Bangkok Climate Talks (Photo credit: Adopt A Negotiator, Creative Commons/Flickr) Last week, the latest round of climate talks concluded in Bangkok, Thailand. The talks were held in preparation for the next UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 18), which will begin November 26, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The Bangkok sessions set out to resolve and [...]
The good new is that House and Senate finally passed the more than $1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill Thursday night and most of the egregious attacks on public health and the environment were left out. However, there were some notable dirty riders such as a step backward by repealing energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Unfortunately, this bill also included provisions for exempting Arctic drilling from critical Clean Air Act standards which is not only bad for the environment but also the wrong way to legislate decisions like those.
The COP 17 climate talks in Durban ended on Sunday December 11th, making it the longest COP in the history of the UN climate talks. Delegates worked into the wee hours of Sunday to broker a deal that renewed the Kyoto Protocol and set into motion a Durban Roadmap. The Durban Roadmap for the first time in the history of the UNFCCC sets up a process to negotiate a comprehensive and balanced legal instrument to avert climate change; the legal instrument which would come into force by 2020.
Last Wednesday, leaders of sixteen major nonprofit organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Clinton expressing concerns that U.S. negotiators are blocking progress at the COP17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Signers of the letter included: Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace USA, National Tribal Environmental Council, Native American Rights Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam America, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Population Action International, Population Connection, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund.
Yesterday, the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began in Durban, South Africa. The UN Climate Talks will span two weeks and include delegates from 194 countries but also hundreds of public interest organizations and thousands of activists from around the world will join them to advocate for a fair, ambitious and binding agreement that will reduce global emissions, build vulnerable nations’ resilience to climate change and foster a low-carbon green economy globally.
Report Released and Impacts Leading Up to Durban November 21, 2011 One week from now, more than 190 nations will gather in Durban, South Africa for this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 17th Conference of Parties (COP) in Durban, South Africa. The conference is expected to be a critical juncture for [...]
October 24, 2011 Global Business Leaders Push for More Action on Climate Change In a statement released early last week, a group of the world’s largest investors, representing over $20 trillion in assets worldwide stressed the urgent need for policies that would stimulate private sector investment, create jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of the [...]