Copenhagen

Developed world to blame if talks fail, says Jairam

Developed world to blame if talks fail, says JairamCopenhagen, Dec 17 - The developed world will have to bear the blame if the climate change talks in Copenhagen fail, Minister of State for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh said Thursday.

"India, China, South Africa and Brazil are working very closely together. If the talks fail, it will be because of the process managed by Denmark would have failed. If the talks fail, it will be because the developed countries have not fulfilled their commitments under the Kyoto protocol," Ramesh told news channel TimesNow.

India stands with developing world at climate summit

India stands with developing world at climate summitCopenhagen, Dec 17 :India Wednesday placed itself firmly on the side of the developing world as Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said the country's approach to the Dec 7-18 climate summit "is anchored in the sanctity of the troika - the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Bali Action Plan".

Ire, turmoil and hope at climate summit

climate-summitBy Joydeep Gupta

Copenhagen, Dec 16 : There was suppressed anger at the climate summit Wednesday and turmoil all around. The ire was expressed by India, China, Brazil and other developing countries, the turmoil by the repeated quarrels between security personnel and activists who were not allowed in.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh remained one of the few optimistic people here at the end of the day. "Things will be sorted out by tomorrow," he predicted, referring to the points of dispute between developed and developing countries that have been holding up climate agreement for many years.

Total of 119 world leaders expected for climate talks

Total of 119 world leaders expected for climate talksCopenhagen, Dec 16 : A total of 119 heads of state and government were expected to attend the final two days of the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen, the Danish prime minister's office announced Wednesday.

The almost two-week summit opened Dec 7 and was scheduled to end Friday.

Climate Summit: New compromise text expected shortly

Climate Summit: New compromise text expected shortlyCopenhagen, Dec 16 : A new compromise text aimed at overcoming deadlock at UN climate change talks was due to be presented shortly, diplomats in Copenhagen said Wednesday.

The proposal is to come amid complaints of a "lack of transparency" from the Chinese delegation and of a "lack of progress" lamented by Tuvalu, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean which risks being submerged by rising sea levels caused by global warming.

Organisers also denied media reports suggesting that the conference's chair, Connie Hedegaard, had resigned.

EU considers improved emissions cut offer: Sources

EU considers improved emissions cut offer: Sources  Copenhagen, Dec 16 : The European Union may raise its greenhouse-emissions-cut target to 26 percent in a bid to overcome deadlock at a UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, EU sources said Wednesday.

The 27-member bloc has already promised to reduce its emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Prior to the start of the Copenhagen conference, it said it would raise its target to 30 percent, but only if other major polluters came up with comparable offers.

Soot and dust damaging Himalayas: NASA

Soot and dust damaging Himalayas: NASACopenhagen, Dec 16 - Soot and dust contribute as much to a temperature rise in the Himalayas as greenhouse gases do, according to a new study by the US space agency NASA.

Most of the soot goes from the thousands of wood- and dung-burning cooking stoves in use all over South Asia, says the study led by William Lau, head of atmospheric sciences at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.

New question mark on climate summit as key negotiation fails

New question mark on climate summit as key negotiation fails Copenhagen, Dec 15 : The beleaguered climate summit slipped further from its goals Tuesday as representatives of rich countries failed to raise the extent by which they would reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Kyoto Protocol - the current treaty to tackle global warming.

Money the key to solve climate crisis: UN chief

Money the key to solve climate crisis: UN chiefCopenhagen, Dec 16 :Financing will be the key to success at the climate summit, particularly for the world's poorest countries, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said here.

Opening the High Level Segment of the Dec 7-18 summit where around 120 heads of state and government are scheduled to attend, Ban welcomed the Copenhagen Launch Fund by which rich countries will pay $10 billion a year for the next three years to help poor nations cope with climate change effects.

World leaders arrive for Copenhagen climate summit

Copenhagen-climate-summitCopenhagen, Dec 15 : The first of over 100 heads of state and government and other leaders arrived Tuesday in Copenhagen for the closing days of the United Nations climate change talks.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was one of the first heads of states to arrive Tuesday as did UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Danish organisers expect some 110 heads of state and government by Friday when the conference is scheduled to end, including US President Barack Obama.

New BASIC bloc becomes reality

jairam-rameshBy Joydeep Gupta

Copenhagen, Dec 15 : With environment ministers of Brazil, South Africa, India and China sharing a podium at the climate summit here Tuesday, the new "BASIC bloc is now a basic reality", according to India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.

