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Bolivian president Evo Morales referred to industrialised nations that have appropriated more than their own fair share of global atmospheric space as

Rich nations must cough up for past carbon pollution

Chukwumerije Okereke

16th December 2014

In 2011 the US firmly ruled equity out of climate negotiations, writes Chukwumerije Okereke. But in the Lima climate talks the poor countries put the moral dimension where it belongs - at the heart of any future climate treaty. more...
BUNDjugend demonstrators take on Shell in Hamburg in early 2014. They may not stop Shell in its tracks - but there's one power that can - international finance. Photo: BUNDjugend via Flickr.

The UN climate talks just failed - now for the real battle

Assaad W. Razzouk

15th December 2014

COP20 has just laid the foundations for a non-agreement in Paris in 2015, writes Assaad Razzouk - thanks to the pernicious influence of fossil fuels, poisoning debate and subverting serious climate action. Now there's only one earthly power big enough to fight back. more...
People's Climate March, COP20, Lima, with Christine Milne. Photo: Emma Bull / Green MPs via Flickr.

COP20: an agreement of sorts. Now, a rocky climate road to Paris

Paul Brown & Oliver Tickell

15th December 2014

After a second extra day of climate talks in Lima, an agreement has been cobbled together. Deadlines have been set for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change - but has been no progress on the key divisive issues, and the prospects of an effective mew treaty in Paris next year remain remote. more...
The original heads in sand salute at Sydney's Bondi Beach. Photo: unknown.

Bottoms up! 'Head in sand salute' is the new climate protest

Maxine Newlands

10th December 2013

A planned 'head in sand' salute had to be abandoned at COP20 in Peru this week, writes Maxine Newlands - called off due to lack of sand on Lima's stony shores. But climate campaigners in Australia and New Zealand made up for it with dozens of their own 'bums up' actions on sandy Antipodean beaches ... more...
John Nissen speaking at AMEG's COP20 press conference. Photo: still from video on unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/ .

The melting Arctic - John Nissen's emergency call to action

Tomás d'Ornellas

15th December 2015

The Earth faces an imminent crisis caused by runaway Arctic warming. So says climate campaigner John Nissen, who travelled to COP20 in Lima to impress the dangers on delegates - and urge them to emergency action to cool the Arctic before it's too late. Tomás d'Ornellas, editor of Tecnews.pe, met him there ...
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At COP20 in Lima, Indigenous protestors from Saweto in the Peruvian Amazon protest at ongoing land grabs and murder of their leadeat the COP20 in Lima, Peru. Photo: Luka Tomacrs / Friends of the Earth International.

COP20 and corporate power - destroying the edifice of false climate solutions

Alexander Reid Ross

10th December 2014

Peru, notorious for its brutal exploitation of forests, oil and minerals, theft of indigenous lands and murder of eco-defenders, is an unlikely host for the COP20 climate talks, writes Alexander Reid Ross. Except that Peru's actions reflect the corporate land-grabbing agenda manifest in the false solutions on offer in Lima this week. It's a time for resistance, not compromise! more...
Denounced to the police for illegal logging, but no action taken - Señor Adeuzo Mapes Rodríguez, aka 'Capelon'.

Peru: indigenous leaders murdered for protecting their forests

The Ecologist

18th November 2014

As Peru prepares to host UN climate talks, Global Witness exposes the murder of Peruvian eco-defenders - 57 killed since 2002, including indigenous leaders protecting their forests from illegal logging ignored by police and Government. more...
Stop this and we might just save the world. Photo: EPA, CC BY.

US-China climate deal: at last the big players are talking the right language

Mike Berners-Lee

14th November 2014

Efforts to tackle climate change have failed to make the slightest difference to the exponential increase in CO2 emissions, writes Mike Berners-Lee. The US-China deal at last offers hope that things could change - but to make it work other countries must come on board, and promises must transform into binding commitments. more...
Will this coal on a Chinese barge on the Yangtze River end up being 'consumed' in the US and Europe? Photo: Marshall Segal via Flickr.

Tax carbon consumers for real action on climate change

Laura Nielsen & Henrik Palmer Olsen

12th June 2014

Climate negotiators in Bonn are hammering out the basis of a new global agreement - but have they got it all wrong? Taxing carbon consumption, rather than trying to regulate emissions, could stimulate the low carbon revolution the world needs. more...
Power to the People! - delegates voice their demand at the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn. Photo: Volveremos.

Negotiating a global climate agreement - Power to the People!

Maruska Mileta & Jamie Gorman

7th June 2014

At last year's climate talks in Warsaw the corporate fossil fuel lobby was firmly in charge - and the result was catastrophic failure. At the talks now under way in Bonn, it's our turn to set the agenda - the billions of people crying out for positive action on climate and energy. more...
The community blockade in Balcombe, 6th August 2013. Photo: Push Europe via Flickr.

