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Elections shape Brazil delegation at Copenhagen

Copenhagen summit attendees may be wondering why Brazil’s delegation to the U.N. climate meeting is being led not by its environment minister but by the president’s chief of staff. The answer is: elections next year in Brazil.Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff is the government’s likely candidate in next October’s general ...

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France’s Sarkozy proposes keeping Kyoto Protocol

Copenhagen: French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed maintaining the Kyoto Protocol, against the European Union's preferred position, as he warned on Thursday U.N. climate talks were "heading for disaster"."So people want to keep Kyoto, OK let's keep Kyoto. But let us agree on an overall political umbrella," he said in a ...

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Leaders meet into night to beat climate deadline

Copenhagen: World leaders worked through the early hours to try and beat a Friday deadline for a deal on cutting emissions and helping poor countries cope with the costly impact of global warming. After days of stalemate, the United States revived the 193-nation talks on Thursday by backing a 0 ...

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Obama heads to high-risk, uncertain climate talks

Washington: With global climate change talks at a critical juncture, President Barack Obama flew to Copenhagen on Thursday to join more than 110  world leaders looking to push an interim agreement across the finish line. Obama will be on hand for the final day of the two-week, 193-nation U.N. climate ...

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Danish PM drops plan for new draft

Copenhagen: Hosts Denmark dropped plans on Thursday to propose new draft texts to try to break deadlock at a UN climate summit in Copenhagen after opposition from many developing nations. Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said negotiators at the 193-nation meeting would consider existing UN texts presented to the ...

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US will help raise billions on climate, says Hillary

Copenhagen: As hopes faded for a strong climate deal, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to put new life into flagging U.N. talks on Thursday by announcing the U.S. would join others in raising 0 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer nations cope with global warming. She ...

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Climate talks in trouble

Copenhagen: Prospects for a strong UN climate change deal grew more remote on Thursday at the climax of two years of talks, with developed and developing nations deadlocked on sharing cuts in greenhouse gases. Dozens of heads of state were arriving in the Danish capital to address the December 7-18 ...

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John Kerry vows to get climate laws passed if Copenhagen deal succeeds

A looming showdown between the US and China dominated the Copenhagen climate change talks on Thursday even as John Kerry tried to defuse tensions by guaranteeing to push climate change laws through the US Congress. In a heavily attended speech, Kerry, who is leading the effort to get a climate ...

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Poor cannot be sacrificed to climate pact, says Manmohan

New Delhi: India cannot accept a global warming treaty that would stall its drive to lift millions out of poverty, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said as he left for the final phase of UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Singh is among the world leaders descending on the Danish capital for the ...

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China accuses developed countries on climate

Beijing: China on Tuesday accused developed of backsliding on what it said were their obligations to fight climate change and warned that the UN climate talks in Copenhagen had entered a critical stage. In sharp comments made as the atmosphere at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen grows more divisive, ...

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Campaign urges Britons to act on climate change

London: As the Copenhagen summit continues this week, the head of a campaign to get Britons to cut their carbon emissions insists we can all make a difference in the fight against climate change. 10:10 aims to encourage individuals, companies and institutions to reduce their carbon footprints by 10 percent ...

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Polar ice may vanish in 5 to 7 years, says Gore

Copenhagen: New computer modelling suggests the Arctic Ocean may be nearly ice-free in the summertime as early as 2014, Al Gore said on Monday at the UN climate conference. This new projection, following several years of dramatic retreat by polar sea ice, suggests that the ice cap may nearly vanish in ...

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Time to stop climate finger-pointing, says UN chief

Copenhagen: Rich and poor countries must "stop pointing fingers" and increase their pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions to salvage the faltering talks on a global warming pact, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday. Ban's warning came as world leaders started arriving in Copenhagen, kicking the two-week conference into ...

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Copenhagen climate talks suspended in Africa-led protest

Copenhagen: The main sessions of UN climate talks in Copenhagen were suspended on Monday in a protest led by African nations and the developing countries accusing rich countries of trying to wreck the existing UN Kyoto Protocol. "This is a walk-out over process and form, not a walkout over substance, ...

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Spectre of failure looms over climate marathon

Copenhagen: The spectre of failure loomed at the UN climate summit on Monday as an African negotiator said the talks were at "code red" while China accused wealthy nations of trickery. While environment ministers haggled behind closed doors, some of the biggest players gave a glimpse of the rift to ...