In a move that did not go down well with representatives of smaller developing countries, the BASIC bloc came up with a joint statement on where it wants the Copenhagen summit to go.

Monsanto awarded "Angry Mermaid" lobbying prize

monsantoCopenhagen, Dec 15 : Biotech giant Monsanto won a dubious honour Tuesday when an online poll awarded it the "Angry Mermaid" prize for what critics see as misleading lobbying on the issue of climate change.

The award was unveiled in Copenhagen, home to an iconic statue of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale character the Little Mermaid, on the sidelines of United Nations talks on fighting global warming.

Angels, celebrities descend on climate summit

Arnold SchwarzeneggerCopenhagen, Dec 15 : Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Gore, Wangari Maathai, Desmond Tutu and a host of other celebrities descended on the climate summit Tuesday, rubbing shoulders with NGOs dressed as angels, penguins and trees.

As television crews chased celebrities around the sprawling summit venue - the Bella Centre - and scrums broke out to enter the rooms where they were speaking, the relatively few NGO representatives allowed inside found innovative ways of spreading their message to halt global warming.

Climate summit going backwards, say NGOs

Climate summit going backwards, say NGOsCopenhagen, Dec 15 : Rich countries are taking the climate summit backwards, NGOs following the negotiations said Tuesday.

The negotiations, said ActionAid's Raman Mehta, "are getting stuck on procedural issues" being raised by industrialised countries.

"The emerging economies have made their offers, but the rich nations have not responded," Mehta, who has been following the process for years, said at a press conference held by Climate Action Network (CAN), a conglomeration of over 450 NGOs.

No Copenhagen breakthrough, now up to heads of state

No Copenhagen breakthrough, now up to heads of state  Copenhagen, Dec 15 : With just a few hours left before heads of state from around the world start addressing the climate summit, there was still no sign of a Copenhagen Agreement Tuesday. The best that over 100 environment ministers assembled here have achieved is to avert a collapse of the UN conference.

Danish police use tear gas, arrest five protestors

Danish police use tear gas, arrest five protestorsCopenhagen, Dec 15 - Danish police Tuesday said they arrested some 200 people and used tear gas overnight against a group of protestors at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen.

Most of the protesters were later released but five people remained in custody and could face charges for assaulting a police officer, police said.

Police intervened when protesters set fire to barricades in front of Christiania, a self-proclaimed free, autonomous section of the city.

Rich countries holding up climate agreement: WWF

Copenhagen, Dec 15 - While rich countries are blaming India and China for the lack of progress towards an agreement at the climate summit here, the blame for it should lie squarely with the rich countries, says a senior official of the international NGO WWF.

"The lack of ambition by industrialised countries to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) is a disaster," WWF Head of Climate Policy Kim Carstensen said. "I am still hoping we'll be able to make them improve their commitments, for example, to make the EU increase its (GHG reduction) commitment from 20 percent to 30 percent.

Climate change issue is about morals, ethics: Rahul Bose

Climate change issue is about morals, ethics: Rahul BoseCopenhagen, Dec 15 - Indian leaders at Copenhagen should remember that future generations were watching them closely, says Bollywood actor Rahul Bose, amongst the many well-known faces who have flown to Copenhagen to push for a fair deal on climate change.

Melting Himalayas imperil Asia

Melting Himalayas imperil AsiaCopenhagen, Dec 14 :Around 1.3 billion people in India, the rest of South Asia and China are at imminent risk of water shortage due to climate change, according to the UN.

The Kathmandu-based UN organisation International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has found that "global warming is having a serious impact on the amount of snow and ice" in the Himalayas, "which has serious implications for downstream water availability as up to 50 percent of the average annual flows in the rivers are contributed by snow and glacial melting".

Developing nations opt to stage a walk out of climate talks, summit headed for collapse in Copenhage

Developing nations opt to stage a walk out of climate talks, summit headed for collapse in CopenhageCopenhagen, Dec. 14 : The Copenhagen climate summit was headed towards a collapse with G-77, the group representing 130 developing countries, deciding to stage a walk out of negotiations en masse here on Monday.

The G-77 opted for a walk out due to its concerned that the existing Kyoto protocol would be abandoned.

Australia''s Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said that organisers were trying to fix the problem and coax back the developing world.

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