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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.

May 24, 2012

Countries doing too little on warming: researchers

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 could rise to nine billion metric tons (9.92 billion tons) above what is needed to limit global warming as some countries look set to miss their emissions cut targets, a report by three climate research groups said on Wednesday.

Countries have agreed that deep emissions cuts are needed to limit an increase in global average temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius this century above pre-industrial levels, a threshold that scientists say is the minimum required to limit devastating climate effects like crop failure and melting glaciers.

May 23, 2012

CO2 cut review could raise Kyoto ambition – EU

BONN (Reuters) – A yearly review of countries’ greenhouse gas emissions cut pledges under an extension to the global climate pact the Kyoto Protocol could be a way to raise climate ambitions, the European Union’s lead climate negotiator said on Wednesday.

Negotiators from over 180 countries are meeting in Bonn, Germany, until Friday to work towards getting a new global climate pact signed by 2015 and to ensure ambitious emissions cuts are made after the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of this year.

May 22, 2012

U.N. stalemate risks unraveling Durban climate deal: EU

By Ben Garside and Nina Chestney

BONN, May 22 (Reuters Point Carbon) – A row over planning how to bind all emitters under a global climate pact from 2020 at U.N. climate talks in Germany is blocking negotiations to deepen nearer term emission cuts and raise cash to help poor countries cope with a warming planet, the EU said Tuesday.

Delegates have failed to start work on a new Durban Platform negotiation track after four days of talks in Bonn spent arguing over an agenda to organize work this year and appoint a chair to steer the process.

May 21, 2012

Emissions cut hiatus slows work to limit warming

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Reluctance to raise ambitions to cut greenhouse gas emissions due to economic constraints is threatening progress towards limiting global warming, delegates at United Nations’ climate talks in Germany warned on Monday.

The talks in Bonn, which end on May 25, are partly to discuss ways of raising the level of ambition on cuts but the worsening eurozone crisis and battered global economy have increased reluctance to commit to more financially onerous cuts by the end of the decade, delegates told Reuters.

May 16, 2012

Door to 2 degree temperature limit is closing: IEA

LONDON (Reuters) – The chance of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius this century is getting slimmer and slimmer, the head of the International Energy Agency warned on Wednesday.

“What I see now with existing investments for plants under construction…we are seeing the door for a 2 degree Celsius target about to be closed and closed forever,” Fatih Birol, the IEA’s chief economist, told a Reuters’ Global Energy & Environment Summit.

May 16, 2012

Climate deal milestones should be set this year: U.N.

LONDON (Reuters) – Countries which agreed to sign a deal in 2015 to cut greenhouse gas emissions should set milestones this year to ensure the necessary work is done on time, the United Nations’ climate chief said on Wednesday.

Last year’s U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, agreed a package of measures which would eventually force all the world’s polluters to take legally binding action to slow the pace of global warming.

May 16, 2012

EU energy chief favors carbon at 12-18 eur/t

LONDON (Reuters) – European carbon prices should be at least twice their current value of just over 6 euros ($7.66) a metric ton (1.1023 tons) in order spur investment in cleaner technology, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Wednesday.

Europe’s recession and fiscal crisis has crippled prices in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System, meaning carbon prices are providing little incentive for utilities and other heavy polluters to move to greener production of electricity, steel or cement.

May 16, 2012

UK climate experiment cancelled on patent concerns

LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists have abandoned an experiment to test the possibility of spraying particles into the upper atmosphere to stem global warming, largely due to concerns over a patent for some of the technology, the project’s leader said.

Scientists and engineers from the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford are behind a three-year, 1.6 million pound ($2.5 million) geo-engineering project called Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE).

    • 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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