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Emissions monitoring and finance are key in 'less scary' Paris talks -- former U.N. climate chief

International climate negotiations are "less scary" now than before the 2009 global warming summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, in part because there is little expectation of a legally binding treaty, former U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer said.

In an interview with ClimateWire, de Boer -- now director-general of the South Korea-based Global Green Growth Institute -- said that at this time before Copenhagen, negotiators had "wildly different views" of what the summit would deliver. While many governments and environmental groups assumed the goal then was to nail down a legally binding agreement, the United States, China and a few other countries were actually never on board with that mission.


Obama heads to Americas summit, but will he emphasize climate change?

Energy, and to a lesser extent climate change, will make up a key part of President Obama's policy package this week as he travels to Jamaica and Panama for a series of high-level meetings with Caribbean and Latin American leaders.

While the spotlight at the seventh Summit of the Americas on Friday will be on the theatrical -- whether Obama will shake hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro, or if Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will denounce the United States -- White House aides said yesterday they expect to promote a "practical" agenda that is heavy on trade and economic development.


4 questions from the White House climate goals

The United States and Russia yesterday joined Norway, Mexico, Switzerland and the European Union in becoming the first governments to set new targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and explain to the world how they plan to meet those goals.

The Obama administration's promise to cut economywide emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 held almost no surprises. The target and the route to getting there -- a combination of Obama using his executive authority under the Clean Air Act with a raft of regulations on everything from heavy-duty trucks to buildings -- were charted months earlier.


Democrats stand behind Obama as U.S. releases emissions plan for Paris climate talks

Democrats are rallying around President Obama as the White House today unveils its strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a landmark climate change summit in Paris.

In a letter released this morning, 118 U.S. House and Senate members thanked Obama for "responding to the serious challenge of climate change" and said a global accord is in America's national interest.


Mexico wins praise, skepticism for landmark emissions pledge to Paris climate talks

Mexico has pledged to unilaterally peak its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026 in a detailed climate change plan that is the first of its kind among developing nations.

The target unveiled Friday, which also calls for cutting carbon 22 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030, will become Mexico's official contribution to a global climate change accord. That agreement is expected to be signed in Paris in December and include, for the first time ever, carbon-cutting measures from developed and developing nations alike.

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


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