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Nigeria’s position at COP 18 in Doha, by Mailafia

Let me stress that environmental issues generally have global ramifications and broadly speaking, no one country, no matter how powerful, can single-handedly cope with the problems linked to the environment. It is for this reason that Nigeria regularly coordinates action at the level of the African Group and also within the framework of the Group of 77 + China. The ...

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UNFCCC: COP 18 opened gateway to greater climate action, ambition

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has said that, at its Eighteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) held recently in Doha, Qatar, governments took the next essential step in the global response to climate change. According to the UN body, countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed ...

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‘Doha deal is as empty as a desert mirage’

The UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, Saturday failed to deliver increased cuts to carbon pollution, nor did they provide any credible pathway to $100 billion per year in finance by 2020 to help the poorest countries deal with climate change, according to the 700 NGOs who are members of Climate Action Network-International (CAN-I). Two weeks ago, just prior to ...

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COP18: Carbon emission agreement still a long way ahead

As the Eighteen Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enters its final week, the dissenting positions by the different countries and blocks are threatening a possible agreement on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission cuts. Predictably, the ongoing climate talks, taking place in Doha, Qatar, has highlighted the gulf ...

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Vedvyas at COP 18: Young people vital in climate change decision-making

Simran Vedvyas, a youth ambassador with Eye on Earth, has said that young people are vital to decision-making on climate change. She spoke in Doha, Qatar, at the ongoing UN climate change talks. Vedvyas stated that, as a 14-year-old, she cannot help but think about the future. She described young people as ‘tomorrow’s heroes’, arguing that they can and should ...

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A breakdown in COP 18 negotiations in Doha?

The ongoing UNFCCC COP 18 climate change negotiations in Doha, Qatar, broke down early Saturday (December 1, 2012) morning as Brazil reportedly blocked progress in last minute discussions to provide billions of dollars in finance to save rain forests  Observers believe that this failure in talks could potentially jeopardise the trajectory of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), ...

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COP 18: History beckons as Doha hosts Global Action Day

The first peaceful environmental protest in the history of the State of Qatar, host nation of the Eighteen Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold this morning (December 1, 2012), as participants from all over the world attending the global talks march across the streets of Doha ...

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How COP18 can tackle climate change challenges

The year 2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a ‘planetary emergency,’ and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40% and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world. That’s what happens with 0.8ºC of global warming. If we are going to stop this situation ...

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COP 18: Activists demand ‘Climate Justice’

Against the backdrop of the Eighteen Session of the Conference of Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that commences today in Doha, Qatar, environment activists across Nigeria a couple of weeks ago embarked upon a series of activities to commemorate the 2012 Global Week of Action for Climate Justice. The climax of the activities ...

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Cop 18: Kyoto Protocol is key, say BASIC Ministers

Ahead of the climate talks set to begin in Doha next week, BASIC Ministers reaffirmed that the Kyoto Protocol remains a key component of the international climate regime and that its second commitment period (2CP) is the key deliverable. Comprising Ministers and their representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China, the Ministers stressed that the 2CP is the essential ...

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