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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.

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.

    • 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 ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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