Poorer nations band together in Bonn for more climate aid
Developing countries banded together yesterday as the year's first U.N. climate change negotiating session opened in Bonn, Germany, with nations insisting that a 2015 deal must hew closely to the current system for fighting global warming.
The new agreement is supposed to be "applicable to all countries," which the United States, Europe and other industrialized nations have interpreted to mean that for the first time, all nations big and small will be obligated to cut greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.
Wide gap appears between China's rhetoric and its bargaining position on 2015 climate pact
In speeches, President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and their Chinese counterparts have proudly proclaimed that their governments are cooperating closely on a 2015 global climate deal.
But on paper, new documents show, the gulf between the two biggest greenhouse gas emissions giants remains as wide as ever.
Kerry directs State Dept. to make climate change a top priority
Secretary of State John Kerry doubled down Friday on comments that climate change is "the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction" and instructed the agency's nearly 50,000 employees globally to make the issue a "top tier" diplomatic priority.
In a policy directive -- Kerry's first since taking the helm of the State Department last year -- he told all bureaus to put climate change at the center of their daily work and set establishing a new global climate deal in 2015 as a top priority.
India's view of climate change shifts toward adaptation, clean energy
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz arrives in India today for high-level meetings that many hope will help ease recent diplomatic tensions between the two countries, including a spat over renewable energy.
The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue was originally scheduled for January but was upended by bitter feelings in India over the strip search and arrest of a diplomat in New York who was charged with visa fraud. That tension has been exacerbated by an escalating trade dispute over solar panel rules.