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Australian children urge PM to stop climate change

Canberra: Australian children on Monday urged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to do all he can to stop climate change ahead of his trip to the Copenhagen summit. Rudd met with youngsters from the O'Connor Cooperative School hours before leaving to attend the climate change summit in Copenhagen. The children presented ...

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Climate change: India shows flexibility in stand

Copenhagen: India has displayed flexibility in its climate change position by offering to adopt the international guidelines under the United  Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) while reporting to Parliament on its unsupported domestic efforts to deal with climate change. This move can be viewed as a significant step. ...

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Protests in Copenhagen: Rights groups press for inquiry into police tactics

Copenhagen:  Denmark may be breaching European law, Danish human rights groups claimed on Sunday night as they called for their government to launch an immediate inquiry after police in Copenhagen used controversial kettling and mass preventative arrest tactics for the third day running.Following the arrest of 68 people on Friday, and ...

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Clock ticking to get UN climate deal: Miliband

Copenhagen: Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband urged negotiators on Monday to work faster to clear away a thicket of problems threatening the global warming talks ahead of a UN summit here on Friday."There are still issues of substance and process to be overcome in the coming days," Miliband told a ...

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Copenhagen a failure from the start, says Raul Castro

Havana: Raul Castro on Sunday declared the global climate summit in Copenhagen a failure from the start and urged leftist Latin American leaders to devise their own plan on how to cope with climate change. Addressing a two-day meeting of the leftist Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas trade group, Cuba's ...

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School in Vadodara to promote eco-friendly lifestyle

Vadodara, Gujarat: As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to come out with a new global climate agreement, a school here is garnering support from the community to encourage them to adopt eco-friendly lifestyle. New Era Senior Secondary School (NESSS) will kick-off a campaign "Let's adopt eco-friendly lifestyle" with a candlelight vigil followed ...

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Short or long? Financial aid, still under veils at COP15

By our correspondent One of the key issues that is being weighed at the COP 15 is the allocation of funds to developing, poor and least developed nations to help them fight environmental crisis and develop technology that will facilitate them into leading a sustainable life. However, parties are divided on ...

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Developing nations clash over climate targets

Copenhagen: A major rift surfaced at UN climate talks between emerging giants and countries most exposed to the ravages of global warming, as top polluter China took aim at rich nations for failing to act. Tensions over climate targets emerged on the third day of the Copenhagen negotiations despite efforts ...

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China urges deep soul-searching for US on climate

Copenhagen: The US and China exchanged barbs on Wednesday at the Copenhagen climate talks, underscoring the abiding suspicion between the world's two largest carbon polluters about the sincerity of their pledges to control emissions. US chief negotiator Todd Stern urged China to "stand behind" its promise to slow the growth ...

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Danish police raid Copenhagen climate campaigners' rooms

Copenhagen: The Danish police on Wednesday night raided a climate campaigners' accommodation centre in Copenhagen, detaining 200 activists and seizing items including paint bombs and shields which they claimed could be used for acts of civil disobedience.About 200 police arrived at the shelter on Ragnhild Street, in the Nørrebro district ...

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Ban Ki-moon reasserts leadership in Copenhagen climate talks

The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has re-asserted ownership over the Copenhagen climate change meeting after the "trust issues" between rich and poor nations were exposed by a leaked draft agreement. He said he was confident of getting a deal for immediate action on global warming.In an interview with the ...

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Copenhagen talks break down as developing nations split over ‘Tuvalu’ protocol

Copenhagen: Negotiations at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen dramatically broke down on Wednesday after developing countries split between those who favour a new protocol and others who want to continue with the legally binding Kyoto agreement.The crisis, partly precipitated by revelations on Tuesday that the host country Denmark had ...

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Bottle-less solution for drinking water COP15

Assuring that delegates are refreshed with clean, purified drinking water from a sustainable source throughout the conference, the COP15 has installed water dispensers for the upcoming Copenhagen event. Waterlogic has been appointed to provide drinking water for all 19,000 plus delegates. The company was asked to install forty of its ...

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US Republicans vow to rain on Copenhagen parade

Washington: Republican lawmakers critical of efforts to battle climate change, said they would fly next week to the Copenhagen summit to undercut President Barack Obama’s promises of strong US action. Members of Congress’ minority party vowed to highlight a scandal over leaked emails from leading climate scientists, which they said ...

