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Pending U.N. report states that lack of prompt action on climate change will lead to 'severe' and 'irreversible impacts' on planet

Continuing to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will trigger "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and 27 ecosystems," concludes a landmark draft U.N. science report expected to be approved this week.

Adapting to climate change, according to a final draft obtained by ClimateWire, can reduce some risks. But, it argues, "there are limits to its effectiveness, particularly if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced."


Some movement in climate talks, but many details remain to be worked out

Intense midyear negotiations toward a new climate change agreement ended this weekend in disappointment, with governments and activists openly worrying that countries did not make enough progress.

One bright spot in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change talks -- at least for some -- was the approval in Brussels of a new E.U. package to slash greenhouse gas emissions. While reaching the target of at least 40 percent cuts across the European Union by 2030 won praise in many quarters for helping launch the new global deal, others criticized it as setting a low bar for climate action.


Energy security becomes a factor in E.U. emissions target talks

Europe's climate goals and its quest for energy security should go hand in hand, a panel of experts said yesterday as European leaders prepared to finalize the bloc's goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement expected in Brussels today would formalize a plan to cut E.U. emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. While environmental groups and a handful of countries like Switzerland are pushing for an even more ambitious target, some industry leaders and Eastern European countries say the cuts will threaten competitiveness and security.


Report suggests that a 2015 global deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol is 'within reach'

A 2015 climate change deal is "within reach," a top South African diplomat said yesterday, releasing a report of back-channel talks among negotiators from more than 20 countries.

The report, called "Toward 2015," distills a series of informal discussions among officials of countries ranging from major emitters, like the United States, the European Union and China, to vulnerable nations, like Gambia and Grenada, to even countries long considered obstructionists, like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.


U.S.-backed New Zealand plan for a new climate pact faces scrutiny in Bonn

The lead climate negotiator for New Zealand, whose government is spearheading an idea being championed by the United States for a quasi-internationally binding global warming treaty, said any deal that holds wealthy countries to a different set of legal standards than developing is a "non-starter."

Ambassador Jo Tyndall spoke to ClimateWire as diplomats gathered in Bonn, Germany, for a midyear negotiating session aimed at crafting a new global agreement in Paris in 2015. Year-end talks in Lima, Peru, in December are expected to end in a strong draft version of the deal.

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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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