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New purple alert signals need for climate talks

The Bureau of Meteorology added new colours, deep purple and pink, extending its temperature scale from 50 degrees to 54 degrees celsius to reflect the ever-incresing intensity of heat in Australia. Photo: EPA

The colour purple is the new climate alert. It is the shade Australian weather forecasters added to their maps in anticipation of record high temperatures - over 50 degrees Celsius in some parts of the continent. It is not as if Australia is unused to searing heat.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 2:45am

Time for China and US to take lead in climate-change debate

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Progress at world climate-change talks remains glacial compared with the loss of Arctic sea ice, which scientists link to global warming. Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Doha reached an eleventh-hour deal to extend a watered-down Kyoto Protocol to combat greenhouse gas emissions after three big nations dropped out.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am 2 comments

Analysis of UN climate deal in Doha finds more questions than answers

Steam and smoke rise from a power plant in Germany. The Doha deal sets the EU and 10 other nations targets to cut emissions. Photo: AP

The fractious debate at the UN climate talks in Doha point to a rocky road ahead to a new, global 2020 deal on saving the earth from calamitous global warming.

Negotiators applauded as conference chairman Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah of Qatar rushed through a package of deals he called the Doha Climate Gateway on Saturday evening.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

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.

9 Dec 2012 - 9:51am

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

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

Commitment lacking on global warming

Commitment lacking on global warming

Is it a savage irony or just a sick joke that the latest talks to try to reach an international agreement to curb the greenhouse gases that threaten our fragile planet have opened in Doha, the capital of Qatar - the worst polluter in the world in per capita emissions?

1 Dec 2012 - 2:41am 1 comment

Clock is ticking fast, UN climate talks told

United Nations Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Doha on Monday. Photo: AFP

Nearly 200 nations launched a fresh round of United Nations climate talks in Doha on Monday, facing urgent appeals to scale up the fight against greenhouse-gas emissions.

26 Nov 2012 - 8:19pm

China seeks delay over global climate treaty

Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua of the National Development and Reform Commission. Photo: Ricky Chung

Beijing's top climate negotiator said yesterday that international discussions for a new global climate treaty starting from 2020 should not begin until next year, after the securing of renewed pledges by developed nations at climate talks starting next week to reduce their greenhouse gas emission from 2013.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Air China leads charge at EU carbon scheme

Chinese airlines are preparing to file a lawsuit in German courts against the European Union's emission trading scheme (ETS), which must be adopted by global airlines in January.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Battle to cut emissions likely to be fragmented

Global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions using market mechanisms are likely to see the formation of regional emission-trading platforms that will converge over time, according to World Energy Council secretary general Christoph Frei.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Amended air pollution law will lead to drastic emissions cuts

I refer to David Renton's letter ('Change in pollution law relaxes controls over power plants', April 19), regarding our proposed amendment to the Air Pollution Control Ordinance.

2 May 2008 - 12:00am

It's time we got serious on climate change

The challenge of tackling climate change is so huge that relatively small cities like Hong Kong may mistakenly think only large nations need to act. Our officials point out that Hong Kong, with its low per capita carbon emissions, is not among the worst culprits.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Feeling the heat

Hong Kong's corporate titans seldom meet to talk about the weather. But that, like the climate, is changing with the launch today of a new business forum. Established by the Business Environment Council, the Climate Change Business Forum aims to be 'a research and communication platform' for climate change issues specific to Hong Kong.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Danger at sea

Often steaming in international waters far from land, the world's fleet of ocean-going ships has largely evaded scrutiny as a source of harmful air pollution and global warming emissions.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am