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Cape Town promises a low-carbon, climate-smart new year

On 7 January 2011, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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The Climate Change Convention Conference of the Parties (COP 16) is over, and all eyes now focus on South Africa, where the commitments that began to coalesce in Cancun will need to find firmer footing at COP 17 in Durban next December. And the City of Cape Town is ready to learn from this vital […]

A lesson in How not to save the world

On 20 December 2010, in Lance Greyling, by Andrew Bennett
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A Lesson in How Not To Save The World Lance Greyling The annual Climate Change Conference of the Parties  (COP) meeting is a bewildering experience for even the most seasoned negotiator. Essentially it is a bringing together of countries and widely different interest groups all determined to ensure that their agendas are driven forward. Clearly […]

Time for the World to Grow Up

On 20 December 2010, in Lance Greyling, by Andrew Bennett
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Cancun is one of those typical resort towns, with luxury hotels lining a long beach peninsula that juts out from the mainland. Separated from the lived realities of the vast majority of Mexicans, tourists and international delegates to the Climate Change negotiations are kept isolated in a bubble of extreme decadence. Most of the hotels […]

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Glimmers of Hope in America

On 9 December 2010, in Lance Greyling, by Andrew Bennett
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In trying to forge a multilateral solution to climate change the US clearly stands out as the major stumbling block. Accounting for a quarter of the world’s emissions and until very recently the world’s largest polluter, it is clear that the US has to be a part of the global solution. Even though China now […]

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Cancún climate change talks: Richard Branson calls for global carbon taxes

On 7 December 2010, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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John Vidal, environment editor guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 December 2010 18.34 GMT If governments fail to reach agreement on tackling climate change, global industry should be able to remove 17bn tons of projected CO2e emissions by 2020 and stabilise the climate, Virgin chief Richard Branson has said at the UN climate talks in Cancún. But he […]

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CoP 16 in Cancun

On 5 December 2010, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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COP 16 (Conference of the Parties 16) is being held in Cancun, Mexico at the Cancunmesse Convention Center, with an estimated attendance of 15,000-20,000 people.  Attendees include official country delegates, the media, and non-governmental organizations. The Convention, established in 1994, holds yearly meetings to negotiate future climate change issues internationally, with a focus on adaptation, […]