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Doha climate talks

UN climate talks inject symbolic life into Kyoto Protocol

President of the conference, Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah (second from right, front) announces the final agreements of the UN Climate Change Conference. Photo: Xinhua

A UN climate conference on Saturday extended the life of the Kyoto Protocol, the only binding pact on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, in a small but symbolic victory in the fight against global warming.

Sunday, 9 December, 2012, 9:51am

Arctic Sea ice retreats to record minimum as UN climate talks stall

A UN report says the ice area around the North Pole shrunk to 3.41 million square kilometres in September, 18 per cent less than the previous low in 2007. Photo: EPA

The fast-changing Arctic broke new records for loss of sea ice and spring snow cover this year, as well as the extent of the summertime melt of the Greenland ice sheet, according to US scientists. 

9 Dec 2012 - 4:43am

Kyoto Protocol extended to 2020 to fight climate change

Activists from non-governmental organisations attend a demonstration demanding for climate justice at the Qatar National Convention Centre during the talks in Doha on Friday. Photo: XInhua

Almost 200 nations yesterday extended a weakened UN plan to fight global warming until 2020, averting a new setback to two decades of UN efforts that have failed to halt growing global greenhouse gas emissions.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Whatever happened to global warming for the past 16 years?

Not feeling the chill

One of the "inconvenient truths" that is not getting much attention at the UN climate conference in Doha is that for the past 16 years there has been no discernible increase in global temperature.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:16am 1 comment

China's top Doha negotiator attacks lack of climate control progress

Su Wei, of the Chinese delegation at Doha, said it was "not clear whether any breakthrough can be achieved". Photo: Xinhua

China's top climate negotiator has taken a swipe at the Doha climate talks one week into negotiations, complaining of a lack of progress and underscoring concerns that no concrete deals to slow global warming will be reached this year.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am 4 comments

China, EU hint at reduced scope for UN climate meeting

Su Wei, China’s lead negotiator at the talks, attend the opening of UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

China teamed with the European Union and envoys from the bloc of 48 least developed countries to dial back expectations for United Nations climate talks, indicating that there probably aren’t any new promises for aid or cuts in greenhouse gases on the horizon.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am