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Jun 20, 2012

Politics, costs main hurdles to green world economy

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The main obstacles to creating global green economy are the lack of political will, the fear of alienating voters with rising costs and the absence of a global price on carbon, economists and scientists said at a U.N. environment summit on Wednesday.

Heads of state and deputy leaders from around 120 countries are meeting in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil until Friday to try and set a series of clear goals for sustainable development and to discuss how to achieve green growth.

Jun 20, 2012

Factbox: Main points in Rio+20 draft text

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Countries attending a U.N. environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday will consider a draft agreement on global green growth, but expectations were low for an agreement.

The summit, known as Rio+20, comes 20 years after the first Rio Earth summit in 1992 cleared the way for a global treaty on biodiversity, and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases, which is due to expire this year.

Jun 20, 2012

Diplomats agree on “weak” text for Rio+20 summit

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Diplomats from over 190 countries agreed on a draft text on green global development on Tuesday to be approved this week at a summit in Rio de Janeiro, but environmentalists complained the agreement was too weak.

The summit, known as Rio+20, was supposed to hammer out aspirational, rather than mandatory sustainable development goals across core areas like food security, water and energy, but the draft text agreed upon by diplomats failed to define those goals or give clear timetables toward setting them.

Jun 19, 2012

Diplomats agree on ‘weak’ text for Rio+20 green summit

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19 (Reuters) – Diplomats from over 190
countries agreed on a draft text on green global development on
Tuesday to be approved this week at a summit in Rio de Janeiro,
but environmentalists said the agreement was too weak.

The summit, known as Rio+20 because it comes 20 years after
the first Rio environmental summit, is aimed at providing
clarity on proposed “sustainable development goals,” a loose
tripod of economic, environmental and social objectives that
proponents believe could help guide global development.

Jun 18, 2012

Expectations low for Rio+20 U.N. development summit

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – As Brazil welcomes nearly 120 heads of state and government for a summit on global development this week, the mood could not be more different than it was two decades ago, when global leaders gathered here for the landmark Earth Summit.

Back then, once-arcane concerns about climate change and deforestation had finally grabbed the world’s attention, leading to a global treaty on biodiversity and decisions that cleared the way for the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gases.

Jun 17, 2012

New index shows lower growth for major economies

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Some large economies show significantly lower growth when natural assets such as forests and water are factored into growth indicators, an index showed on Sunday, a few days before an international sustainability summit starts in Rio de Janeiro.

The Inclusive Wealth Index was unveiled by the United Nations University’s International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

May 25, 2012

Deadlock breaks at UN climate talks, mistrust remains

BONN, May 25 (Reuters) – More than 180 countries agreed on
an agenda for work on a new climate treaty by 2015 at United
Nations climate talks on Friday, breaking a deadlock over
procedure, but mistrust remains that could threaten progress for
the rest of the year.

“(The workplan) was not an easy issue to agree (on),” U.N.
climate chief Christiana Figueres told reporters after the
negotiations held at Bonn in Germany.

May 25, 2012

Deadlock breaks at UN climate talks, agenda agreed

BONN, May 25 (Reuters) – More than 180 countries agreed on
an agenda for work on a new climate treaty by 2015 at United
Nations climate talks on Friday, breaking a week-long deadlock
over procedure.

“(The work plan) was not an easy issue to agree (on),” U.N.
climate chief Christiana Figueres told reporters after the
negotiations held at Bonn in Germany.

May 24, 2012

U.N. Doha climate talks risk sinking ‘like Titanic’

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Hopes are fading that climate talks in Qatar late this year will make even modest progress towards getting a new globally binding climate deal signed by 2015, as preliminary negotiations in Germany this week have left much work to be done.

The fear is that if work plans and agendas are not set by the end of this year at the latest it could have a knock-on effect, holding up the entire effort to avert potentially devastating global warming.

May 24, 2012

Analysis: U.N. Doha climate talks risk sinking “like Titanic”

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Hopes are fading that climate talks in Qatar late this year will make even modest progress towards getting a new globally binding climate deal signed by 2015, as preliminary negotiations in Germany this week have left much work to be done.

The fear is that if work plans and agendas are not set by the end of this year at the latest it could have a knock-on effect, holding up the entire effort to avert potentially devastating global warming.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
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      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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