During the marathon two weeks of meetings during the COP 17 United Nations climate change talks late last year, members of The Nature Conservancy’s delegation took time out to talk with local students who were attending the conference. Planet Change shares a few snapshots from Durban, South Africa.
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As a film about the life and legacy of Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai continues to air on television, Planet Change shares a memorial tribute to the Green Belt Movement founder from The Nature Conservancy’s Duncan Marsh.
How did the United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, leave work on the details of global climate policy, such as adaptation, reducing deforestation and climate finance? Read updates on promising decisions, and some that will require much more work, from the Conservancy’s climate policy experts.
The world is not used to hearing good news out of United Nations climate negotiations. Yet the agreement reached early Sunday morning in Durban, South Africa, has potential to truly be significant. Not for the immediate steps it will take to save the climate or its level of ambition – it falls way short on both [...]
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — After negotiations that lasted into overtime by an extra day and night, governments from 194 countries meeting at the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa have agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol to reduce carbon emissions. They also established a pathway that should lead to a more ambitious global framework for reducing emissions, and have opened the Green Climate Fund to assist developing countries’ efforts to address climate change.
“These agreements are important steps forward for global cooperation, yet it is clear that the outcomes in Durban fall well short of meeting the urgency of the climate challenge,” said Duncan Marsh, international climate policy director at The Nature Conservancy.
The closing hour for the COP 17 climate change summit has come and gone, but the parties have agreed to keep negotiating on Saturday morning (that’s around 2 am Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.) Media reports were somewhat encouraging Thursday in that the U.S. and some other nations appeared to be signaling increased flexibility [...]
Much of the media attention has focused on the high-level talks in closed-door meetings at the United Nations climate summit, but these annual conventions also serve to mobilize people, enabling networking, the exchange of creative ideas, and the search for symbols to inspire the challenging work that lies ahead for all nations in response to climate change.
Delegates are arriving in Durban, South Africa, as another United Nations climate change conference gets underway, amid sobering science reports, calls to “occupy” the talks, pleas from the Pope, and even deadly floods in the host province.
Based on the history of negotiations, expectations in the media are admittedly rather low for this 17th Conference of the Parties – or COP as it’s known – of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. But the urgent need for concrete progress on the world’s shared climate problem is spurring representatives from more than 190 countries to meet for the next two weeks to seek some kind of agreement to limit the world’s collective carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of forests.
This past week, country delegates met in Bangkok, Thailand for 2011’s first round of United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations, which will culminate with the big annual conference — this year in Durban, South Africa — in December. In Bangkok, the focus has been on how to move forward after last year’s conference in Cancún, Mexico. Key [...]
What was actually agreed to in Cancun and what it means for the international climate negotiations.
Preserving forests helps preserve water quality, which in turns helps local communities and the national tourist industry — which helps fund the whole thing.
Jen McKnight and Frank Lowenstein of The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Change Adaptation team offer insight into how we can weather climate change impacts.
A list of major posts we featured during COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.
Here’s what’s happening at COP 16 on December 11, the morning of the Cancun Agreement.
Trust is regained in a dramatic early-morning climax at the UN climate change conference in mexico.
Here’s what’s happening at COP 16 on the morning of December 10 — the final day of the global talks.
Frank Lowenstein describes Cancun as a microcosm for the climate change problem and saves some baby sea turtles.