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Obama switches climate change visit to end of summit

US President Barack Obama has changed his plans to attend the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen next week, the White House has announced.

He will arrive later than initially planned, moving his appearance from 9 December to 18 December.

The White House said he believed "that continued US leadership can be most productive through his participation at the end of the Copenhagen conference".

The summit aims to draw up a treaty to succeed the 1997 Kyoto… Continue

Added by Michael Bascombe on December 5, 2009 at 0:55 — No Comments


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(Photo Caption: Ambassador Collin Beck)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 4, 2009 - Failure in Copenhagen is not an option in seeking a legally binding international agreement when world leaders meet next week to discuss a new climate change deal, said Collin Beck, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Solomon Islands to the United Nations.

Speaking ahead of the start of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change… Continue

Added by Michael Bascombe on December 5, 2009 at 0:26 — No Comments

UN climate chief seeks $10 bln rich-nations pledge

By Patrick Worsnip

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - The U.N. environmental chief called on rich nations on Thursday to pledge $10 billion a year for three years at next month's Copenhagen summit to help poor states begin to tackle the impact of climate change.

Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told a news conference that was a short-term figure and that in 10 or 20 years hundreds of billions of dollars would be needed annually to cope with global… Continue

Added by Michael Bascombe on November 20, 2009 at 1:23 — No Comments


New York, Nov 19 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hoping to boost momentum for December’s climate change conference in Copenhagen when he meets with political leaders at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago next Friday, his spokesperson said today.

“The Secretary-General expects to focus the attention of these leaders on key issues that require their engagement in the climate change negotiations, in particular, concerning mitigation and… Continue

Added by Michael Bascombe on November 19, 2009 at 22:27 — No Comments

Colo. local leaders urge action on climate change

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Ski officials at one of the nation's most-visited resorts are calling on Congress to finish work on a climate-change bill.

Summit County officials joined representatives from the Breckenridge Ski Resort for a slopeside announcement Wednesday calling on the U.S. Senate to pass a climate change bill.

The House has voted to create a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions. The measure is still pending in the Senate.

The… Continue

Added by Michael Bascombe on November 19, 2009 at 18:40 — No Comments

Cuba Asks FAO to Include Climate Change in Its Agenda

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 19 (acn) Cuba recommended the inclusion in the agenda of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the systematic assessment and warning about the effects of climate change.

The recommendation was made by the VP of the Cuban Council of Ministers and Agriculture Minister Ulises Rosales del Toro in a round table discussion that took place on Wednesday during the last day of a UN summit on food security that concluded in Rome,… Continue

Added by Michael Bascombe on November 19, 2009 at 18:19 — No Comments


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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, November 17, 2009 – The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on Tuesday rejected calls by some world leaders, including the biggest polluters, to stall a legally binding outcome at next month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen.

The grouping of most vulnerable states instead maintained that the developed nations should continue to build on actions already… Continue

Added by Michael Bascombe on November 17, 2009 at 20:55 — No Comments


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