Anti-fracking activists - engage with us in Bonn climate talks

Jamie Gorman

4th June 2014

UN climate negotiations get under way today in Bonn, Germany - and they offer a key opportunity for campaigners to gear up their fight against fracking, writes Jamie Gorman, because to stabilize the Earth's climate, the gas must stay deep underground. more...
One prediction of where rising sea levels will end up at Cottesloe Beach, Perth Western Australia. Photo: Julie G via Flickr.

Fracking: to save the climate, the gas must remain buried

Biff Vernon

26th May 2014

The fracking industry has a blind spot the size of an elephant, Biff Vernon wrote in this Open Letter to Mark Abbott, the MD of Egdon Resources - climate change, and the huge rises in sea level it will cause. 'Only carrying out orders' is no excuse. more...

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Copenhagen's little mermaid - during the 2009 COP15 climate conference. Photo: Erik de Haan via Flickr.com.

How the US scuppered climate progress at Copenhagen

Oliver Tickell

31st March 2013

Today the IPCC launches its latest review of world climate. But how to translate its grim findings into action when US is deploying its full armoury of intelligence and diplomatic dirty tricks to sink any prospect of an effective global climate agreement? more...
Buy clean water! Nassarawa State, Nigeria. Photo: MikeBlyth via Flickr.com.

For Nigeria, tackling climate change is a security imperative

Bukola Saraki

8th March 2014

Nigeria is suffering political instability resulting from desertification and pollution, writes Senator Bukola Saraki. As Africa's most populous country it has no choice but to engage in the fight against climate change, its causes, and its consequences. more...
The Earth's atmosphere photographed by the Atlantis crew, 8th February 2008. NASA.

Climate Action? Warsaw 2013 to Paris 2015

Assaad W. Razzouk

21st December 2014

The Warsaw 'COP-19' climate negotiations were a widely acknowledged failure. But Assaad Razzouk sees a small silver lining among the dark clouds. There is a real prospect of effective action on climate in the run up to COP20 in Paris, 2015. more...

Green Climate Fund opens in Korea

The Ecologist

7th December 2013

The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to finance the world's transition to a low carbon economy, has opened its headquarters in Songdo, Korea. more...
Gagged protester at COP19 in Warsaw. Photo: Langelle / GJEP-GFC.

Never again - end fossil fuel influence in UN climate talks!

The undersigned organisations

25th November 2013

Every COP has been subject to the influence of polluting corporations - but none so completely as COP19 in Warsaw. Now 70 organisations are demanding new rules to protect future climate talks from the influence of the fossil fuel industry.
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UNFCCC COP19, Warsaw. Photo: pusheurope.org/ .

COP19 - All countries accept emissions targets

Paul Brown in Warsaw

23rd November 2013

Paul Brown, co-editor of the Climate News Network, makes his final despatch from Warsaw on the unscheduled last day of the climate talks. Compromises on all sides have kept hopes alive - just! more...
NGO leaders at COP19 announce their mass walkout. Photo: pusheurope.org/ .

The Warsaw Walkout and the Climate Movement

Alexander Reid Ross

22nd November 2013

Yesterday, as climate talks degraded into a sideshow for the coal industry, more than 800 conference participants walked out. So where now for the climate movement? Alexander Reid Ross argues for an end to collaboration, and the beginning of a deeper resistance. more...
Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark

20th November 2013

At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan. more...
Christiana Figueres speaks. Photo: Arend Kuester / flikr.com.

Leave your coal in the ground!

Christiana Figueres

18th November 2013

Speaking to the World Coal Association in Warsaw, the UNFCCC's executive secretary tells the coal industry: invest in renewables; and leave most of your coal underground. more...

Campaigners cry 'insanity' as UNEP postpones frozen gas report

Oliver Tickell

18th November 2013

UNEP today postponed the launch of a highly controversial report - branded as "lunatic" by climate campaigners - at the COP19 talks in Warsaw. more...
Christiania Figueres. Photo: Oxfam International.

Open letter to Christiania Figueres

Clémence Hutin

17th November 2013

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC, personally excluded Clémence Hutin from COP19 for standing in solidarity with the Philippines. In so doing she betrayed her own rhetoric and revealed the UNFCCC's true colours - anti-youth, anti-democratic and beholden to corporate interests. more...
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Video: Yvo De Boer plays down the 'Danish text' at Copenhagen

Ecologist

10th December, 2009

Listen to three high-level responses to the leak of the now infamous 'Danish text' more...

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