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New Year, New Climate?

It’s the end of another COP, and the beginning of another new year.  All over the world, 2011 was a year of protest, and yet progress on climate policy seems to be moving backwards instead of forwards in...
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US: Stand Aside

It’s the not-so-hidden secret of the UN climate negotiations: the United States has consistently blocked progress on reaching a deal to limit global greenhouse gas emissions and avoid catastrophic,...
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Saturday Morning State of Play

We're back in the ICC this morning, as talks failed to wrap up as planned last night.  The mood here is a bit more optimistic (and also a bit more sleepy) than last night, when countries rejected a draft text...
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The People United Will Never be Defeated

Hundreds of protestors marched through the ICC just minutes ago, demanding climate justice and a treaty deal now.  Protestors, borrowing "mic check" chants from the Occupy Wall Street movement, spontaneously...
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EU: Durban Agreement within Reach

The EU's Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard kicked off the final day of the Durban talks, giving the first press conference of the day.  Her strident remarks focused around the EU roadmap...
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Durban Update: US Press Briefing 5

Todd Stern opened the US press briefing on Wednesday by ducking a question that paraphrased the Guatemalan delegation's rhetorical question- how many people will have to die before countries come to an...
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US Youth on Fire

Tensions are rising rapidly in Durban, even as the negotiations continue on (in theory), somewhere behind closed doors.  Normally the final days of the COP are a swirl of frenetic activity, as ministers run...
EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard; image: flickr user EU Parliament

US Shame in the International Arena

With just two days of talks left, the impasse in Durban grinds on, with no breakthrough on any of the major issues in sight.  As the pace of the talks ratchets up, the sense of urgency is increasing here, and...
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Durban Update: US Press Briefing 4

In his second press briefing in Durban, Todd Stern stuck to many points that the US delegation has made over the past week and a half.  On his bilateral meeting this morning with the Chinese delegation, Stern...