The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a U.N. report released on Tuesday.
The World Meteorological Organization, part of the United Nations, said the warmest 13 years of average global temperatures have all occurred in the 15 years since 1997.
DURBAN (Reuters) – The world needs a far more ambitious plan to cut emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases than the Kyoto Protocol, European Union climate negotiators said on Monday, calling for a global deal to be reached by 2015 and in place by 2020.
Time is running out to save the Kyoto Protocol, which sets legally binding emissions cuts for most major economies and is designed to reduce the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, increasingly extreme weather and crop failure.