US defends 'enormous' climate efforts

2012-11-26 21:14

The has US defended its track record on fighting climate change at UN talks, saying it's making "enormous" efforts to slow global warming and help the poor nations most affected by it.

Emissions can have dreadful consequences

2012-07-16 18:19

A failure to take action against climate change will have "dreadful consequences" for the whole world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned at international talks in Berlin on cutting climate emissions.

Canada withdraws from Kyoto Protocol

2011-12-13 08:56

Canada has become the first country to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, saying the pact on cutting carbon emissions is preventing the world from effectively tackling climate change.

COP 17 approves landmark deal

2011-12-11 10:56

Climate negotiators have agreed on a pact that will for the first time force all the biggest polluters to take action on greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate talks stumble toward uncertain end

2011-12-10 09:00

A draft global pact on climate change has boosted UN talks already deep into overtime, but negotiators worry that the late delivery could jeopardise a deal.

Back-room talks begin to save treaty

2011-12-05 21:15

Back-room negotiations have begun to rescue the climate treaty and to launch an agreement for emissions targets.

Table set for Durban climate poker

2011-12-05 08:15

UN climate talks enter their second week entangled in a mesh of issues with no guarantee that negotiators will be able to sort them out.

COP 17 talks under threat by Kyoto pullout

2011-11-30 09:11

A Canadian pullout of the Kyoto Protocol would badly damage a UN climate process already weakened by divisions, negotiators and NGOs said at talks in Durban.

Reaffirm Kyoto Protocol, Zuma urges

2011-11-28 14:02

President Jacob Zuma has urged delegates at the UN climate summit to work for an outcome that was "balanced, fair and credible", and reaffirm the Kyoto Protocol.

Some agreement on Kyoto needed: Molewa

2011-11-23 20:56

Some agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol has to come out of the Cop 17 climate change talks in Durban, Environment Minister Edna Molewa says.

Cloud hangs over climate finance

2011-10-07 08:57

An impasse in global climate talks is casting a shadow on clean energy financing in the developing world, with growing doubts over the programme.

Durban climate talks unlikely to yield deal

2011-08-02 07:16

Major climate talks in Durban at the end of the year are unlikely to strike agreement on a new pact, a senior UN climate official says.

India third highest carbon emitter

2010-10-04 17:53

India's environment minister says the country can not have high economic growth and a rapid rise in carbon emissions now that it is the world's third largest emitter.

Huge climate debate begins

2010-04-18 09:52

Representatives from the world's leading economies are meeting to see if they can find common ground on climate change, as wide gaps divide the United States, China and other key nations.

Global climate deal 'unlikely'

2009-09-08 20:08

Britain's Foreign Secretary says there is danger a United Nations conference in Copenhagen won't strike a global deal on climate change.

Alarm over forest plan

2009-06-13 20:45

An ambitious plan to fight climate change by making polluters pay to preserve forests has come under a cloud.


Billionth ton of saved CO2 issued

2012-09-07 22:19

The Clean Development Mechanism, a Kyoto Protocol device to curb greenhouse gases through market forces, has now issued a billion tons of carbon credits, the UN climate forum says.

Rio Earth summit on shaky ground

2012-06-04 13:25

Major players pulling out of the Rio Earth summit is an indicator of the awkward politics and negotiations to move forward with climate change policies, an environmental organisation has said.

Canada pulls out of Kyoto protocol

2011-12-13 08:01

Canada has become the first country to announce its withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, a symbolic blow to the troubled global treaty.

COP 17 draws to a close

2011-12-11 11:25

Minister of international relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has expressed satisfaction with the outcomes reached by the 17th United Nations Conference of Parties.

SA struggles to save UN climate talks

2011-12-10 14:40

South Africa is struggling to find a compromise deal that could save UN climate talks from collapse.

Durban talks - Debt, doubt loom large

2011-12-05 22:26

Economic crisis and the top three polluters China, the US and India, loomed as obstacles to a new global deal at the start of the second make-or-break week of climate talks.

Japan on Kyoto Protocol

2011-12-05 13:06

Japan's decision to not be part of any extension of the Kyoto Protocol has caused a lot of disquiet at COP 17 in Durban. André le Roux interviews Japan’s ambassador to SA.

Canada urged to stay with Kyoto Protocol

2011-12-02 08:25

South Africa has urged Canada to reconsider its position of not entering into a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, officials say.

Rise above national interests - activists

2011-11-28 17:30

Countries should rise above national interests during the climate change talks in Durban, activists say.

Rifts emerge at COP 17

2011-11-28 12:35

UN talks on climate change are clouded by signs of a deepening political rift on how to slow the carbon juggernaut.

China: EU woes must not stall climate deal

2011-11-22 11:57

China's top official on climate change says the eurozone debt crisis should not get in the way of a new pact to fight global warming.

Global climate deal goals shifted

2011-10-09 19:36

With just weeks to go before UN talks on climate change open in Durban, negotiators have shifted their goal from striking a historic deal to ensuring that the global system survives.

Trade tops SA-EU summit agenda

2011-08-23 14:42

Trade will be the main item when SA holds talks next month with the European Union, its largest trading partner.

UN climate chief calls on leaders to step in

2011-06-17 19:00

The UN's top climate official says the world's political leaders must step into climate negotiations to sort out disputes over reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Kyoto risks collapse

2010-05-04 08:59

Governments must confront risks that the UN's Kyoto Protocol for fighting climate change will collapse because of splits about a successor treaty, the UN's top climate official says.

Copenhagen: Main climate issues

2009-11-29 23:50

Slow progress at the UN climate talks, held up most by US politics, will mean that the Copenhagen meeting is likely, at best, to yield a framework accord whose details will be hammered out next year.

Climate chaos closing in

2009-06-19 09:29

The world faces a growing risk of "abrupt and irreversible climatic shifts" as fallout from global warming hits faster than expected, scientists warn.

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