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Coping at Copenhagen: Thousands rally as governments bicker

Coping at Copenhagen: Thousands rally as governments bickerCopenhagen, Dec 14 : With 45,215 participants registered and 22,387 of them inside the Bella Centre most of the day, the sprawling venue of the Dec 7-18 climate summit is stretched to the limit.

The 7,400 secretariat staff and security personnel were Monday struggling to cope with the 11,500 representatives from 192 governments, 3,487 journalists and 22,274 observers and NGO representatives.

Climate talks suspended amid African fury

Climate talks suspended amid African fury  Copenhagen, Dec 14 : Formal climate change negotiations in Copenhagen were suspended Monday amid African concerns that the chair was not pushing for a legally binding agreement.

The president of the United Nations conference, Connie Hedegaard decided to hold an informal round of talks with regional blocs in a bid to overcome the impasse.

The UN's climate chief, Yvo de Boer, said Hedegaard had convened "open-ended informal talks allowing (environment) ministers to focus on the key issues that need to be resolved".

Countries can't solve climate change problem, says Pachauri

Rajendra Pachauri Copenhagen, Dec 14 : Grassroots action, especially by the youth, will have to solve the climate change problem as the "nation state does not seem capable" of doing it, Rajendra Pachauri said here Monday, as the Dec 7-18 climate summit got bogged down in yet another round of bickering between governments.

The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told youth NGO groups: "Politicians can only be aroused by each one of you. Spread knowledge about the science of climate change".

Impact of melting snow and ice highlighted in new report

Impact of melting snow and ice highlighted in new reportCopenhagen, Dec 14 : Snow and ice are melting at an "accelerating pace" in regions ranging from Greenland to the Himalayas, a report presented Monday at the UN climate change conference said.

Less snow and ice means that more solar radiation will be absorbed as heat and contribute to "further melting and warming through a self-reinforcing effect", the report said.

US, China among worst climate performers: Study

US, China among worst climate performers: Study  Copenhagen, Dec 14 : China and the US were placed at the bottom end of a worldwide national ranking of performance on climate protection published Monday.

Compiled by Germanwatch, a think tank, and the Climate Action Newtork (CAN), an alliance of environment pressure groups, the annual Climate Change Performance Index ranks countries based on their climate protection performance, comparing 57 industrialised countries and emerging economies.

Desperate attempt to rescue climate summit

Desperate attempt to rescue climate summitCopenhagen, Dec 14 : The bleak morning matched the mood Monday as the Dec 7-18 climate summit started its final week with developed and developing countries as divided on major issues as before. Host nation Denmark started "informal consultations" with all governments in a desperate attempt to reach a meaningful "political declaration" of intent.

Nine out of 10 disasters this year due to weather

Nine out of 10 disasters this year due to weatherCopenhagen, Dec 14 : Of the 245 natural disasters in the first 11 months of 2009, 224 or 91.4 percent were due to weather, a UN study has found, underscoring the need for a strong deal at the ongoing climate summit to reduce and handle these disasters.

Of the 58 million people affected, 55 million were affected by weather-related disasters, which accounted for $15 billion out of the $19 billion spent in coping with these disasters.

Talks down to the wire at Copenhagen: Swedish minister

Andreas CarlgrenCopenhagen, Dec 14 : Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren Monday predicted "tough talks down to the wire" at the UN climate change summit, saying China and the US need to offer more on emission cuts.

The talks in Copenhagen, scheduled to end Friday, aim at preventing global average temperatures from rising more than the potentially dangerous two-degree Centigrade limit.

"It is impossible to solve the climate problem unless China makes more emission reductions above the scope they have offered," Carlgren told Swedish radio.

Thousands attend Copenhagen climate demonstration

Thousands attend Copenhagen climate demonstrationCopenhagen, Dec 13 - Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in the Danish capital for speedy action by the UN climate conference to halt global warming.

The procession wound its way from the Folketing, the parliament, to the conference venue, the massive Bella Centre outside the city centre.

On arrival at the site, the protesters presented a list of demands to Connie Hedegaard, a Danish cabinet minister serving as president of the conference, that runs until Dec 18.

Climate summit has two drafts but many views

Climate summit has two drafts but many viewsCopenhagen, Dec 11 : The much-awaited Dec 7-18 climate summit Friday prepared two sets of draft agreements on how to save the world from global warming, but they were no more than bare-bones frameworks, and the devil may lie in the details.

