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Cut back on soot, methane to slow climate change: study

WASHINGTON — There are simple, inexpensive ways to cut back on two major pollutants — soot and methane — and taking action now could slow climate change for years to come, international scientists said Thursday. When it comes to fending off global warming, the focus often is on harmful carbon…

U.S. climate envoy upbeat on China relations

WASHINGTON — The top US climate negotiator on Tuesday gave an upbeat assessment of ties with China, saying the world’s two largest emitters found ways to work together at UN-led talks in Durban, South Africa. The tone contrasts with a recent harder line toward China from US President Barack Obama’s…

Durban climate deal slammed as timid, ineffective

By Nina Chestney and Jon Herskovitz DURBAN (Reuters) – Countries from around the globe agreed on Sunday to forge a new deal forcing all the biggest polluters for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but critics said the plan was too timid to slow global warming. A package…

Durban climate deal leaves difficult road ahead

DURBAN, South Africa — The world’s nations on Sunday set their sights on a new all-encompassing pact on climate change that marks a break with the past and will also be gruelling to achieve. The so-called Durban Package will, for the first time, bring all greenhouse-gas users into a common…

Coalition growing for new deal on greenhouse gas cuts

DURBAN (Reuters) – Rich and poor nations at climate change talks are lining up behind an EU plan for achieving a global pact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, but delegates said time was running out to reach a deal before talks end on Friday. Ministers made incremental progress…

Climate talks mean life or death for island states

DURBAN (Reuters) – Nature does not negotiate. So while climate change delegates haggle over deadlines, binding targets and finance, some of the world’s poorest states are warning that rising sea levels and storms will sweep them away unless the world agrees to tackle global warning. “We will be one of…

U.S. denies delaying global climate deal

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – The United States denied on Thursday it was trying to delay a new global climate deal until 2020, saying it supported an EU proposal that aims to chart a path to a more ambitious pact to fight climate change. Delegates from almost 200 countries have…

Global emissions grew faster than ever in 2010: study

Global carbon emissions, seen as the driver for climate change, grew at the fastest rate in recorded history in 2010, according to a study published Monday. Scientists from the U.S., Europe and India teamed up with the Global Carbon Project to measure emissions around the world, publishing the study in…

Scientists confirm Himalayan glacial melting

Millions of people are under threat from melting of Himalayan glaciers, according to scientists carrying out the most comprehensive ever assessment of climate change in the region. The findings, published in three reports by the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), show Nepal’s glaciers have shrunk by 21…

Amy Goodman: ‘The U.S. needs to lead’ on climate change

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman appeared on Up with Chris Hayes Saturday morning to discuss the upcoming United Nations’ Convention on Climate Change in Durbin, South Africa. Goodman targeted the United States’ failure to lead on climate change as the top theme of this year’s convention. “This is not just…

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