'Goodwill can be lost pretty fast if you don't deliver,' greens warn U.S.
WARSAW, Poland -- U.N. global warming talks that concluded here this weekend may have marked a turning point for the United States' reputation in international climate change negotiations.
The United States was instrumental in forging a compromise on how a post-2020 deal on carbon emissions would apply to a range of countries and another on a mechanism to help developing countries cope with loss and damage; both issues were key to the final agreement adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change on Saturday afternoon.
Sleepless in Warsaw: how a climate deal was done
WARSAW, Poland -- By the time U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern finally left the plenary hall of the U.N. climate conference Saturday evening, he had been on his feet some 40 hours. Double overtime has become the new normal for U.N. Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which are supposed to run for two weeks but often don't get down to the nitty-gritty until the final night.
"It's not that I haven't had dinner; I haven't had lunch yesterday," Carvalho said.
Climate talks avoid collapse with last-minute compromises
WARSAW, Poland -- A new global climate change treaty remains on track to be signed in 2015 after a marathon U.N. negotiating session that saw major emerging powers struggle to preserve a system that has long protected them from obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
A series of deals agreed to Saturday evening after a record 38 hours of overtime, marked by fasting, walkouts and two major "huddles" of players hashing out minute but crucial details, includes a landmark plan for a new mechanism to help protect vulnerable countries from irrevocable losses associated with fiercer storms, droughts and sea-level rise.
New draft text guts meaningful deal on emissions -- enviros
WARSAW, Poland -- A top-down agreement on carbon reduction preferred by some environmentalists slipped a bit further out of reach today as negotiators unveiled a new text that greens say would not hold countries accountable for their national reduction targets.
With annual U.N. climate change talks entering their last tense hours here, the latest mitigation text would soften a past requirement that countries provide the U.N. body with information to explain why the carbon dioxide reduction pledges they make for a new international emissions agreement are an appropriate contribution.