Michael Zammit Cutajar, chair of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (LCA), and John Ashe, chair of the group on the Kyoto Protocol, circulated their drafts among representatives of the 192 governments gathered here, leading to a flurry of activity at the convention centre.

Criticism from developing world mounts at Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Dec 11 - The rift between industrialised and poor nations was growing Friday at the Copenhagen climate summit, as the spokesman for the G77 group of developing nations accused the rich world of undermining the conference.

Sudan's Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, spokesman for the 130-nation grouping, left a meeting with the Danish conference presidency in protest overnight, Denmark's TV2 News reported.

He later blamed the hosts for "undermining" the conference. The negative intent of some people was ruining the climate meeting, he said. "The conference is not going well," Di-Aping added.

Use IMF money to fight climate change: Soros

Use IMF money to fight climate change: SorosCopenhagen, Dec 10 : Rich countries should pay poor countries $100 billion a year to fight climate change, using the foreign exchange reserves they have received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), says US billionaire investor George Soros.

G77 asks Obama to join fight against climate change

G77 asks Obama to join fight against climate changeCopenhagen, Dec 10 :  As US President Barack Obama received his Nobel Peace Prize Thursday, the Group of 77 countries called upon him to fight climate change by joining the Kyoto Protocol - the global treaty for the purpose - that almost all countries except the US have ratified.

Danes plan to offer climate change proposal over weekend

Danes plan to offer climate change proposal over weekend Copenhagen, Dec 10 : A day after talks at a UN climate change conference broke down in recriminations between developed and developing countries, the Danish host of the event said Thursday the country will offer a proposed deal over the weekend.

The proposal, first mentioned by Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Danish TV overnight, would be the first official one laid forward at the talks. The announcement came after Rasmussen made a surprise visit to the conference Wednesday.

Danes reject developing nations' criticism of climate draft

Lars Lokke RasmussenCopenhagen, Dec 9  : Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen Wednesday rejected criticism of a Danish working paper at the UN climate change conference deemed by developing countries to go against previous agreements.

Rasmussen, host of the Copenhagen gathering, said the criticism levelled by the Group of 77 (G77) body of developing nations was unjustified, given that the working paper was merely a draft.

"There are many different working papers," he said.

Climate summit stalled by most vulnerable countries

Climate summit stalled by most vulnerable countries  Climate summit stalled by most vulnerable countries  Copenhagen, Dec 9 : Island nation Tuvalu led a group of developing countries in a walkout from the Dec 7-18 climate summit here Wednesday, forcing an unprecedented closure of the conference for a few hours.

Climate summit veers towards emerging economies

Climate summit veers towards emerging economies Copenhagen, Dec 9  : After a day of turmoil and a night of fence-building, the majority of 192 countries attending the Dec 7-18 climate summit Wednesday started to discuss an agreement drafted by India and other emerging economies to save the world from the worst effects of climate change.

The so-called BASIC draft - because it was drafted by Brazil, South Africa, India and China - became the main topic of conversation among the 3,500-odd negotiators and over 12,000 NGOs after a draft penned by host country Denmark was pilloried by developing countries.

Climate talks continue amid north-south row

Climate talks continue amid north-south row  Copenhagen, Dec 9 : Climate change talks in Copenhagen entered their third day Wednesday amid concerns of a widening rift between developed and developing nations and looming protests by extremists.

Despite initial optimism about a possible deal on slowing global warming, negotiators remain entrenched in their positions, with rich nations demanding bigger efforts from the developing world and emerging economies refusing to do more.

"Developed and developing countries shoulder different responsibilities," said China's chief negotiator, Su Wei.

Climate summit in turmoil over Danish proposal

Copenhagen, Dec 9 - The Dec 7-18 climate summit was thrown into turmoil on its second evening as developing countries came together to condemn a Danish draft of the final Copenhagen declaration.

The existing UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol (KP) place the onus of mitigating emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) squarely upon industrialised countries, as almost all the GHG - mostly carbon dioxide - in the atmosphere now has been put there by them.

Poor countries ask rich ones to act first

globalwarmingCopenhagen, Dec 7 : Rich countries must curb their pollution instead of asking poor countries to act, the Group of 77 countries and China said here Monday.

Speaking at the opening plenary session of the Dec 7-18 summit, G77 chair, Stanislaus-Kaw Di-Aping of Sudan, said: "There should be categorical reaffirmation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its principles and positions, and in particular, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities" at the conference.




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