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U.S. backs New Zealand's plan to overhaul Kyoto pact

America's top climate change negotiator yesterday embraced a global deal that falls short of an internationally binding treaty.

Speaking at Yale University, State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern said any new agreement that delineates the emissions cuts expected of developed versus developing nations would be a "deal-breaker." He touted a U.S. plan to have all countries submit plans based on national capabilities as a way of bypassing the United Nations' long-standing battles over fairness.


Peruvian minister hints at U.S. plans for climate aid

The United States may announce a contribution to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund next month, Peruvian Foreign Minister Gonzalo GutiƩrrez Reinel said yesterday.

GutiƩrrez, whose country will host a negotiating session in December aimed at crafting a new global climate change agreement in 2015, made the Lima conference a central point of his meetings this week with members of the Obama administration.


If China announces a limit on carbon emissions, could India follow?

When countries unveil their plans for curbing carbon over the coming decade, the climate-conscious world knows that it wants to see aggressive, economywide cuts from the United States. Similarly, consensus is building that China should announce a peak year after which its emissions will fall. But what of India?

But what of India, the globe's fourth-largest climate polluter and yet also home to more than 400 million people who live on less than $1.25 per day and lack access to basic energy services?


2 bold proposals emerge to change climate negotiations

Out of the ashes of the U.N. climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010 rose a stick to beat erring nations with: To avoid the worst climate impacts, the world must keep its temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.

Since then, some scientists have said that goal cannot be achieved unless it is done in a future energy utopia. Others have questioned whether big climate agreements by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change even work.


U.S. atmospheric scientist sees India moving to curb powerful greenhouse gas

A leading atmospheric scientist who has spearheaded some of the world's top research into the threats that soot and other pollutants are having on the Earth's climate said yesterday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's White House visit has given him new hope that India will tackle some of its politically toughest global warming issues.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, called Modi's joint statement with President Obama yesterday vowing to address hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, "the biggest excitement of my life." India has long been resistant to phasing out the highly potent greenhouse gas commonly used in air conditioning, but Ramanathan said he sees change afoot.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.


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