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Tue, 2010-05-25 17:56Brendan DeMelle
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UN Chief Urges Industrialized Nations to Release Promised Funds To Poor Nations For Climate Change Aid

Outgoing United Nations climate chief Yvo de Boer sent an urgent message to wealthy industrialized nations on Tuesday reminding them about previous promises to help the world’s poorer nations to adapt to a changing world due to global warming.  Without a firm show of funds, he said the pursuit of a global climate agreement would remain a question mark for many as the December COP-16 talks in Cancun grow closer.

de Boer urged the industrialized nations to quickly present the $30 billion in aid they have pledged to deliver over the 2010-2012 period to help poor nations fight climate change impacts such as increasingly severe droughts and floods.

“Times are harsh, especially in Europe, but $10 billion a year for three years from all industrialized countries is not an impossible call,” he said.

Mon, 2009-09-21 12:56Richard Littlemore
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Climate Week: Raise Your Hopes; Lower Your Expectations

“Don’t make the best the enemy of the good.” - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Climate Week has launched in New York City with contradictory calls to be optimistic about UN climate negotiations culminating in Copenhagen in December, but to keep our expectations low about the strength of any ultimate deal.

The actual “festivities” are all married to what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called “the largest climate change summit in history.” One hundred world leaders are scheduled to gather at the United Nations tomorrow, not likely to further any negotiating positions, but to add their weight to the appearance of a global consensus that climate action - overdue - is on the way.

In honor of this meeting, there are 1,000 Climate Week events booked around the world, 70 in New York City alone. It;s hard to get past a mid-town street corner without bumping into someone mid-pitch on some kind of climate change related issue.

Sat, 2007-11-17 11:54Bill Miller
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UN raises stakes in latest report on global warming; showdown set for Bali roundup

A panel of UN scientists has fired an opening salvo for world political leaders meeting next month in Bali to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto protocol.

And it’s a stern warning of what’s at stake if governments fail to take action, far stronger than three previous IPCC reports despite lively debate – highlighted by objections from the U.S., China and India – among about 130 governments who gave final approval.

Tue, 2007-09-25 10:01Bill Miller
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Most people now believe man is causing global warming

A new survey has found growing global awareness of man’s role in climate change, together with a sense of urgency around curbing greenhouse-gas emissions. The challenge now is to get world leaders to take the necessary action.

Mon, 2007-08-20 18:44Bill Miller
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UN chief says U.S. is finally listening to urgent call to arms on climate change

UN leader Ban Ki-moon says global warming is the biggest struggle facing mankind, and that the Bush administration, a strong opponent of the Kyoto Protocol, has finally awakened to the seriousness of the issue.

Mon, 2007-08-20 09:37Bill Miller
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Global warming cited as a cause of strife in Darfur and elsewhere

A growing consensus of scientists and others says greenhouse gases are causing civil wars in places like Sudan and Afganistan. The conflicts are aggravated by a scarcity of resources due to floods and drought, which are caused by climate change.

Thu, 2007-07-05 10:58Bill Miller
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A plague o’er both their houses: Business, governments lack resolve on climate change

The United Nations secretary-general has told business it must do more to reverse global warming and use its power to affect the world responsibly, while a new survey of British businesses has found widespread discontent over their government's weakness in providing the necessary framework for environmental decision making.

Tue, 2007-04-17 11:10Bill Miller
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UN Security Council launches landmark debate on global warming

For the first time in its 60-year history, the UN Security Council today began discussing how climate change could trigger conflicts and famine. It is a milestone event in UN history in that global warming has taken center stage away from politics and government mismanagement as the usual culprits behind conflicts and human miseries.

Fri, 2007-03-09 10:44Bill Miller
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UK pushes climate change for UN debate; US and China skeptical

Britain is trying to get climate change on the agenda of the UN Security Council for the first time. Diplomats have been lobbying for an unprecedented public debate on the issue when Britain takes over presidency of the 15-member council next month.

Mon, 2007-03-05 12:19Bill Miller
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Global warming is an issue of “particular urgency” says UN chief

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a conference despite our best intentions and some admirable efforts, degradation of the global environment continues unabated, and the world's natural resource base is being used in an unsustainable manner. On the bright side, however, awareness is growing in industrialized countries.

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