COP 16

Weekly roundup 2/04/11: Here Comes Spring (VIDEO)

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This week we're celebrating an early spring prediction from Punxsutawney Phil, the great students at Purdue University, developments on the electric car and President Obama's threat to veto all the Clean Air Act roadblocks.

Groundhog's Day

The leading story this week comes out of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where a local groundhog has come into the center of a climate change debate.

Climate scientist have for years complained of their inability to educate the public about the dangers of global warming.

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Policy Update 12/14/2010: The Cancun Agreements

14
Dec
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After two weeks of deliberations, delegates from around the world have come to a consensus on a series of accords called the "Cancun Agreements" that will set the stage for the next phase of international climate talks next year in in Durban, South Africa. Despite obstruction from the U.S., nations attending the conference came to a series of agreements that help move the world closer to the global deal that eluded last year’s summit in Copenhagen.

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Putting the 'Can' in Cancun (UPDATED) (PHOTOS)

13
Dec
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After a long and drawn-out two weeks in Cancun, hope prevailed over obstructionism at the eleventh hour as 193 nations -- including the U.S. -- came together to accept a climate agreement, restoring faith in a UN process badly battered by last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen.  

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Our reaction to the U.S. role in Cancun

11
Dec
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1Sky Campaign Director Liz Butler just issued this statement in reaction to the Obama Administration's role in the climate change talks taking place in Cancun:

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Headed into the Cancun endgame (VIDEO)

10
Dec
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It's the last official day of the climate talks in Cancun, though no one expects things to end today. Negotiators have been working into the wee hours of the night and will probably continue to do so tonight, with the potential for a final deal early on Saturday. Unfortunately, it is increasingly looking like whatever deal that may result will be reached not because of U.S.

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Weekly roundup 12/10/10: Sunset on COP16 (VIDEOS)

10
Dec
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The COP16 climate talks are coming to a close in Cancun, Mexico, and while we hoped countries could come together in solidarity in the face of climate disaster, (much like the Palestinian firefighters who recently came as some of the first respondents to an Israeli climate crisis) many nations - especially our own -- came up short.

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Will the U.S. be a fossil or a climate leader? (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

9
Dec
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With just over two days left to go in at the climate talks in Cancun, the U.S. is unfortunately emerging as one of the main roadblocks to progress. Unwilling to move forward with urgency on any given issue unless other issues advance at the same pace, the U.S.'s negotiating stance is effectively stalling out the talks, to the great frustration of civil society organizations here.

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Environmental justice groups question U.S. work on REDD (VIDEO)

8
Dec
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Yesterday, I sat in on a policy briefing of the U.S. government's plans on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). The four speakers included Joe Aldy, Special Assistant to the President on the Environment, Maura O'Neill of USAID, Billy Pizer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy at the Department of Treasury, and Patrick Smith of USAID. The speakers presented a united front about the US's REDD+ plan, focusing on how the U.S.

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Why the U.S. must show climate leadership in Cancun

8
Dec
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Last year's UN climate change conference in Copenhagen was a disappointment by almost any measure. Like many U.S. progressives, we hoped that things would go differently, but in the end, the U.S. failed to help negotiate anything fair or binding.

So why hinge any expectations onto this year's discussions? Because we know that this time the climate movement can push President Obama for true climate leadership -- and we need his leadership on climate right now.

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A fractured movement for action in Cancun (VIDEO)

8
Dec
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As many non-profit folks have commented on at the talks, everything here comes in twos. Two official conference centers each with two buildings apiece, two unofficial civil society venues, and for better or for worse, today - two grassroots rallies for climate justice.

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