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Wastepickers of the world unite at climate talks

Copenhagen: Ignored, marginalised or despised in many countries, wastepickers from Asia, Latin America and Africa have come together in Copenhagen to lobby for recognition as unsung heroes in the fight against climate change. An estimated 15 million people around the world survive by sifting through trash, rooting out plastic packaging, ...

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Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after ‘Danish text’ leak

Copenhagen: The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray after developing countries on Tuesday reacted furiously to leaked documents. These papers reveal that next week, world leaders will be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change ...

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Tibetans come to climate talks to plead for action

Copenhagen: An unofficial delegation of Tibetans, the first to attend UN climate talks, said on Tuesday that global warming and China's environmental policies threatened Himalayan glaciers providing water to more than a billion Asians. Tibet, the world's largest and highest plateau, is often called the "third pole" because it stores ...

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Indian govt under pressure over carbon pledge

New Delhi: India's environment minister faced criticism in parliament on Monday and dissent from negotiators after his offer to reduce the country's carbon footprint ahead of the Copenhagen climate change talks. Jairam Ramesh announced last week that India would reduce its carbon intensity by 20 to 25 per cent by ...

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Behind the scenes

SidetalkThere were serious questions raised about the Danish Prime Minister H.E. Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s address highlighting the need for a political deal. Now, the question that is haunting people’s minds is whether the Danish presidency is rooting for a political deal or a legally binding deal. Only the coming days ...

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Loopholes drive requests to change rules

Copenhagen: It was in December 2008 that the European Union passed a Renewable Energy Directive. As per the order, 20 per cent of final energy consumption must necessarily come from renewable sources by 2020. Ironically though, biomass burning as per the directive given by the EU, results in zero emissions.   ...

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Jairam Ramesh in climate hot seat, rebuts charges

New Delhi: The Indian government, already under intense international pressure on climate change, faced a serious challenge to its climate change policy on Monday from opposition leaders in Parliament. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh attended zero hour to take questions, but instead, found himself facing harsh criticism of the government’s evolving ...

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S.Africa offers to slash emissions for aid

Johannesburg: South Africa on Monday offered to slash the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent by 2025, but in exchange wants rich nations to expand aid for poor countries to cope with climate change. President Jacob Zuma's offer, announced in a statement on the presidency's website, ...

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UN climate conference opens in Copenhagen

Copenhagen: The largest and most important UN climate change conference in history opened on Monday, with diplomats from 192 nations warned that this could be the best, last chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming.The conference, the climax of two years of contentious negotiations, convened ...

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Danish move will be disastrous for India

New Delhi: The draft proposal prepared by the host nation Denmark for the climate change summit that began on Monday, removes the distinction between the developed and the developing countries and will be disastrous for India and other developing countries. Developing countries have maintained that given the fact that emissions ...

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Carbon dioxide unleashes more warming than thought, study reveals

Paris: Carbon dioxide indirectly causes up to 50 per cent more global warming than originally thought, a finding that raises questions over targets for stabilising carbon emissions over the long term, a study said on Sunday.In a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, British scientists said a tool commonly ...

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EU to offer poor countries billions for climate change, report reveals

Berlin: The European Union is to offer "one to three billion euros" in aid to developing countries over the next three years so they can fight the effects of climate change, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Sunday. The funding is to be agreed at a European Union summit in ...

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Gore cancels climate lecture in Copenhagen

Copenhagen: Climate campaigner Al Gore has cancelled a lecture he was supposed to deliver here. The former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner had been scheduled to speak to more than 3,000 people at a December 16 event hosted by the Berlingske Tidende newspaper group.The group says Gore ...

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Public worldwide wants action on climate change, poll reveals

London: Most people worldwide believe climate change is a very serious problem that their governments must tackle, a poll said on Monday, as the landmark Copenhagen summit on the issue was set to get underway. However the poll of more than 24,000 people also showed concern about rising global temperatures ...

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China minister eyes carbon emissions peak: Report

London: China's greenhouse gas emissions will peak between 2030 and 2040, the country's science and technology minister said Monday, as crunch talks on climate change were set to get under way in Copenhagen. Wan Gang said the precise timing of the level would depend on China's economic growth, rate of ...

