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.
U.S. should focus on black carbon, methane at Arctic Council -- study
The United States should use its coming leadership of the Arctic Council to reduce black carbon and methane emissions that have a disproportionate impact on the rapidly melting polar region, according to a new study from an environmental advocacy group.
In a sweeping analysis of the sources and effects of short-lived climate pollutants in the Arctic, the Clean Air Task Force outlines detailed policy and financing suggestions the council could take in four broad areas, including oil and gas exploration, Arctic shipping, clean energy development and open burning from agriculture and wildfires. The council -- an international forum of Arctic nations -- is uniquely positioned to move forward with black carbon and methane emissions in those areas, the task force says, because of its mission, membership and regional focus.
France prods U.S. to pledge more than $1B to 'green fund' for developing nations
France's special representative to the 2015 climate change negotiations said she hopes to see the United States pledge more than her country did to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund.
Speaking with reporters while in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Ambassador Laurence Tubiana said America should deliver its "fair share" to the growing fund aimed at helping developing countries adapt to the impacts of global warming and lowering their carbon emissions curves.