December 19, 2011 |
The Justice Department is helping British authorities in an investigation into the hacking of climate scientists' emails, which caused an uproar among skeptics of global warming when they were released two years ago. Ten days ago, the Justice Department contacted San Francisco web development company Automattic, asking it to preserve records of three climate skeptic bloggers in the U.S., Canada and Britain who recently received another batch of...
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December 12, 2011 |
In a surprise turn on Saturday, the 194 countries attending the U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, agreed on a new process that could result in legally binding measures to control global warming. The agreement, which came 36 hours after the conference was scheduled to end, lifted a conference otherwise marked by the absence of a clear road map forward. The agreement kicked off a “process to develop a protocol, another legal instrument, or outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties.” In other words, a non-binding agreement to re-commit to a binding agreement.
December 4, 2011 |
When an energized U.S. delegation arrived in Copenhagen for world climate talks two years ago, environmentalists were encouraged by its willingness to tackle global warming. In the months before Copenhagen, the House of Representatives had passed climate change legislation, and the new Obama administration had crafted an agreement with the auto industry to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the main contributor to global warming. But now, halfway through a two-week round of climate talks in Durban, South Africa, that excitement has disappeared.
October 8, 2010 |
Governments and human rights activists in Europe praised the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to award its prestigious peace price to Chinese dissident Liu Xiabao on Friday, their voices reflecting a deepening concern on the continent about Beijing's domestic political repression. Many European governments had muted their criticism of China's human rights record over the last decade as they chased growing trade and business opportunities in the emerging economic giant. But an underlying current of unease has been stirring in the last two years, prompted by negative impressions of China's crackdown on ethnic dissent before the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and what was seen as its obstructionist tactics that helped scuttle last year's climate change negotiations.
December 22, 2009
We've been reserving judgment on last week's United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen because we're still trying to figure out what, exactly, happened. An acrimonious two-week negotiations marathon ended Saturday with a raucous final session in which delegates "noted" (but didn't exactly approve) an agreement seemingly thrown together at the last minute by representatives of the United States and four other big greenhouse-gas emitters. The pact, if you can call it that, has no binding targets, monitoring mechanisms or legal force.
December 19, 2009
Copenhagen by the numbers 193 Countries sending delegates to the climate talks. 119 Heads of state attending the talks Friday. 1st Where this summit ranks, in terms of the number of heads of state attending, among U.N. conferences held outside New York. 40,000 metric tons Estimated amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the conference, including emissions produced by airplanes carrying delegates to Copenhagen.