It’s a big week. Here’s the latest:
DAY 1 and 2 ROUNDUP:
Hope for deal at conference
The UN climate change conference opened Monday in an atmosphere of hope for a deal in Copenhagen within the next two weeks.
192 nations at UN climate conference in Copenhagen
The conference, the climax of two years of contentious negotiations, convened in an upbeat mood after a series of promises by rich and emerging economies to curb their greenhouse gases, but with major issues yet to be resolved.
EU keeps world in suspense on 30 percent vow
To keep up pressure on other major players, mainly USA and China, the EU will hide its cards on a key issue until the very last moment of the UN conference on climate change. This is according to the Swedish Minister for Environment, Andreas Carlgren. As Sweden holds the rotating EU presidency, Mr. Carlgren is negotiating on behalf of the union.
EU rumoured to provide “one-three billion euro”
Quoting an unnamed diplomatic source, Financial Times Deutschland reports the European Union to be ready to put money on the table during the ongoing UN climate summit in Copenhagen as a sign of good faith. The sum will be earmarked for climate change mitigation and adaptation in vulnerable third world countries during the next three years.
US body aids Copenhagen conference
Coinciding with the beginning of the UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen, a US body has opened a new door to legislation that may reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) concludes that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a threat to public health. As such, the six substances can be subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.
“Danish text” raises furore
According to The Guardian, developing countries “react furiously” after a draft text allegedly written by the UN conference’s host country was leaked Tuesday.
UN chief optimistic of robust climate deal
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predicted Tuesday that a robust agreement to combat climate change will be reached in Copenhagen and implemented immediately.
Top UN scientist: What Climategate?
In harsh wording Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, defends British colleagues whose hacked emails have ignited debate over the credibility of mainstream climate science.
Study: Few climate refugees leave their countries
The number of people affected by natural disasters has more than doubled in recent years. However, fears that millions of poor people will migrate to rich countries as a result of climate change has been greatly overstated, a new study from the International Organization for Migration shows.
No doubt: The earth is warming
The British Met Office has published station temperature records for over 1,500 of the stations that make up the global land surface temperature record. The data shows that global-average land temperatures have risen over the last 150 years and that global warming has increased since the 1970s.
Bangladesh asks for 15 percent of any climate fund
Even before any climate adaptation fund has seen the light of day, Bangladesh makes substantial demands.
France wants financial tax in climate accord
France is pushing for a political agreement at the climate conference in Copenhagen to include a tax on financial transactions to help developing countries, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says.
Gordon Brown: Go for a 30 percent cut
British Prime Minister urges EU to lay the cards on the table.
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