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to rein in emissions of heat trapping gases, such as sharply increasing fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. emissions stalled in the Senate. to engage even more, European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told The Associated Press. that can change the dynamic of the talks. after the Bush Administration abandoned the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 pact limiting greenhouse emissions from industrialized nations. As that agreement expires this year, the climate curves are still pointing in the wrong direction. report released this week. And each year, the gap between what researchers say must be done to reverse this trend, and what actually being done, gets wider. role in the talks when he called for a national on climate change after winning re election. The issue had been virtually absent in the presidential campaigning until Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast. talks of cutting emissions by 17 percent by 2020, compared to 2005 levels.
climate talks resume Monday with a two week conference in Qatar.
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China now the world top carbon emitter wants to keep a clear dividing line between developed and developing countries, noting that historically, the former bear the brunt of the responsibility for man made climate change.
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In addition, countries need to agree on a work plan to guide the negotiations on a new treaty. Without a timeframe with clear mileposts, there a risk of a repeat in 2015 of the hyped up but ultimately disappointing climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009.
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Still, just a signal that Washington has faith in the international process would go a long way, analysts said. is not really interested in increasing action on climate change in general, said Bill Hare, senior scientist at Climate Analytics, a non profit organization based in Berlin. talks to keep the temperature rise below 2 degrees C (3.6 F) compared to pre industrial levels. special envoy on climate change, caused alarm among climate activists in August when he said that on a structure that would guarantee such a goal will only lead to deadlock. still supports the 2 degree target, but favors a more flexible way to reach it than dividing up carbon rights to the atmosphere.
They will focus on side issues, like extending the Kyoto protocol an expiring emissions pact with a dwindling number of members and ramping up climate financing for poor nations.
Judging by previous conferences, the negotiations in Doha will ebb and flow, with progress one day being replaced by bitter discord the next. And in the end, after an all night session, bleary eyed delegates will emerge with some kind of face saving or plan that keeps the talks alive another year, but does little to address the core problem.
on the wider deal, which would take effect in 2020.
think there will be expectations from countries to hear a new voice from the United States, said Jennifer Morgan, director of the climate and energy program at the World Resources Institute in Washington.
A recent World Bank report found the world is on track toward 4 degrees C (6.2 F) of warming, which would entail heat waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life threatening sea level rise. and other rich countries say that firewall must be removed as the talks enter a new phase aimed at adopting a new climate treaty by 2015 that applies to all countries.
Countries adopted the 2 degree target in 2009, reasoning that a warming world is a dangerous world, with flooding of coastal cities and island nations, disruptions to agriculture and drinking water, and the spread of diseases and the extinction of species.
The 27 nation EU, Switzerland, Norway and Australia are on board but New Zealand, Canada and Japan don want to be part of a second commitment period of Kyoto. That means Nike Mag Wholesale the extended treaty would cover only about 15 percent of global emissions.
The climate officials and environment ministers meeting in the Qatari capital of Doha will not come up with an answer to the global temperature rise that is already melting Arctic sea ice and permafrost, raising and acidifying the seas, and shifting rainfall patterns, which has an impact on floods and droughts.
They will also try to structure the talks for a new global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted in 2015, a process in which American leadership is considered crucial.
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