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Brown urges rapid action on climate agreement

London: Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday urged world leaders to quickly seal in law any agreement on climate change made during this week's crunch talks in Copenhagen. "Our aim is a comprehensive and global agreement which is then converted to an internationally legally binding treaty in no ...

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Obama boosts climate talks with change of plans

Washington: US President Barack Obama has delivered a boost to UN climate talks in Copenhagen, agreeing to delay his visit until the end of the meeting, when the drive for a global warming pact will climax.Obama had been due to fly into the talks on Wednesday, and then head on ...

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Bangladesh's climate migration trail: ‘Our village is still underwater’

Dhaka: "The first two or three days it was crazy. We don’t have cars in our village, so when I saw a car I had to jump this way and that. And my head is full of a terrible buzzing sound."Haran Mondols, 53, was forced to move his extended family ...

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Brown rejects ‘flat-earth’ climate sceptics

London: World leaders heading to UN climate talks next week must not be distracted by "flat-earth" sceptics who deny humans are to blame for global warming, Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned on Saturday. "With only days to go before Copenhagen, we mustn't be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate ...

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Russian claim to carbon credits may bedevil Copenhagen talks

Hot air and high-minded speeches may be the most obvious emissions from the Copenhagen climate talks, skeptics say. But behind the scenes Russia will play an old card from communism’s fall that could tip the odds even higher against ever meeting the summit’s goals.Russia's greenhouse gas emissions plunged in the ...

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Denmark rushes in laws to stop carbon trading scam

Europe’s flagship carbon trading scheme suffered a blow as the Danish government was forced to rush an emergency law through parliament to clamp down on a virulent form of VAT fraud. On the eve of the Copenhagen climate talks, which will attract world attention to emissions trading schemes, police and tax ...

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Forest-saving deal could lift climate summit hopes

Bangkok: In a potentially valuable boost to fighting climate change, rich and poor countries are close to an agreement to end the destruction of the world's forests in 20 years, government negotiators said. It depends, however, on whether consensus on an overarching climate accord is reached by the 192 countries ...

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20 to 25 % carbon emission intensity cut by 2020: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi:  India on Thursday announced a 20 to 25 per cent carbon emission intensity cuts on the 2005 levels by 2020. This would be done through a series of measures including mandatory fuel efficiency standards for all vehicles, a compulsory green building code and switching over to clean coal ...

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US business leaders counter critics on climate

Washington: US lawmakers have rolled out business leaders who back action on climate change, hoping to counter criticism that a deal at this month's Copenhagen summit would hit the wobbly US economy.Four days before the high-stakes climate meeting opens in the Danish capital, President Barack Obama and his allies are ...

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Europe bypassed on climate summit

Just days before the opening of the United Nations-sponsored meeting, the Europeans have been largely pushed to the sidelines, watching as the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the United States, seek to set the rules of the game.“That’s of course the unfortunate situation for Copenhagen,” said ...

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Senior civil servant to investigate leaked emails between climate scientists

A senior civil servant has been appointed to conduct an independent review by next spring into emails hackers stole and published from the University of East Anglia’s climate research unit (CRU). The announcement that Sir Muir Russell will investigate allegations of wrongdoing on the behalf of the CRU came as ...

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Poorest countries worst hit by climate change: Study

Climate change is hitting the world’s poorest countries, the people least able to cope, according to a new case study on Ethiopia. Researchers looked at which groups in the country are most vulnerable, what community members say they need to adapt, the role of family planning and reproductive health in ...

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China solar panel makers see boost from Copenhagen

Changzhou, China: In Trina Solar’s brilliant white factory in eastern China, masked workers in lab coats turn silicon wafers into solar power cells capable of harnessing the sun's clean and limitless energy. China is now the world’s top producer of the cells -- the tile-like engines of solar panels -- ...

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Big developing states reject Copenhagen climate plan

New Delhi/ London: China and other developing nations rejected core targets for a climate deal, such as halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 just five days before talks start in Copenhagen, diplomats said on Wednesday.China, together with India, Brazil and South Africa, are demanding that richer nations do more ...

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New Zealand PM to attend Copenhagen climate summit

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Thursday, he would attend this month's UN climate change summit in Copenhagen due to a growing momentum towards reaching a deal.Key had previously dismissed the chances of any agreement in the Danish capital, dismissing it as a "photo opportunity."But, circumstances had ...

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