Recent News About Global Climate Change

  • 12/19/2009: A deal, to be known as the Copenhagen Accord, has been reached at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, but it is much weaker than anticipated when the summit began two weeks ago. The Accord is an “agreement” between 193 nations which means it will not be legally binding and it merely recognizes that rising global temperatures are a concern rather than fixes targets for limiting temperature increase. Key points, BBC News.
  • 12/18/2009: World leaders spoke at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen today, BBC News. Text of U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech, New York Times. The outcome of the summit is seriously in doubt as many leaders fear that a binding agreement will not be reached. Leaders from the U.S., U.K., and Australia urged delegates to sign a 3-page declaration, draft text [pdf], BBC News.
  • 12/16/2009: Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen has replaced his climate minister Connie Hedegaard as President of the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen. Hedegaard has been criticized by African nations for favoring richer countries in the agreement negotiations. However, Hedegaard described the move as “procedural” as the talks head into their final days, BBC News. Heads of state will arrive in Copenhagen soon to carry out final negotiations but there is currently not even a preliminary draft proposal t0 be debated. Key areas of the agreement under dispute, Al Jazeera. Police used tear gas to push protesters away from the conference center in Copenhagen where climate change talks are being held. About 250 people were arrested. A group of delegates who sought to meet with protesters were also pushed back by police, New York Times.
  • 12/14/2009: Complaining that developed countries aren’t doing enough to cut their own emissions, delegates from poor nations walked out on talks at the climate change summit in Copenhagen today, AFP. At issue is whether the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which required wealthy nations to cut their emissions but was not signed by the United States, will be continued or ignored.
  • 12/14/2009: More than 100,000 people protested in the streets of Copenhagen over the weekend as the talks entered their second week, New York Times.
  • 12/11/2009: A draft of the Copenhagen climate change summit has been released to the public. The draft calls for developed countries to increase aid to developing countries, BBC News.
  • 12/11/2009: The environmental group WWF says that the green energy industry will grow to become the third largest industry, after automobiles and electronics, by 2020, AFP.
  • 12/08/2009:  A split has emerged between smaller, developing countries and larger, developed countries at the Copenhagen climate change summit. Small island nations and poor countries in Africa are likely to be most affected by climate change and want stringent legal measures added to the agreement, BBC News. China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, but grassroots movements are trying to green the country, al Jazeera. Climate change is growing China’s Gobi desert, al Jazeera.The first decade of the 21st century, 2000-2009, was the hottest decade in recorded history, ABC News.
  • 12/07/2009: Countries at the climate conference in Copenhagen welcomed the U.S.’s long-awaited official proclamation concerning the danger of greenhouse gas emissions. This could possibly mean that the Environmental Protection Agency will be able to cut emissions without needing the approval of Congress, which has blocked the measure before, BBC News.
  • 12/07/2009: The highly anticipated world climate change summit opened in Copenhagen, Denmark today.  The goal of the summit is for participating countries to agree to targets for emission reduction and to decide how reaching those targets will be paid for, New York Times. Summit Q & A, BBC News. The summit in pictures, BBC News.  Obstacles to an agreement, ABC. Timeline of the history of the politics of climate change starting in 1820, New York Times.
  • 12/05/2009: 20,000 people have marched in support of progress on global climate change in London ahead of the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen next week, BBC News. Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. Join #TheWave on Twitter to show your support.
  • 12/03/2009: India’s Minister of State for the Environment has announced that the country will not sign any legally-binding emission reduction agreements at the upcoming climate change summit in Copenhagen, Times of India.  Residents of Shishmaref, Alaska fear climate change could destroy their town, CNN.
  • 11/24/2009: Hackers released emails from climate scientists at the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University in the United Kingdom that, critics say, indicate the scientists tried to limit discussion of dissenting views on climate change, Wall St. Journal. Expect this issue to be raised ahead of next month’s UN climate change talks in Copenhagen, Financial Times. Official summit site, COP15.
  • 11/19/2009: The U.N. says that women in the developing world will be particularly affected by global climate change because they are the primary caregivers of often large families. The Africa director of the U.N. Population Fund called for more availability of family planning resources for African women, Voice of America.
  • 11/13/2009: Link Round-up Ahead of UN Copenhagen Climate Change Summit
  • 11/03/2009: Fifty-five African nations have taken a stand during UN climate talks by declining to go forth with discussion unless the wealthiest nations agree to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. itself has pledged before to cut their emissions by 4% on 1990 levels, but the developing countries want a 40% cut from the developed nations. If the Africans walk out, next month’s talks in Copenhagen will be rendered useless, Guardian UK.
  • 10/24/2009: Demonstrators Mark Int’l Day of Climate Action

One response to “Recent News About Global Climate Change

  1. As per , the less than stellar result of the UN conference on climate change can be seen to point to the antiquated absolutist approach to national sovereignty in the wake of the technological changes of the 20th century.

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