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Agreement on Text to Negotiate for the 2015 Climate Deal

At the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8), delegates agreed on a text that will serve as the basis for negotiating a new climate change agreement. This new agreement is anticipated to be adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference […]

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the […]

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Warsaw Climate Change Conference opened in Warsaw

The 2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference opened in Warsaw, Poland, and will continue until 22 November. The Conference includes the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP […]

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UN climate talks in Bonn: Progress towards a deal in 2014

The United Nations climate change body said it has made concrete progress towards a new universal agreement on climate change during its latest round of talks which wrapped up today in Germany. “This has been an important meeting because Governments are moving faster now from the stage of exploring options to designing and implementing solutions,” […]

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EU Exceeds Fast Start Finance Targets

The European Union provided €7.34 billion in ‘fast start’ climate finance to developing countries in 2010-2012, slightly more than the €7.2 billion it had pledged. The final figure is given in a report adopted by the Economic and Financial Affairs (Ecofin) Council today. “Despite difficult economic circumstances, the European Union has met and even surpassed […]

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Bullshitting Climate Change

Starting Copenhagen 2009, abbreviations and acronyms became a source of turmoil amongst participants at the international climate talks. Indeed, UNFCCC communication often goes beyond ridiculous as it abuses dozens of acronyms, whilst apparently all the effort is to keep the climate treaty in a stalemate. “In order to close a FAB deal at the COP/CMP, […]

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Warsaw, the New Global Emissions Postponement

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has said that, at its Eighteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) held recently in Doha, Qatar, governments “took the next essential step in the global response to climate change.” The next “essential step” will be taken next year at COP 19 in […]

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Doha in Detail

Since journalists were deprived of big news, activists of any protests, and politicians of headaches, here is a summary of the COP 18’s decisions in Doha, Qatar. 1)     Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol The Kyoto Protocol, as the only existing and binding agreement under which developed countries commit to cutting greenhouse gases, has been amended […]

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50-50-50 Starts in Cancun

By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the globe, by 50% more than today. To that date, the UN is also aiming at reducing carbon-equivalent emissions by 50%. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, named this morally binding target the 50-50-50. This is going to start in Cancun as one of the […]

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A Forest Is A Levee

River Dora Riparia in Susa Valley is alpine however with particularities of plain running waters. “We are basically on a […]

Merano, A History Carved with Water

  In an unusual rain pouring cold morning Mayor Paul Rüsch, a rather non-political bonhomme, guided us through the history […]

How Hydropower Turned Hohe Tauern into a National Park

  Nature protection history and ecological hotspots started in the 1970s, says Florian Jurgeit, planner with the Hohe Tauern National […]

Is There Life after Skiing?

  Why do we have to ski all the time?, asks Dominik Siegrist, an actual avid skier and leader of […]

Schladming against Floods

  Following the rains and massive floods of Elba and Danube in 2002, EU decided to take action. In 2007 […]

Governments commit to strengthening cooperation on carbon markets

On 1 September 2017, high-level government officials from 25 national and subnational governments, including EU Member States, Mexico, the Republic […]