U.S. climate envoy to nations -- Obama can make good on climate pledge
Countries crafting a new global climate change deal want "reassurances" that the Obama administration can deliver the emissions cuts it has promised, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern acknowledged yesterday.
Speaking at the close of a two-day climate meeting at the State Department, Stern said other negotiators have asked him about legal challenges as well as Republican opposition to U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan regulations.
Is Brazil backsliding on climate and deforestation policy?
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Climate change is "not a priority" for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, according to several top environmental activists and researchers who said this week that they are concerned the administration will propose a weak emissions target for a new global accord.
Speaking at a wide-ranging conference on Brazil's environmental challenges at Brown University this weekend, analysts said the gains Brazil has made in deforestation over the past decade are significant. But they also argued that those are slipping away fast as policies to protect forests are weakened.
Structure for Paris climate talks will depend on some early agreements, French envoy says
The hosts of landmark climate change negotiations in Paris this winter want key parts of the deal to be completed by October, France's ambassador for climate change, Laurence Tubiana, said yesterday.
By then, Tubiana said, countries' new greenhouse gas emissions targets should all be submitted to the United Nations, giving groups enough time to see how far the expected accord will go toward stemming dangerous warming. At the same time, she said, France has also been pressing for a package to deal with financing for poor countries, as well as some indications from states, cities and other sub-national groups about what their contribution to a deal will be.
India, one of the last holdouts, files plan to cut heat-trapping HFCs
In another step along a slow change of course, the government of India yesterday submitted a proposal to curb its emissions of a class of powerful greenhouse gases.
The proposal is an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement initially forged to protect the atmosphere's ozone layer from dangerous chemicals. In this case, the target is a family of gases known as hydrofluorocarbons.
G-7 ministers rank climate low among other concerns despite call for 'urgent action'
Foreign ministers from the world's wealthiest nations left Lübeck, Germany, today declaring climate change "the most serious challenge facing our world." Yet they also listed that challenge below about a dozen more pressing issues, like Syria, Ukraine, the Islamic State group, Mali, Somalia, the African Peace and Security Architecture, Afghanistan, Yemen and North Korea.
Coming in just ahead of human rights and cybercrimes, the communiqué ending the Group of Seven (G-7) meeting says climate change "poses a threat to the environment, to global security and economic prosperity." It calls for a strong global emissions accord expected to emerge in Paris in December and says all countries should take "urgent action" to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.