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Climate change deal has 194 countries cutting emissions

Deals to reduce greenhouse gases (such as 1997's Kyoto Protocol) have been in place for years. However, they've typically limited the reductions to richer nations -- poorer countries have objected to previous attempts to broaden the scope due to requ...

A 5 Minute History of Climate Politics

Today begins the UNFCCC's COP20 which, since the failure of the Copenhagen Accord, will build on the Durban Platform which follows the Bali Roadmap and the Warsaw Outcomes to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Overwhelmed? Fair enough. Confused? Don't be. The world of international climate politics seems almost indulgently complex. Show More Summary

Africa Laments as Kyoto Protocol Hangs in Limbo

African countries fought hard for the Kyoto Protocol not to die on African soil at the 2011 climate summit, but they say it is now languishing in limbo because developed countries are only taking “baby steps" towards ratifying the Doha Amendment that gave it a new lease on life.

For Paris 2015: A Climate Trust Not a Treaty

The international negotiators meeting in Lima, Peru for the 20th United Nations convention on climate change have all but given up on a new legally enforceable climate treaty to replace the outdated Kyoto Protocol. In preparations for...Show More Summary

How The Warsaw Climate Talks Spawned The New China-US Climate Deal

The Kyoto Protocol failed in part because it tried to offer a one-size-fits-most solution to a challenge that manifests itself differently from state-to-state, country-to-country, and region-to-region. The United States and China this...Show More Summary

A Rare Debate on the ‘Settled Science’ of Climate Change

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Originally published in Communities Digital News. In 1997 during the Kyoto Protocol Treaty negotiations in Japan, Dr. Robert Watson, then Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was asked about scientists who challenge United Nations conclusions that global warming was man-made. He answered, “The science is settled…we’re not going…

Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests

4 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network Having repudiated the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is still exploiting tar sands for oil—despite accepting that climate change is destroying its forests.

The Most Important UN Climate Initiative You Never Heard of

While the Kyoto Protocol may be the most famous climate initiative, the Hyogo Framework for Action's time is due. The HFA is a 10-year plan to make the world safe from natural hazards. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. Show More Summary

Why China's Energy Consumption Will Keep Rising

In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was signed. This was to usher in an era where the planet was to tackle climate change, and we were to see an energy transition from dirty, polluting fossil fuels to their low-carbon alternatives. Instead, here is what happened. read more

U.S. wants poor and rich countries alike to cut emissions under next climate treaty

The Kyoto Protocol required only rich countries to take action. The Obama admin says that approach is "clearly not rational or workable" any more.

As world dithers on climate treaty, funding for climate projects dwindles

The Clean Development Mechanism helps rich countries meet Kyoto Protocol obligations by spending on climate action in poor countries, but the program's future is up in the air.

Munters launches energy efficient fan series

The European Parliament ErP directive (Energy related Products Directive) was adopted in order to protect the environment and assist the Kyoto Protocol obligation to increase the total share of renewable energy in the European Union to 20% by 2020 and by increasing energy efficiency by 20%.

Small dam construction to reduce greenhouse emissions is causing ecosystem disruption

Researchers conclude in a new report that a global push for small hydropower projects, supported by various nations and also the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, may cause unanticipated and potentially significant losses of habitat and biodiversity.

John Kerry’s wishful thinking on climate change

John Kerry told Ethiopians that the U.S. is below the Kyoto Protocol's greenhouse gas emissions targets. Yay! Unfortunately, that's not true. Boo!

America wants Kyoto Protocol replaced with peer-pressure campaign

Instead of nations agreeing on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the U.S. is pushing for each country to set its own goals.

Is The Kyoto Protocol Dead?

Technically speaking, the Kyoto Protocol died in December, 2012, the endpoint of its official legal standing. Of course, it was supposed to be replaced by a subsequent agreement to have been negotiated in Copenhagen, but that long-prepared...Show More Summary

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Bonn Climate Talks, Water Act, Dam Protest

Here’s the latest standards and compliance news affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. Today’s briefing includes 10 items. Delegates from 160 nations agreed in Bonn that a successor to the Kyoto Protocol should allow...Show More Summary

USA meets Kyoto protocol – without ever embracing it!

New data released by the EIA tell the story. In 2012, a surprising twist and without ever ratifying it, the United States became the first major industrialized nation in the world to meet the United Nation’s original Kyoto Protocol 2012 … Continue reading ?

Global Carbon Market Possible through Existing Climate Change Framework?

To date, the Kyoto Protocol under the UNFCCC is the only route we have had to creating something of a global carbon market. Two new cornerstones of the international discussion, could effectively work together.

Climate: Time to Shift Verb Tenses

(Steven Hayward) For a long time I and others have argued that the climate campaign’s crusade for carbon constraints (how’s that for alliteration?) is failing.  Between the total farce of the Kyoto protocol (the climate diplomacy equivalent...Show More Summary

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