About: Copenhagen Summit

Climate change 02-12-2010

Exorcising Copenhagen’s ghost

The EU was ''traumatised'' by being excluded from last-minute negotiations at the Copenhagen climate summit last year and will need to work hard in Cancún to regain its influence in climate diplomacy, writes Richard Youngs, director of Madrid-based think-tank FRIDE.
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2010

Crossick: Europe should dust off its founding fathers’ ideals

There is a seat for Europe at the world talks table, but European leaders need to become more strategic and revisit the successful approach of the EU's founding fathers, Stanley Crossick, the founding chairman of the European Policy Centre, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Development Policy 21-01-2010

EU sticks to climate pledges amid ‘soft’ UN deadline concerns

While the EU has decided to stick to its pledge of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, other countries are struggling to come up with targets and policy actions by the end-January deadline set by the UN to fulfil the Copenhagen Accord, as the chances of securing a legally-binding agreement by the end of the year recede further.
Climate change 21-01-2010

How to pass from Copenhagen to Mexico

"What role could the EU play to obtain a more successful outcome in Mexico [than in Copenhagen]?" asks Eberhard Rhein, a lecturer at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies in Malta, in a January post on Blogactiv.
Transport 12-01-2010

Aviation and shipping emissions after Copenhagen

"The outcome of the Copenhagen summit proved extremely disappointing as regards international aviation and shipping emissions," laments Transport & Environment in a January paper.
Climate change 08-01-2010

The Copenhagen Accord: A first stab at deciphering the implications for the EU

The results of the Copenhagen conference on climate change have produced mixed feelings among leaders and nations. Christian Egenhofer and Anton Georgiev, researchers at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), clarify in a December paper the implications of the accord for climate change, global governance and the EU's world leadership role.
Development Policy 18-12-2009

EU ‘disappointed’ by Chinese, US climate pledges

Only "a miracle" will allow world leaders to patch together a climate deal in the final hours of the Copenhagen conference, said Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after a long-awaited speech by US President Barack Obama had disappointed negotiators. EURACTIV reports from Copenhagen.
Brexit 15-12-2009

Copenhagen is not just another international negotiation

The UK is "working to make it possible for the EU to raise its offer to 30%" emission reductions, wrote UK Energy Minister Ed Miliband in an op-ed sent to EURACTIV, in which he outlines the deal that the UK would like to see come out of the Copenhagen summit at the end of this week.
Development Policy 14-12-2009

‘Third pole’ crucial to Copenhagen talks

The Tibetan plateau - also known as the third pole - is bearing the brunt of climate change. On November 18-19, parliamentarians from 30 countries met in Rome for the 5th World Parliamentary Convention on Tibet and drafted a declaration to raise awareness on this critical issue.
Digital 11-12-2009

Preservation of IP: One of Many Goals in Copenhagen

As they attempt to construe solutions that will halt global warming, heads of state and government should resist the temptation to attack the legislation in place on intellectual property, writes Mark Esper, executive vice-president of the US Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center, in a December post.
Development Policy 11-12-2009

EU should cut emissions by at least 30% to retain leadership, MEPs say

The EU should cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% if a global target of limiting warming to 2°C is to be achieved, Green activists and politicians urged ahead of this week's two-day European Council in Brussels (10-11 December).
Development Policy 09-12-2009

EU leaders set to downgrade climate expectations

EU leaders have definitely given up on the idea that the Copenhagen conference will immediately deliver legally-binding measures to fight climate change and are instead asking for a six-month roadmap to reach a definitive deal after the UN summit, according to draft European Council conclusions seen by EURACTIV.

Is Barroso dodging the climate fight?

The message that European Commission President José Manuel Barroso delivered yesterday (8 December) to French media regarding the possibility of a non-binding agreement emerging from Copenhagen sends a troubling signal to activists and negotiators aiming to broker a compromise solution in the ongoing climate talks, argues Monica Frassoni, spokesperson of the European Green Party, in a Blogactiv post.
Development Policy 03-12-2009

EU, US citizens split over climate change

The overwhelming majority of EU citizens consider climate change as a serious problem and call for more action against global warming. More than one third of Americans say instead that climate change is not an issue, and only a minor percentage think that it is the consequence of human activity, international polls reveal.
Development Policy 02-12-2009

Hedegaard: ‘Time is up’ for climate choices

"We have no alternative. We must handle climate change and we must do it right now. Copenhagen is the deadline. Time is up," writes former Danish Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard, the EU's commissioner-designate for climate action, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Development Policy 02-12-2009

Time is up – the deadline is Copenhagen

"We have no alternative. We must handle climate change and we must do it right now. Copenhagen is the deadline. Time is up," writes former Danish Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard, the EU's commissioner-designate for climate action, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.

China, India push for ‘patent free’ green tech

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Copenhagen next month, developing nations have tabled a controversial proposal which would effectively end patent protection for clean technologies.
Development Policy 16-11-2009

Survey: Americans more sceptical of global warming

There has been a sharp decline over the past year in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising, while fewer consider global warming as a very serious problem, according to the Pew Research Center For The People And The Press.
Development Policy 10-11-2009

Can Europe Lead The Copenhagen Negotiations?

The EU is simply not strong enough to push the world towards an ambitious agreement, writes Monica Frassoni, Spokesperson of the European Green Party, in a November post on Blogactiv.
Brexit 14-10-2009

Copenhagen needs CCS

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to remove 90% of the CO2 emissions from coal-fired power stations, writes UK State Secretary for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband ahead of December's UN summit in Copenhagen.
Development Policy 06-10-2009

Danish minister sounds climate wake-up call

With only 70 or so days to go before leaders meet to agree on a post-Kyoto climate deal in Copenhagen, there is a need to speed up negotiations and "make political choices," Danish Climate Change and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard told EURACTIV in an interview.
Brexit 10-09-2009

EU’s next big project an ‘environmental union’

In a commentary sent to EURACTIV, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband calls on EU leaders to show more ambition in their efforts to close a new UN-sponsored climate treaty this December and suggests that EU countries embark on a new "environmental union".
Brexit 10-09-2009

Miliband calls for EU ‘environmental union’ on climate

In a commentary sent to EURACTIV, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband calls on EU leaders to show more ambition in their efforts to close a new UN-sponsored climate treaty this December and suggests that EU countries embark on a new "environmental union".
Development Policy 25-08-2009

Water experts pour on pressure for Copenhagen deal

At the World Water Week conference, held last week (16-22 August) in Sweden, political leaders and experts called for water to be a key part of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.

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