The outcome of the Doha Climate Summit disappointed observers and activists alike, but it was in fact another step towards creating the enabling conditions for civilisational change and moves to addressing global injustice, arguesBo Kjellén.
An increase in the EU’s carbon emissions reduction target to 30% on 1990 levels within eight years is ‘very fundamental’ to the developing world’s interests, said the European chair of the G77 group of developing nations.
Europe is uniquely well-positioned to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions, argue Shin-pei Tsay and Deborah Gordon of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. They outline four major ways this could be achieved.
Climate negotiators agreed a pact on Sunday (11 December) that would for the first time force all the biggest polluters to take action on greenhouse gas emissions, but critics said the action plan was not aggressive enough to slow the pace of global warming.
As negotiators haggle over a climate deal in Durban, the European Commission has adopted proposals to ring-fence one-fifth of its €70 billion external finance budget for climate finance in the 2014-2020 period.
Negotiators in Durban must put aside their national interests and come up with common targets on emission cuts and climate funding within the spirit of solidarity in order to achieve a climate breakthrough, argues Roeland Scholtalbers.
European finance ministers have reiterated a commitment to providing international climate finance, but are keeping their money cards close to the chest in the run up to the United Nation's climate change conference in Durban later this year.
The EU could propose a lifeline for the beleaguered Kyoto Protocol and secure the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) beyond 2012, government negotiators and observers have told Point Carbon news.
UN talks have run out of time to meet a December 2012 deadline to put in place a binding successor to the Kyoto Protocol on curbing greenhouse gases, the UN's top climate official said on Monday (6 June).
A new paradigm shift for sustainable and equitable clean growth is needed, according to Achim Steiner, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and governments can start by intervening to end fossil fuel subsidies.