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Climate talks in Tianjin as China tries to clean up its image
The final preparatory round gets underway before the Cancun summit opens later this year. UN climate Chief Christiana Figueres says China’s actions are positive but planning greenhouse gas reduction is difficult to do.
22/09/2009 CHINA – ASIA – UNITED STATES
Everyone at UN waiting to see China’s move on green house gases
China might present an ambitious plan to cut green house gases. Beijing’s posture will also influence that of the United States whose new president is committed to fighting pollution. An agreement between the two countries would be decisive for the fate of the world.
Asia-Pacific states and US announce deal on greenhouse gases
Five of the six signatories generate 40 per cent of world's greenhouse gases and are outside Kyoto Protocol. Environmentalists criticise pact because it is non-binding, lacking compulsory legal obligations.
27/11/2009 CINA – US – UN
Wen, Obama and the vague promises of Copenhagen
Washington and Beijing make grand gestures about reducing pollution, but use different criteria to do so. The Americans will cut emissions over the very high pollution levels of 2005 whilst the Chinese will reduce per capita emissions, which will allow for 50 per cent increase in overall levels.
07/12/2009 ASIA - UN
Copenhagen climate conference opens, along with business deals and data manipulation
Mandatory limits on emissions of carbon dioxide excluded. 10500 billion dollars in investment is needed. Concern for poor countries. The pope's appeal. The scandal of Climagate: scientists have decided to "tamper" with data on global warming to push for action. But according to others the earth is cooling.
03/12/2007 INDONESIA – UNITED NATIONS
Bali preparing the after-Kyoto
A UN-sponsored world conference on climate change opens today in Bali. More than 180 countries are set to look at a new road map to a new agreement on reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants that should be ready for signing in 2009. It should come into effect when the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end in 2012. All eyes are on the United States and China, the world’s top contributors to greenhouse gases.
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