UN climate chief Christiana Figueres hails success of Kyoto Protocol carbon trading mechanism, which has now cut global CO2 emissions by a billion tonnes
Edward Cameron and Yamide Dagnet from the World Resources Institute argue that the latest UNFCCC negotiations should be seen as a qualified success – but warn there is much work yet to do.
Canadian Environment Minister claimed country is halfway to reaching its 2020 targets but a closer inspection reveals it has moved the goalposts.
As the Bangkok talks come to a close, the LDCs and AOSIS come together to call on more developed countries to submit legally binding targets for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ahead of COP18 in Doha.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister says “such a decision has not been taken” on twitter as local reports say the country will sign up to a second commitment.
Discussions on Kyoto progress with the potential for three new members, retributions for those who don’t sign and ongoing questions surrounding the scale of emission cuts country’s are promising.
Reaction to UNFCCC negotiations from Greenpeace, WWF, Christian Aid, Practical Action, Third World Network, Union of Concerned Scientists & Environmental Defense Fund
Progress on several issues builds momentum ahead of Doha summit but questions remain on climate finance, the ambition of emission pledges and the tricky LCA track of negotiations.
Other key countries must raise ambition too but timing of US elections means crucial decision in Washington unlikely in time for Doha talks.
Julia Gillard’s government is close to signing up to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP2), a leading negotiator at the UN climate talks in Bangkok has told RTCC.
EU, Australia and New Zealand signal less ambition and more flexibility with pledges while least developed countries reiterate need for financial and logistical help to fight climate change at home.
Third World Network says developed economies must take responsibility for their historical emissions with ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gases.
Meeting in Bangkok kicks-off with familiar battle lines drawn on Kyoto Protocol and early salvos fired on new global deal.
Forestry is likely to be a key point of interest for New Zealand heading into the Bangkok talks as the country’s ability to meet their Kyoto targets is dependent on the sector.
Expanding emissions market sends positive signals for future international carbon cuts but analysts warn it is no quick fix for troubled system.
Projected Australian water shortages suggest governments of future will have to ration water between mining, agriculture and major cities.
While proposals in the final text were weak, some important ones didn’t even make it into the document. RTCC looks at five ideas for climate change action that didn’t make the grade.
Submission by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) would more than double the EU target and set Australia a goal to cut CO2 by 7%.
Figueres says November’s summit in Doha must build on Durban’s momentum ahead of preparatory meeting next week.
With the US report emissions rises of 3.2 per cent in 2010 compared to the previous year, what chances to countries struggling to get out of recession have at meeting their Kyoto Commitments.