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New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expected to be adopted by the end of 2015. “This fulfills the internationally-accepted timetable for reaching a possible treaty because it alerts capitals to the fact that a legal instrument could be adopted in Paris,”...

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Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deliver a new global climate deal, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. “Many issues that could have been resolved in Lima were pushed into this year’s negotiations instead. That business-as-usual approach now puts a heavy burden on negotiators,” said Samantha Smith, leader of W.W.F.’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. “They should draw on the momentum we saw before Lima, where people around the world mobilized for...

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Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warming will cause devastating weather patterns and increasing temperatures which will last into the foreseeable future. W.M.O. confirmed the findings as it explained that 2014 ranked as the “hottest year on record” and is part of a larger climate trend. “The overall warming trend is more important than the ranking of an individual year. Analysis of the datasets indicates that 2014 was nominally the warmest on record, although there is very...

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U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-General praised the delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015. The 12-day meeting, which gathered 196 Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, hammered out a new universal treaty which would enter into force by 2020. “The decisions adopted in Lima, including the Lima Call for Climate Action, pave the way for the adop...

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Climate action later could be costly, U.N. chief warned

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties that climate action taken today will more likely push for stronger agreements tomorrow. “The more we delay, the more we will pay,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to deliver a draft text for the 2015 Agreement which will provide a clear and solid foundation for negotiations to be held next year in France. “Actions now will set a strong foundation for Paris, and go hand-in-hand with our efforts to realize...

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U.N. General Assembly President calls for urgent climate action

United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutsena urged collective climate action amidst “moving toward the tipping point.” Mr. Kutsena at the U.N. climate talks in Peru called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner. The call for action was made ahead of his address to the high-level segment of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. “Our planet is warming. Greenhouse...

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U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urges climate action and to build momentum in adopting a climate change agreement on 2015. The Lima Conference, which started in December 1 and ends on December 12, will lay the foundation for an effective new, universal climate change agreement in Paris in 2015. The conference will also act as a precursor on an agreement coming into effect in 2020. During the conference, governments meeting need to define the scope and the type of contributions they will provid...

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Heat waves due to climate change loom over Middle East and North Africa

A new report by the World Bank reveals that the Middle East and North Africa region could be looking at heat waves due to climate change that can severely affect people lives. According to the report, “Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal,” increasing temperatures that are expected by the end of the century will put the M.E.N.A. region’s already scarce water resources under intense pressure, with major consequences for human life and regional food security. Specifically, countries such as Jordan, E...

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Extreme weather poses threat to Pacific Islands

The United Nations has released an advisory note encouraging the Pacific Islands to establish a regional mechanism for better preparedness in line with impending extreme weather conditions. According to a joint press release issued by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia, global forecasts indicate the onset of an abnormal warning of surface ocean waters, known as the El Niño, as the Pacific region experiences its wet sea...

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U.N. chief welcomes $9.3 billion pledge for Green Climate Fund

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed over $9.3 billion in pledges made by Governments for the Green Climate Fund. The $9.3 billion pledge by Governments will go towards the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund. The pledge was made during the pledging conference for the mechanism which was held in Berlin, Germany. The pledges were made by 21 countries, which included contributions from four developing countries. The combined contributions are currently the largest amount the international community has...

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