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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.

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.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina leads and coordinates Reuters' coverage of power, gas, coal and carbon markets across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She also covers renewable energy, environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has thirteen years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters, Nina has covered energy and carbon markets and environment 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. ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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