climate negotiations

Environment
In some cases the negotiations came down to the difference between "shall" and "should". The former being legally binding
Impact
Developing countries lose more and are damaged more. This is why developing countries have been continuously, tirelessly fighting for loss and damage in the climate negotiations. Meanwhile, developed countries like the United States, those who have caused the climate change we know today, have only evaded the topic.
Politics
The administration acknowledged that the outcome they are fighting for "is not guaranteed."
Environment
Encouraged by legislative and administrative victories in rolling back greenhouse gas emissions in California and by a sense that the climate protection movement is gaining momentum, activists are upbeat in advance of the forthcoming Paris climate talks this December.
Environment
A protest happened early Wednesday morning, the third day of the climate negotiations in Bonn, after civil society faced a lock out from the climate negotiations on Tuesday. Protesters were blindfolded holding letters that spelled out #KeepUsInTheRoom as negotiators and delegates went inside the conference center.
The World Post
The U.S.-China accord has glaring shortcomings that illustrate the perils of voluntary pledges, each nation operating in its own autonomous emissions bubble and on its own schedule, impervious to any absolute global emission and temperature limit.
Environment
Global GHG emissions are rising ever more rapidly today, and carbon dioxide concentrations are already at their highest levels in millions of years, far above any ever encountered in human history.
The World Post
The turbulent UN global climate talks that ended last December 14th in Lima, Peru without setting firm global GHG emissions limitations left the future of the world's climate in limbo.
Impact
Millions more who become sick with perfectly treatable conditions have no hope of recovery because their hospitals don't have access to electricity. There are no incubators, no life-saving equipment and no refrigeration to store essential vaccines.
Politics
Of course, Congress will still have to actually appropriate at least some of the U.S. funds, which may prove difficult with
Green
Even as other countries move forward, the US must continue to lead. The US is the second largest carbon emitter in the world and the largest overall contributor to the climate crisis. We have an obligation to take bold steps to reduce our own carbon pollution.
Politics
The U.S. has continued to push for an alternative format to a treaty since then. At last year's conference, as ClimateWire
The World Post
Rich nations say the private sector is most promising. "We should use public resources to mobilize far greater sums of private
Environment
The U.S. doesn't only receive goods manufactured in China -- we receive the pollution associated with those goods as well. It's not just their problem. It is our problem as well.
Environment
If global agreement on addressing climate change cannot be achieved, how can we possibly expect any global consensus on "technomanagement" of the atmosphere where the risks of serious negative consequences are so grave?
The World Post
For many critics, the state fell short of fulfilling its most fundamental responsibilities, since thousands of survivors, reports suggest, struggled with hunger, chaos, and disease days into Haiyan's landfall.
Environment
The last thing we need right now is "flexibility." What we need is for President Obama to live up to his inaugural promise made less than one year ago, to "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."
Politics
As it stands now, the U.S. government is taking credit for climate adaptation in its development programs, but how much credit is actually due?
Politics
Since negotiations on global climate change began, it has been the case that the two countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions could lead the world on the issue if they could agree with one another. They haven't gotten there yet, but they took a meaningful step on Saturday.